Head of suboffice Rumbek - South Sudan

South Sudan
Apply by 21 June 2018
Mid-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 1 June 2018

Job Description

Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) is looking for an experienced manager and practitioner to head our sub-office in Rumbek, South Sudan. You have strong leadership capabilities, strategic and analytical skills and with good understanding and experience from conflict areas. The Head of sub-office is responsible for the planning, implementation and management of the Emergency Response Programmes in the former Lakes state (Lakes), as well as overall administrative responsibility for other NPA projects in Lakes. The Head of sub-office will work closely with the Emergency Response and Rural development Program Managers, as well as project coordinator(s) in Lakes, to link relief and development activities in agriculture and other livelihood sectors. You report to the Emergency Response Programme Manager.

NPA has worked in South Sudan since 1986. Our country office is based in Juba and from there NPA runs a complex programme with several thematic areas; Partnership with Civil Society, Agriculture and Livelihood, and Emergency Response. NPA South Sudan has several sub-offices, around 200 staff and an annual turnover of close to USD 20 million. NPA is a Cooperating Partner of WFP in food distribution and food for assets.


In this role you will:

  • Manage the NPA Rumbek sub-office, including administrative and personnel issues, and ensure that relevant strategies, policies and routines are followed.
  • Be the responsible budget holder and implement emergency response projects in Lakes, in line with established strategies, plans and policies and in coordination with the Emergency Programme Manager.
  • Ensure quality monitoring, evaluation and reporting, develop emergency project proposals through provision of technical expertise as relevant, in consultation with project staff at the field and Juba level.
  • Initiate and conduct regular risk analyses of ongoing and planned projects under the Emergency Response and Rural Development Programmes.
  • Recruit, manage, coach and facilitate training of project and support NPA staff in Lakes.
  • Represent NPA in relevant state-level coordination forums, such as Cluster coordination, and liaise with partners in Rumbek, including NGOs, UN Agencies, and local authorities, in close collaboration with other project coordinator(s)
  • Monitor events and developments in the Lakes region (humanitarian situation, politics, and security, etc.) to contribute to the overall analysis of the situation in South Sudan, esp. on humanitarian needs and security, and advice on necessary adjustments to the evolving context.
  • Ensure that security, emergency preparedness and assistance plans for Lakes are in place, up to date and responding to relevant risk and context analyses.
  • Carry out other activities as requested by the Emergency Programme Manager and Country Director.

What you bring to the team:

  • Relevant advanced university degree
  • At least five years’ experience in food security, livelihood and emergency operations
  • Leadership experience
  • Experience from working in high-risk environments
  • Experience in humanitarian coordination, including Clusters; ability to collaborate, network and negotiate with partners, governments, UN, donors and other NGOs
  • Experience in incorporating gender equality and protection in emergency projects
  • Demonstrated success in projects designing, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting
  • Proven skills in budgeting, finance development and risk management
  • Strong analytical and presentation skills
  • Good writing skills and proficiency in English language
  • Good computer skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural/multi-national setting
  • Strong health

We consider it an advantage if you also have the following as part of your background:

  • Experience from South Sudan
  • Experience in vulnerability assessments, beneficiary registration, distributions, monitoring and evaluation in emergency situations
  • Experience in working with World Food Program and/or the EU.

In return we offer:

  • Salary:In addition to base salary, our salary package for this position includes post allowance, hardship allowance and a hazard allowance specific for South Sudan*
  • Accommodation:NPA will provide free accommodation
  • Leave:We recognize the harsh conditions of working in the South Sudanese context and the need for time off to recuperate. We have an R&R rotation system in the programme, and in addition we offer six weeks’ annual leave*
  • Flights:NPA provides three international flights per year in addition to contract start and end flights
  • Insurance:You will be covered by NPA’s comprehensive insurance package which includes travel insurance, group life insurance, accident insurance and worker’s compensation insurance
  • Health checks:Will be provided in connection with assumption of duty, and on an annual basis
  • Contract:A 6 months contract with possibility for renewal

In general, we emphasise the importance of strong health, cross-cultural communication skills, positive attitude, creativity and the ability to work under pressure and difficult conditions. One of NPA’s overall objectives is to promote gender equality in our organisation, and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Place of service: Rumbek town, South Sudan. The position is not a family posting.

Starting date: as soon as possible

For more information about NPA, please see NPA’s website at www.npaid.org

Contacts persons

Emergency Programme Manager, South Sudan, Fadzai Manyere: Fadman443@npaid.org

Humanitarian Advisor, International Programme Department, Karin Christoffersen: Karin.christoffersen@npaid.org

Please apply online by the closing date of 21st June 2018. Applications are reviewed continuously. NPA reserves the right to call candidates for interviews before the closing date.

* Terms apply according to NPA’s internal regulations

* *Terms for annual holiday follow the Norwegian Annual Holidays Act

About the Organization

Norwegian People's Aid vision is Solidarity in Action. We are a politically independent membership-based organisation working in Norway and in more than 35 countries around the world. Founded in 1939 as the labour movement's humanitarian solidarity organisation, NPA aims to improve people's living conditions and to create societies that are more just and more democratic. NPA's international work covers three core areas: Humanitarian Disarmament, Democratisation and Just distribution of power and resources and Humanitarian Action and Crises response.

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