COUNTRY DIRECTOR (M/F) – Solidarites International


Job Describtion

Job numberSRH04592
Domaine de competenceRegional Coordination / Head of Mission
Type de posteOverseas missions
Contract TypeShort term contract


Desired start date:


Duration of the mission:

12 months


mainly based in Khartoum with stay in Gedaref upon needs and field visit, assessment, visit to authorities in West Darfour

Following fighting between the Tigrayan Forces (TPLF) and the Ethiopian Armed Forces (EAF), many Ethiopians fled the hostilities and sought refuge in eastern Sudan. Today there are more than 50,000 refugees, most of whom are in different locations: Tunaydbah, Um Rakuba, Village 8, Hamdayet and Babikri. All along 2021 SI was working mainly in Tunaydbah and launched wash activities in the new camp of Babikri in October – November.

Also, a wash in health program in consortium with PUI and funded by AICS (Italian Cooperation) was launched un July 2021 and will be over end of March 2022.

In terms of wash in camps for 2022, HCR will fund SI in Babikri Camp (approx. 2500 individuals) and other donors are under identification (SHF, CIAA, ECHO) for Gedaref and West Darfour. Main activities implemented in Gedaref are: Latrines construction, supply water through water system, HP, solid waste management, wash in health (in 4 health centers: hardware and HP) and potentially Water trucking in case of needs (contingency funded by HCR).

In Geneina, proposal are under finalization. Proposed activities are related to support in terms of WASH in urban and cmaps context for IDPs (currently 100 000 IDPs in Geneina).


General objective:

Coordination and strategic orientation, relevance and operational quality / operations monitoring, security management, relationships with donors / fund-raising, representation, internal/external communication.

Specific tasks and main challenges:

Although Sudan has been opening up more widely to International NGOs for the past two years, it is still governed by strict rules and INGOs’s access depends on Public Institutions (visa, authorization to work, to travel, to recruit national staff etc…). The HAC (Humanitarian Aid Commission) is an essential partner, the only entry point for INGOs to work in Sudan.

The recent coup of 2021 October 25th lead to a high level of uncertainty in terms of Governance as well as donor’s strategy (especially for long terms project). Military power remains contested by an important part of the population and regular demonstrations are organized, mainly in Khartoum. Due to the configuration of the city, confluence of the blue and White Nile, the existence of bridges linking the different parts of the city, and the lock down of these bridges by the Authorities, most of civil servant NGO employees cannot reach their office, leading to a re-organization of the work and potential delay in visa processing, bureaucratic follow up.

Part of that, the security situation in Khartoum remains calm in areas not concerned by the demonstration. Internet / phone network can be cut during demonstration but alternative system of internet connection allow to keep a correct connection.

In Gedaref, the current specific situation at the border with Ethiopia needs to be carefully monitored. The Sudanese army has taken back its agricultural land from the area of al-Fashaga used by the Ethiopians (a disputed area for 20 years). On both sides, the militaries have strengthened their presence. Transportation to Gedaref is by the road, for a 7 hours journey.

In west Darfour, pic of intercommunal violence end of 2020 and end of 2021 had lead to massive displacement of population in Geneina and surrounding localities. The follow up of the security dynamic in this complex and volatile context is utmost important in terms of access, communication with local authorties (HAC) and partners. Transportation to Geneina, main city of West Darfour, is organized by UNHAS flight.

Priorities for the 2/3 first months:

  • Establish the contact with local authorities HAC, COR at Khartoum, Gedaref and Geneina, according to funding. 
  • Potentially supervise a base opening in Darfur
  • Security management and follow up particularly for Darfur and Khartoum
  • Understanding of all administrative process related to visa process, travel notification, recruitment of national, Technical agreements…
  • Guaranty the continuity of and the quality of wash intervention in Babikri camps (2500 individuals),
  • Maintain the coordination with HCR
  • According to donors feedback, launch a CIAA project and one Echo project
  • Until confirmation / mobilization of field Coo in Gedaref, it will be important to spend a significant time in Gedaref (30 to 50 % of time depending of needs) to contribute to the base coordination, donors and authorities relation in Gedaref.
  • Brief new position: field coo, support coo
  • Follow up of political dynamic in Khartoum, Darfour and Geneina and consequences in terms of security, administrative process, relation with authorities
  • Looking for new premises (guest house) according to the evolution of the set up in Khartoum


  • Good knowledge and comfortable in external coordination and representation with local authorities
  • Good knowledge and comfortable with the usual institutional donors (ECHO, BHA, UN Agencies, CDCS)
  • Ability to propose partnerships, consortium to ease the development of the mission
  • In the absence of a HR Coordinator, comfortable with HR management and HR monitoring tools
  • Security management


A salaried post:

According to experience, starting from 3 000 euros gross per month (+ 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly Per Diem.

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL also covers accommodation costs in the Guest House and travel expenses between the expatriate’s country of origin and the place of assignment.


 During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of 7 working days every three months (with 850 USD allocated by SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL). To these break periods, one additional rest day per month worked are granted.

Social and medical cover:

Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.


The candidate will be based in Khartoum. Living conditions are good. Staff has access to restaurants and can walk in the city during the day. If most of occidental products (food, clothing…) are easily accessible in Khartoum, it won’t be the case in Gedaref which procures the basics. Possible to move around the city within the taxi, either usual taxi either local “Uber”. Good internet connection when it is not blocked due to the security/political situation. 


Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English. CV only applications will not be considered. 

NB:  The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension 

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