Regional Protection Coordinator Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

Job Title: Regional Protection Coordinator

Workplace: Djibouti, Bujumbura, Nairobi or Goma

Department / Country: East Africa Region

Contract type: Expatriate contract

Availability: June 2020

Duty station: The position will be based in one of the DRC offices either in Nairobi, Goma, Djibouti or Bujumbura. This position is non-accompanied.

Overall Purpose of the Role: The DRC Regional Protection Coordinator will play a strategic role in leading the protection in humanitarian and nexus contexts for DRC East Africa and Great Lakes Region.

Apart from guiding the strategic vision for DRC’s protection response at the regional and national level, she/he will also play a pivotal role in providing learning opportunities on the most relevant and up-to-date protection related issues, thematic areas and initiatives.

This post will also proactively provide evidenced based analysis to support and nurture the durable solutions frameworks and advocacy initiatives on behalf of internally displaced people, refugees and other people affected by displacement in the region.

She/he will report directly to the Deputy Regional Director and collaborate closely with the Protection Unit in Copenhagen, as well as the other coordinators in the region.


  • Lead technical support to country operations and protection staff, particularly in the following programmatic areas: Protection Monitoring and Individual Protection Assistance, Community-Based Protection, Protection Information Management, Psychosocial Support, Child Protection, Gender-Based Violence prevention and response, Housing, Land and Property, Case Management and Legal Aid, as well as Protection Mainstreaming.
  • Provide strategic and technical inputs into the development of programmes at regional and country office level.
  • Develop technical guidance notes and undertake capacity-building initiatives to enhance understanding and quality implementation of protection interventions.
  • Support the regional office and the country offices with the development of concept notes, proposals, protection-related standard operating procedures, and contextual tools for protection activities.
  • Support in-country capacity on Protection Information Management (PIM) as per international standards and principles.
  • Advise the countries and regional office on protection in strategic documents and proposals and ensure that protection, age, gender, and diversity, and conflict sensitivity are mainstreamed and adequately reflected in relevant strategic documents, decisions and practice.
  • Provide guidance and technical support to DRC staff in national protection cluster co-coordinator roles across the region.
  • Participate in the recruitment of protection coordinators and managers at country office level within the region.
  • Propose, lead and support initiatives on cross-border protection and integrated programming within the EAGL region.
  • Contribute to / take lead in developing DRC and joint policy position papers / briefs and advocacy messaging on thematic protection issues in close collaboration with the regional advocacy coordinator.
  • Provide technical guidance on developing protection integrated programming for the region.
  • Participate in regional and/or national cluster/AoR meetings and in regional working groups (e.g. Regional CP Network, Regional GBV Working Group, etc.) to represent DRC and to highlight the concerns and needs of displacement affected people, and propose solutions.
  • Take the lead in raising the protection profile of DRC in the region by conducting external trainings and participating in seminars/webinars.
  • Conduct thorough technical review of DRC’s protection programmes across country offices in the region and produce recommendations for improvement as needed.
  • Ensure links with Regional Office initiatives such as the Mixed Migration Center (MMC) and the Regional Durable Solutions Secretariat (ReDSS) and provide them with technical protection guidance as required, with a view to enhancing the protection outcomes of MMC and ReDSS initiatives/work.
  • Interface with relevant representatives/staff of donor agencies and build alliances with relevant INGOs/NGOs at regional and country level.
  • Provide surge support to country programmes, when essential.
  • Ensure a regular and proactive communication with the protection unit at the HQ level, in Copenhagen

Reporting: The Regional Potection Coordinator will report to the Deputy Regional Director

About you

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s 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: You act in line with our vision and values.

Experience and technical competencies

  • Post-graduate qualification in the field of law, political and social sciences/humanities, in general.
  • Minimum 10 years of working experience in protection in humanitarian and nexus contexts, of which majority is field-based
  • Proven experience in training and development of national and international staff members and organisations.
  • Working experience in an international humanitarian organisation or UN agencies
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and adaptability
  • Excellent networking skills
  • Experience working in insecure environments and willingness to travel within the region
  • Work related experience from the East Africa and Great Lakes region or similar complex displacement situations.


  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Fluent in written and spoken French


Contract: One year contract with possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance. Salary and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for international staff graded at Employment Band F

Application and CV

CLICK HERE to apply online

Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, sent together with a CV, will be considered.

DRC only accepts applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.

Please submit your application and CV in English no later than 13 June, 2020.

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. In light of this, women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply to bridge the gender gap.

Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, colour, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.

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Updated: June 5, 2020 — 2:24 pm