Protection Officer – Legal

Danish Refugee Council

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a leading protection agency with a mandate is to promote and protect durable solutions to conflict and displacement affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights.

DRC has been operating in Ukraine since 2014, currently DRC employs over 250 staff in Ukraine and will continue significant scale-up in 2022 to implement emergency response in the Protection, Livelihoods, Shelter/NFIs and Humanitarian Disarmament and Peacebuilding (humanitarian mine action) sectors, using direct interventions, support to duty bearers and civil society organizations (CSOs), and partnerships with CSOs. DRC will continue and adapt its durable solutions portfolio to the evolving context.

DRC is currently looking for Protection Officer – Legal to join our team in Chernihiv.

Overall purpose of the role:

• Ensure the quality of the planning, implementation and follow up of all technical aspects of the Protection Legal activities being implemented by DRC
• Deliver high quality legal aid services to the persons of concern including information provision, consultation and representation
• Develop and maintain good relations with the persons of concern, relevant stakeholders and other humanitarian actors, to support adequate implementation and coordination of DRC’s sector activities

Geographic scope: Base (Chernihiv)

Main responsibilities:
Programming & Operations
• Ensure efficient and effective program implementation while following the budget and work plan
• Participate in preparing monthly/quarterly/annual highlights/reports and proposals and budgets for donors
• Support the design and implementation of awareness sessions focusing on topics relevant to the communities
• Provide one-on-one legal counseling to IDPs and conflict-affected populations on their legal rights and remedies
• Facilitate IDPs and conflict-affected population in obtaining civil documentation, identification documents and other documents relevant to protection of rights and achievement of durable solution
• Provide administrative and other para-legal assistance to enable IDP and conflict-affected population to access welfare benefits, livelihood opportunities and government and non-government benefits and privileges
• Provide in-court representation where necessary
• Participate in joint assessment together with the Protection team and other sectors as needed
• Facilitate and following up incoming and outgoing protection referral cases
• Ensure thorough documentation and archiving of activities conducted in line with Protection Information Management principles
• Lead the team in carrying out monitoring and evaluation exercises

Coordination and representation
• Collaborate with relevant internal and external technical experts on sector relevant issues
• Contribute to the development of referral mechanisms for legal matters
• Represent DRC at meetings and other relevant technical coordination meetings as requested by the Protection Manager
• Ensure integration with other DRC sectors

Project development
• Develop project plans and budgets for funding
• Develop projects tools
• Project implementation and reporting
• Monitor and evaluate projects

• Support the monitoring of financial commitments and expenditures against budgets
• Plan and coordinate proactively logistics and movements of staff from and to different operational areas
• Initiate procurements and ensure their execution
• Ensure distribution plans are prepared and shared with logistics in a timely manner

Required experience and competencies:
• Excellent knowledge of Ukrainian law;
• Minimum 2 years of relevant professional experience, including experience in legal counseling;
• (I)NGO experience is preferred;
• Experience of working with vulnerable groups and communities;
• Strong analytical, legal writing and research skills;
• Excellent communication skills;
• Ability to provide a high quality, targeted and accessible legal advice;
• English proficiency
• Fluency in local language
• Excellent skill in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:
• Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.
• Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
• Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
• Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly.
• Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

Required education:
University degree in Law.

We offer:
Contract length: 3 months renewable depending on performance and funding.
Level: H non-Manager
Designation of Duty Station: Chernihiv
Start date: As soon as possible.
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for national staff.

Application process:
All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.
Closing date for applications: 31th October 2022

How to apply