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Protection Specialist, South Sudan MELS Activity

International Development
21600001636 Requisition #

Management Systems International (MSI), a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, D.C. metro area management consultancy with a 40-year history of delivering results for our clients. Our expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation; democracy and governance; peace and stability; rule of law and accountability; education; gender and inclusion; strategic communications; and leadership and organizational development. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Colombia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria and Ukraine, and works domestically. We support clients ranging from the U.S. Government (e.g., the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Departments of State and Labor, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation) to large bilateral and multilateral donors (e.g., the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program). We also work with national and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information, please visit our website at www.msiworldwide.com.


Project Summary:

The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Support (MELS) activity supports the Mission’s implementation of USAID/South Sudan’s Strategic Framework (2020-2024) through effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E) processes in support of adaptive management and ensuring alignment with the USAID Program Cycle, as well as supporting the Mission’s organizational learning and knowledge management agenda. The MELS Activity serves as the Mission’s primary mechanism for monitoring, evaluation, and learning and adaptive management services for ongoing activities and programs. In a dynamic operating environment, MELS provides USAID/South Sudan with flexible, demand-driven technical, analytic, and advisory support in order to strengthen collaboration, learning and adapting (CLA); train and build the capacity of USAID staff with a particular focus on Foreign Service Nationals (FSN); promote institutional memory; produce monitoring, evaluation, learning products as appropriate; strengthen knowledge management and organizational learning (KMOL), organizational effectiveness and operational efficiency; and strengthen data-driven decision-making through an efficient use of GIS and other innovative spatial analysis.


**Please note: Only South Sudanese citizens are eligible for this position**


Position Summary:

The Protection Specialist will provide technical advice, assistance, and guidance to USAID/South Sudan Bureau of Humanitarian Affairs (BHA) and implementing partners (IPs) on issues related to Protection. The Protection Specialist will play a significant role in verifying activities implemented under the USAID/BHA South Sudan portfolio. The Protection Specialist will also play an integral role in the drafting, editing, and overall quality control of Third-Party Monitoring (TPM) reports studies and other MELS reporting deliverables related to protection. The position will report directly to the Deputy TPM Manager. This is a Long-Term Technical Assistance (LTTA) position based in Juba, South Sudan.



  • Advise OHA and IPs on all technical aspects of protection, ensuring a practical approach to achieving milestones and suggesting ways to improve performance.
  • Liaise with the IPs to schedule site visits and access monitoring reports.
  • Conduct monitoring visits to determine the extent to which OHA IPs have due diligence procedures in place to provide oversight.
  • Support and provide oversight on data collection, compile performance reports, and convene adaptive learning sessions with the Mission as required.
  • Make recommendations to address protection concerns and inform the OHA strategy for future emergency interventions in regions of South Sudan.
  • Conduct Data Quality Assessments (DQAs) to verify the accuracy of data and needs assessments reported by IPs and other organizations.
  • Provide daily operational and program support to all protection monitoring activities.



  • Bachelor's degree relevant to humanitarian work is required, preferably in law, social work, gender studies, social sciences, and international development.
  • Minimum five years of experience managing/technical support of international protection/gender-based violence (GBV) programs, including in GBV prevention and response required.
  • Experience with protection analysis and strategy implementation, including proven capacity to document, summarize, and analyze protection data and to share information clearly and systematically is required.
  • Experience delivering written reports is required.
  • Experience using computer/data analysis software, including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, and database management systems is required.
  • Experience in general protection is an advantage.
  • Experience in conducting evaluations or surveys protection and gender mainstreaming; experience on past BHA evaluations or surveys is preferred.
  • Experience with emergency response, recovery, and disaster mitigation programming in post-conflict settings is preferred.
  • Experience in carrying out fieldwork in South Sudan preferred.
  • Strong knowledge of international humanitarian and human rights laws, particularly international standards for protecting IDPs is required.
  • Knowledge of age, gender, diversity, and protection mainstreaming is required.
  • Knowledge of the social, political, and economic factors affecting rural populations in South Sudan is preferred.
  • Strong technical and management skills to manage the budget resources (dollars and staff) for field monitoring visits and assist and support the team with field logistics and meeting arrangements is preferred.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including working well with field-based, local staff via telephone and e-mail is required.
  • Ability to conducting interviews with the ethnic groups targeted by the project's activities is preferred.
  • Strong writing, presentation, and oral language skills in English are required.


MSI is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We strive to develop and maintain a culture that honors the perspectives and identities of our employees, our communities and those impacted by our work.


We do not discriminate on the basis of any protected attribute, including race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital or veteran status, pregnancy or disability, or any other basis protected under applicable law. In accordance with applicable law, we make reasonable accommodations for applicants’ and employees’ religious practices and beliefs, as well as any mental health or physical disability needs.


MSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action/Americans with Disabilities/Veterans Employer.


Reasonable Accommodations:

MSI is dedicated to hiring an inclusive workforce. If you would like to request reasonable accommodations during the application process, please visit Tetra Tech’s Disability Assistance Page. Our recruitment team looks forward to engaging in an interactive process to provide reasonable accommodations for candidates.


Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

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