Area Coordinator – COOPI


Job Description

OrganizationCOOPI Cooperazione Internazionale
ROLEArea Coordinator
DUTY STATIONGedaref – Kassala State
DURATION6 months (renewable)
POSTED ON08-03-2022

COOPI is looking for an Area Coordinator in Sudan

COOPI responds to the needs of the most vulnerable populations in Sudan since 2004, including refugees, Internally Displaced People, Returnees and vulnerable communities through an integrated WASH, Food Security and Livelihoods and Shelter approach. Key target groups include women and children, especially female- and child-headed households and unaccompanied minors, as well as the elderly and people living with disabilities. COOPI mainstreams Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Action, Gender and Protection, and focuses both on life-saving interventions as well as building long-term resilience through community-based programming. COOPI works in Khartoum, Gedaref, Kassala and North Darfur States.

Purpose of the role

The Area Coordinator is responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of COOPI programmes in Kassala/Gedaref which are mainly focused on FSL, WASH, Shelther and for the direct implementation of the projects assigned. This role aims to:

  • ensure good representation of the Organisation with a variety of stakeholders and third parties;
  • guarantee a fair, accountable and transparent management of programme, finance and human resources and promote a learning environment for staff and the organization;
  • guarantee compliance to Standard Operating Procedures for safety, security and general operations.


Programme management

  • Overall responsibility for the design, implementation and effective monitoring of agreed East Sudan programming, projects and activities in line with Common Humanitarian Standards (CHS) and COOPI policies
  • Ensure effective monitoring, evaluation and documentation of all activities and processes through regular field visits and inform of activity changes to improve programme quality
  • Proactively contribute in seeking funding opportunities to scale up and/or expand activities (including identifying and undertaking assessments and writing concepts and proposals)
  • To be engaged strategically with all technical sectors as need and provide management and strategic input/oversight
  • Oversee and provide strategic support to program teams.

Coordination of field operations

  • Participate directly in work of those supervised staff to provide hands-on training and support, inclusive of assistance in handling difficult situations
  • Provide support to Project Managers to solve programs’ implementation problems related to logistics, procurement and security
  • Ensure the compliancy with COOPI procedures (logistic, finance, security)
  • Ensure that the procurement, logistic and administration departments are efficiently managed
  • Prepare internal and donors reports and other periodical reports as required

Staff management 

  • Act as human resources focal point person for program and support staff, including expatriates based in Kassala/Gedaref, assuring, in coordination with the Administrator, a sound implementation of COOPI staff policy
  • Supervise, monitor and evaluate staff in performance of their duties
  • Assess staff skills needs and organize relevant staff training and upgrading session


  • Manage the security implementation plan in program areas in all its aspects
  • Assure that equipment related to security is properly functioning
  • Coordinate regular collection of information from areas of intervention. Prepare Security reports and timely inform the Country Director on security matters
  • Participate to ad hoc security coordination meetings in Kassala
  • Consult with aid agencies and other relevant stakeholders on the ongoing security situation as well as their security procedures. Assure that COOPI Sudan in Kassala is actively part of the ongoing security network
  • In coordination with the Country Director, regularly revise and update COOPI Sudan – Kassala/Gedaref internal security procedures

Liaison and networking 

  • Coordination of liaison activities with the Government of Sudan bodies in Kassala/Gedaref, which includes registration procedures, preparation of agreements, preparation of documentation for permits
  • In coordination with the Country Director, represent the organization in coordination fora, with donors and with international and local agencies
  • Regularly participate to coordination meetings in Kassala/Gedaref concerning implementation, operational and security matters. Assure that feedback of information is channeled internally



  • University degree in social sciences, business or technical sciences
  • A minimum of five years of relevant working experience is required
  • At least three years of demonstrated successful experience in international relief and development in a similar position is required
  • Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication, negotiation skills, multi-tasking and organizational skills
  • Experience in working in conflict-prone environments
  • Experience in liaising with governmental/local authorities, IOs and NGOs
  • Fluency in English language
  • Computer literate
  • Proven capacity to work in a team is essential. Experience in managing staff is an advantage
  • Demonstrated ability to work in stressful environments and under pressure


  • Familiarity with logistics, procurement and security procedures is a strong advantage
  • Previous work experience in Sudan is a plus
  • Previous experience with COOPI
  • Arabic knowledge

We reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the application closing date, once a sufficient number of applications have been received. Please note that only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on rolling basis and the vacancy will be closed when filled, thanks for understanding.

COOPI Cooperazione Internazionale is a humanitarian, non-confessional and independent organization founded in 1965 in Milan, Italy. For more than 50 years we have been dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty and to supporting populations affected by wars, socio-economic crises or natural disasters in their path to recovery and sustainable development, by making use of the professionalism of local and international operators, and through our partnerships with public and private bodies and civil society organizations.

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