Protection Officer

Protection Officer in Tibu: The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, working in more than 40 countries to provide adequate assistance with a rights-based approach to refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, returnees and migrants.

Our vision is to help refugees, internally displaced persons and their host communities to a dignified life. We protect lives and human rights and empower beneficiaries throughout conflict displacement by providing shelter, food and hope in terms of work, education and integration towards a sustainable future.

DRC established an operational presence in Colombia in 2011 with a focus on Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) and providing support to the conflict-affected population in the south of the country. With the onset of large mixed migration flows to Colombia due to the Venezuelan crisis, DRC began an integrated humanitarian response in 2018 to meet the urgent needs of refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, Colombian returnees, and host communities in some of the areas most vulnerable in Colombia, such as the Caribbean coastal areas (Riohacha and Barranquilla). urban centers (Bogotá and Cundinamarca), and Caquetá. In 2021, DRC opened field offices on the South Pacific coast in the department of Nariño and the northern zone of Colombia in Norte de Santander.


  • Under the supervision of the Protection Manager, the Protection Officer will support the on-the-ground implementation of all Protection objectives under DRC projects.
  • The Protection Officer will develop and maintain good relationships with persons of concern, relevant stakeholders and other humanitarian actors, to support the proper implementation and coordination of DRC Protection activities to be carried out in the area of ​​intervention.
  • Support the Protection Manager to ensure the quality of planning, implementation and monitoring of protection activities.
  • Support the implementation of differential approaches, especially gender, age, and ethnicity, in the Protection activities of the Tibú office.


Implementation of the Protection Project

  • Participate in the implementation of general protection activities in accordance with the agreed objectives.
  • Continuously monitor and document the needs of persons of concern.
  • Implement protection monitoring, through data collection and qualitative data by implementing quantitative data through individual protection monitoring, focus groups and key informant interviews on protection issues.
  • Support the development of the registry of victims and those activities related to Law 1448, as required by the context.
  • Identify and document vulnerable people or communities that have been affected by the dynamics of the armed conflict in the region, compiling the necessary information and carrying out an assessment of risk situations and protection gaps that the population presents.
  • Handle confidential information correctly, managing protection files accurately, correctly and completely.
  • Develop plans to address identified protection needs by proceeding to deliver individual protection assistance (IPA) and/or referrals to internal and/or external specialist services
  • Maintain the database of interviews with key stakeholders, referrals and IPA, updated and correct.
  • Provide information for weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports as required by the Protection Team Leader. Likewise, ad hoc reports when necessary.
  • Support the Protection Team leader in the preparation of reports or inputs resulting from protection monitoring for DRC participation in local coordination spaces (ELC), in institutional or humanitarian tables for contrasting information on the dynamics of the armed conflict in the region.
  • Ensure the highest quality of protection interventions and consistency between all projects, ongoing and proposed, in accordance with the overall strategy.
  • Follow work plans and guidelines
  • Contribute to strengthening the gender approach in protection actions.
  • Guide persons of interest according to the protection routes, the mapping of services and humanitarian and institutional actors for access to the guarantee of rights.
  • Organize and facilitate focus groups and information sessions and awareness campaigns on protection issues.
  • Participate in spaces for training and feedback on protection actions.
  • Participate collaboratively in the actions of the protection team.
  • Contribute to the development of operational protection tools.

Programming and Operations

  • Ensure efficient and effective implementation of the program while following the budget and work plan.
  • Participate in the preparation of monthly reports and budgets


  • Minimum 2 years of relevant experience in humanitarian protection, social work, human rights, work with victims of the armed conflict or other similar field work, related to institutions of the National System of Attention and Comprehensive Reparation for Victims – SNARIV, NGO or other organization nonprofit.
  • Field experience and work with internally displaced persons.
  • Field experience and working with female GBV survivors and LGBTI people.
  • Basic knowledge of assistance and reparation routes for victims of the armed conflict.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in humanitarian protection and a differential approach in protection responses;
  • Experience in data collection and analysis;
  • Excellent skills to work with tablets and computers
  • Good skills in MS Word and Excel
  • Will and ability to learn
  • Experience with the following standard procedures and guidelines.


  • Relevant professional diploma or degree (for example, political science, law, social work, international development, psychology, human rights etc.)


All DRC roles require the subsequent incumbent to master the DRC Core Competencies:

  • Achieve excellence: focus on achieving results and ensuring efficient processes.
  • Collaboration: involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
  • Take initiative: Take ownership and initiative while pursuing innovation.
  • Communicate: listen and speak effectively and honestly.
  • Demonstrate Integrity: Act in Accordance with DRC’s Vision and Values


  • The opportunity to belong to one of the best NGO’s worldwide.
  • Access to over 1,000 free online trainings and certificates.
  • Prepaid medicine, 100% coverage of the policy for the employee and special price for beneficiaries.
  • National contract for a fixed term of 6 months with all the legal benefits
  • Salary starting at $3,275,000 depending on the experience and skills of the candidate.
  • Start date: May 02, 2023.
  • Salary and conditions in accordance with the terms of employment in Colombia.

Application process: All applicants must upload a cover letter (max. 1 page) and an updated CV (max. 2 pages, without supports) in Spanish, on the DRC employment platform. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Application closing date: Sunday, April 9, 2023 at 11:59 am Local Time. If you apply for this position, we understand that you are willing to move to the Tibú area or live in the area. Please note that applications will be continually reviewed and interviews will be scheduled as soon as a suitable candidate is identified  . DRC reserves the right to close the vacancy prior to the deadline once a suitable candidate is identified. It is recommended to apply for this vacancy as soon as possible, if it is of interest to you.

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Department: America
Country: Colombia
Workplace: Tibu
Contract Type: National
Categories: Project Management
Education: Bachelor's Degree Diploma Master's Degree

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