Protection Assistant – GBV Job At Danish Refugee Council


Protection Assistant – GBV Job At Danish Refugee Council, Kenya

DRC began operating in Kenya in 2005 with assistance to refugees and displacement-affected communities via implementation of protection and livelihoods activities. DRC works in Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps, as well as in Nairobi and Mombasa to assist urban-based refugees.  In the Kakuma Refugee Camp, (Turkana County), DRC assists refugees throughout East Africa but primarily from South Sudan with protection and livelihoods/self-reliance programs.  Host community members also benefit from DRC activities. Currently there are over 130 DRC staff in the Kenya country program, 19 of whom work in Kakuma.  With funding from UNHCR and other donors, DRC will continue to provide both humanitarian assistance and longer-term development support to existing refugees, new arrivals, and the host community in Kakuma and expand activities into the new Kalobeyei settlement area.

Protection Assistant Purpose

  • The purpose of this post is to provide day to day management of prevention activities and other related activities in the new settlement of Kalobeyei.  In collaboration with the GBV officer, s/he will undertake all prevention related activities that may include among others; training, raising awareness, forums with opinion leaders and focus group discussions etc.  S/he will work and liaise closely with GBV Officer, Psychosocial Counselor and Assistant psychosocial counsellors on documentation of program activities as per donor requirements.

Protection Assistant Responsibilities

Coordination & Networking

  • Mobilize community to participate in GBV prevention activities in the refugee camps
  • Participate in meetings with community leaders, GBV support groups and other stakeholders
  • Develop innovative and sustainable GBV implementation strategies closely monitoring behaviour change and regularly appraise on existing strategies on SGBV
  • Referring all SGBV related cases to the response team for management
  • Conducting training sessions for identified community and agency staff on SGBV issues
  • Organizing and facilitating workshops for incentive workers, support groups and agency workers
  • Maintain and strengthen existing networks through other service providers at the camp level, to ensure that survivors receive quality services and support both at the agency levels.
  • Actively participate in scheduled meetings such as GBV inter-agency Coordination meetings
  • Identify new networks to work with to ensure GBV is prevented
  • Work in close collaboration with the response team to ensure ongoing needs of at-risk groups, women and girls are being met in the prevention related activities.
  • Strengthen existing referral systems and networks of psychosocial service providers
  • In collaboration with other partners, design prevention activities/interventions within the refugee community
  • Participate in conducting trainings for partners on relevant organizational development areas and support peer learning between DRC and other partner agencies

Community engagement & outreach

  • Conduct sensitization, dialogue sessions with the wider population on ways to prevent and reduce SGBV
  • Facilitate formation of support groups to enhance community engagement and ownership on GBV Prevention work
  • Identify and strengthen community structures through engaging community leaders, camp management, and other stakeholders to ensure that the survivors receive adequate support at the community level
  • Disseminate relevant information during Community SGBV prevention forums and meetings

Monitoring and evaluation

  • Assist in preparing weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual reports.
  • Use appropriate data collection tools and submit assessments and reports in a timely and accurate manner
  • Work closely with the refugee staff to ensure quality reporting
  • Ensure Core Humanitarian Standards are mainstreamed in the day to day project implementation
  • Attend relevant training forums relevant to the job
  • Assist with any other related activities as deemed necessary by the supervisor

Staff management and development

  • Provide supervision to the community workers to ensure effective implementation
  • Conduct continuous performance/evaluation for community workers
  • Engage in quality self-care through supervision, debriefings, and other shared sessions
  • Conduct regular formal and on-job training and mentorship to the team with other related topics to enhance professionalism

Qualifications For Protection Assistant

  • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Social Work or other Social Science
  • Minimum 1 year working experience in undertaking GBV prevention activities in a refugee set up.
  • Good team player; able to take direction and work collaboratively with others
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including empathic listening
  • Ability to communicate in a highly professional manner with clients, community members and professional partners
  • Able to complete required reporting and documentation within the set deadlines
  • Highly motivated, creative, and compassionate person who is dedicated to ensuring that models of best practice are utilized
  • Able to uphold high ethical and professional standards
  • Able to maintain the highest levels of confidentiality
  • Problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to work in a challenging environment
  • Ability to promote the values of equality, non-discrimination, and human rights for all


How to Apply

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