Protection Specialist (F/M)

DepartmentPrograms – ADRA SudanLocation50% White Nile & 50% Blue Nile State
Reporting toProgram DirectorSupervises5 staff (Protection Officer and Caseworkers)
EngagementFulltime, fixed term, 22 monthsRemuneration RangeTBD.


About 1.8 million people are estimated to need humanitarian protection in 2021. The most vulnerable among them include unaccompanied and separated children, survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), women-headed households, elderly people, people with disabilities and people with specific health concerns. Both Internally displaced people (IDPs), refugees and returnees face risks in areas of displacement and return. The government’s protection capacity is limited, while conflict, displacement and the ongoing economic crisis have profoundly impacted community-based social protection and resilience capacities. Refugees face additional challenges and are in need of targeted and specific protection assistance. Lack of documentation is a key driver of refugee vulnerability, especially for refugees living in out-of-camp settlements, as they are unable to access social services where they are available, have limited access to formal and stable livelihoods opportunities, and face movement restrictions. ADRA through its programs aims at providing tailored and specialized protection services to vulnerable refugees, IDPs, returnees and host communities in Blue Nile and White Nile States. The program in White and Blue Nile includes; Case management and Protection monitoring; Community trainings in identifying and mitigating protection risks (women’s groups and community protection networks), Individual Protection Assistance (IPA) (Financial support to cover urgent protection needs); Strengthening of referral systems and coordination between relevant protection partners in and around the camps as well as in villages in Kurmuk and Bau.The Protection specialist will be based in 50% in Damazin and 50% in Kosti and will work as part of a team under the direct supervision of the Program Director.  


ADRA works with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible actions.  


ADRA Sudan’s key values are: Respect to individuals without regard to their race, gender, culture, family background, or belief system, especially the most vulnerable of society, such as women, children, elderly, poor, and people with special needs;Integrity and transparency in relationships with all persons, organizations, systems, and processes, including the ADRA network;Excellence in all activities.  


Capacity Building & Support:

  • Develop Protection tools, forms, procedures, and trainings for staff and partners.
  • Support the development of capacity building plans for National Protection partners.
  • Provide regular coaching on and Program management skills to the senior Protection field Personnel.
  • Support design and organization required for assessments, baselines, monitoring, referrals, and evaluations, particularly in regards to communicating needs to the Protection partners team, and participate where possible.
  • Support MEAL Manager on development of robust and safe data protection tools.
  • Foster an understanding of the context – political, cultural etc and community expectations, within the Protection and Programs team in White and Blue Nile State – and contribute to the development of contextually appropriate Program design.
  • Contribute to country level contingency plans and support the integration of contingency planning for protection in all program planning and proposal design, where possible.
  • Provide technical support to project staff, particularly protection case management workers

Program Management

  • Support recruitment of protection staff in cooperation with Program Manager, Program Director and HR.
  • Work with the Program Manager to oversee implementation of Protection project activities ensuring that services are delivered on time, on budget and in compliance with donor regulations.
  • Ensure that Protection partner field staff understand the requirements for implementation
  • Work with project staff to ensure protection indicators are fully achieved and within budget.
  • Work with the Project Manager to ensure Protection program is implemented in ways responsive to communities, partners and children in line with ADRA’s principles, values and strategic plan and compliant with ADRA’s procedures.
  • In coordination with the Program Manager, work with the Child Protection partner team staff to develop work-plans and follow up with team members regularly to ensure that activities are on track.
  •  As requested by the Program Director, prepare timely and high-quality Program and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal ADRA’s requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
  • Work with the Partnership team and Program Director and Protection Sector to identify appropriate partners for implementation of the protection response
  • Actively monitor Protection Program activities at field level, ensuring quality implementation Program and flagging concerns to the Program Director.
  • Input into the development of M&E and indicator tracking plans for all Protection grants, and the development of additional M&E tools as necessary to monitor project progress (led by TA with support of MEAL)
  • Work with MEAL team to identify and incorporate project suitable accountability mechanisms
  • The Protection Specialist will ensure the effective, participatory and accountable implementation of the organization’s protection activities.  These will include specific protection activities varying between projects and also mainstreaming protection into the work in other sectors.
  • Co-lead the protection working group in Blue Nile State, in cooperation with the sector lead as well as participate in Protection cluster meetings at National level, ensuring information and national strategies and funding opportunities flow to field teams.


Workers are responsible for:

  • Carrying out their duties in a manner which does not adversely affect their own health, security, and safety or that of others;
  • Cooperating with measures introduced in the interests of work health, security and safety;
  • Undertaking relevant training provided in relation to WHSS;
  • Immediately reporting all matters which may affect workplace health, security and safety to their supervisor;
  • Correctly using any information, training, personal protective equipment and safety devices provided;
  • Refraining from intentionally misusing or recklessly interfering with anything that has been provided for health, security, and safety reasons;
  • Undertaking only those tasks for which they have authorisation and/or the necessary training, and for which all necessary safety arrangements are in place; and
  • Cooperating with arrangements made to assist the return-to-work of ill or injured employees.
  • Follows other job-related activities that are assigned by superior.



  • Advanced degree in the field of Law, International Law, Political Sciences or related field.
  • Job experience: Minimum 2 years of relevant experience with graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s), 3 years with undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS).


  • Six years (4 years of experience progressively responsible professional working experience in any INGO doing development or humanitarian work in the area of monitoring and evaluation with perspectives on women and gender;
  • Experience of working in the field of reporting and monitoring to include experience in developing plans, tracking results, reporting to different partnering agencies;
  • Experience in implementing similar projects in Sudan.
  • Ability to establish and institute operational systems, especially related to Protection.

Skills and knowledge:

  • Experience in writing reports; developing and monitoring proposal and project budgets;
  • Experience in procuring goods and services and working with consultants and vendors;
  • Experience organizing and managing program/project knowledge/information;
  • Strong writing and editing skills; excellent communication, organizational, and analytical skills;
  • Ability to assume responsibilities for project of approximately $3M in funding;
  • Exceptional ability to work well in a team environment as well as independently;
  • Ability to multi-task under tight deadlines;
  • Ability to live and work in remote locations.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft programs (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.);


ADRA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or any other protected status with respect to recruitment, hiring, upgrades, training, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment. This policy complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment.

The Organization values people from diverse backgrounds, working to create an open atmosphere of trust, honesty and respect. Harassment or discrimination of any kind – including that involving race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, citizenship, disabilities, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other similarly protected status – is unacceptable. This principle applies to all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, placement, transfer, promotion, layoff, recall, termination and other terms and conditions of employment.


Being employed by the Adventist Development Relief Agency requires personal commitment to its mission and lifestyle.  The holder of this position will reflect in their personal and professional life the Organisation’s values, as referred to in the ADRA Sudan Policy Handbook.


Those interested can forward a cover letter and CV to the ADRA Sudan Programs Director, Maysa Al-Aqil [email protected].   


May 4, 2021




Full-time Permanent