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Protection Psychologist (GBV)

We are looking for a highly qualified Protection Psychologist (GBV) for our program Protection Program in Antakya- Hatay, Turkey.

Who are we?

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1956, that works in more than 35 countries around the world. DRC has been operating in Turkey since early 2013, working with by and large with non-camp Syrian refugees and affected host communities. DRC is committed to basic humanitarian principles; including impartiality and neutrality, and offers the highest standards of accountability to the people it serves. The overall objective for DRC in Turkey is the protection and promotion of durable solutions to displacement affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights with more immediate objectives focusing both on the immediate subsistence needs, protection and self-reliance support as well as a more long term focus on capacity building. In Turkey, DRC works partially through partners, also providing intensive capacity building support, while also conducting direct implementation.

About the job

The overall objective for DRC in Turkey is the protection and promotion of durable solutions to displacement affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights with more specific objectives focusing both on immediate subsistence needs, protection and self-reliance support as well as a more long term focus on capacity building. DRC works with beneficiary communities and individuals to prevent and reduce protection threats, and build resilience.

DRC is currently delivering a community-based protection project in southeastern Turkey. This position is required to support and strengthen DRC’s project and improve psychological responses.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Protection Psychologist (GBV) will have the following duties and responsibilities:

General Responsibility

  • Carry out direct one-to-one counselling with beneficiaries requiring immediate assistance (this position DOES NOT accept clients for long-term counselling)
  • Carry out direct one-to-one psychological counselling with survivors of Sexual / Gender Based Violence.
  • Provide support and advice to persons remotely through a hot-line service.
  • Lead group counselling and therapy sessions.
  • Provide guidance and psychological technical support/facilitate trainings concerning GBV and psychological responses to S/GBV, to DRC field staff.
  • Design and coordinate psychosocial programs to address the specific needs of persons at risk of, or survivors of GBV.
  • Provide education on harm associated with GBV, and prevention and response mechanisms.
  • Ensure DRC GBV activities follow international best practice standards.
  • Correct behavioral disorders caused by improper development.
  • Receive referred cases by other agencies and departments from DRC.
  • Provide periodic reports.
  • Have responsibility for client confidentiality and privacy of beneficiary case files.
  • Carryout capacity building of staff on psychological, GBV and PSS topics.


  • Coordinate with GBV Assistants
  • Provide psychological support to other departments if needed

    About you

    Essential Qualifications:

  • University degree in Psychology

    Essential Experiences:

  • At least 1 year work experience (in paid or voluntary capacity) in NGO or voluntary sector

    Preferred Qualification:

  • Experience working with GBV survivors/Case management
  • Trained in offering psychosocial support
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Well-developed organizational skills
  • 5+ years working directly as a psychologist, focusing on refugee welfare, child protection, etc.
  • Experience in individual and group therapy sessions.
  • Experience of work (in paid or voluntary capacity) in NGO or voluntary sector
  • Experience working within a team.
  • Fluent English and Arabic, Turkish language skills highly desirable.

    ** Qualified female candidates are highly encouraged to apply for this position**

    Required Skills and Competencies

  • Communication skills
  • Computer skills (excel, word)

    Language Skills:

  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, Arabic, English fluency.


  • Strong initiative and self-motivation, with a commitment to teamwork;
  • Flexible, enthusiastic and willingness to learn from others;
  • Ability to multi-task and cope with competing demands under tight deadlines;
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment;
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and facilitation skills;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English and Arabic;
  • Strong problem solving and organisational skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Flexible and responsive thinker

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate 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.

We offer

DRC will offer the successful applicant a 6 months contract, renewable dependent on both funding and performance. You must be available to start work from 02.01.2018 and be willing and able to work in Antakya-Hatay.

We offer a fair compensation package depending on your qualification and experiences as well as additional allowances such as relocation allowance and living allowances, if applicable. DRC Turkey is income tax exempted.

Application process

Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button

All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. CV only applications will not be considered.

If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact  

Applications close 18.12.2017. The interviews are expected to take place within 2 weeks after the application close date.

Need further information?

For more details on this position please contact HR Team at

Please note that applications sent directly to HR Team will not be considered.

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website

Danish Demining Group (DDG) is widely recognised as provider of efficient and community-oriented solutions to human security problems caused by landmines and other explosive remnants of war as well as small arms and light weapons.

DDG is part of the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), which 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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Contract type:
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