South Sudan: Country Director (Program Director) South Sudan

Organization: Handicap International
Country: South Sudan
Closing date: 20 Nov 2016

Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity.

Handicap International is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

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Present in more than 55 countries, Handicap International is composed of 2 operational directions:

  • The Direction of Humanitarian Action

  • The Direction of Development Action


After a referendum following 50 years of conflict with the North, South Sudan became officially independent in July 2011. From then, the country has engaged in a long period of construction, expected to last for the next 50 years. This period has been violently stopped since December 2013 with an internal political and ethnic conflict creating massive displacement of populations inside and outside the country. The country is now facing, added to violent clashes and wars, a major economic crisis driving it to a close collapse. The authorities are struggling to insure basic funding of these services with major corruption and bad governance. The country is highly dependent on external supplies of goods and services as well as the intervention and support of the humanitarian sector.

The context in South Sudan is characterized by a contiguum between emergency and development with regular chronic crisis, periods of stability and period of massive emergency. HI present since 2006 has shifted in 2009 from the emergency departement to the development one but remains active in both operationnal interventions.

At September 2016, the program includes:

  • An emergency component with

o Protection program in Juba PoC and Urban juba camps, psychosocial support and targeted assistance to persons with specific needs

o An emergency flying team all over the country

  • A long-term component with

o A Victim Assistance project based in Yei county including rehabilitation activities

o An Inclusion / DPOs project funded by EC – Europe Aid focusing on mainstreaming disability among development processes and support to DPOs.

o A psychosocial project in the hospital & jail of Juba funded by AFD and EU focusing on the mental health people.


Under the responsibility of the Eastern and Southern Africa (SEA) desk (line management Desk Manager), as Program Director, you are responsible of the strategic development and management of the program. You are in charge of implementing projects in line with HI mandate and to improve the capacities and volume of the program. You manage a team of expatriates (12) and national staff (35), in respect of the national legislation and HI rules & regulations.

In regard to the current situation of HI in South Sudan main stakes are:

o Strategically develop the capacities of the program to merge humanitarian and long term approach into a chronic crisis operational management in strong coordination with the desk manager.

o Secure funding and financial growing of the program

o Improve the Staff Development strategy to secure adequate staffing, motivating staff, developing the capacity of national staff;

o Identify and coordinate the development of project proposals in accordance with the orientations agreed on strategy; Ensure an active fund-raising campaign, linked with improved HI visibility on ground;

Main responsibilities:

  • Ensure a proper representation of the organisation in the field

  • Be responsible for the implementation of South Sudan program Strategy

  • Ensure smooth running of the Programme and make sure the Programme objectives are realized and services delivered to the beneficiaries

  • Ensure effective management of Human Resources

  • Ensure definition, follow up and evaluation of the security situation

  • Ensure proper management of external and internal communication


You have:

· University degree in social studies, development or international relations

· Minimum 3 years’ experience in mission/project management position within NGOs

· At least 2 years’ experience working in emergency and/or humanitarian context

· Programme management Strategic development skills

· HR management skills

You are:

· Known for your excellent communication skills (written and verbal)

· Able to withstand pressure and manage stress

· Flexible and diplomatic

· Emotionally mature


· Fluent in English

· Knowledge of French is an asset


The position is based in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. The office and the Guesthouses are separated, both are in the center of the city. The accomodation is simple but comfortable. Each staff has his/her own self-contained room with Air Conditioner. Since the last crisis on 8th July 2016, security level 3 has been established for the H.I mission with restrictions of movments and a curfew in Juba. This level could be updated according to the very fluid security situation in the country

Due to security reasons, this position is not open to families and couple.


· Starting date: January 2017

· Length of the contract: 12 months – with a possibility of expansion

· Employee status: from 3220€ gross salary/month regarding the experience of the candidate + perdiem + hardship allowance (500€ per month) + medical health coverage, retirement planning, repatriation insurance. Leaves: 25 days paid leaves/year + a special system of R&R is in place with time for rest out of the country: 5 days every 6 weeks.

How to apply:

Please send CV + Cover letter