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Professional Protection Trainee Program (Arabic, Pashto/Dari or Kurdish speakers)

(Several positions)



The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1956, that works in 40 countries around the world.

DRC’s mandate is driven by three global strategic objectives within the DRC Assistance Framework: Saving lives and alleviation of immediate suffering among people affected by conflict, Safeguarding, restoration and development of livelihoods, and, Institutional and organizational change that contributes to protection of people’s rights and peaceful handling of conflict.



DRC has been operating in Greece since December 2015, providing support to the Greek Ministry of Migration Policy in ensuring dignified reception conditions for refugees and migrants arriving on Lesvos island. In March 2016, DRC expanded its operations in Athens area, Larissa and Thessaloniki  in response to the changing context and the build-up of refugee population on mainland Greece.



DRC strives to be one of the leading displacement focused INGOs in Greece in terms of relevance, impact and quality, primarily through an integrated site management approach in support to the relevant Greek authorities, comprising protection activities and the provision of services and assistance to meet the basic needs of the population hosted on the emergency reception sites.


The professional Protection Trainee Programme 

The DRC Greece Protection Trainee Programme provides opportunities for recently graduated professionals to gain humanitarian experience supporting the protection activities in Greece. The candiates of the programme will in adition to the language proficiency in English and Farsi/Arabic have a relevant education with no or little professional experience. The protection trainees will receive on the job training and work under daily supervision of a experienced protection officer and under the overall responsibilities of an international protection manager. At the end of the traineeship, the trainee will have gained practical experience with refugee protection work  and knowledge of DRC protection programme.


Key responsibilities

  • Support the implementation of general protection activities in accordance with agreed objectives
  • Protection monitoring, data collection, and documenting of the needs of the persons of concern
  • Participate in awareness raising sessions and information campaigns for persons of concern
  • Provide appropriate and relevant information to refugees and migrants regarding their rights and services available to them
  • Participating in (joint) assessments, identifying protection concerns and reporting for follow-up
  • Support mapping of services and development of effective referral pathways
  • Identify vulnerable individuals and facilitate appropriate action, including referrals to specialized services and protective accompaniment as necessary
  • Support DRC distribution activities ensuring vulnerable individuals are identified and fast tracked for assistance
  • Participate in population profiling and verification exercises to ensure adequate and relevant data collection
  • Encourage, support and monitor community-based protection networks in the emergency reception sites
  • Provide input on case studies, best practices and lessons learned from each of the activities implemented
  • Provide translation/interpretation as necessary
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by the Protection Officer, relevant to the achievement of Protection objectives


Collaboration and supervision

  • You will be assignend a protection mentor/trainer.
  • Report any major issues to the protecion officer/coordinator
  • Collaborate with DRC colleagues to resolve problems and issues as they arise
  • Ensure the observance of the DRC Code of Conduct throughout activity implementation.


Your qualifications

  • University degree in Social science, Law, Refugee and Migration studies, International Relations, Psychology
  • Previous volunteer experience with refugee work and within humanitan work is not a requirementbut considered an asset
  • Fluency in written and spoken English;
  • Fluent in spoken Arabic, Pashto, Dari, Urdu or Kurdish (Sorani, Kurmanji); knowledge of written Arabic, Pashto, Dari, Urdu or Kurdish (Sorani, Kurmanji) is an asset
  • Greek language skill is an asset.


Personal Specifications

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and teamwork skills
  • Well developed work ethic and ability to lead by example
  • Ability to perform well under challenging and stressful circumstances
  • Cultural sensitivity and ability to work in a cross cultural environment
  • Result-oriented.


Terms and Conditions 

These positions are trainee positions and placed at A20 on the DRC salary scale; this means candidates with no or limited field experience aiming at gaining field experience in refugee work. DRC candidates not resident in Greece are entitled to one return flight to the assigned duty station, health insurance, and accommodation. For candidates with residence in Greece, DRC Greece salary scale will apply.

The duration is 6 months – renewable for additional 6 months depending on funding and performance. The first 3 months is considered a probation period.  As per DRC Terms of Employment for expatriates.

DRC terms of employment for expatriates can be found on

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



Please send us your cover letter and CV (no more than 2 pages) via the link below or visit  under vacancies.

Contact Person: Wafiullah Kakar "", (please do not sent applications to these emails).

We are screening applications and interviewing candidates on a rolling basis.

We will only contact candidates that fullfill the criteria for the position.
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1956 that works in more than 35 countries throughout the world. We are the largest humanitarian NGO in Denmark and consistently ranked as one of the world’s best NGOs according to Global_Geneva.

We fulfil our mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people and host communities in the conflict areas of the world. We also advocate on behalf of conflict-affected populations globally on the basis of humanitarian principles and the Human Rights Declaration. Our work and long-term strategies are guided by our five core values: Humanitarian approach - Respect - Independence & neutrality - Inclusion - Honesty & transparency.

You can read more about our vision and work on

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