Protection Assistant (Health and GBV)

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The DRC/DDG Somalia Programme is the largest programmes in East Africa region and has been providing relief and development services since 1997. DRC/DDG is among the INGOs with the largest presence in Somalia, with country-wide programmes implemented through six main sub offices in Somaliland, Puntland, Hiran Region, Gedo Region, Bay Region and Banadir Region. Using a human rights framework, the DRC Somalia operations focuses mainly on people who are affected by displacement, including refugees, internally displaced, and migrant.

Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a specialized unit within DRC which implements mine action and armed violence reduction (AVR) programmes. DDG’s mandate is ‘to create a safe environment free from armed violence and the remnants of conflict’, and DDG does this via a programmatic focus on four key sectors: Security Systems Reform, Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) management, Mine Action and Conflict Management.

Overall purpose of the role:

The Protection Assistant will be leading and supporting all GBV cases that need health services and H/She will be assisting the survivors to ensure they received appropriate and timely services. S/he will receive and assist all GBV/Child Protection survivors and adhering GBV guiding principles to ensure survivors are received inappropriate and private/space to maintain confidentiality at all levels. S/he will also work closely with Health and Safeguarding officer and other project staff.


  • Responsible for planning and direct implementation of Health and GBV related activities including the provision of services to GBV survivors and ensuring GBV principles have been adhered to at all levels.
  • Assist the
  • To provide high-quality survivors-centered health services to Gender-based Violence survivors.
  • Conduct awareness-raising on health and GBV sessions to community-based protection committees.
  • Ensure timely referral pathways adequate responses are provided (provision of health kits and timely referral to other relevant services based on the existing service mapping and Standard Operation Procedures).
  • Provide weekly, monthly and quarterly reports on the number of survivors provided to health services.
  • Conducting training on GBV and health for key stakeholders and ensuring direct protection messaging will be provided to targeted community leaders, women, and children through psychosocial support (PSS) activities and awareness-raising sessions.
  • Participate and maintain an effective relationship with GBVWG, CPWG, protection working group in Balcad for better coordination and referral pathways among service providers.
  • Follow up GBV and children Protection cases referred by caseworkers for safe shelter in collaboration with related stakeholders.
  • Other relevant duties as directed by your direct supervisor.
  • Adhere to COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions and provide PPE to survivors and another client.

Monitoring and Reporting

  • Prepare weekly / monthly individual work plans, with the inputs of your supervisor will serve as guidelines for implementation.
  • Continuously monitor protection activities and report on progress, challenges, and recommend solutions.
  • Participate in all relevant meetings, workshops, seminars, and training as directed and provide feedback

Experience, Education and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • Minimum1-2 years’ work experience in health, public health Protection, GBV, child protection with a demonstrated focus on protection program design and implementation.
  • University degree public health, nutrition field from a recognized institution.
  • Protection in working an international NGO, UN agency, or in a humanitarian response setting.
  • Experience in working with displaced and/or conflict-affected populations, such as refugees or IDP
  • Knowledge of community-based protection approaches, preferably including experience
  • Basic familiarity with MS application packages (Word, Excel, and database software) and willingness to develop further.
  • Good cooperation skills, ability to work well independently and in a team;
  • Experience working with International NGO’s, UN agencies, and/or local authorities in complex emergencies
  • Strong self-starter, able to take initiative and adapt to changing circumstances and priorities.
  • Strong listening and empathy skills, as well as a commitment to supporting women and children survivors/ at risk.


  • Spoken and written English and Somali is required
  • Basic skills in other languages such as Arabic is an asset**


In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results through the country team both to position DRC and ensure excellence in all deliverables.
  • Collaborating: You lead initiatives at country operation level by involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
  • Communicating: You listen to beneficiaries, staff and other stakeholders; and you communicate concisely and persuasively
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values and set a very clear standard for your country team members..


Availability: March 2022

Duty station: Jowhar

Reporting to: Project Manager

Duration: 12 Month with possibility of extension based on performance and funding

Contract: This position is graded as Band I-Non-Management for qualified national staff and the terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for national staff

The position is open to NATIONALS ONLY

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, color, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.


DRC adheres to the Core Humanitarian Standards. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of these standards. ​

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


Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post. We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.

Please forward the application and CV, in English through the online application on under Vacancies no later than 8th March 2022.

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