Trainee, Danish Refugee Council

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Date(s) - 05/04/2016 - 11/04/2016
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The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization founded in 1956 that works in more than 30 countries throughout the world. DRC fulfills its mandate by providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations, including refugees, internally displaced people and host communities. Under its mandate, the organization focuses on emergency humanitarian response, rehabilitation and post-conflict recovery.
DRC commenced work in Ethiopia in 2009 and currently provides expertise in shelter, WASH, livelihoods and protection in the Gambella and Somali regions of the country. Activities implemented by DRC are funded by money raised from the Danish public and by project grants from the Danish government and other bilateral and multi-lateral donors.
The organization is in the process of starting a new program in Tigray regional state, where DRC anticipates implementing a variety of youth protection activities in Hitsats, Shimelba, Mai-Aini and Adharush refugee camps – camps which are currently hosting a combined population of over 30,000 Eritrean refugees. To support the new program, DRC is recruiting two trainees – one to join the program immediately and the other to join in June 2016.
Overall objectives 
The Shire-based Trainees will work directly with the Area Manager to support the overall implementation and strategic direction of the organization’s current and future projects in Tigray regional state. She or he will provide daily support in the areas of project cycle management, proposal development, and monitoring and evaluation, with opportunities to focus on specific programmatic themes such as protection, mixed migration, youth engagement and education.
Key responsibilities
To achieve the overall objective of the position, and in consideration of the Trainees’ backgrounds and interests, the Trainees may be asked to perform the following tasks and undertake the following responsibilities:
  • Provide general support to the implementation of protection, mixed migration or education related activities in compliance with core protection principles and DRC and donor regulations.
  • Collaborate with the Area Manager, Deputy Area Manager and finance team to contribute to new project development, including both narratives and budgets, by coordinating and compiling inputs from technical and support staff. This task may also include providing support to staff conducting needs assessments or research intended to inform project design.
  • Contribute to timely and quality delivery of organizational and project reports, and monitoring and evaluation to ensure project quality, relevance and accountability to DRC’s beneficiary populations.
  • Depending upon the Trainees’ interests, additional responsibilities and tasks could include research pertaining to mixed migration or daily responsibility for the implementation of a specific activity (depending upon background knowledge, experience and projects being implemented during the time of the traineeship).
The Trainee will report to the Area Manager, Shire
  • Current graduate student working towards an advanced degree in humanitarian response, international development, law, social sciences or education.
  • Minimum of one to two years of work experience, preferably with at least one year of experience working internationally.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills.
Additional requirements 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships in a diverse workplace.
  • Willingness to live and work in a remote location with few facilities, including daily work in refugee camps.
  • Experience working with youth and young people.
  • Ability to work well under pressure.
Contract:     The successful candidates will be offered 8 months contract.  This position is rated as A17 with a salary of DKK6,500.  Other employment conditions are in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates recruited by the Horn of Africa and Yemen Regional Office.
Availability:      April 2016
Duty Station:     Shire, Ethiopia
General Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework.
For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult
Application and CV 
Interested candidates who meet the required qualifications and experience are invited to submit updated CV and cover letter explaining their motivation and why they are suited for the post.
We only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies.
Please forward the application and CV, in English through the online application on under vacancies no later than 11 April, 2016.  
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact
For general information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult


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