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Somalia: National Trainer, Protection Cluster – Somalia

08.02.2013 · Posted in NGO / Non Profit Jobs

Organization: Danish Refugee Council
Country: Somalia
Closing date: 14 Aug 2013

National Trainer, Protection Cluster – Somalia


Targeting the most vulnerable communities remains a significant challenge in Somalia as a result of the lack of access and continuing violence. Despite the insecurity, there is a significant increase in humanitarian and early recovery interventions by various agencies. Protection concerns need to be addressed to ensure that humanitarian and early recovery activities do not lead to or perpetuate discrimination, abuse, violence, neglect or exploitation.

Protection mainstreaming intends to give vulnerable populations and IDPs in particular a stronger voice. Providing implementing organisations with technical guidance on mainstreaming protection is expected to result in protection concerns being better incorporated in humanitarian assistance programming.

To ensure effective protection mainstreaming, the Protection Cluster has provided a series of training workshops to cluster members and humanitarian organisations working in Mogadishu. These have been led by the Mogadishu based Protection Training Coordinator of DRC. In the second phase of the project the Cluster intends to extend the project to other accessible areas in South Central Somalia (Baidoa, Dhobley, Dolo, Hiraan), and to Puntland and Somaliland. The Protection Cluster will offer practical guidance and technical support to other clusters and agencies on mainstreaming during non-protection programming. Linkages with other clusters will be strengthened in order to ensure that protection concerns are taken into consideration at all stages of the programming cycle.

Job Purpose

The main role of the Protection Training Officer recruited by DRC, the co-chair of the Somalia Protection Cluster, will be to develop and adapt protection mainstreaming training materials and to conduct training workshops, including Training of Trainers (ToT) for staff of NGOs, UN agencies and other interested parties throughout Somalia. The Training Officer will be accompanied and trained during the initial stages of employment by the Protection Training Coordinator.

Key Responsibilities

• To prepare and conduct training workshops, including Training of Trainers (ToT) on protection mainstreaming to Cluster members, staff from UN agencies, NGOs, government officials, other international partners (eg OIC), and local civil society

• To work closely with the Protection Cluster Coordinator (UNHCR), Deputy Coordinator (DRC) in Nairobi and Focal Point (UNHCR) in Mogadishu

• To serve as the Protection Cluster’s focal point for capacity building activities on protection mainstreaming

• To participate in the development of other materials/productions (including Somali language training materials) in relation to mainstreaming protection

• To implement, monitor and evaluate Protection Cluster mainstreaming activities

• To manage all logistical arrangements related to the administration and delivery of the training workshops

• To assist in identifying capacity building needs and gaps

• To carry out other related tasks as requested by the Protection Cluster Coordinator, Deputy
Coordinator and Focal Point


• Diploma or higher qualification in teaching, training, International Law, Human Rights or Refugee studies

• Demonstrated experience in organizing, facilitating and implementing trainings and other capacity building programmes

• Demonstrated experience coordinating with and training local and national authorities.

• Strong understanding of protection principles and likely protection concerns related to internally displaced persons (IDPs).

• Experience in researching and designing training sessions and developing relevant materials and exercises.

• Experience in coordinating with external agencies and representation.

• Excellent interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills.

• Able to work under pressure, with limited supervision, and at times under difficult security conditions with strict deadlines.

• Able to travel to locations in all three regions of Somalia.

• Work style: Well planned and organized and has a capacity for initiative and decision making with competent analytical and problem solving skills.

• Computer skills: solid knowledge of Microsoft Office, in particular Power Point, Word and Excel.

• Language skills: fluency in verbal/written Somali, working knowledge of English essential.

• Knowledge of DRC policies and procedures, Sphere and the Red Cross/ NGO Code of Conduct.

• Able to work independently and as a team player, creative, motivated and enthusiastic.


Availability: September 2013

Duty Station: Mogadishu, with frequent travel to other areas of Somalia

Contract: 5 months with possibility of extension. This is a national position and open to Somali
Nationals only. Salary and other conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for National staff.


DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability committments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework

For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult

How to apply:

Application and CV

Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, sent together with a CV, will be considered. CV-only applications will not be considered. Please provide references, but do not attach any written recommendations.

Please submit your application by email to, in English and marked “National Trainer” no later than 14 August 2013.

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