Protection Officer (Legal Officer) at Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

by Udahiliportaldaily

Founded in 1956, The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities – in more than 40 countries around the world. DRC has been implementing emergency response projects in Tanzania since the onset of the Burundi refugee crisis in 2015 in three refugee camps in the Kigoma Region at the border with Burundi. DRC’s integrated projects for refugees, asylum seekers and host communities comprise sectors such as Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), Protection (CBP, PSN, GBV, CP and Legal), Shelter and infrastructure, and Economic Recovery.

Overall Purpose Of The Role:

The legal officer will provide litigation support to PoCs on humanitarian cases and offer legal analysis/training to refugees in Nduta and Nyarugusu camps. Will strengthen capacity of legal support in supporting legal practitioners representing POCs in need of international protection. Legal officer will work closely with paralegal on raising awareness to POCs on child protection, GBV, refugees rights, child labour, child’s rights, help desk, juvenile court and mobile court.

Main Responsibilities:

Responsibilities and tasks

  • Reviews domestic violence police reports and establishes contact with the victim(s) to check on their status/safety. Educates the victim(s) on the criminal process and the role of the legal criminal advocate.
  • Acts as a liaison between the victim(s) in domestic violence criminal cases and the prosecutors and courts, coordinate interviews, meetings, court appearances and relay victim input.
  • Represent POCs in mobile court, juvenile court and planning visitation to prisoners in Kasulu/Kibondo DC and in camps.
  • Working with paralegal in ensuring there are legal help desks (mobile and stationed) for legal awareness to PoCs such as permits to go outside the camp.
  • Drafting legal submission and making legal representation of PoCs and community members during court sessions in cases of GBV and child protection.
  • Making mediation and negotiation in cases such as card splitting, neighborhood conflict and family conflict.
  • Assists PoCs seeking orders for Protection and attends court hearings when needed.
  • Assigning duties and supervising interpreters and paralegals in performing their duties.
  • Performs crisis intervention advocacy and social service referrals when necessary, and accompanies law enforcement with follow-up calls on Assessment of GBV survivors.
  • Serves as a link between the DRC and the judicial/legal communities.
  • Providing legal advice, trainings on child labor and trafficking to PoCs when litigating legal issues.
  • In collaboration with case management officer, linking GBV survivors to psychosocial social support and livelihood opportunities.
  • Undertaking legal research and organizing legal trainings to national staffs and partners.
  • Take over any other task designated by the Manager, Team Leader to ensure proper functioning of the Legal department.
  • Ensure DRC’s accountability commitments are mainstreamed into all protection ac
  • Any other tasks required by his/her supervisors in the limit of his/her expertise.

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.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Experience of more than two years in humanitarian context.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience working in INGO, with additional knowledge of human rights law and international refugees’ law.
  • Able to work in challenging environment and meeting deadline.
    Flexible, team player and independent
  • Technical understanding of core protection concepts, and response strategies in line with best practices.
  • Experience working in protection in an integrated manner with other humanitarian sectors of intervention.
  • Experience working with displaced or conflict affected populations.
  • Strong planning, organizational and problem-solving skills with the ability to work both independently and within a team.
  • Integrity, strong work ethic, and ability to consistently meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures.
  • Full proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel.

Competency profile

  • Compliance and Detail-oriented
  • Strong team player
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, culturally sensitive and adaptable
  • Flexible, enthusiastic and willing to learn from others
  • Understands humanitarian issues in Tanzania, and the region
  • Willing to travel to project sites in Tanzania

Position Information

Employment category: Grade H

Reporting to: Legal Team Leader

Technical line manager:Protection Manager

Direct reports: N/A

Unit/department: Legal Department

Location: Kibondo/Kasulu

Providing equal opportunities We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply.

DRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff within its programs. As such, we strongly encourage national and diaspora candidates to apply for this position. However, candidates should take into consideration that DRC cannot employ, under an international contract, a national of the country in which he or she will be working (in this case, the United Republic of Tanzania)

Promoting high standards : DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.

Application and CV

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 JOB.

How to Apply:


Application due: 5/14/2023

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