Job Advertisement: Protection Assistant – Hargeisa, Somaliland

Protection Assistant
Employment Category:  Grade 6 Step 1

Reporting to: Line managed by the Program Coordinator with daily supervision by the Protection Officer.

Direct reports: None.

Unit/department: Program/Protection

Location: Hargeisa

Authorization level: None.

Advert No DRC2018/041


The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization which has been operating in Somalia since 1997. DRC has mainly focused on Somalis who are displaced by conflict and natural disaster. DRC programs include Protection, Food Security & Livelihoods, Shelter/NFI and Water & Sanitation, The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has been providing relief and development services in the Horn of Africa since 1997. Using a protection of human rights framework, DRC has mainly focused on Somalis who are displaced by conflict and natural disaster. Programmes include Protection, Food Security & Livelihoods, Shelter/NFI and Water and Sanitation.



The main objective is to provide interpretation, translation and cross-cultural support for recently arrived refugees from the Middle East who will be provided with health services at Hargeisa group hospital


  • Liaise with and support the doctors and medical officers in the hospital in the implementation of their duties and provide interpretation, translation and cross-cultural understanding support to the medical team as they assist the refugees during their duties.
  • Provide high-quality interpretation and translation from Arabic to Somali and from Somali to Arabic to the Arabic speaking refugees and doctors at the hospital;
  • Accompany the patients to the doctors and other various appointments
  • Assist refugees in completing medical forms, registration forms & follow up where necessary.
  • Maintenance of records of appointments, and assist the doctors in assessing and monitoring the ongoing needs of the refugees.
  • Record issues arising, responses, gaps, challenges both for the service providers and the refugees, and the solutions for future learning.
Experience and technical competencies:


  • An excellent understanding of the skills needed for professional interpretation.
  • Excellent command of English and Arabic, both written and oral.
  • Knowledge on medical will be an asset.

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate each of DRC’ 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

  • High school certificate, degree/diploma in nursing or social science or any other relevant field

  • Arabic fluency is a must both written and spoken.
  • English fluency is desirable both written and spoken.
  • Fluency in local spoken language
Key stakeholders: (internal & external)

  • Community Beneficiaries
  • Government
  • DRC program team

  • Availability: June 2018
  • Other terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for National staff,
  • This position is open to Nationals ONLY.


Interested & qualified candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit their updated CV and a 1-page Cover letter clearly stating their motivation and why they are suited for the post to  with the subject heading “PROTECTION ASSISTANT” not later than 12th June 2018.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the written test & oral interview.

(DRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer)

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