News & views | 26 November 2019 | by Anton Quist

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Job opportunity: Senior Project Officer Human Security Survey South Sudan

The protection of civilians in armed conflict is a widely shared objective, but effective ways to organize protection are few and far apart in today’s violent conflicts. PAX aims to amplify the voices and capacities of civilians in conflict to improve the effectiveness of Protection of Civilians (PoC) actors and increase the security of local communities. PAX has been engaged with religious and civil society organizations in South Sudan since 1994, collaborating with South Sudanese partners by strengthening capacity and facilitating communities to transform and mitigate violent conflict through dialogue and reconciliation, with a focus on women’s leadership.

This position is based at the PAX Country Office in Juba, South Sudan, in close coordination with the Protection of Civilians team at PAX Headquarters in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The PoC group’s main activities on South Sudan include: survey research and advocacy; training of and networking with PoC (mission) actors in-country or internationally; lobby for inclusion of people-centred PoC policy at the UN, EU and NATO Headquarters. We work with local field partners, likeminded international organizations, military and diplomatic actors, researchers, politicians and policymakers.

To contribute to our existing training, research, community engagement, and advocacy efforts, coordinate field activities in South Sudan, and to support the Project Lead, we are looking for a:

Senior Project Officer Human Security Survey South Sudan 
(1,0 FTE – 1 year)

Responsibilities and tasks

The Senior Project Officer (SPO) will contribute primarily to a key initiative of the PoC department: the Human Security Survey (HSS). The HSS combines research, advocacy and community engagement efforts to amplify the voice of civilians and to improve the provision of people-centred security in conflict-affected areas. The SPO will be responsible for general coordination of project activities in South Sudan under supervision of the Country manager and in close liaison with the HSS Project Lead based in The Netherlands, dedicated managers of local partner organizations, local partners’ field staff, and local Community Security Committees or similar functioning bodies. Formally, the SPO reports to the Country manager and technically to Project Lead at PAX HQ. The SPO is also responsible for the planning and organization of field activities, will guide the preparation of data collection, conduct data collection trainings, supervise data collectors and the provision/preparation of survey data for analysis. The SPO will more specifically:

  • Maintain regular communication and coordination between the HSS Project Lead based in The Netherlands, the Country Manager in Juba, dedicated managers of local partner organizations, local partners’ field staff, and the local Community Security Committees or similar functioning bodies to share relevant information between HQs, Juba Office and the various local field locations where surveys and community engagement take place;
  • Ensure the timely planning, practical organization and implementation of local field activities  in close coordination with involved local partners (e.g. enumerator trainings, data validation & community dialogues);
  • Organise and facilitate trainings for data collection teams in the field (e.g. how to implement the HSS methodology, conduct surveys in the field, other key topics);
  • Assist local partners’ field staff in supervising data collection by trained enumerators;
  • Guide the preparation of raw survey data to HQ for cleaning and statistical analysis of survey results, and help explain, present and share data presentations and visualizations with local (field) partners, community representatives and relevant stakeholders in Juba and the various survey locations;
  • Assist in annual methodological review processes with colleagues at HQ and Juba level, as well as local partners, to update the questionnaire and research protocols;
  • Provide guidance and support to local partners involved in follow up peacebuilding activities (including with members of Community Security Committees or similar functioning bodies), and keep track of their activities, as well as the local field partner staff who supervise them;
  • Engage in continuous monitoring of political and security dynamics on the ground that may have an effect on planned field activities or the work of local Community Security Committees;
  • Build networks and maintain regular contact with key stakeholders (e.g. UNMISS, other UN agencies, Embassy staff, NGOs, relevant local and national government officials, etc.) in South Sudan;
  • Engage strategically with members of PAX’s South Sudan team staff based in The Netherlands and Juba;
  • Manage general project planning and project budgets on Juba level and report on them to the HSS Project Lead
  • Provide quarterly narrative and financial reports to PAX HQ on project progress, results, challenges and lessons learned; contribute to periodic learning and evaluation processes.

Who are we looking for

We are looking for a highly skilled South Sudanese national, who is capable of carrying responsibilities for swift coordination and communication, including with colleagues based remotely, as well the planning and execution of field activities. The SPO is therefore a quick learner, highly organised, detail-oriented and capable of taking initiative. The SPO should have experience with general project (and budget) management and with technical aspects of conducting quantitative field research, as well as an affinity for peace, security and PoC issues. Our ideal candidate is a team player who is also capable of working independently and with limited supervision under potentially stressful conditions. This individual should have strong social skills and be able to build and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and partner organisations remotely. The SPO should also be a capable networker, a pragmatic problem solver and be someone with a flexible nature and a good sense of humour.

What we ask

  • MA degree in relevant discipline, such as security studies, conflict resolution, international affairs, social sciences, law (BA degrees may apply if combined with substantial relevant professional experience);
  • At least 3-5 years of practical work experience, ideally in the fields of conflict resolution, human rights, governance and/or security sector programming; field experience across South Sudan strongly desired;
  • Professional experience with quantitative or survey-based research and analysis;
  • Proven strategic and analytical capabilities, as well as problem-solving skills;
  • Experience in managing and collaborating with local civil society organisations
  • Strong and convincing writing and verbal communication skills;
  • Excellent command of English required; Arabic, Dinka and/or Nuer proficiency is a plus;
  • Willingness and ability to travel regularly to field locations;
  • HEAT security training or similar certificate attained in the last two years desired
  • Affinity with the core values and tradition of PAX

What we offer

  • A dynamic position in a high-paced, informal working environment in a committed organization
  • Place of employment: Juba, South Sudan with regular domestic field travel and potential international travel
  • Temporary appointment for 36 hours per week (1,0 FTE) for initially 1 year, starting in January 2020, with a potential for contract extension after 1 year
  • We offer a competitive salary, according to national South Sudanese Ministry of Labour terms and conditions of employment, depending on experience, (for a fulltime position, 36 hours per week)

Information and application

Visit the PAXwebsite for further information on the work of PAX: www.paxforpeace.nl. For questions regarding this position, please contact Anton Quist at quist@paxforpeace.nl.

Interested candidates matching the profile and requirements can submit their application, consisting of both a letter of motivation (max. 1 page) and resume/CV in English (max. 2 pages) addressed to Anton Quist, Project Lead HSS South Sudan, only by using the application form on the bottom of this page.

Closing date for responses to this vacancy announcement is 2 December 2019.

Note that the interviews for this position will be held during week 50 (9-15 December) at the PAX Office in Juba, and will be arranged via Skype.

PAX is an equal opportunity employer and encourages everyone with skills, passion and courage to participate. We invite applicants from all backgrounds, also with special needs, to apply for this position.


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