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Senior Protection & Gender Advisor



World Vision South Sudan (WVSS) implements a dynamic Protection programme across South Sudan, including Child Protection, Gender Based Violence (GBV) Prevention & Response, Mine Risk Education and Policy & Advocacy related to humanitarian protection. Interventions vary across the spectrum, from life-saving emergency response to multi-year, longer term initiatives on prevention, social norms, and resilience. This includes prevention through awareness-raising, behaviour change and social norms work, as well as response services such as child protection and GBV case management and psychosocial support. An overarching objective of World Vision South Sudan’s Protection programme is focused on ending all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation against children, with an intentional commitment to creating opportunities for the empowerment of women and girls.

The Senior Protection & Gender Advisor provides strategic and technical leadership to the national Protection programme, supporting Programme Development in external engagement and project design; Quality Assurance in the development and review of monitoring and evaluation tools to measure progress, quality and impact of technical interventions; and Operations and project managers by providing technical inputs, advice and field-based monitoring to support high technical quality of child protection and GBV programming. The Senior Protection & Gender Advisor role is also focused on capacity building; contextualizing and facilitating key Protection training packages, mentoring Protection staff (technical and operational), and supporting all World Vision South Sudan staff to mainstream Protection, Child Protection and GBV risk mitigation comprehensively across all sectors.

World Vision South Sudan advocates for protecting the future generation in South Sudan, as part of World Vision’s international commitment to help end violence against children globally. The Senior Protection & Gender Advisor role leads this national advocacy initiative that actively engages all staff and departments to work together to help promote positive social change, promote the rights and protection of children, and advocate for greater gender equality. The role also leads in crafting World Vision South Sudan policy positions, and feeds into international research, learning, policy and advocacy work on humanitarian protection, child protection and GBV reduction.

To strengthen cohesion and mainstreaming of child protection and GBV prevention and response, the Senior Protection & Gender Advisor finally has the responsibility of supervising technical advisors specialized in Child Protection (specifically Case Management, Coaching & Supervision, FTR), Education and Faith & Development.


External & Donor Engagement:

  • Maintain strong relationships with key donors, UN, Clusters (Protection, GBV, MRE) to share WVSS Protection Programme best practices, learning, and advocate for resources to strengthen programme scope and effectiveness.

  • Engage with inter-agency technical working groups to ensure WVSS Protection Programming follows international / South Sudan minimum standards, best practices, and utilizes tools or resources in a coordinated and collaborative manner.

Proposal Development, Quality Assurance:

  • Provide technical leadership and support to proposal development for Protection, Child Protection & GBV proposals and budget development; support mainstreaming of gender & protection in all proposal development.

  • Support QA to develop assessment, monitoring & evaluation tools to measure Protection, Gender, CP and GBV issues, risks, KAPs; Build staff capacity on use of Protection tools (i.e. Safety Audit).

  • Support QA to review all TORs for external assessment / evaluation, including bid analysis and external tools.

  • Mentor staff on use of Protection-focused M&E tools.

  • Provide technical leadership to Protection, CP and GBV related research, case studies, learning reviews and publications for WV South Sudan, and as part of WV Region / Global initiatives relevant to South Sudan or fragile contexts.

Technical Support to Project Implementation:

  • Provide leadership to ensure the overall technical quality of all WV South Sudan Protection programming, both through direct efforts, and through mentorship and coaching of field-based Protection (CP, GBV or MRE) staff; Ensure all programming follows WV South Sudan’s standard technical approaches to each sub-sector, uptakes international and South Sudan-specific guidance and best practices.

  • Provide technical support to the recruitment of Protection related staff (i.e. JD review based on existing standard JDs, technical short-listing, technical interviews, etc).

  • Support Start Up Workshops to ensure inclusion of protection & gender considerations

  • Conduct field visits of all Protection, CP and GBV projects to assess technical quality, make recommendations & support project teams to implement to ensure a high degree of quality.

  • Facilitate trainings as required by project designs, and support recruitment of consultant trainers as necessary, or support technical team staff to conduct these.

  • Review, update and where necessary, develop contextualized training or other guidance material for Protection field staff based on project needs and assessment findings.

  • Produce template materials for Protection & Gender programming (i.e. IEC Materials, Key Messages) to continually update the quality & impact of project materials.

  • Specific technical support to mainstream Protection, CP and GBV in key clusters (i.e. NFI/Shelter Cluster) to improve quality of humanitarian coordination.

Humanitarian Policy & Advocacy:

  • Provide senior leadership to the WV South Sudan national advocacy campaign, It Takes A Nation.

  • Develop policy positions in support of ending violence against children, specific to South Sudan, and to contribute to the broader World Vision International campaign.

  • Provide leadership to research, advocacy, case studies and policy briefs on protection issues, including inter-agency collaboration with policy-focused NGOs in South Sudan or externally, and coordination with World Vision International and Support Office initiatives.

  • Document, monitor & report on ITAN campaign achievements.

  • Lead WV South Sudan staff engagement in ITAN campaign.

Team Leadership / People Management:

  • Provide leadership and supervision to the technical team of Protection, CP, GBV, Education and Faith & Development.

  • Ensure supportive people management, with performance plans set, feedback provided and appraisals completed annually.


  • University Degree in International Relations, Humanitarian Protection, Human Rights or Social Work; Master’s Degree is strongly preferred.

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in a technical position related to Protection, with a comprehensive experience in both child protection and GBV technical sectors strongly preferred.

  • Certification or other similar demonstration of capacity to facilitate trainings and provide coaching and supervision to key Child Protection and GBV technical packages (i.e. Child Protection Minimum Standards, Comprehensive CP Case

  • Management, IASC GBV Case Management Guidelines, Child Friendly Space Guidelines, Women & Girl Friendly Space Guidelines, SASA! Raising Voices, basic and focused PSS for children and survivors, etc.)

  • Proven experience in identifying Protection (CP/GBV) resource opportunities, engaging with donors and partners on CP/GBV issues (or other Protection issues), designing high quality CP/GBV programming and budgets.

  • Experience mentoring and coaching staff to improve Protection technical quality, as well as mainstreaming in key sectors such as Food Security, WASH, Health, Nutrition.

  • Experience providing technical guidance or operational leadership to interventions intended to mainstream gender considerations and promote gender equality.

  • Experience in leading or contributing to a Protection focused advocacy campaign preferred.

  • Must have experience in fragile or humanitarian contexts, South Sudan is strongly preferred (for internal World Vision candidates applying, should have experience in grant-funded field offices).

  • Deep knowledge of international humanitarian and human rights frameworks; understanding of South Sudan domestic frameworks for human rights, children’s rights, women’s rights and protections from GBV strongly preferred.

  • Creative, interested to refine, create, test and produce child protection, child rights or GBV prevention methodologies, approaches, training and materials informed by international guidelines and best practices.

  • Collaboration and teamwork – Excels in collaborating with external partners (UN, NGO, local actors, other); Interested to actively participate in technical working groups on CAAFAG, UASC, PSS, etc. and keen to learn from other agencies to refine approaches and high technical standards.

  • Team leadership & People Management – Motivated, enthusiastic leader interested to engage all staff on child protection or GBV issues, and to support the professional development of national staff.

Working Environment/Travel:

  • South Sudan is a hardship, non-family post with an R&R cycle of 12 weeks.

  • Competitive salary, benefits and hardship compensation.

  • Juba based with 30% field travel.