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Protection Advisor (Sudan)

Front Line Defenders is seeking to recruit an exceptional candidate with significant human rights experience to take on the position of Protection Advisor (Sudan), to be based in Sudan. The Protection Advisor (Sudan) will be responsible for maintaining and growing Front Line Defenders contacts with human rights defenders in the country, providing rapid response in cases of human rights defenders at risk, undertaking research and documenting threats and attacks, providing analysis and producing relevant materials for the organisation to take action in support of their security, and providing input, insight and logistical support to other FLD teams delivering activities in the country.

The successful candidate will have at least three years experience of human rights-related work in or focused on Sudan. They will have excellent written and oral communication skills in Arabic and English. Please note that we cannot make exceptions to the language requirement. The ideal candidate must be able to demonstrate that they are well networked with human rights defenders, civil society actors, and grassroots activists in Sudan. The successful candidate will have demonstrated sound political judgment and the ability to deliver accurate and objectively written information in a high pressure environment dictated by the need to respond urgently to threats against human rights defenders. They will have worked with a wide range of defenders, and have a strong understanding of the particular threats and gendered risks faced by women human rights defenders and LGBTI+ defenders.

Applications (CV and cover letter) should be addressed to Meerim Ilyas, Deputy Head of Protection at

The closing date for applications is 20 January 2020. Please indicate the full title of the position in the subject line of the email, or the application may be missed. This consultancy role will begin as soon as possible and continue until 31 December 2021.

The Protection Advisor (Sudan) will be responsible for the following key tasks:

  • Coordination of Front Line Defenders outreach to new HRD groups and organisations in the country, building trust with new human rights actors, mapping of local civil society, and network-building – through consultations with local and international actors, field missions and convenings – including outside of Khartoum;
  • Supporting logistics and implementation of other FLD activities taking place in the country, including convenings, trainings and workshops, and 1-to-1 security consultations with HRDs;
  • Supporting the verification process of grant applications from HRDs in Sudan;
  • Monitoring and documenting threats and changes affecting HRDs in Sudan;
  • Supporting international advocacy efforts led by Front Line Defenders on cases of HRDs at risk, where appropriate and potentially effective, including representing FLD at stakeholder meetings;
  • Providing follow-up advice to HRDs at risk and supporting them to access support programmes provided by FLD (Grants, Advocacy, Physical or Digital Protection consultations, etc.).

It is expected that the Protection Advisor (Sudan) will act as key reference point on the evolving situation of civil society and HRDs, and he/she will remain in regular contact with external stakeholders including the EU delegation in the country.

Front Line Defenders is an Equal Opportunities Employer. We are committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace, where everyone is able to bring their full potential. We strive to create a welcoming space where everyone, no matter their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, education, or disability, is valued and respected.

In providing protection and support to human rights defenders, Front Line Defenders and its staff are committed to:

  • focus on the primacy and centrality of defenders;
  • demonstrate profound respect and empathy for defenders;
  • meet the needs expressed by the defenders in a fast, flexible and relentless manner;
  • achieve tangible impact;
  • act with independence, impartiality and integrity;
  • perform with dedication, professionalism and accountability;
  • show transparency and openness;
  • develop participative and cooperative relations.