Protection and Advocacy Manager - Afghanistan

Employer: DRC
Location: Afghanistanj

Key responsibilities
The Protection & Advocacy Manager will have the overall responsibility for managing DRC Afghanistan's protection programmes and advocacy activities. More specifically, providing guidance to DRC regional offices in the design and implementation of protection projects; deliver evidenced based analysis of protection context; develop a DRC Afghanistan protection strategy; provide technical input into programme development processes; and taking responsibility for external representation and policy development which should focus on and contribute to DRC Afghanistan’s core protection mandate and durable solutions for displaced Afghans.

The Protection and Advocacy Manager will have a critical capacity building role, improving DRC Afghanistan’s country programme staff, implementing partners’, and key government stakeholder’s capacity in relation to the protection of the displaced population.

The position requires a high degree of responsibility, flexibility and understanding of complex organisational charts including horizontal liaising among different senior managers. S/he reports to the Programme Director. The key responsibilities include:

Protection Programming

• Developing overall protection strategy for DRC Afghanistan;

• Oversee and provide technical support for the implementation of protection projects and activities, in line with the Afghanistan programme strategy, DRC programme handbook and donor’s contractual requirements;

• Oversee the management and accountability of protection implementing partners;

• Developing DRCs methodologies for implementing, monitoring and evaluating protection activities;

• Maintaining updated knowledge and resources related to international laws and protection best practices;

• Mainstreaming protection in other DRC activities by actively participating in the production of cross-cutting tools and methodologies through working closely with other Programme Managers and senior staff.


• Engage in external relations, representation and advocacy work, with a focus on the humanitarian coordination system and technical policy forums;

• Mainstream protection in all our advocacy and policy work;

• Work closely with the senior management under the supervision of the Programme Director to ensure a coordinated and coherent approach to DRC's country and regional advocacy work;

• Build and manage government relationships that support our protection advocacy work;

• Engage in research and policy development that will contribute to the protection of, and durable solutions for, displaced populations in line with DRC’s programme handbook. Use this to inform and support evidenced based advocacy initiatives;

• Coordinate with all key protection stakeholders.

Programme development, monitoring and reporting

• Lead on designing protection programmes and mainstreaming protection at the design phase by providing protection input into the overall programme development processes.

• Produce timely and quality both donor and internal reports for the protection programmes in line with donor and DRC requirements;

• Work closely with the M&E team in order to develop protection M&E tools, monitor protection projects - remotely whenever required - and measure the impact and success of protection activities.

Capacity Building and Technical Support

• Provide direct capacity building for the programme teams, to increase individual protection capacities and mainstream protection through the programme;

• Provide advocacy support and capacity building for senior managers to improve external representation and advocacy work, and ensure that such work contributes to our strategic objectives;

• Provide direct technical support and capacity building for our implementing partners to ensure that they are also upholding DRC’s protection standards and contributing to our strategic objectives.


• University degree in law, international relations, management, human rights, social/political science or related field;

• Extensive professional work experience within international humanitarian/development work;

• Thorough understanding of displacement issues and related international standards/frameworks. Knowledge of the local context in Afghanistan is a strong asset;

• At least 6 years of experience on implementing protection activities;

• Extensive experience in representation, advocacy and networking;

• Demonstrated ability to provide capacity building to a range of stakeholders;

• Solid project management experience;

• Strong analytical skills;

• Excellent writing and communication skills;

• Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with local staff and other stakeholders;

• Professional fluency in written and spoken English; Knowledge of local Afghan languages is an added advantage;

• Ability to work in a deadline driven environment and undertake a proactive approach;

• Ability to live and work in a insecure and changing environment.

We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of age, nationality, race, gender or age.


Availability: March 2014.

Duty station: Kabul, Afghanistan with frequent trips to other provinces.

Contract: 1 year with the possibility of extension.

Salary and other conditions in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates, which can be found on our website under Vacancies. The position is placed at Level A10.

About DRC

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a private, independent, humanitarian organization working on all aspects of the refugee cause in more than twenty five countries throughout the world. The aim of DRC is to protect refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) against persecution and to promote durable solutions to the problems of forced migration, on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. DRC works in accordance with the UN Conventions on Refugees and the Code of Conduct for the ICRC and NGOs in Disaster Relief.

The protection and assistance to conflict affected population is provided within a long-term, regional and rights-based approach in order to constitute a coherent and effective response to the challenges posed by today’s conflicts. Assistance consists of relief and other humanitarian aid, rehabilitation, support to return and repatriation as well as promotion of long-term solutions to displacement and its causes. In addition, support and capacity building of local and national authorities and NGOs form an integral part of DRC’s work.
How to apply:

Application and CV

Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications sent together with a CV will be considered. Please provide references, but do not attach any written recommendations. CV-only applications will not be considered.

Please submit your application and CV in English and marked “Protection & Advocacy Manager – Afghanistan”, no later than 28 February 2014 via our online recruitment system on under Vacancies/Current vacancies/Protection & Advocacy Manager – Afghanistan.

Further information

You are welcome to contact the Country Director, Kyriakos Giaglis at for additional information on the position. Please note that applications are not to be sent Mr Kyriakos Giaglis. Applications sent directly to Mr. Kyriakos Giaglis will not be considered. For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult

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Please contact us at, if you have questions to the application process or experience problems with your on-line application.


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