Team Leader – Protection GBV

Team Leader Protection GBV in Kakuma: The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1956, that works in more than 35 countries around the world. DRC has been operating in Kenya since 2005, where we assist refugees and displacement-affected communities in Dadaab, Kakuma, Kalobeyei and Nairobi through protection and livelihoods activities to enhance their self-reliance and expand opportunities for a dignified life. DRC provides both humanitarian assistance and longer-term development support to respond to the needs of communities affected by acute crisis as well as those in protracted displacement situations.

Overall purpose of the role: 
The GBV Team Leader will manage the Protection teams comprising of GBV prevention & response, project staffs to ensure effective implementation of GBV prevention and response at the field level. He/she will be responsible for the overall design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of DRC’s Protection interventions. The Team Leader will provide managerial oversight, technical support and leadership within the Protection unit. The Team leader will directly supervise SGBV senior officers and MEAL assistant and will work under direct supervision of the Area Manager – Kakuma.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Program Management, Development, Monitoring and Evaluation

  • In collaboration with the Senior Officers, provide technical leadership related to project design and development, planning, implementation, and overall project management of protection related projects
  • Develop technically sound work plans consistent with program goals and objectives in coordination with protection staff & M&E team.
  • Develop, design & implement protection related information education materials for use in partnership with PoC and other protection partners.
  • Ensure Mainstreaming of Age, Gender & Diversity and other protection related issues within DRC projects to promote safe, dignified, and equitable access to resources and services for all.
  • Develop project concept notes, proposals, and monitoring and evaluation plans and strategies and ensure timely and high quality implementation of the work plan in coordination with field teams.
  • Submit timely technical monthly, quarterly & annual reports to the Area Manager .
  • With support from field staff & M&E team, ensure monitoring & evaluation of Protection activities.
  • Take lead & coordinate Protection related events including donor field visits and ensure proper visibility.
  • Ensure mainstreaming of CHS commitments in DRC Projects.
  • Ensure timely & quality Procurement of sector items & services in liaison with Logistics department.
  • Manage the flow of information in relation to preparation and issuance of cash assistance to returnees.
  • Ensure the effective Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning processes for the protection program
  • Serve as the liaison with stakeholders and relevant Government of Kenya departments – from the local administration to subcounty levels for Protection related matters.

Training & Capacity development

  • Provide ongoing oversight on the design of training materials for staff & Partners to ensure Protection programming meets best practice standards and prioritizes the safety and security of beneficiaries and staff.
  • Provide ongoing technical support and mentorship for the Project Officers to develop professional and technical competency.
  • Support field teams to participate in and provide leadership within Camp-level GBV, working groups & other sectorial meetings.
  • Provide technical feedback on monthly narrative reports received from Protection unit, ensuring that established program targets and objectives are being met.
  • Support continuous on the job learning and capacity building for all Protection staff

Coordination & Partnership

  • Ensure DRC participates in/facilitates and actively participates in the GBV Working group Monthly Coordination Meetings at the camp level.
  • Promote a positive profile of the program and good understanding among other sectors, partners and communities about the program.
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with all stakeholders – Community support groups, community leaders, RAS, UNHCR, NGOs, to enhance multi-agency and multi-sectoral cooperation and coordination.
  • Strengthen the operationalization of GBV Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as well by engaging relevant stakeholders in review and update processes.
  • Strengthen DRC’s partnership with RCK, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNHCR, etc. through collaboration & close monitoring of their project progress.
  • Represent DRC at the Kakuma Kalobeyei level GBV Coordination meetings and in other key stakeholder’s forums related to Protection programming.

Budget Management

  • Manage the Protection project budgets in order to maintain program expenditure within budget parameters, ensuring adherence to DRC financial procedures and donor requirements
  • Support Protection team members to utilize financial planning tools, such as spending plans, procurement plans, and work plans based on activities and budgets.
  • Work closely with the Area manager and the finance team in budget revision processes as per prioritized needs for each grant

Staff Management;

  • Ensure timely recruitment of highly competent Protection staff.
  • Hold regular meetings with staff to plan & address any concerns and share feedback
  • Monitor and provide objective feedback related to staff performance, including Objective setting, Probation & Performance evaluations to promote growth and professional development for all protection staff.
  • Provide leadership and support to ensure staff well-being, i.e. monitor and manage stress management by providing regular opportunities for staff debriefing to address secondary trauma.
  • Ensure staff timesheets are done & submitted to HR on time on a monthly basis.

Education, Experience and technical competencies:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field (Protection, Psychology, Community Health, Laws, Community Development or Social Sciences) with at least 5-years’ experience working in protection, human rights, gender issues with refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and/or other vulnerable populations.
  • Previous experience working in sexual and gender-based violence, Cash/food transfer mechanisms and related programs.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.
  • Cultural sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective and working relations with local partners and other stakeholders.
  • Experience and willingness to work in the field.
  • Proficient in the use of computer/email/internet.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with various stakeholders.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Somali society/language
  • Experience in a refugee setting and knowledge of refugee issues;

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.


  • Contract: One-year contract with possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance. Salary and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment.
  • Availability: May 2023
  • Duty station: Nairobi, with frequent travel to field sites.

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 Vacancies. Please remember to upload both a letter of application and your CV and do not attach any written recommendations.

Please submit your application and CV in English no later than 4 April 2023

Gender Equality: DRC is committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels.  In light of this, Female candidates and those from minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Equal Opportunities: DRC is an equal opportunity employer.  We value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive environment based on mutual respect for all employees.  We do not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, color, race, marital status or other protected characteristics.

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. Visit to read more about what we do to secure robust safeguarding mechanisms.

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Department: Africa
Country: Kenya
Workplace: Kakuma
Contract Type: National
Categories: Project Management
Education: Bachelor's Degree

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