Regional Protection Coordinator – West Africa

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Position Title Regional Protection Coordinator
Supervised by Regional Head of Programme
Reporting to Regional Head of Programme
Duty Station Dakar with travels to other DRC offices of the region
Area of Operation WANALA, with a specific support to West Africa (WA)
Employment Period 12 months (renewable)
Type of Contract (Expat/National/Trainee) National / Expatriate
Salary & Benefits Band non-Management F

Accompanied position, small family package


The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfilment of the wish to return home.

The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956 and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and present in forty countries, the Danish Refugee Council is a non-profit-making, politically independent, non-governmental and non-denominational relief organization.

Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced. All our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.

1. Background

DRC has been operating in West and North Africa since 1998 and in Latin America since 2011. The DRC West-North Africa & Latin America (WANALA) Regional Office is based in Dakar, Senegal, and covers several countries. Led by the Regional Executive Director, the DRC WANALA oversees, supports, and provides strategic directions for DRC’s Country Offices within the above-mentioned regions. The region includes Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Libya, Mali, Mexico, Niger, Nigeria, Tunisia, Venezuela. The Regional roles are leading on humanitarian watch on other countries of the region and possible development.

The Regional Programme Team has a range of technical capacities, including 2 protection regional coordinators, one with technical expertise in GBV and MHPSS who provides support for West Africa as a focus and one with technical expertise in Legal Aid who provides support for Latin America and North Africa as a focus (however both can provide technical expertise to other countries in the region when needed).

The position advertised is for the protection coordinator, leading DRC’s protection expertise in MHPSS and GBV, with a contextual knowledge and presence in West Africa.

2. Purpose

Under the direct supervision of the WANALA Regional Head of Programmes (RHOP), the Regional Protection Coordinator (RPC) is responsible for supporting DRC’s Country Offices in quality protection programming. The RPC will lead in the support on GBV, PSS and general protection, with a focus on West African countries but with ad hoc technical support to other countries in the region. This includes providing support, advice, and quality checks on protection aspects of country and regional strategies as well as on programming initiatives and concrete projects, and to support Protection Cluster DRC’s Co-leads in the coordination and quality of the Protection analysis and response. The RPC will also contribute to raising DRC’s profile and involvement when it comes to relevant policy and advocacy initiatives.

Sector responsibilities:

Protection as a core sector for DRC includes seven programmatic components: Child Protection, Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support (MHPSS), Gender-Based Violence, Legal Aid, Protection Information Management, Community-Based Protection and Support to Protection Cluster Coordination.

As the technical supervisor for country protection staff, the RPC will be responsible for developing and implementing DRC’s Protection Strategy in the region as well as supporting the technical capacity, expertise and quality assurance in countries.

The RPC assumes the functions of the regional programme role as defined in the programme workstream.

The position advertised for works in complementarity with the other regional protection coordinator, to jointly ensure the sectoral expertise and capacity for the WANALA region.

Geographic scope

This role provides support and technical guidance to the region and more specifically to West Africa Country Offices. It ensures compliance to DRC procedures and alignment with DRC’s technical guidelines.

The role contributes to the improvement of operations and strategies, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks.

Main responsibilities

  • Provide technical guidance and support to country programmes to ensure the highest level of quality in protection analyses, strategies and responses, in adherence with global standards and principles, and ensuring the harmonisation of protection approaches across the different countries in the region;
  • Lead the development of the Protection sector and support country offices to elaborate quality strategic protection documents, guidelines, advocacy papers, SOPs, capacity-building tools;
  • Provide inputs and guidance for integrating programs, in particular in coordination with the other regional technical leads, and for mainstreaming protection in our responses and provide technical expertise and support on proposals;
  • Formalise and develop programme-related operational tools (SOP) and training modules.
  • Lead the development and deployment of the regional Protection Strategy and other key documents for the sector.
  • Assure the co-lead of the Regional Protection Working Group for West Africa and liaise permanently with DRC partner organisations, UNHCR / OCHA and other protection humanitarian actors within the WA region, in close coordination with the Programmes team.

Programme Management

  • Ensure that Protection programmes meet stated objectives and indicators within agreed timeframes
  • Conduct regular field visits to identify and address programme quality concerns and gain a solid first-hand understanding of protection risks and trends at the CO level
  • In collaboration with the MEAL team, analyse and report on relevance, outcomes and impact of DRC protection related activities to provide lessons learnt and to identify best practices

Program development and strategy

  • Reinforce viable and relevant Protection Information Management system(s) for gathering, processing, analyzing and sharing protection-relevant data, if necessary also involving research-related components;
  • Oversee knowledge sharing across teams and ensure that monitoring and evaluation results are understood and used to improve programs.
  • Support protection analysis at the regional and country level
  • Contribute to the elaboration of regional strategic documents, and revise the CO strategies and protection strategies

Accountability and reporting

  • Ensure quality and compliance for projects, proposals and reports.
  • Ensure that quality assurance systems are applied in the region, with particular reference to upholding Core Humanitarian Standards and Age Gender and diversity throughout the protection programme


  • Ensure the coordination with relevant protection actors in the areas of intervention.
  • Representation of DRC and active participation in protection sectors/working groups.
  • Contribute to DRC advocacy and policy influencing in the region, externally as well as internally, and representing the organisation in relevant fora;

As technical supervisor the post-holder is responsible for the following:

  • Accountable for achieving DRC’s strategic goals and objectives within the area of responsibility.
  • Accountable for making significant decisions on what the unit does: its purpose, functions, and role, and for making commitments and decisions that require the expenditure of significant unit resources.
  • Accountable for people management of direct reports. This includes hiring & firing, objective setting, probation, performance appraisal, development of staff, managing performance, including poor performance, etc.
  • Accountable for making sound decisions based on DRC policies, standards, and the advice of technical experts in DRC.

3. Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 7 years of experience in protection, with at least 3 in GBV and MHPSS.
  • Experience working in Protection at regional or global level, in WA an added advantage;
  • Strong understanding of protection principles and likely protection risks for the context as well as conflict sensitivity;
  • Strong experience of engagement with CSO, national partners, local/government authorities, and INGOs;
  • Experience in protection analysis and protection strategy development;
  • Documented skills in project planning and design, drafting, calculation and technical writing;
  • Excellent skill in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
  • Experience in Project Cycle Management.


  • Previous experience in a conflict or forced displacement context

4. Required Skills & Qualities

  • Full professional proficiency in French and English
  • In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:

. Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process

. Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback

. Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation

. Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly

. Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment

  • Ability to work in a multinational and multicultural environment
  • Proven analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Team-oriented & good sense of humor

5. General Regulations

The employee shall follow :

  • DRC regulations on safety, health, COVID-19 norms and hygiene
  • The Code of Conduct and all ethical guidelines, including the Code of Conduct and the Humanitarian Accountability Framework
  • Rules for the use of the DRC guesthouse, which is a working accommodation

In addition :

  • Employee should not engage in any other paid activity during the DRC contract period without prior authorization
  • Employee should not engage in any activity that could harm DRC or the implementation of any project during the DRC contract period
  • Employee should not give interviews to the media or publish project-related photos or other material without prior authorisation
  • Employee shall return all borrowed equipment for the project to DRC after the end of the contract period or upon request

6. Application Process

Are you interested? Then apply for this position online: All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English.

DRC encourages all applicants to apply and does not practice any discrimination in any recruitment process. DRC provides equal opportunity in employment and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.

DRC encourages applicants from countries where it operates to apply.

Closing date for applications: 31 May 2024. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

Due to the urgency of the position, DRC has the right to recruit a candidate who matches the required profile before the above deadline.

Dakar, Senegal
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