Job: Danish Refugee Council - Tanzania - Protection Manager

Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Country: United Republic of Tanzania
Closing date: 30 Jun 2016

DRC has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997 and while DRC initially focused assisting those who are displaced by conflict, it now works with all those in the region impacted by displacement. Danish Refugee Council has been operating in Tanzania from October 2015 since the establishment of Nduta refugee camp. DRC are working in Nduta and Mtendeli refugee camps, with a current combined population of 43,000 refugees, and expected population of 100,000 in the first quarter of 2016. DRC are working in the sectors of Camp Management and Community Services, Protection and Shelter/Construction. Following the initial emergency response in 2015, DRC deployed emergency responders to open the program and are now, in 2016, moving towards a more permanent structure to continue to address the needs of the growing refugee population in the two existing camps and a planned third camp. DRC are based in Kibondo, Kigoma region.
Job profile
The Protection Manager will ensure the effective implementation of DRC’s protection activities in Tanzania, and the mainstreaming of protection issues within other program sectors and advocacy. The PM will lead the strategic direction and technical and operational management, in both quality and delivery. The PM is responsible for the implementation of the country office’s protection programming strategy and to develop and update this according to changes in humanitarian or operational context. The PM will contribute to the development of proposals where protection programming is concerned and, under the leadership of the Head of Office, will actively engage with donors on protection issues. The below list of responsibilities is not exhaustive; other tasks may be required to adapt to operational needs.
Key responsibilities
General Management
  • Line manage national protection staff in camps
  • Ensure high quality project implementation in accordance with donor and DRC regulations as well as in line with agreed log frames/indicators, budgets, procurement plans, and work plans.
  • With HOFA ensure that activities and expenses are regularly monitored and, as needed, action plans with follow-up are developed to correct any over- or underspending in a timely manner.
  • Work with Head of Office to ensure that the protection program is well documented and that the institutional memory of DRC Tanzania is preserved.
  • Regular coordination and liaison with UNHCR protection unit and other protection partners in the field, contributing to shaping the overall protection strategy of the operation/response
  • Assist in the representation of DRC in meetings relevant to DRC’s work in Tanzania, including at meetings with partners, donors, government officials and cluster/coordination meetings.
  • Ensure DRC’s mandate is known and correctly understood by all stakeholders.
  • Pro-actively liaise and build good rapport with local authority officials, community representatives, and any other relevant stakeholders.
  • Ensure the roll out of the DRC Tanzania protection sector strategy and its integration into the DRC Tanzania program strategy and the response as a whole.
  • Ensure regular and critical review of the protection strategy.
Donor Relations / Funding
  • Represent the organization with implementing partners, government, and donor entities. Contribute to DRC Tanzania’s fundraising strategy and help build strong relationships with donors to ensure predictable funding for DRC’s protection programming in Tanzania.
  • Monitor developments and determine strategic opportunities related to the protection sectors.
  • Ensure that high quality, integrated, and needs-based proposals are developed and according to DRC Tanzania priorities as identified in its country strategic planning.
Administration: Finances, Human Resources, and Logistics
  • Signatory of official documents (contracts, payments, purchase orders) within approved parameters and in compliance with DRC’s and donors’ rules and regulations, and Tanzanian law.
  • Provide appropriate and timely feedback to program staff regarding their performance, including annual staff performance appraisals. Identify with protection staff their needs and opportunities for professional development.
  • Develop job descriptions and recruit qualified protection staff (national).
Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Reporting
  • Represent protection sector in project kick-off, close-out and review meetings according to requirements. Ensure documentation and follow up of action points in a timely manner.
  • Include the participation of beneficiaries and communities, particularly those most vulnerable or at-risk, in all stages of the project cycle where appropriate.
  • Ensure that all protection activities are included in project M&E plans and supervise the implementation. Ensure key lessons learned are incorporated in new protection project proposals.
  • Strengthen accountability activities for protection, ensuring that feedback from all relevant stakeholders is considered in protection programming design.
  • Contribute to drafting of project reports, leading on any protection sector inputs.
The Protection Manager reports to the DRC Tanzania Head of Office.
Qualifications and experience
  • University degree with advanced training/courses either in management, international relations, development studies, or other related field
  • An excellent professional track record with a minimum of seven years of work experience, with at least four years of overseas experience in a managerial role; technical knowledge and significant experience in working in refugee contexts
  • Excellent English writing ability and verbal skills for project proposals, reports, and communications; French skills an asset
  • Successful track record in initiating, cultivating, and securing support from donors and partners
  • M&E knowledge and experience, including understanding of conducting assessments and analysing data
  • The selected candidate must have demonstrated ability to think strategically, prioritize, and meet deadlines; must be culturally sensitive.
  • S/he must be able to plan and manage her/his own time effectively. The holder must exercise a strong work ethic and take responsibility for his/her own actions. High degree of flexibility with respect to working hours.
Contract: 11 months with possibility of extension dependent upon funding.
Other employment conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates recruited by the Horn of Africa and Yemen Regional Office. This position is rated as A14 on the DRC salary scale available at
Availability: 1 August 2016
Duty Station: The position will be based in Kibondo, Kigoma region, Tanzania Note that this is an unaccompanied position.
General Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework.
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How to apply:

Application process
To apply for this position click on the apply button on our online-application form on underVacancies. Applications sent by email will not be considered.
All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English. CV only applications will not be considered. Applications close on 30 June, 2016.
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact[email protected]