Protection Officer (Prosthetics and Orthotics) at Danish Refugee Council (DRC) | May 2024

Application deadline closed.

Job Description

Founded in 1956, The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental, non-profit organization providing direct assistance to conflict-affected populations – refugees, internally displaced people (IDPs) and host communities – in more than 40 countries around the world. DRC has been implementing emergency response projects in Tanzania since the onset of the Burundi refugee crisis in 2015 in three refugee camps in the Kigoma Region at the border with Burundi. DRC’s integrated projects for refugees, asylum seekers and host communities comprise sectors such as Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), Protection (CBP, PSN, GBV, CP and Legal), Shelter and infrastructure, and Economic Recovery.        

Overall purpose of the role:

Protection Officer (Prosthetics and Orthotics) is responsible for formulating a coordinated, comprehensive plan for individuals who need long-term functional rehabilitation care supervision as well as potential additional basic needs.

Tasks and responsibilities of the position

Program Responsibilities 

  • Lead the identification and assessment of people with mobility challenges and register them for support.
  • Provide technical support to Rehabilitation and protection teams,
  • Fabricate and install simple home adaptations including assessment of mobility devices in the camps in the homestead of Persons with specific needs to ensure improvement of function and independence.
  • Conduct regular follow-up and monitoring visits to home bound PSNs to ensure the fabricated assistive devices are used according to the intended course.
  • Supervise the CBIR rehabilitation workshops and ensure the provisional of assistive devices to PSN are done according to the procedure.
  • Repair and maintain the assistive devices from the PSN.
  • Lead and participate in recreational activities and sports events for PSN and in collaboration with the physiotherapist organize and recommend the environmental and disability-friendly activities for PSN.
  • Develop and reinforce relationships with international and local non-governmental organizations, community focal points, and any other stakeholders to improve access to services.
  • Maintain proper documentation and Referral Mechanisms and efficient Case management: and support in data Analysis and reporting.
  • Provide weekly and monthly reports for DRC and donors.
  • Any other duties assigned by your supervisor.

Data collection and reporting

  • With support from the Integrated Team Leader track indicators, maintain, update, and provide analysis of the progress program.
  • With support from the Integrated Protection Team leader, prepare and submit timely and quality weekly, monthly, quality, and other donor reports as per the donor requirements. Accountable for meeting reporting deadlines.

Program management

  • With the support and supervision of the Integrated Team Leader she will do the planning; be accountable for developing and maintaining work plans, spending, and procurement plans, tracking expenditures, and ensuring all activities are well organized and spending is allocated according to DRC and donor compliance and regulations.
  • Build the knowledge and skills of PSN outreach incentive social workers and community-based groups to be able to assess, document, and report for the implementation.

Logistics Duties

  • Take care of equipment and supplies for the job
  • Ensure working equipment is in good condition and replenish/repairs when out of order
  • Reports immediately any security incidence/issue detected in the DRC premises


Experience and technical competencies: (include years of experience)

  • 2 years’ experience in the refugee response with hands-on service delivery to PSN
  • Member of the National Association of Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy
  • Excellent technical understanding of rehabilitation or occupational therapy services
  • Able to coach, mentor, and train staff to undertake CBR services.
  • Knowledge of Monitoring and evaluation
  • Good Computer knowledge
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Able to operate in extremely harsh living and working environments.
  • Ability to travel as necessary and work under pressure and to short deadlines.

Education: (include certificates, licenses, etc.)

  • A Degree in Prosthetics and orthotics, from a recognized institution /University

Languages: English (spoken and written – very good Kiha (spoken – good) – preferable

Key stakeholders: (internal and external)

  • Other DRC departments and managers in particular protection, camp management, GFD, supply chain
  • UNHCR protection UNIT
  • MoHA
  • Other INGOs
  • Refugee representatives.
  • Police

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s 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.

Providing equal opportunities  We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees. All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor. At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives. We encourage all interested candidates to apply.

DRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff within its programs. As such, we strongly encourage national and diaspora candidates to apply for this position. However, candidates should take into consideration that DRC cannot employ, under an international contract, a national of the country in which he or she will be working (in this case, the  United Republic of Tanzania)

Promoting high standards : DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process.

Application and CV

Only motivated applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications, sent together with a CV, will be considered.

DRC only accepts applications sent via our online-application form on under JOB.

Expires 22 May 2024