South Sudan: Area Coordinator – 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 responsibilitiesThe Area Coordinator is responsible for the implementation of ACTED’s global mandate in the relevant area, and for the scope of activities developed within this mandate.

Responsibilities :

A) Ensure ACTED Representation in the area of activity
Representation vis-à-vis provincial authorities
Representation vis-à-vis Donors
Representation amongst other international organisations

More generally, the project manager is expected to contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organisation, notably through the application of ACTED’s mandate, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to other actors.

B) Contribute to the development of a global intervention strategy and to support its implementation at provincial level
Analyse the context and develop strategic plans, in consultation with the Country Director
Implement the financial strategy
Implement the operational strategy

C) Oversee reporting procedures D) Oversee Staff and Security
Guide and direct the staff of the area of intervention
Contribute to the recruitment of expatriate staff
Oversee staff security

Required qualifications and technical competencies

Master Level education in a relevant field such as International Relations or Development
Extensive project management experience (management, planning, staff development and training
skills) in emergency and/or development programmes
At least four years of previous work experience in a high management position
Proven capabilities in leadership and management required
Excellent skills in written and spoken English
Strong negotiation and interpersonal skills, and flexibility in cultural and organizational terms
Knowledge of local language and/or regional experience an asset
Ability to work well and punctually under pressure

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: AC/SSUD/SA

South Sudan: Area Programme Manager (Protection)

Organization: Nonviolent Peaceforce
Country: South Sudan
Closing date: 07 Nov 2016

Job Title:

Programme Manager (Protection)

Function: Management

Job Group: Programme

Duty Station: Juba with frequent travel to field locations

Line Manager: Deputy Country Director (Programme)

Line Management Responsibility: Protection Coordinators, Project Coordinators, Team Leaders.

JOB PURPOSE:

To manage the implementation of Nonviolent Peaceforce, South Sudan (**NPSS**) protection programming and ensure effective staff management in logistically challenging and chronically insecure locations. The Programme Manager manages the implementation of NPSS programming across multiple field sites and project locations, ensuring projects are implemented in accordance with donor approved proposals and budgets. The Programme Manager will support the strategic development of current and new programming in South Sudan.

KEY OBJECTIVES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

Programme Management and Implementation

· Provide technical advice and oversight for the field teams implementing of civilian protection and violence reduction projects, primarily through the supervision of Protection and Project Coordinators.

· Guide teams in strategic planning, development of work-plans and adapting programme implementation to meet needs in emergencies and rapidly evolving conflicts

· Lead monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment; guiding field staff in data collection and analysis; coordinating with programme officers to produce appropriate ME&L documentation.

· Work in close collaboration with the Deputy Country Director and the Program Development team in order to support appropriate development of new programming and supporting further development of current programming.

· Engage in nation-wide context analysis in order to inform program implementation and guide adjustments necessary to remain relevant.

· Engage in direct programme implementation as needed, participate in integrated rapid needs assessments and emergency mobile response. Stand in as Acting Protection Coordinator / Team Leader when necessary.

· Produce monthly internal report for area of operation (**AO**), covering context, programming and staff.

Representation and Advocacy

· Represent NPSS in coordination and advocacy fora, with agencies, government officials, UN officials, local government and partners as it relates to the programme

· In collaboration with the Programme Development team, represent NPSS to donors, engaging in proactive communication to keep donors updated both formally and informally on the progress of various NPSS projects and the evolving conflict and protection context in South Sudan.

· Represent NPSS at the sub-national level (with local authorities in field locations) when Protection Coordinators or Team Leaders request senior support.

· Represent NPSS during donor visits to AO – the programme manager will plan donor visits together with the Programme Development department and will whenever possible, accompany the donor on the field visit.

· Provide guidance and direct support on access related negotiations in AO as needed.

· Provide insight and support to the Program Development team and Deputy Country Director to identify new funding sources.

Financial Management

· Provide budget management oversight, coordinate with the finance department to monitor expenditure, ensure appropriate burn-rate and appropriate decisions that balance programming needs and the status of the grant.

· Provide approvals for direct costs and coordinate with finance to ensure appropriate allocations of shared costs

· Coordinate with finance manager to review and correct finance reports prior to submission for donor reporting.

· Alert Deputy Country Director and fundraising personnel of budget revision requirements and funding shortfalls; make recommendations for corrective action as necessary.

· Supervise field level cash management, ensuring field level bookkeeping is done according to NPSS policies and procedures, records are transported to Juba and irregularity is minimised and corrected.

· Supervise and ensure that teams comply with their internal and external reporting requirements and that complete documentation is received in HQ.

· Code all field level expenses in accordance with approved project budgets.

Operational Management

· Serve as programme security focal person, coordinating with Country Director and Security Manager.

· Serve as interlocutor between field teams and programme support departments in Juba (HR, Finance and Operations), ensuring that the needs of field teams are met and that field teams are fully aware of what is happening operationally in Juba as it relates to their sites.

· Actively develop and enhance mutual understanding between field teams and Juba programme support functions.

· Participate in Juba grant inception process with programme development, finance and operations and then lead grant inception process with field teams in partnership with Programme Development department.

· When requested, contribute to donor reporting for AO.

· Serve as senior staff in emergency situations, coordinating with Country Director, Deputy Country Director and Safety and Security Adviser.

· Ensure efficient operational systems in place, coordinating with Country Logistics Manager to ensure compounds are functional, procurement needs are met and vehicles are running well

Personnel Management

· Serve as Line Manager for Protection Coordinators, Project Coordinators and Team Leaders as appropriate.

· Facilitate field team performance reviews – directly conducting 360 performance reviews for Protection Coordinators, Project Coordinators and Team Leaders.

· Coach and guide staff on field based personnel management, ensuring with the support of human resources, that South Sudan labour law is adhered to and NPSS Human Resources policies are understood and implemented.

· Ensure sufficient level of staffing, identifying the need for new recruitment in a timely fashion.

· Participate in recruitment panel for international programme staff.

· Work with underperforming staff by developing and implementing performance management plans. Support Protection Coordinators, Project Coordinators and Team Leaders to do the same for members of field teams.

· Support Protection Coordinators, Project Coordinators and Team Leaders to manage difficult HR issues, delivering difficult or unpopular messages such as warnings when needed.

· Facilitate strong staff morale and positive working environment in AO.

QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES:

A. Education, Knowledge and Experience

  • Post secondary education in refugee law, human rights, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, negotiation, mediation, human security or related
  • 5-7 years work experience in human security, refugee or civilian protection.
  • 3-5 years management experience in complex security environment.
  • Demonstrated experience working with state authorities, negotiation and mediation
  • Demonstrated ability to live, work and solve problems independently and effectively in remote, highly challenging locations
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze conflict, security and political contexts

B. Skills

Independent Judgment/Analytical:

Ability to set priorities, solve problems and analyse data

Ability to manage information with discretion

Demonstrable conflict analysis skills, identify entry points and design prevention and protection strategies

Interpersonal:

Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and motivate and provide leadership to team and to work in a multi-cultural environment

Solutions focused, creative problem solver

Proven ability to build relationships with the full range of actors including government, chiefs, military, police and non state actors

Genuine commitment and interest in living and working at the community level

Flexibility and adaptability

English Language:

Ability to interact confidently in English with colleagues and external contacts, to write documents and reports, and to present effectively relevant information

Information Technology:

Good skills in Microsoft Office applications. Hardware IT skills a definite asset

C. Other Specialized Requirements

  • This position requires travel to remote field sites, including locations with no electricity or running water with limited access to communications.
  • This field site is a complex security environment where conditions change rapidly – experience in insecure environments is essential to success in this position

How to apply:

HOW TO APPLY:
For more information about NP and its work, as well as full details of the position and the application process, please go to NP’s website: www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: This is an urgent posting and applications will be processed on a rolling basis

Please email your updated CV together with a letter of motivation that tells us why you are interested in this position and how you are ideally suited to this particular position.

Email address is: recruitNPSS@nonviolentpeaceforce.org

As we receive hundreds of applications for each position, only those selected for an interview will be personally contacted. Thank you for your interest in Nonviolent Peaceforce and unarmed civilians protection.