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28 Jun 2023

Protection Assistant ( Community Based and Birth Registration) at Danish Refugee Council

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Job Description

Protection Assistant ( Community Based and Birth Registration)

Founded in 1956, The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities – in more than 40 countries around the world. DRC has been implementing emergency response projects in Tanzania since the onset of the Burundi refugee crisis in 2015 in three refugee camps in the Kigoma Region at the border with Burundi. DRC’s integrated projects for refugees, asylum seekers and host communities comprise sectors such as Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), Community Based Protection, Legal, GBV (Gender based violence), Child Protection, People with special needs, and Livelihoods.

Overall purpose of the role:

The Protection Community Based & Birth Registration assistant (CPCB&BRO) works as part of DRC’s team under the direct supervision of the Protection Team Leader (CP) and guidance support of the Protection coordinator. The role is based in Kasulu and shall conduct regular field visits to the host villages near Nyarugusu refugee camp.

The CPCB&BRO will provide leadership oversight by supporting both Burundian and Congolese newborn children, to attain birth certificates upon birth and mobilize refugee communities to play an effective role in protecting the rights of children. The assistant will also establish and strengthen community-based structures and support their activities which monitor, prevent, and respond to child protection concerns. He will also work in collaboration with other sectors including case management, PSS and other agencies operating in the camp.

Program Responsibilities:

  • Support the nomination /forming of community-based child protection structures, including child protection committee (CPCs), child clubs and foster support groups and ensure they are functional as per agreed TORs.
  • Actively contribute to the capacity building of child protection structure through targeted training and collaboration with humanitarian partner (eg on community mobilization, PRA techniques, identifying and responding to child protection issues)
  • Adhere to child protection policy and reporting procedures.
  • Liaise with zone leaders and parents to introduce DRC programme activities and encourage community involvement in programme implementation and monitoring.
  • Support structures to promote the inclusion of marginalized and minority groups and ensure meaningful child participation in child protection activities.
  • To ensure that child protection community based, and Birth Registration social workers and incentive workers are following appropriate procedures for supporting refugee mothers with birth certificates to the newborn children.
  • Preparation and conducting of community awareness raising meetings/ sessions with refugee and religious leaders in the camp and host community on the issues affecting children and birth registration.
  •  Act as link between refugee and host community to address the issue of child labour both to refugees and host community.
  • Collaborate with medical partners in making sure that relevant birth documents with correct information including names of the newborn babies are provided on time.
  • Liase and collaborate with key stakeholder such as MoHA, district RITA officer on collection of B1 forms, processing of birth certificates and making sure that, they are dispatched to the camp for distribution, in a timely manner.
  • Making sure all queries related to birth registration and issuance of birth certificates are addressed in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • Ensure that all birth certificates are scanned, photocopied, uploaded, filled, and kept confidential.
  • Create a database, seize and updates to be shared with CP team leader on monthly basis.
  • Participate in coordination meetings in the camps, and in bilateral meetings with key partners: Present (report on BR development) where need be, clarify and respond to issues related to birth registration.
  • Adhere to DRC SOPs and guidelines, policies, tools, handbook, and guidelines and ensure that project activities are implemented in accordance with project agreements.

Data collection and reporting

  • With support from Information Management officer, MEAL department, CP team leader track indicators, maintain, update and analyse data on Birth registration and indicator.
  • With support from CP Team leader, prepare and submit timely and quality weekly, monthly, quality, and other donor reports as per the donor requirements. Accountable to meet reporting deadline.
  • Support and working closely with CP Information Management officer and M&E on program data collection, track indicators, maintain, update, and analyse data on Birth registration and community-based child protection structure activity and indicator.
  • In collaboration with CP Team leader, CPIM officer and M&E department, participate in CP rapid assessment, birth registration and/or other CP related-assessment, and contribute to the CP and birth registration overall intervention strategy based on feedback received from community structure throughout community mobilization and engagement.

Program management

  • With support and the supervision of CP Team leader participate in all prevention budget planning; accountable for developing and maintaining work plans, spending and procurement plans, tracking expenditures and ensure all prevention activities are allowable and allocated according to DRC and donor compliance and regulations.
  • Build the knowledge and skills of community-based groups to be able to advocate, respond and prevent CP risks.
  • Communicate any issue raised by Incentive workers to CP Team leaders in a timely manner including recruitment of the new incentive staff.

Logistics Duties

  • Take care of equipment’s and supplies for the job.
  • Ensure working equipment’s are in good condition and replenish/repairs when out of order.
  • Reports immediately any security incidence/issue detected in the DRC premises.

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.

Qualifications and Experience

Essential Experience

  • At least 2 years of professional experience working in data analysis, birth registration activities, child protection, social worker and community based in emergencies.
  • Demonstrates good understanding of mental health and psychosocial support practices in similar position.
  • Good personal organizational skills, including time management, teamwork, ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure with minimal supervision.
  • Experience with refugees will be an added advantage.
  • Good knowledge of compute applications.
  • Good training abilities.
  • Good written and oral communication skills in both English and Swahili

Education background

  • Bachelor’s degree in sociology, law, social work, social sciences, Psychology or equivalent.

What we offer

Salary:  in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment Management Band/12.

Availability:       24th July 2023.

Duty station:    Nyarugusu-Kasulu, Tanzania

Reporting Line:  Protection Team Leader (CP)

Providing equal opportunities, We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without paying attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply.

DRC strives to attract, motivate, and retain qualified national staff within its programs. As such, we strongly encourage women and disability people candidates to apply for this position.

Promoting high standards: 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.

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Closing Date : 21st July, 2023.

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