London, Greater London (Hybrid)
£35,703 - £40,929 per year
Contract, 2 years, Full-time
Job description

Contract: Fixed Term 12 months 

Salary: £35,703 - £37,210 (The salary includes London weighting allowance) 

Location: Home working, Hybrid or Office based options in London are available

Job Profile

South Sudan is one of our most important programmes responding to the ongoing crisis in the world’s newest nation. The postholder will be required to support “CAFOD and Trócaire in Partnership” (CTP) for their work in South Sudan , both at a distance from London and as surge support as required in South Sudan. The postholder will be a key link between the Head Offices in London (CAFOD)and Maynooth (Trócaire) and the team in South Sudan. The post holder will be responsible for day to day liaison, advice and support to the CTP Juba office and will represent CTP in advocacy, media and communications initiatives in UK, Ireland and South Sudan (virtually and in person) to both internal and external audiences.

The post holder will work closely with the Joint Agency Governance Group (JAGG) members which consist of CAFOD Head of Region - Africa, Trócaire Head of Portfolio - FCAS, Trócaire Head of Humanitarian Programmes and CTP’s South Sudan Country Representative (ex-officio member of JAGG).

The post holder will be based in London, full time or hybrid office/home working and will be expected to travel up to three months per year in South Sudan (possibly more in exceptional circumstances), sometimes at short notice to cover gaps within CTP’s team. In addition, the postholder will be expected to travel to Trócaire Head Office in Maynooth and Belfast as required. 


The post holder is line managed by the South Sudan Country Representative who, in consultation with JAGG, will set priorities to ensure that advocacy and communication opportunities are identified and promoted by both agencies.

Key responsibilities:

Advocacy, Representation and Communication (60%)

  • Act as a key focal point for CAFOD and Trócaire within CTP and vice versa, and, under guidance of the Country Representative, be a focal point with key stakeholders and partners in South Sudan regarding advocacy issues.
  • Represent CAFOD and Trócaire at interagency, government and parliamentary fora in UK, Ireland, and wider Europe for the purposes of coordination of response and sectoral policy development
  • Lead on specific South Sudan related advocacy in UK and Ireland, ensuring that any advocacy is coherent and effective, and informed by our experience and that of our partners
  • Promote CAFOD and Trócaire’s partners’ work in South Sudan in media and communications in UK and Ireland, supporting the timely writing and gathering of stories and images
  • Send out regular updates and reports to CAFOD & Trócaire Head Offices (London and Maynooth), and any other reporting or communications required. 

Programme systems, quality and standards (30%)

  • Promote the delivery of high quality and appropriate assistance to CTP and our partners’ programmes, specifically championing localisation agenda of CTP
  • Support JAGG (as ex-officio member) in its delivery of responsibilities including arranging meetings which are held 4 times per year (2 physical and 2 virtual) and ad hoc phone conferences as needed. Prepare agendas and take minutes for these meetings
  • Support the implementation and maintenance of systems and procedures for ensuring good practice and meeting sectoral standards on accountability and programme quality, such as Core Humanitarian Standards and Caritas Internationalis Management Standards
  • Provide ongoing support to the overall country strategy, and support the CTP Senior Management Team in the review, monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness, impact and direction of each programme
  • Support the work of the South Sudan PDFO (Programme Development and Funding Officer) in the development of proposals for funding, and reporting to donors and partners.

Emergency Response (10%)

  • Provide surge capacity to respond to new and ongoing humanitarian crises and responses in South Sudan as required.

International Travel and Work (delivered as part of the above)

  • Undertake the above tasks and undertake surge management responsibilities when necessary
  • As required, provide field level operational support, including assessments, monitoring and evaluation, programme management to CTP staff, partner organisations and inter-agency response teams.  


This list of duties and responsibilities is by no means exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake other relevant and appropriate duties as required. This job description is subject to regular review and appropriate modification.

Safeguarding for Children and Vulnerable Adults

CAFOD and Trócaire recognise the personal dignity and rights of children and vulnerable adults, towards whom it has a special responsibility and a duty of care and respect. CAFOD and Trócaire, and all their staff and volunteers, undertake to do all in our power to create a safe environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults and to prevent their physical, sexual or emotional abuse. CAFOD and Trócaire are committed to acting at all times in the best interests of children and vulnerable adults, seeing these interests as paramount. Any candidate offered a job with CAFOD will be expected to adhere to CAFOD’s Safeguarding policy and sign CAFOD’s Code of Behaviour as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents. 

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references, and appropriate screening checks can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. CAFOD also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of, and consent to, these recruitment procedures.

Person Specification  

Essential Criteria

Understanding our context

  • Demonstrates an understanding of the Catholic Church, Demonstrates behaviour in line with CTP’s vision, mission and values

Working together

  • Skilled in working with people of varied backgrounds, cultures and abilities;
  • Builds collaborative relationships across CTP, with CAFOD and Trocaire colleagues in Head Offices and with external stakeholders.

Making change happen

  • Can communicate complex issues simply and clearly both orally and in written form to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Recognises what needs to be done, consults with stakeholders and takes action– even in challenging circumstances

Job-specific competencies

  1. Understanding of the complexity of South Sudan
  2. Understanding of working in partnership with local organisations
  3. Understanding the role of faith-based agencies in humanitarian response
  4. Ability to travel to South Sudan, sometimes at short notice
  5. An understanding of financial matters and how finance and programmes interact 

Come and join us and help make a real difference in the lives of the world’s poorest communities.

CAFOD is an equal opportunities employer. Recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to child protection.

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Posted on: 20 May 2022
Closed date: 12 June 2022 at 23:59
Job ref: IPCSSJ
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