Two Deputy Programme Manager – British Embassy


About the FCDO’s development work in Sudan

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) pursues UK national interests and projects the UK as a force for good in the world. We promote the interests of British citizens, safeguard the UK’s security, defend our values, reduce poverty and tackle global challenges with our international partners.

The UK is an active donor in Sudan, playing a leading role in the humanitarian response, and supporting Government with its plans for economic reform and social impact mitigation.  Our bilateral development programme portfolio includes support for the humanitarian response, clean water, climate change, women’s empowerment and economic and governance reform. Sudan also benefits from FCDO’s Centrally Managed Programmes including on health, education, mine action and targeted technical assistance. Critical priorities include getting support economic reforms, supporting citizen voice to inform/ support transition and strengthening the role and profile of women who have been pivotal in driving a peaceful, constructive revolution. Darfur is one of the longest-standing humanitarian crises in the world. The UN peacekeeping force is drawing down at the end of 2020 and is being replaced by a new UN peacebuilding and political mission to support Sudan’s transition and along with the international community, is supporting the transition from peacekeeping to peacebuilding and development. Safeguarding and inclusion are key in this process.

Job Description

POSITIONB1/C3 Deputy Programme Manager
salary  US$ 33,561 gross annually

Purpose of Job

We are looking for two capable, motivated, and experienced individuals to join the British Embassy (BE) in Sudan with the delivery of its development and humanitarian programmes in Inclusion, Resilience and Recovery (IRR) and Humanitarian and Human Development (HHD) teams.

The Deputy Programme Managers (DPMs) will lead on the management of IRR’s or HHD’s programmes deliver high quality and timely programme management, and to implement effective and efficient programme improvements and decisions. The DPMs will have a key role of working with, and drawing advice from, BE’s Programme Responsible Officer, Senior Programme Manager, BE Advisers, and Advisers across FCDO’s network.  

The DPMs will ensure the programme is compliant with FCDO’s Programme Operating Framework (PrOF), principles and standards. This will be achieved through proactive engagement with programme partners, and regular reviews of programme delivery, financial management and Value for Money. This requires the DPMs to work with initiative and confidence in making decisions, working at pace under the pressure of tight deadlines, and employing effective communication and escalation of programme issues.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

Management of the the programme cycle, ensuring application of PrOF rules and best practice at each stage, particularly in relation to but not limited to:

  • Maintaining the Project Delivery Plan and use it to prompt programme and team and partner actions in good time.
  • Leading risk management, drawing on the PrOF risk management framework, Due Diligence guidance and Counter Aid Diversion Strategy and best practice.
  • Managing important programme relationships, including with stakeholders, implementing partners, suppliers, and beneficaries, in line with agreements, suppliers’ code of conduct and best practice stakeholder management and contract management.
  • Leading the effective financial management of the programme to ensure VFM, accuracy, and a strong audit trail, throughout programme cyle, including through accurate forecasting, asset management, and timely payment of invoices/claims.
  • Leading the effective monitoring of projects, including through maintenance and regular use of individual programme Delivery Plans and monitoring strategies, through timely and rigourous Annual Reviews (ARs)/ Programme Completion Reports (PCRs); through cycle of timely partner and supplier reporting; through support to project governance oversight bodies, spot checks and field visits as required.
  • Develop an understanding of the fundamental technical content of the programme and collaborate effectively with Advisers on technical issues, such as responses to partner reporting to guide and assess activities.

Contributing to policy discussions, carrying out any research and developing assessments as required. Supporting the delivery of corporate objectives for the wider British Embassy in Khartoum. Drafting / contributing to briefings as required and formal letters on behalf of senior staff.

Successful Candidate Criteria



  • Experience of managing projects / programmes with a focus on delivering results.
  • Proven experience of challenging stakeholders on a range of issues and holding them to account.
  • Excellent verbal and written English.
  • Proven financial management capabilities.
  • Ability to take initiative and manage own workload.
  • Experience of working at pace under the pressure of tight deadlines.
  • Strong organisational skills, flexibility and capability to work on a broad range of topics simultaneously.


  • Experience of working in the International Development or Humanitarian sector.


Success Profiles are the new recruitment framework used within the Civil Service.

Candidates should be able to clearly demonstrate in their application examples of the following behaviours:

  • Changing and improving (Level 3): Seek out opportunities to create effective change and suggest innovative ideas for improvement. Review ways of working, including seeking and providing feedback.
  • Working together (Level 3): Form effective partnerships and relationships with people both internally and externally, from a range of diverse backgrounds, sharing information, resources and support.
  • Delivering at pace (Level 3): Take responsibility for delivering timely and quality results with focus and drive.

Details of the above UK Civil service Behaviours are available byclicking this link.


FCDO has developed a new Programme Operating Framework (PrOF) to standardise programme delivery across the orgranisation.

Candidates should be able to clearly demonstrate in their application examples of the following delivery competencies:

  • Commercial Acumen (Level 3): Ensures agreement obligations are met and works with delivery partners to ensure appropriate levels of performance are achieved whilst adhering to organisational policies and codes of practice.    

Managing Risk & Issues (Level 3): This competence is about identifying when and how risk can be taken; applying risk management best practice; and understanding when risks become issues and taking action to respond to those issues.

  • Financial Management (Level 3): This competence is about managing resources effectively; promoting a culture of financial rigour and compliance; achieving VFM, transparency and accountability; and applying robust financial management and decision making throughout the project cycle. 

PrOF was launched in FCDO on 1 April 2021, following up its previous programming operating framework known as SMART Rules.  PrOF rules and guidance is not available externally at this stage.  To understand FCDO’s operating standards please review previous SMART rules here.

Important – HOW TO APPLY

  • Candidates must complete the application form and send it to [email protected] with a copy of their most recent CV.
  • Please quote the following reference number when applying “SUD2101”. Failure to do so may result in your application not being viewed.
  • Closing date of applications is midnight on 24 May 2021. Applications shown as being received after this time will not be accepted.
  • Feedback will only be given to candidates who reached the interview stage.
  • Failure to follow the outlined procedure may result in the application not being considered
  • While we thank all applicants for your interest, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.
  • Applicants must be legally authorised to live and work in Sudan.
  • Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary may have their salaries reduced by the equivalent local income tax amount.

Sudan British Embassy is committed to equal opportunities in its staffing policy and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation or disability. Selection will be on merit. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

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