Head of Programme, Khartoum (Sudanese) – NRC


Do you have a vision for a better humanitarian response in Sudan?

NRC returned to Sudan in 2020, primarily to help over three million people affected by armed conflict and displacement in the country.  We are currently establishing three area-based operations outside of Khartoum, including for South Sudanese refugees in White Nile state, conflict-affected communities in South Kordofan, and people in protracted states of internal displacement in the greater Darfur region.  Moreover, we have a broad programme ambition to scale up an innovative approach to durable solutions and protection, operate in hard-to-reach areas of the country, and also offer a rapid response capacity.

We seek a Sudanese colleague to become our Head of Programme, essentially a Deputy Country Director.
We need someone who can see beyond the status quo, to collaborate across and integrate the work of multiple teams, to help make sure that NRC offers a positive and transformative impact on the lives of millions of vulnerable and displaced people in Sudan. 

Apart from having a visionary capacity, the professional needs to be able to work with vibrant multi-cultural teams, coordinate our project cycle management processes for the complete grants portfolio (including monitoring and evaluation), and absorb and apply new approaches to programming, such as through cash and markets-based initiatives or leverage technology and digital capacities.

Most importantly, we need someone who offers empathetic and strategic insights in equal measure, and brings a competitive drive motivated only by the need to do more and better for people given the urgency and complexity of the humanitarian situation in Sudan.

Sudanese women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: 03.12.2020

Employer: Norwegian Refugee Council 

Title: Head of Programme, Khartoum (Sudanese) 

Town/city: Khartoum  Employment type: Contract 

Full-time/part-time: Full-time  Percentage of full-time:100

Webcruiter ID: 4309247593 Positions: 1 

Duties and responsibilities

Line management of the Country Programme Unit.
Technical supervision of Core Competency Programme Development Managers
Member of the Country Management Group (CMG)
Compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
Provide programme input to Country Strategy and Plan of Action
Development of Core Competency strategies that are aligned to regional and global priorities and strategies.
Development of integrated and needs-based programmes, including cash-based interventions and market-based programmes
Identify funding opportunities, develop funding strategies and forecasts
Grants management, BPO allocations and reporting to donors, including compliance with donor standards
Quality control, M&E and organizational learning
Capacity building of all technical staff
In-country representation at relevant fora and relationship management, as delegated by the Country Director
Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy
Facilitate initiatives for integrated programme analysis and response analysis
Oversee Project Cycle Management (PCM), including through field support missions
Manage all relationships and cooperative agreements with government ministries relevant to programme design and implementation, and outreach and strategic impact partnerships with Sudanese organisations
Closely collaborate with the Advocacy Manager to share information and develop advocacy and communications positions and products
Manage centralised programme operations, including the Digital Community Hub (AAP) operation and the emergency response team.


Minimum four years’ experience from a senior management position in a humanitarian/ recovery context
Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
Fluency in English, both written and verbal

Knowledge of the context in Sudan 
Knowledge of Arabic, or another local language/dialect  
Aptitude and interest to undertake cash and market-based programming and tech-enabled/digital programming (desirable)
Knowledge of community engagement practices and protection of civilians (desirable)
Experience of data analysis/science and/or qualitative research
Organisational, communication, and interpersonal skills

Personal qualities

Strategic thinking – Initiating action and change –  Influencing – Handling insecure environments

We can offer

This position is 18 months contract, based in Khartoum Country Office with 40% field travels

a competitive salary package at grade 11, as per NRC pay structure and attractive benefits.
the opportunity to match your career to a compelling cause
the chance to meet and work with people who are some of the best in their fields

For further details read the job description

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