Protection Manager

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Danish Refugee Council




You will be based in Sumy and will be responsible for managing protection activities in Sumy Oblast. This position will report to the DRC Sumy Base Manager with technical supervision from the DRC Country Protection Coordinator and Area Program Manager.

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • Project Management and implementation – protection activities.
  • Coordinate, plan and monitor all protection related project activities, including protection monitoring, individual protection assistance, information dissemination, community-based protection, psychosocial support, GBV prevention and response activities and legal aid. 
  • Liaise and coordinate permanently with DRC`s partner organizations if present, UNHCR and other protection humanitarian actors in the intervention area.
  • Ensure the highest quality of the sectoral interventions, and the coherence between all projects, ongoing and proposed, according to the overall strategy.
  • Take leadership of the programs in terms of high quality and timely deliveries, narrative reporting and financial overviews, close cooperation with donors, Government counterparts and coordination mechanisms on site and in synergy with other DRC interventions in the area.
  • Formalize and develop project related operational tools and training modules.
  • Provide inputs for monthly, quarterly, and annual donor reports.
  • Provide overall budget monitoring, financial management and expenses control for the program activities, including compliance with minimum DRC and donor requirements.

Program development and strategy:

  • Representation of DRC and active participation in sectoral and relevant sub sectors/working groups.
  • Oversee knowledge sharing across teams and ensure that monitoring and evaluation results are understood and used to improve programs.
  • Drive the development and growth of the relevant programs within the DRC program objectives and feed into country-wide strategy development.

Accountability and reporting:

  • Guided by the DRC Programme Handbook, continuously monitor and develop relevant accountability initiatives within relevant project program as well as strengthening the effort to document the impact of activities.
  • Ensure compliance with internal and external reporting requirements including procurement.

People Management:

  • Recruit and line manage protection project staff;
  • Provide regular constructive feedback to direct reports, and support direct reports in performance management of their team members;
  • Assess training and development needs within the Protection team, develop and implement capacity-building plans.                                                                        


  • Ensure the coordination with relevant protection actors in the area of intervention.

As Manager You will be 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, generally at least 3 employees. 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, MOPs, standards, and the advice of technical experts in DRC.

About you

  • To be successful in this role we expect you to have at least 3 years` experience working for civil society organizations, humanitarian organizations, NGOs or in social work or in general project management. 

Moreover, we also expect the following:

  • Degree in Law, Human Rights, Social Work, Social Science, Humanities, Administration or other related field.
  • Experience/knowledge in protection and Human Rights  
  • Previous experience in managing programs and team members
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work effectively with vulnerable groups, staff members, and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, with the ability to prioritize tasks and manage multiple responsibilities.
  • Strong sense of personal integrity and understanding of confidentiality and ethics.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills for external audiences (including governments and donors).
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook/Exchange, Windows operating systems.
  • Excellent reporting and protection analysis skills.
  • Proficiency in English is compulsory.





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