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Senior Protection & Gender Specialist, South Sudan

Job Description


The Senior Protection & Gender Specialist will provide overall leadership and technical guidance to World Vision’s comprehensive approach to the protection of girls, women, men and boys in South Sudan. Protection Programme. The role will provide senior technical leadership in Protection and Gender program development, quality and advocacy, as well as an integrated oversight of specific sector and sub-sector areas necessary for realizing the safety, human rights and protection of children and their families. This will include supervision and mentorship of Child Protection, Gender-Based Violence Prevention & Response, Faith & Social Cohesion, Education and Advocacy technical staff. Finally, the Senior Protection & Gender Specialist will be responsible for ensuring mainstreaming of Protection and Gender across all programs throughout the program and project management cycle.

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 and Project Management.

  • 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.

  • Supervision and mentorship of Child Protection, GBV, Education, Faith & Social Cohesion, and Advocacy Advisors to ensure a cohesive, country-wide strategic approach to Protection and Gender for World Vision South Sudan.

  • The Protection & Gender Specialist reports to the Program Development and Quality Assurance Director.


Technical Support:

  • Responsible for overall technical and strategic leadership to a comprehensive and integrated Protection program in compliance with international minimum standards, government policy, WVI standards and guidance, and donor requirements.

  • Provide senior leadership and coordination of the WVI End Violence Against Children global advocacy campaign for World Vision South Sudan.

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

  • Ensure Protection, Child Protection, Gender, and GBV Prevention / Risk Mitigation are mainstreamed into all World Vision South Sudan technical approaches.

  • Provide technical support during project implementation to ensure projects meet or supersede 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 and CVs for shortlisting in recruitment processes.

  • Conduct site visits to ensure technical approaches are being adhered to and provide feedback to Operations, PDQA and line managers with regards to staff performance agreements.

  • 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, GBVAOR, leading technical UN and INGO agencies and WVI Support all departments (ex. Communications, Policy, PDQA, Food Programming) to ensure a gender lens is applied comprehensively, and provide technical input on all Protection matters as necessary.

Program Development:

  • 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 at national and sub-national levels.

  • Support PDQA Director and SLT to provide senior representation to donor, partner and other external engagement fora related to Protection or Gender.

  • Develop technical aspects of proposals as related to Protection (including CP and GBV) specific project opportunities, as well as protection and gender mainstreaming components – design, technical models and methodologies, staffing requirements, training plans, procurement guidance, budgeting, indicator development and targeting.

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

  • Ensure cluster reporting and 5Ws are submitted to the cluster on time.

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

  • Build strong working relationships with Protection-focused UN agencies and NGO partners to promote collaboration.

  • Work with Communications Manager to produce external materials on Protection and Gender issues and WV approaches in South Sudan.

People Management & Mentorship:

  • Build capacity of technical advisors (Child Protection, GBV, Education, Faith & Social Cohesion, Advocacy) in program / proposal design, technical standards and approaches, quality monitoring, reporting and communication of impact to ensure a cohesive, rights-based approach across all programming sectors. Focus will be on capacity building for national staff technical advisors.

  • Strengthen capacity and support field level technical project staff through regular coaching, identification of training and exposure opportunities, field visits, and facilitation of linkages with relevant clusters, working groups and key NGO/UN partners at field level.

  • Administrative and performance management of five team members.

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.

  • 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 child protection and gender development programming, preferably in fragile states. Competency with key international standards for humanitarian work (e.g. CP Minimum Standards, SPHERE, HAP Principles, etc.)

  • Extensive experience in Protection, Child 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.