South Sudan: Protection Specialist – South Sudan

Organization: Norwegian Refugee Council
Country: South Sudan
Closing date: 24 Feb 2020

NRC in South Sudan is looking for a Protection Specialist to lead the technical development of protection activities within NRC’s South Sudan programme, provide strategic direction, and quality assurance.

The Specialist is responsible for building the technical skills and capacity of protection staff, as well as building the capacity of all staff on issues related to safe programming and protection mainstreaming.

The role will also be responsible for supporting the Country Management Group (CMG) with context analysis on key protection trends and protection advice. This is an advisory role and does not directly manage staff; however, it works closely with the protection team to ensure implementation of protection activities.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Develop and oversee the implementation of the South Sudan Protection Strategy and further development of it in the next iteration of the Country Strategy
  • Provide analysis and advice regarding key humanitarian protection trends and risks and monitor how they interact with NRC’s current and planned activities in South Sudan.
  • Ensure compliance with NRC (global and national) policies and procedures, handbooks and guidelines and/or propose new initiatives to bridge gaps and improve implementation.
  • Follow up on compliance with contractual commitments within standalone protection and safe programming plus responses, ensuring high technical quality.
  • Institutionalize and develop systems that address protection needs and follow up on implementation
  • Support the training, capacity building and mentoring of field staff on minimum protection mainstreaming standards
  • Develop policies and tools and provide technical advice in relation to identifying ‘red lines’ and supporting application of humanitarian principles and protection standards in programme development and implementation.
  • Contribute to fundraising, including developing proposals and budgets for protection projects, as well as reviewing and provide protection inputs to project/grant proposals and throughout implementation and evaluation of all projects.
  • Contribute to donor reports.
  • Identify, analyse and evaluate key processes and gaps on protection and humanitarian principles in the team activities and provide guidance and support to programme management on policies and recommendations.
  • Ensure that key learnings are extracted from protection project implementation, and incorporate lessons learned in protection programming and staff development processes.
  • Represent NRC in relevant forums/clusters, including with national authorities and donors.
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy.

*A full Job Description is attached below*


  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in related programming in conflict / post-conflict environments.
  • Minimum first level university degree/Bachelor’s Degree in related field; Master's degree is desirable.
  • Strong knowledge of global protection standards and relevant bodies of international law (international human rights law, international humanitarian law and refugee law).
  • Strong communication skills and ability to build trust and confidently navigate both internally and externally at different levels.
  • Ability to think strategically and constructively and to apply these skills in developing policy frameworks and guidelines to support institutionalization of protection mainstreaming.
  • Experience in developing and delivering high quality protection-related training and tools to support practical implementation of protection standards
  • Experience in working with partners and supporting development of their organisational and programmatic protection capacities.
  • Knowledge of the South Sudan and Horn of Africa regional context.
  • Willingness to travel in South Sudan, in insecure environments

Personal qualities

  • Working with people
  • Analysing
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Managing performance and development Communicating with impact and respect

We can offer

  • Duty Station: Juba, South Sudan
  • Travel: 30% field travel
  • Contract Period: 12 months
  • Salary/Benefits: Competitive compensation and benefits package
  • An approved health clearance will be required before commencement of the contract.
  • NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners and employees to check they have not been involved in illegal activities. NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose.

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*Females are highly encouraged to apply***

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