South Sudan: Country Director

Organization: Norwegian People's Aid
Country: South Sudan
Closing date: 20 Nov 2016

Norwegian People’s Aid is a humanitarian organisation rooted in the Norwegian Labour Movement. We work with International Development Partnerships, Humanitarian Mine Action, Rescue Service and First Aid, and Asylum and Integration. Norwegian People’s Aid has about 12000 members in Norway and 2400 staff worldwide. We work in 36 countries around the world, and in 2016 we will have an expected turnover of 1000 MNOK.


Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) has been involved in humanitarian work in South Sudan since 1986 and is the largest NGO present. NPA's South Sudan portfolio consists of the following programmes; civil society, food security and livelihood, and humanitarian mine action. NPA South Sudan has around 600 staff and an annual turnover of approx. NOK 170 mill. This is NPA's largest country portfolio and the office is located in the capital Juba.

We are looking for an experienced upper level manager, preferably with background from working in a humanitarian context, to take on the position as Country Director (CD) in South Sudan. The CD has an ambassadorial role and the overall responsibility for NPA’s activities in South Sudan and is accountable to NPA Head Office (HO) in Oslo.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Exercise strategic leadership and have the role as NPA’s legal representative in South Sudan
  • Provide leadership, advice and support to the management team and ensure that the team works within NPA’s principles and core values
  • Ensure that relevant strategies, policies and routines are in place and adhered to
  • In cooperation with the Programme Managers:
    • Responsibility for planning and strategy work for NPA’s South Sudan Programmes
    • Ensure that annual plans and budgets are in place and that these enable relevant activities of good quality
    • Monitor and direct programmes according to strategies, plans and policies, analyse and evaluate performance, and identify areas for improvement
    • Ensure good working relationship with the national authorities, donors, UN, international and local organizations
    • Develop detailed knowledge and understanding of key donors, their priorities and areas of interest
  • Represent NPA in South Sudan both in media and in public and build networks with relevant national and international partners
  • Overall responsible for the safety and security of NPA staff, assets and resources and coordinate necessary actions with NPA HO
  • Monitor developments in South Sudan, in particular the political and security situation, give advice to NPA HO and implement necessary changes
  • In cooperation with and supported by the Finance Manager, Logistics Manager and HR & Administration Manager:
    • Ensure that financial and administrative procedures support programme activities in line with NPA HO guidelines
    • Ensure budget control and that annual budgets are prepared for approval by NPA HO
    • Ensure that NPA has good logistical systems including property and asset control
    • Ensure that NPA's HR policy, code of conduct and South Sudanese national laws are followed
    • Ensure that findings in audit reports are corrected and lessons learned distributed


  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to achieve results through others
  • Experience as a successful upper level manager with documented good results
  • Previous experience in a multi national environment, preferably in an African context
  • Experience with implementing strategies, plans and achieving objectives in large organizations
  • Good political intuition and understanding of political processes and ability to process sensitive information with discretion
  • Ability to cope under pressure and flexible to handle changing priorities
  • Experience in fund raising and country level development is an advantage
  • Relevant higher education
  • Written and verbal proficiency in English and Norwegian

Personal Competencies:

  • Good communication-, networking- and interpersonal skills
  • Ability and readiness to work under pressure and dealing with difficult and complex conditions
  • Ability and willingness to work and live under difficult circumstances
  • Analytical, systematic and structured

Position number: 181/16

Place of service: Juba, South Sudan

Starting date: Upon agreement

Closing date for applications: 20 November 2016

Please note: Selection and interviews will take place continuously. The position could be filled before the closing date.

How to apply:

For more information and how to apply, please visit NPA's website.