South Sudan: FSL Program Manager – SSUD

Organization: Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development
Country: South Sudan
Closing date: 09 Dec 2016

Since 1993, as an international non-governmental organization, ACTED has been committed to immediate humanitarian relief to support those in urgent need and protect people’s dignity, while co-creating longer term opportunities for sustainable growth and fulfilling people’s potential. ACTED endeavors to respond to humanitarian crises and build resilience; promote inclusive and sustainable growth; co-construct effective governance and support the building of civil society worldwide by investing in people and their potential. We go the last kilometer: ACTED’s mission is to save lives and support people in meeting their needs in hard to reach areas. ACTED develops and implements programs that target the most vulnerable amongst populations that have suffered from conflict, natural disaster, or socio-economic hardship. ACTED’s approach looks beyond the immediate emergency towards opportunities for longer term livelihoods reconstruction and sustainable development. With a budget of 190 million EUR in 2015, ACTED is active in 35 countries and implements more than 495 projects a year reaching over11 million beneficiaries with 400 international staff and 4,300 national staff.

Country Profile (2015)

Number of projects 25
Number of areas 5
Number of national staff 317
Annual budget (EUR) 20.78 Million Euros
Number of offices 6
Number of international staff 49

Position context and key challenges

ACTED has been present in South Sudan since 2007, and is currently operating in Western Bahr-el-Ghazal, Warrap, Jonglei, Upper Nile, Lakes, and Central Equatoria states. ACTED focuses on emergency and relief works around water, sanitation and hygiene promotion; basic infrastructure; food security and livelihoods; and integrated camp management. All of these interventions continue to provide basic and life-saving assistance to vulnerable populations, specifically IDPs, refugees and host communities.

Since the aftermath of the South Sudanese conflict that erupted in December 2013, ACTED has been contributing to the delivery of humanitarian services to 1.7 million displaced persons, 270,767 refugees, and 5.1 million people in need. ACTED continues to providing camp management services in 2 Protection of Civilian (POC) Sites, 1 informal settlement and 2 refugee camps, while contributing to Camp Coordination as co-lead of the Camp Coordination and Camp Management cluster. Acknowledging the importance of engaging in early recovery to transition towards sustainable solutions, ACTED supports communities in improving their livelihoods through the promotion of income generating activities, community saving groups, and Agro Pastoralist Field schools in Greater Bahr al Ghazal, Greater Upper Nile and Lakes.

Improving effective delivery of services in displacement sites
As camp manager, ACTED coordinates the delivery of services to internally displaced people and refugees in Maban, Awerial, Bor and Juba Counties benefiting a total of over 140,000 refugees and 110,000 internally displaced persons. Within the scope of camp management interventions, ACTED’s team in South Sudan undertake a multi-sectoral approach to establish and empower internal governance structures, ensure access to water and hygienic facilities, facilitate peace between host and displaced communities, and increase the protection of people with special needs. A high emphasis was put in establishing accountability and feedback system at the various displacement sites to improve the delivery of services.

Ensuring access to safe water and a sanitary and hygienic living environment
In 2015, ACTED prioritized the provision of water and sanitation services to people at risk of disease outbreak as well as displaced populations with limited access to water and sanitation facilities. ACTED has been expanding the provision of water and sanitation services to the refugee population of Doro, Kaya and Gendrassa camp and improved sanitation practices in rural areas such as Akobo county.

Improving food security and ensuring access to livelihoods
ACTED’s interventions focud on first addressing the dire food security needs of displaced populations through emergency food distributions within internally displaced and refugee camps, while also working to improve the resilience of vulnerable people across the country through seed and tool distributions and the offer of food for the construction of community assets. Through this approach, ACTED aims to both address food insecurity in displaced populations while building population resilience in the transition towards early recovery, managing to reach over 150,000 beneficiaries.

Transitioning into early recovery
As the country slowly recovers from the havoc wrought from decades of conflict, ACTED’s programming increasingly focus on building resilience and improving living conditions of the country’s poor and displaced populations. Moving forward, ACTED’s camp team is looking at devising and executing comprehensive plans for the return or integration of displaced populations. Secondly, ACTED aims to increase the living standards and ensure the livelihoods of the South Sudanese population, via increasing access to income generating activities and sustainable incomes, tackling the underlying drivers of food insecurity and poverty.

Key roles and responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Area Co-ordinator for Unity and the Country Director, the Program Manager, Food Security and Livelihoods will be responsible for implementing a program in newly-constructed refugee camps in 2 locations in northern Unity State. The Program Manager will be responsible for a program whose main components are: (1) distribution of seeds and tools to refugees; (2) distribution of vegetable gardening kits and training in vegetable gardening and (3) start-up of Savings and Loans Associations.

Management of the food security and livelihoods program in Unity State
Provision of Technical Expertise

Required qualifications and technical competencies

Minimum of 1 year of progressive previous experience with other NGOs or UN agencies in food security and livelihoods
Degree in agriculture or agronomy preferred; degree in relevant subject (international development, economics, sociology, humanitarian situations) a must
Knowledge of project management techniques and demonstrated ability to manage
Strong analytical capacity
Significant experience in finance and logistics
Computer knowledge is a must (Excel, Word …etc.).
Ability to work under stressful conditions.

Conditions

Salary defined by the ACTED salary grid; educational level, expertise, hardship, security, and performance are considered for pay bonus
Additional monthly living allowance
Free food and lodging provided at the organisation’s guesthouse
Transportation costs covered, including additional return ticket + luggage allowance
Provision of medical, life, and repatriation insurance + retirement package

How to apply:

Please send your application including cover letter, CV and references to jobs@acted.org under
Ref: PMFSL/SSUD/SA