Protection Team Leader

Protection Team Leader in Gdynia: Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Protection Team Leader for the Gdynia Community Center

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a leading protection agency with a mandate to promote and protect durable solutions to conflict and displacement affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. DRC is implementing a multi-sector response to support Ukraine refugees, IDPs, and host populations both within Ukraine and in the neighboring countries of Poland, Romania and Moldova, and wider Europe.  Since late February 2022, nearly 4 million Ukrainians and third-country nationals have crossed the border to Poland. As part of its neighboring countries response, DRC is establishing an operational presence in Poland to support displaced populations through a partnership with civil society organizations and national NGOs, duty bearers, and other actors.

DRC Poland will be responsible for the management of four community centre supported by UNHCR in Gdynia. The community centre services will be provided in collaboration with several local/national NGOs under the leadership of DRC Poland.

About the job

Under the leadership of the DRC community centre Area Protection Project Manager and with support of the country Protection team, Gdynia community centre Protection Team Leader will be responsible for the overall coordination of the roll out and implementation of the community center services in Gdynia and any related outreach activities conducted by DRC and partners in the region. Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

Management, Programming, and Operations

  • Lead and manage the Gdynia community centre team (direct management of community centre staffs hired by DRC).
  • Coordinate the work of DRC and all partners in the community centre ensuring effective and quality daily provision of counseling, access to information, legal counselling, MHPSS and child protection in the community centre in line with minimum standards and agreed workplan.
  • Support any information management processes required for the successful delivery of the project goals.
  • Provide technical support to community centre staff.
  • Prepare weekly and monthly community centre workplans and schedules.
  • Ensure daily monitoring of the community centre operations, assess quality and report any challenges to the community centre Area Protection Project Manager.
  • Ensure daily and periodical (monthly/quarterly/annual) reporting on the Gdynia community centre activities in line with project reporting requirements.
  • Participate in project reviews (relevant for Gdynia) and preparation of proposals and budgets for donors.
  • Support monitoring and evaluation exercises of the community centre operations as advised by the Programme Development and Quality Assurance team.
  • Support programmatic learning based on project implementation and lead generation of lessons learnt and best practice at area level.
  • Identify and share recommendation on required project adaptation.

Coordination and Representation

  • Collaborate with Gdynia community centre partner organizations ensuring smooth delivery of project activities taking into account specific needs or partners vs project deliverables.
  • Collaborate with the Country Protection Team on the development and roll out of relevant project tools.
  • Participate in donor meetings upon request.
  • With support of the Country Protection Team, maintain relations and share information with the municipality of Gdynia, the Metropolitan Area of Gdansk – Gdynia – Sopot and the Pomorskie voyevodship.
  • Represent DRC at meetings and other relevant technical coordination meetings at area level.
  • Ensure integration with other DRC sectors (CCCM, Economic Recovery).

Logistics & Finance

  • Closely collaborate with area support services officers to support timely procurement and delivery of necessary project equipment and supplies to partners, HR and admin procedures
  • Support the monitoring of financial commitments and expenditures against the project budget and provide timely feedback on budget follow-up
  • Plan and coordinate proactively logistics and movements of staff from and to different operational areas
  • Initiate procurements and ensure their execution

About You

To be successful in this role we expect you to have a minimum of 2 years of management experience at a mid to senior level, preferably with experience in the field of humanitarian response and refugee protection, social work working for an NGO, UN agency, relevant ministry, or local authority. Moreover, we also expect the following:

  • Master’s degree in political science, international development, economics, or other relevant fields.
  • Minimum 2 years of practical experience in the area of protection/human rights/social work.
  • Proven management skills and competence in people management.
  • Commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures.
  • Excellent skills in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Full professional proficiency in English and Polish and proficiency in Ukrainian and/or Russian is highly desirable.
  • Field experience.

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 uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to our values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment.

We Offer

Contract length: December 31st 2023 (with the possibility of extension, subject to funding availability)

Band: Management, G

Base Salary Range: from 15220 to 17644 PLN gross per month, based on experience.

Geographic scope: Gdynia

Start date: Asap

We offer a competitive salary and benefits 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 in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

All applicants must already have the legal right to live and work in Poland without visa sponsorship or be EU/EFTA/Ukrainian citizens.

Closing date for applications: March 31st, 2023

Applications will be reviewed, and interviews conducted on a rolling basis, and we, therefore, encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website

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Department: Europe
Country: Poland
Workplace: Gdynia
Contract Type: National
Categories: Project Management
Education: Master's Degree

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