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Protection and Gender Specialist, South Sudan

Job Description


The Protection & Gender Specialist has a dual role of providing technical leadership and oversight to World Vision South Sudan’s Protection programming, encompassing Protection, Child Protection and Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response, as well as ensuring Protection and Gender Mainstreaming across all sectors and programming. Key areas of focus for this role will include:

  • Grant acquisition and resource mobilization in the Protection Sector, with a specific focus on Child Protection and GBV sub-sectors.

  • Technical support to ensure Protection and Gender Mainstreaming in Program / Proposal Development.

  • Donor and partner engagement, representation, and networking with respect to Protection and related sub-sectors.

  • Technical guidance and quality assurance of Protection, Child Protection, GBV programming, as well as mainstreaming of protection considerations, gender analysis and approaches for achieving gender sensitive and transformative outcomes in programming.

  • Capacity building of World Vision South Sudan project staff in Protection, Child Protection, GBV and Gender, including facilitation of key training packages in alignment with the Protection Cluster and related sub-clusters. The Protection & Gender Specialist reports to the Sector Specialist Teamleader, who reports to the Program Development and Quality Assurance Director.


Acquisition and Portfolio Management:

  • Design theory of change and write technical parts of proposals for new funding opportunities related to Protection (including CP and GBV) and Protection / Gender Mainstreaming.

  • Develop strong relationships with national level line ministries and other local authorities and stakeholders, facilitating regular communication on program implementation, progress and challenges.

  • Prepare MoUs with line ministries that position World Vision to win funding opportunities that are aligned with GOSS priorities.

  • Support PDQA Director and SLT in donor engagement related to position World Vision with donors to win proposals.

  • Represent World Vision in the humanitarian cluster system through active participation in protection cluster meetings, the Protection Cluster, GBV sub-cluster and the Child Protection sub-cluster scheduled meetings and by doing so, model participation at the zonal level.

  • Ensure cluster pipeline reports and 5Ws are submitted to the cluster on time on a monthly basis.

  • Participate in and contribute to cluster technical working groups and taskforces.

  • Network with other agencies to position WV for consortiums.

  • Work with Communications Manager to produce case studies for external audiences to promote and position WV.

  • Where possible, organize and lead periodic fora for the sector.

Technical Support:

  • Develop the Protection technical approach for World Vision South Sudan to implement, inclusive of CP and GBV.

  • Ensure Protection considerations and Gender is mainstreamed into all World Vision South Sudan technical approaches.

  • Provide technical and strategic leadership in the planning, implementation and monitoring of the program in compliance with the donor ‘s requirements, WV and government policies and global standard.

  • Provide technical support during project implementation to ensure the projects meets or supersedes established standards.

  • Conduct gap analysis of understanding of current standards and procedures.

  • Equip staff to adhere to technical approaches with tools such as standard operating procedures, ToRs, forms and training manuals.

  • Technical review of JDs if required by the operations team.

  • Coach field level technical staff through monthly calls, email updates, annual meetings and field visits.

  • Establish a mailing list of all sector specific staff and provide regular updates to all.

  • Establish a mentoring system for local staff to build technical capacity through engagement with international personnel.

  • Communicate news and resulting action points from the humanitarian clusters system to all technical staff.

  • Conduct site visits to ensure technical approaches are being adhered to and provide feedback to performance agreements (if requested by the respective line manager).

  • Where appropriate, ensure that all staff have a basic internal knowledge of sector standards and that minimum standards are a part of staff onboarding processes.

  • Facilitate key Protection, Protection Mainstreaming, Gender Mainstreaming, Child Protection and GBV related training packages as recognized by cluster/sub-cluster, GBV AOR, leading technical UN and INGO agencies and WVI.

Program Quality:

  • Support Quality Assurance Team in developing indicators, targets, measurement frameworks and monitoring plans.

  • Work closely with QA staff to provide technical input for ToRs for country-level and project assessments and evaluations.

  • Participate in the bid reviews for consultants and evaluations (QA is the lead on this).

  • Review the procurement bids for technical items.

  • Review draft assessment and evaluation reports to ensure technical quality.

  • Participate in Interagency Rapid Needs Assessments (IRNAs).

  • Review donor reports to ensure technical quality.


  • Master degree in Social Work, Human Rights or relevant field. Postgraduate qualifications in Project Planning and Management is highly desired. Certificate courses in IASC Guidelines and key training packages preferred (Caring for [Child] Survivors of Sexual Violence; mhGAP-HIG, Psychological First Aid in Emergencies, CPiE Minimum Standards and MRM, GBV IMS, International Humanitarian & Human Rights Law Foundations, etc).

  • Extensive experience, progressively responsible, working in childcare and gender development programming, preferably in fragile states. Familiarity with key international standards for humanitarian work (e.g. CP Minimum Standards, SPHERE, HAP Principles, etc.)

  • Extensive experience in Protection and Gender foundations, theory, practical application of minimum standards, delivery of services to children in emergencies and survivors of GBV, particularly in conflict settings. Experience in MHPSS considered a plus.

  • Proven track record of effective fundraising with major donors.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, including report writing.

  • Ability to work under pressure and willingness to work flexible hours in the event of major emergencies.

  • Experience in both development and humanitarian sector preferred.

  • Excellent understanding of Monitoring and Evaluation processes and methodologies - with specific technical trainings in these areas.

  • Proven representation and advocacy skills.

  • Good interpersonal skills with ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels, taking into account cultural and language difficulties.

  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.

  • Ability to communicate and work with beneficiary communities and stakeholders with professionalism, compassion and as a representative of the organization.

  • Ability to organize and facilitate capacity building/ enhancement for staff.