INGO Forum Secretariate Coordinator – CRS


About CRS

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

CRS/Sudan provides emergency assistance throughout the country, with core funding from WFP, USAID/BHA, UK/FCDO, Caritas Germany-BMZ and UN and private donors. Key sectoral areas for CRS Sudan include food security, livelihoods, nutrition, health, peacebuilding and natural resource management. CRS Sudan manages the financial and procurement needs of the Sudan INGO Forum, based on close coordination with INGO Steering Committee and with funding from USAID/BHA.

Job Description

INGO Forum Secretariate Coordinator, Sudan – (210000DG)

OrganizationCatholic Relief Services
Primary Location:EARO-SD-Khartoum
Travel:Yes, 25 % of the Time
Job Type:Full-time
Job Posting:02/07/2021  9:35:18 PM

Sudan INGO Forum:

The Sudan INGO Forum is a voluntary and independent networking body of over 50international NGOs that supports its members to effectively respond to the humanitarian and development needs in Sudan. It supports its members in the principled and effective delivery of humanitarian and development assistance so that members continue to save and improve lives in the country. All members of the INGO Forum strive to provide professional assistance to the Sudanese people regardless of gender, ethnic background, political affiliation, or religious belief. As an international NGO registered in Sudan, CRS is therefore a member of the Sudan INGO Forum.

The Sudan INGOs Forum provides a unique platform for inducting INGO Country Directors into the regulatory environment of Sudan, providing networking opportunities and capacity building for INGOs, sharing best practices in humanitarian and development assistance and information exchanges, forging collaborations between the international INGOs and national NGOs, coordinating the collective voices of the community, and joint advocacy for enabling environment for INGOs operating in the country.

The functions of the INGO Forum Coordination Secretariat include: information sharing and coordination, security advising and crisis management, external engagement, policy engagement, INGOs networking and capacity enhancement.

Job Summary:

This senior INGO Forum Secretariat Coordinator position manages  INGO Forum Secretariat functions, facilitating coordination between members of the forum (INGO Country Directors), the elected Steering Committee, and external stakeholders.

The role entails ensuring effective information exchange, supporting the work of the Steering Committee, promoting common positions and agreed interests of the INGOs Forum. The INGO Forum Secretariat Coordinator is also responsible for strategic representation and sustaining productive relationships between NGOs, Government, UN, Donors and diplomatic missions in country, on behalf of and as instructed by the INGO Forum Steering Committee.

This position functionally reports to the Chairperson of the INGO Forum Steering Committee (SC) and administratively to CRS Head of Programming.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:

  1. Leads and manages key Secretariat functions, including management of the NGO Forum budget, development of strategic annual priorities and writing high level reports for internal and external stakeholders
  2. Coordinates INGO Forum and Steering Committee meetings and other high-level meetings and workshops with key NGO, UN, and governmental actors. Represents the Forum at high-level fora including UN forums, multi-donor meetings, government ministries, civil society, foreign and local NGO community, Diplomatic Corps.
  3. Provides Business Development expertise in positioning, capture planning and proposal preparation for specific opportunities with institutional donors.
  4. Advises and guides the INGOs Secretariat advocacy functions related to operational constraints and policy related issues affecting INGOs in country.
  5. Disseminates learning, best practices, research and other related data on strategic or operational issues with the wider NGO community and other coordination platforms.
  6. Provides information, briefings, presentations on the function and structure of the INGO Forum, best practices and lessons learned to stakeholders and promotes mechanisms for effective collaboration and information sharing between International and National NGOs and other stakeholders
  7. Plans and facilitates visits of advocacy groups, researchers, donors, partners working on Sudan
  8. In collaboration with INGO Forum Steering Committee, liaise with OCHA, Sector Working Groups and Clusters, ensuring key messages are shared and activities and advocacy messages are coordinated and consistent
  9. Develops and/or maintains productive relationships with key individuals in relevant government ministries, civil society, foreign and local NGO community, UN Missions, Diplomatic Corps, other donors, etc. as assigned by the INGO Forum SC Chair.
  10. Leads orientation briefings to new INGOs Country Directors

Personal Skills

  1. Strong sense of integrity; able to handle sensitive information with professionalism and confidentiality
  2. Self-starter; action-oriented, able to champion new initiatives and influence decision-makers
  3. Strong analysis and problem-solving skills with ability to make sound judgment
  4. Communicates effectively with a diverse set of governmental and non-governmental stakeholders
  5. Great sense of social ease, good relationship management skills and the ability to work closely with local partners and the community
  6. Promotes inclusivity, diversity and equality
  7. Willing and able to work in remote field location with minimal amenities
  8. Attention to details, accuracy and timeliness in executing assigned responsibilities

Required Languages: English language required, Arabic language preferred.

Travel: This position is based in Khartoum, Sudan with frequent travel in the country to meet job responsibilities.

Supervisory Responsibilities (if none, state none): None

Key Working Relationships: This Coordinator will be functionally supervised by the INGO Forum Steering Committee Chairperson. The Coordinator will be administratively supervised by the CRS Head of Programming.


Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum five years of progressive leadership experience working with UN, NGOs and/or Donor agencies preferably with experience in post-conflict contexts or fragile environments
  • Graduate qualifications in international relations, communication, business administration or another relevant field
  • Demonstrated coordination experience in multi-agency forums
  • Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and ability to work with diverse teams
  • Documented skills in developing proposals, budgets and report writing
  • Strong understanding of the UN system, integrated missions, the Humanitarian Reform and principles of the Transformative Agenda
  • Significant understanding of complex emergencies and crisis contexts or fragile environments
  • Proven communication, public speaking, interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Previous work experience in Sudan or fragile environments desired

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)  

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.  

  • Integrity 
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships 
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Disclaimer:  This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

Note:  All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding the rights and dignity of all people – especially children and vulnerable adults – to live free from abuse and harm.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. (For all US and International positions) 

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