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15 Aug 2020

Education and Child Protection Specialist– Bentiu, South Sudan

Job Description

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**This role is for 6 months***

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.

Program / Department Summary

Mercy Corps began programming in Sudan in 1985 and has been operating in Unity states of what is now South Sudan since 2005; operations have continued since the independence of South Sudan in 2011. We have been working to meet people’s immediate needs, and with communities, to build local capacity and promote economic development, especially with the eruption of violence in December 2013. Since then Mercy Corps has been expanding multisector programming in rural areas in Rubkona, Koch, Panyijiar Counties of Unity state and Mundri East and East of Western Equatoria state.

Mercy Corps South Sudan’s priority areas are food security and livelihoods (focusing on cash assistance, market-based solutions in agriculture and economic development), WASH, Education, child protection and youth development. Mercy Corps has been implementing projects which combine agricultural, economic development, WASH, Education and acute humanitarian interventions to tackle the convulsive crises affecting vulnerable communities. Mercy Corps has worked to build relationships with local government and other actors, which has enhanced our understanding of local contexts and the multiple stakeholders involved. With the Peace Agreement and formation of a Transitional Government.

General Position Summary

The Specialist will be responsible for managing SSHF funded multi-sectoral education and child protection project activities in Bentiu protection of civilian (POC) and Rubkona County with Bentiu as main duty station. He/She will work more closely with the national Education and child protection officers to ensure the objectives of the program meet its targets and deliverables on time and that target program participants are mobilized. The position is also responsible to strength the current county strategy in adolescent and youth development programming while providing technical guidance on education, adolescent/youth centered and child protection interventions. The job demands regular interaction and coordination with Education, Child Protection and GBV partners and UN agencies. The program manager shall coordinate program activities and implementation with some of these partners. This position holder will be responsible for developing tools for assessment, planning, implementation, monitoring, capacity building of Mercy Corps staff, reporting, and evaluation of the program, preparing periodic reports for donors and participate in proposal development for these two sectors. The Program Manager will report to the Bentiu Head of Office.

Essential Job Responsibilities


• Provide program technical guidance, coordination, supervision and monitoring designed to meet program objectives, deliverables and goals.

• Lead the education, Child protection, adolescents’ and youth resilience activities based on a strong contextual understanding of South Sudan context and in line with Mercy Corps values.

• Provide technical input for Mercy Corps’ Education and child protection programs

• Lead field and country level discussions and dialogue on adolescent and youth development, adolescents and youth in conflict and adolescent/youth-centered programming

• Contribute to the strategic planning process and provide regular updates.

• Assist with development, design and proposal writing for related and future programming

• Ensure inclusion of national technical staff and other key stakeholders into strategy process

• Promote the development of a holistic strategy through creating linkages with other sectors strategies (FSL and WASH).


• Supervise and monitor the implementation of the Education and Child Protection activities, ensuring that all the activities are compliant with the grant requirements and PM@MC guidelines.

• Work with Head of Office/Director of programs to identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with consortium partners, donors, and other stakeholders.

• Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.

• Participate in cluster working groups and meetings for both Education and Child Protection cluster.

• Develop surveys, need assessments, data and information collection, design interventions accordingly for on-going education to build the capacity of Mercy Corps staff, as well as project stakeholders.

• Provide technical oversight to the field teams and mentor senior staff in the design of education interventions, Child Protection and adolescent and youth activities.

• Communicate grant work plans related to project to senior technical staff and to the Head of Office.

• Work with the Bentiu Head of Office to overcome implementation challenges based on practical solutions.

• Ensure the tracking, monitoring and quality reporting of all project activities.

• Complete budget pipeline planning, monitoring and monthly follow up in collaboration with Mercy Corps staff and in communication with the Bentiu Head of Office.

• Ensure documentation and filing of project activities in compliance with Mercy Corps policies and procedures.

• Understand and appropriate application of Child protection guidelines and promotion of best practices.

• Understand and follow Mercy Corps’ Program Management Minimum Standards.

• Ensure all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy and Do No Harm principles.

• Work in coordination with Mercy Corps FSL Experts to integrate livelihood programs.


• Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.

• Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback via regular performance reviews.

• Supervise, hire and orient new team members as necessary.

• Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.

• Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem-solving options and ensure the integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.

• Other duties as assigned by the Director of Programs for South Sudan


• Prepare procurement plan based on project cycle for project interventions.

• Manage grant budgets and ensure all necessary requests (procurement requests, purchase orders, etc.) are accurately prepared and submitted on time.

• Ensure internal and donor compliance through a strong knowledge of MC and UNOCHA rules and regulations.

• Stay informed of incidents as they arise through the field and are raised through the program coordination mechanism.

• Enhance internal and external compliance through supporting incident-reporting mechanisms when needed.

• Maintain and coordinate reporting and documentation of Education and CP activities.

• Timely preparation bi-weekly, quarterly and interim donor reports for relevant activities under the guidance of the M&E Manager and Head of Office.

• Conduct month grant review with BvA and regularly update spending projection.


• Develop and maintain effective coordination with community stakeholders, government bodies/officials, civil society bodies and humanitarian partners with an eye towards long-term, cooperative and collaborative relationship-building.

• Effectively represent Mercy Corps in coordinating bodies and other forums, especially national level education and child protection cluster, represent MC in Education cluster SAG meetings, South Sudan Child Protection Working Group and Sub Cluster at field and national levels.

• Participate in local coordination mechanisms.


• Ensure compliance with MCSS security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.

• Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.


• As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.


• Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Supervisory Responsibility

  • Senior education officer, Child Protection Officers in Bentiu PoC and Rubkona

Reports Directly To: Bentiu Head of Office

Works Directly With: MEAL manager, WASH program manager, FSL managers and other department heads and Director of program.

Knowledge and Experience

• BA/S or equivalent in relevant field (child protection, social work, psychology/social work, public health, livelihoods). Advanced training on youth/adolescent development and conflict resolution a plus.

• 3-5 years of youth/adolescent and child-protection programming in emergency/early contexts (urban, peri-urban and rural) with vulnerable communities.

• Economic strengthening and social integration experience preferred.

• CAAFAG experience highly desirable.

• Demonstrated capacity in management, managing activities and teams.

• Knowledge of participatory approaches and community sensitization and mobilization.

• Demonstrated ability to manage and communicate effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment.

• Demonstrated flexibility and creativity in planning and problem solving.

• Experience with the development, implementation & compliance of UNICEF programs.

• Ability to effectively represent Mercy Corps and its interests to key stakeholders including host governments, and national and international NGOs.

• Excellent oral and written English skills required;

• Previous experience in similar contexts.

• Effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational skills.

Success Factors

A successful candidate will have a strong technical background and will have demonstrated management of similar projects in the past. S/he will have the capacity to deliver and meet deadlines, be conscientious, with an excellent sense of judgment and have an ability to foster solid working relationships with communities, GOs, INGOs, and NGOs and other stakeholders. S/he will have an ability to work simultaneously on multiple tasks with strong computer literacy and exceptional organizational skills.

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

This position is based in Bentiu (Unity State) in humanitarian hub and requires frequent travel to rural areas in Rubkona County. Accommodation will likely self-contained pre-fab container room in Bentiu. Candidates must be able to be away from secondary and specialized medical care. The security situation will be closely monitored as the response develops. Team members should expect variable levels of insecurity. Air travel will be necessary to move between the established operations base and affected areas during rainy season. During dry season, road movement is feasible within the programme area, but access to Juba is only by air.

Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Ongoing Learning

In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact. **

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct elearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

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