Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs, is currently looking for a highly qualified Protection Officer Research.
The overall objective for DRC in Turkey is the protection of people’s rights and promotion of durable solutions for displacement affected populations based on humanitarian principles and human rights. More immediate objectives focus on protection of rights and support of livelihoods as well as a broader focus on social cohesion between refugees and host communities. DRC works with stakeholders, duty bearers and beneficiaries in accomplishing these objectives.
DRC is implementing multiple grants which require the planning and production of high-quality, evidence-based analysis and reporting on protection issues faced by its target populations, and their root causes. The aim of this analytical approach is to strengthen the knowledge base for programming and advocacy activities by DRC and its partners.
About the Job
Overall purpose of this role is that being in collaboration with the second protection research officer and the protection coordinator, the candidate will support continuous research and analysis of protection issues faced by refugees and migrants in the local context; and provide recommendations on strategic solutions; Liaising with field protection teams and DRC partners to conduct primary data collection and systematically collect evidence to inform DRC programming, ensuring inputs from field teams in prioritizing research topics; Supporting the protection coordinator in advocacy initiatives.
This role has a country focus and ensures compliance to DRC procedures and guidelines within the country. The role contributes to the development of country strategies, which are translated into action plans and day-to-day tasks. The role provides support and/or technical guidance to country operations while overseeing country activities.
Duties and Responsibilities:
This position will have day-to-day responsibility for research design as well as coordination, collection, analysis and dissemination of information in regards to protection issues of refugees and migrants. Additionally, the position holder will be responsible for ensuring findings are used to inform DRC programming and that advocacy initiatives are in line with DRC advocacy strategy. S/he will lead on advocacy efforts with DRC’s stakeholders, and will be responsible for drafting summary briefs and advocacy positions based on protection research findings and observations.
In consultation with the Protection Coordinator and collaboration with peers on the research team, along with field teams and key external stakeholders’/duty bearers, the position holder will support the research unit to conduct and disseminate high-quality protection issues-focused research.
More specifically she/he will:
- Support research planning by identifying and developing research questions, developing research tools (surveys, questionnaires), identifying research participants, in coordination with protection field teams and the protection specialist.
- Support data collection, in coordination with DRC field staff and implementing partners, including conducting focus group discussions and individual interviews, provide support or lead training of DRC and partner protection teams to execute data collection exercises.
- Take responsibility for transcribing, cleaning and analyzing raw data.
- Lead on identifying experts, including NGOs, CBOs and other partners, in the country and in conducting expert interviews when required as part of the research process.
- Support in producing (drafting and editing) regular reports on specific topics.
- Follow up closely on contextual developments and propose topics for evidence-based reports and briefing papers based also on the inputs received by protection field teams.
- Present reports internally, adhering to information sharing protocols, including providing briefings on findings, recommendations and trends to staff and stakeholders.
- Based on information collected as well as other sources contribute to situation analyses and propose adjustments or additions to DRC strategies.
- Any other tasks as required.
To be successful in this role, you must have a university degree in political science, international development, economics or equivalent professional qualification.
Moreover, we also expect the following:
- Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Political Studies, International Development disciplines, or related fields.
- Minimum 1 year of experience in protection work or research, experience with NGOs is a strong asset
- Experience in English language report writing skills, experience in conducting interviews (in English and/or Turkish) is an advantage
- Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently as well as cooperatively with team members
- Excellent skills in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, knowledge of other analysis software an advantage
- Full professional proficiency in English – Turkish proficiency is a strong asset
- Available for frequent travel across the south east of Turkey as well as Ankara and Istanbul as per research requirements.
- Prior knowledge of research methodologies (quantitative and qualitative)
- Knowledge of Arabic a desirable asset
- Prior experience in conducting KII and FGDs
All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:
Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly.
Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.
Contract length: 13 Months
Employment Band: H
Designation of Duty Station: Country Office (Hatay)
Start date: 20.09.2022
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Nationals.
All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.
Closing date for applications: 16.08.2022
For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website drc.ngo.
DRC as an employer
By working in DRC, you will be joining a global workforce of around 8000 employees in 40 countries. We pride ourselves on our:
- Professionalism, impact & expertise
- Humanitarian approach & the work we do
- Purpose, meaningfulness & own contribution
- Culture, values & strong leadership
- Fair compensation & continuous development
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.
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please visit drc.ngo/about-us/job-and-career/support-for-job-seekers.
Danish Refugee Council is an equal opportunity employer. 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 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!