Protection Coordinator | Alight Sudan

Protection Coordinator | Alight  Sudan

April 2021 | 12 months East Sudan with frequent travel to Darfur

Protection Coordinator | Alight  Sudan
Protection Coordinator | Alight  Sudan


Hello Hello!  Alight is recruiting a Protection Coordinator for our program in Sudan, which operates as the American Refugee Committee (ARC). You’re interested in joining us? Welcome, we’re happy you’re here!

If you join us, you will find…

A team with deep experience in co-designing solutions that create new value around the world. We know we need to always be better, and we believe in the power and abundance of everyday people, everywhere, to change the world with us.

A culture of radical accountability to our customers –as we help build a meaningful life for and with the displaced, we ask them what they want and then deliver on it.

An organization that refuses to settle for anything less than delivering human-worthy services.


The Protection Coordinator (PC) provides technical, programmatic leadership and guidance to Alight’s programs and initiatives for protection of displaced persons, refugees and host community who are at particular risk of violence or abuse, including children and women subject to gender-based violence (GBV). Specifically, the PC is the key technical focal point for all Alight protection and GVB Prevention and Response interventions. The PC works closely with all members of Alight’s Technical Program Team Coordinators, Programme Managers, Grant and Business Development team, and Senior Management team to provide appropriate and timely technical guidance to multiple programs including emergency response, new initiatives, new business development, proposal design and development, reviewing reports and developing strategies to mainstream gender and protection. The PTC will also work to expand protection programming by mainstreaming protection throughout all sectors and to look at opportunities to include child protection, Migration and trafficking response activities. Additionally, a key function of this position is to work strategically with Alight’s partners (including government) to advocate for prioritizing GBV/Protection issues. This position will be based at East Sudan with frequent travels to South and East Darfur, Kassala and Gedarif states



Building a shared organization takes time and intention. We will always be becoming Alight, which means your work will evolve as well. For now, here’s how you could anticipate spending your time


Technical Support and Leadership


  • Lead efforts, in conjunction with all technical teams, to provide guidance and technical support to fields that will result in development and implementation of high-quality Protection programs that make a measurable impact. Provide tools to support integration of Alight’s approach, focused on local partnerships and community leadership, into all programs.
  • Monitor international best practices in GBV/Protection, represent ALIGHT at relevant fora, and serve as a thought leader within and outside of ALIGHT on innovative community-based approaches aimed at increasing protection of vulnerable members of refugees and displaced communities and host communities, including survivors of GBV, and primary prevention of violence against women and girls (VAWG).
  • Develop strong supportive relationships and mentorship systems (as appropriate) and provide regular program and technical support, information, and assistance to international and national staff and programs, including to other CO-based technical assistance team members.
  • Lead and support the development of Protection related proposals including developing assessment tools, program design, hiring staff, planning, monitoring, and evaluating field programs.
  • Monitor ALIGHT’s relevant field programs through regular telephone field visits, report reviews, email communications, and other methods to ensure that they adhere to best practices and guidelines.
  • Work with other members of the programme team to define and strengthen the strategic direction of ALIGHT’s Protection interventions.
  • In collaboration with the field, program development and technical teams, draft concept notes and proposals.
  • Ensure that ALIGHT field programs have appropriate, relevant, and up-to-date materials, tools, resources, and templates for documenting and monitoring field activities.
  • Increase and enhance program monitoring and evaluation, and determining impact, wherever possible, including the use of standard indicators.


Program Delivery


  • Overall implementation and quality of the Alight’s Protection activities and staff. This includes coaching, ensuring co-ordination between staff, in various geographical areas, recruiting, and developing staff capacity. 
  • Ensure the required resources are allocated to the program to conduct an efficient and effective implementation of protections activities.
  • Design a systematic referral mechanism for actors providing assistance to vulnerable populations;
  • Undertake protection monitoring activities; including conducting interviews and visits to the field;
  • Monitor, analyze and report the protection conditions for refugees and other persons of concern;
  • Write, supervise and endorse relevant financial and narrative reporting on all protection related interventions.
  • Enhance the quality of protection programming throughout the project cycle.
  • Provide overall budget monitoring, financial review and control including compliance with Alight and donor requirements.
  • Guided by the inter-agency protection guideline and the Sphere Handbook, continuously monitor and develop relevant accountability initiatives in the field as well as strengthen efforts to document the impact of the protection activities and Alight’s presence.
  • Provide linkages with protection counterparts in other humanitarian organizations, local actors and within government structures.
  • Ensure Alight staff adheres to the humanitarian and Alight principles, Code of Conduct, child safeguarding, PSEA.


Donor Relations/Program Development/Advocacy


  • Develop and maintain relationships with key institutional donors and potential partners, including the UN agencies, BHA, and NGO representatives, specifically focusing on Protection/GBV issues, among others. Cultivate new potential donors and support field staff in developing their donor outreach capacity.
  • Expand ALIGHT’s recognition among donors by finding opportunities to raise awareness of ALIGHT’s work.
  • Help respond to donor inquiries, facilitate donor contacts, and provide country Office and the fields with timely and relevant donor information related to ALIGHT’s Protection programs.
  • Share any donor-related information regarding program development opportunities and recommend areas for ALIGHT interventions.
  • Help collect and develop appropriate ALIGHT Protection-related program/activity information, advocacy backgrounders, and reports for donors, and the public.
  • Participate and actively lead ALIGHT’s engagement in relevant working groups, advocacy initiatives, task forces, coordination activities, and committees convened by InterAction, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, UN bodies, US government, coalitions, and others concerning GBV (e.g. country-specific groups and those working to strengthen action related to SEA, Protection, GBV, and GBV Coordination).
  • Attend other relevant meetings, representing ALIGHT’s programs, and giving presentations about ALIGHT’s work.


Program Coordination


  • Provide program leadership, support and supervision for projects related to GBV/Protection, as required by grant obligations.
  • Liaise with donors and ensure reporting requirements are met.
  • Write periodic reports and/or updates for donors, internal and external use.
  • Ensure sharing of information and lessons learned among ALIGHT’s Protection staff.
  • Facilitate communication, coordination, and collaboration among and within protection  and between program sectors.
  • Lead efforts to arrange and organize ALIGHT events, such as workshops and conferences.
  • Help to mainstream Protection into all ALIGHT programs through technical guidance, trainings, and sharing update tools and resources.
  • Manage and mentor GBV & Protection staff as appropriate.



Education, Technical Skills & Knowledge


  • Demonstrated 5 – 7 years professional experience in humanitarian settings, including at least 3 years of direct program management of Protection/GBV programs in the field. Experience with Protection and GBV programming and implementation is required.
  • Master’s degree in relevant field (public health, social work, development studies, humanitarian affairs, or related social sciences disciplines).
  • Knowledge, skills, and experience in providing/leading direct services to survivors of gender-based violence using a survivor-centered and multi-sectoral approach.
  • Knowledge, skills, and experience in implementing primary prevention of violence against women and girls
  • Research experience preferred
  • Experience managing budgets and finances.
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office.



Key behaviors & abilities


  • Individual and group training skills in Protection issues, including GBV and SEA.
  • Ability to take initiative, work independently and foster a team environment.
  • Strong organizational, oral and written communication and coordination skills.
  • Excellent project design and proposal development skills and developing tools for cross-organizational sharing of best practices.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Good sense of diplomacy and understanding of international global political issues.
  • Ability to travel 80%.


You strive for...

  • Humility. You learn from others with an open heart and open mind.
  • Inclusivity. Our diversity is our strength. You value diversity of opinion and thought. You invite all voices to the table regardless of gender, ethnicity/tribe, sexual orientation, or physical/mental ability.
  • Empathy. You know how to really hear other people and understand their meaning. 
  • Joy. Seriously! We believe that play and joy are core to co-creating value with customers. 
  • Flexibility. We’re constantly designing and iterating. You’ll be working in ambiguity always – embrace it and see the possibility that it allows. The ability to roll with it will make that easier.
  • Creativity. You have the ability to apply sound judgment and innovative ideas to meet challenges presented.





Health, dental, and MedEvac Insurance – We strive to offer the best-in-class healthcare plans to our staff each year.  We cover 100% of the cost for your health premium and 75% of the cost for coverage for your spouse/dependents.


Retirement – We contribute 6% of your salary regardless of your contribution amount, after one year of service.


Generous Leave Time – Between general leave, home leave, and R&R, you have ample opportunity to take time off when you need it.

Borderless Team of 2,500 staff worldwide that sees possibility, celebrates moments of abundance, shares new ideas, and strives to do a better thing every day.

Learning & Development – Access thousands of free online learning courses to take at your own pace and tailor to your professional goals.



We are on a journey to build Alight, a new platform of amazing people and organizations providing lifesaving services and creating breakthrough solutions for and with the displaced. WeAreAlight.org

Alight is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.  Alight complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

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