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- Country Director, Juba, with frequent travel to Northern Bahr El Ghazal and Unity States, South Sudan


Country Director, Juba, with frequent travel to Northern Bahr El Ghazal and Unity States, South Sudan

Concern Worldwide


South Sudan


Juba, South Sudan

Reference: MM/SS/CD

Country: South Sudan

Job Title: Country Director

South Sudan Context

The Republic of South Sudan represents a particularly interesting context within which to work for a humanitarian/development professional who is looking for a senior management/leadership role. It presents a challenging environment but with the opportunity to achieve positive results at both national and local levels and a high level of personal satisfaction gained from contributing to saving lives and achieving change in one of the poorest countries in the world.

South Sudan became independent on 9th July 2011 at the end of the extensive Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) process which was agreed at the end of the long civil war with the Republic of Sudan. Almost three years later, the country struggles with a range of problems, the most acute of which is the internal conflict which has broken out since 15th December 2013. A political dispute within the government led to fighting among different factions in the army (‘SPLA') which spread from the capital, Juba, to a number of states. This has led to a major humanitarian crisis with over 1,000 people killed in fighting and nearly 200,000 people displaced

Date job requested: 08.01.13

Contract Grade: D

Contract Length: 2 years

Date Needed By: ASAP

New Post or Replacement: Replacement

Accompanied / Unaccompanied: Unaccompanied (accompanied with partner only maybe considered)

Exact Job Location: Juba, with frequent travel to the programme areas – Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Unity States. Travel to other states in South Sudan also as may be required.

Reports To: Regional Director

Responsible For: Directly responsible for Assistant Country Director Programmes, General Systems Manager, the Country Financial Controller, HR Manager, and ultimately all Concern programme staff in south Sudan.

Liaises With: Desk Officers and other technical advisors In HQ. Government, Line Ministries & other stakeholders in South Sudan

Job Purpose

The Country Director has overall responsibility for strategic planning, programmatic direction, and management oversight of all programmes and operations of Concern Worldwide in South Sudan. S/he will ensure effective and professional management of all aspects of the country programme, including humanitarian interventions, ensuring compliance with Concern's organisational procedures, policies and values.

The main duties and responsibilities include Strategic Planning, Leadership, Programme Development and Management, Programme Quality and Learning, Human Resource Management, Risk Management and Financial Accountability, Systems, Policies and Procedures, Representation and Networking.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

To manage the South Sudan programme in line with organizational policies and procedures.

Overall responsibility for strategic management of the programme, in particular preparing for and effectively responding to emergency humanitarian situations in South Sudan.

Ongoing developing and management of the funding strategy for the country programme.

Maintaining an awareness of the current economic, political and social situation within the country and the region.

Overall responsibility for security management: ensuring that the security situation is reviewed constantly, Security Management Plans (SMPs) are updated as necessary and that staff are aware of security procedures and comply with them.

Representation of Concern in South Sudan, maintaining coordination and networking relationships with the government of Southern Sudan, donors and other development actors in the country; this includes ensuring Concern's relationship and formal agreements with the government are maintained and updated as appropriate.

Seeking useful areas of collaboration with other INGOs, networks, etc., in particular the Alliance 2015 group.

Staff management and development, including in areas such as project design, proposal and report writing, monitoring and evaluation and other key areas. Provide general management support to direct reports.

Ensuring that support systems (IT, Finance, HR/Administration, Logistics and Transport) are in place and functioning in accordance with best practice and organizational policy and procedures in order to ensure transparency and accountability to government, donors and other relevant stakeholders.

Overseeing the finance function within the country programme with overall responsibility for budgeting, reporting and monitoring of all income and expenditure.

Overseeing the HR function within the country programme and ensuring that policies and procedures reflect global policies.

Ensuring all internal and external reports are sent to Regional Desk at HQ in a timely fashion and adhering to high standards of quality.

Maintaining good, regular and open communication with the Regional Director and Desk Officer for the Region.

Contribute to organizational learning through liaison with other organizations and Concern fields and sharing lessons learned.

Perform any other related duties as assigned by the Regional Director.



Education, Qualifications & Experience Required

Third Level Degree preferably in social science or development management or business management or related discipline.

Minimum of 5 years overseas experience working with an international humanitarian /development NGO (or similar institution), with strong programme development, team management and financial management experience.

Minimum of 3 years experience at senior management level within an international NGO, with experience of and interest in working in insecure emergency contexts.

Experience of leading and managing a diverse team of senior staff including international staff. Proven strong management ability, including ability to motivate and develop skills of others. Must be able to make sound management decisions in difficult situations and also be able to work in a participatory manner with colleagues.

Proven experience in building relations with donors and securing external donor funding.

Excellent communication, presentation, networking and interpersonal skills with an ability/confidence to engage and represent Concern at public fora, media and with donors.

Fluency in written and spoken English.

Experienced in management of financial resources and overseeing human resources, administration and logistics function.

Knowledge of rights based approaches, equality issues and advocacy skills. Strong understanding and commitment to the promotion of equality.

Excellent organisational and planning skills. Strong problem solving and analytical skills.

Able to prioritise and handle a diverse and heavy workload. Ability to work under pressure often to strict deadlines.

Cross cultural awareness and sensitivity.

Affinity with organisational values, mission and vision, commitment to humanitarian principles.

Highly developed listening and conflict resolution skills. Belief in and respect for people, interpersonal skills. Patience and a sense of humour.

Willingness to travel frequently to rural field locations and spend periods of time away from the capital in which the CD position is based and experience fairly basic conditions.


Education, Qualifications & Experience Required

Post-graduate training in NGO management, organizational development, or other relevant discipline.

Previous Concern experience.

Experience of working in conflict or post conflict situations.

All applications should be submitted through our website at by closing date.

CV's should be no more than 4 pages in length.

Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be short listed on a regular basis and we may offer posts before the closing date.

Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world's poorest countries.

Concern has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Programme Participant Protection Policy which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organization, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context staff have a responsibility to the organization to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern's core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct candidates acknowledge that they have understood the contents of both the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and the Programme Participant Protection Policy and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these two documents.

Concern receives a substantial amount of funding from external donors each year. Increasingly donors are introducing requirements whereby future funding is conditional on Concern ensuring that the names of any new employee or volunteer do not appear on terrorism lists generated by the European Union (List of person, groups and entities to which Regulation (EC No. 2580/2001 applies), the US Government (Office of Foreign Assets Control list of specially designated Nationals and Blocked Persons) and the United Nations (Consolidated List). Any offer of employment (either paid or voluntary) with Concern Worldwide will not be made pending a clearance check being conducted on the applicant. For additional information please consult our web site or contact the Human Resource Division in our Head Office.



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