2012 NGO jobs in East & Horn of Africa- Programme Coordinator


  TITLE:                Programme Coordinator/Health Delegate
COUNTRY:                       Sudan
DUTY STATION:             Based in Kassala, Sudan, with regular travel to the field and Khartoum      
REPORTING TO:             NLRC Regional programme Coordinator South Africa and Sudan
DIRECT REPORTS:        NLRC Country Representative in Khartoum    
Duration:                           12 months, as soon as possible to April 14, 2013 with possibility of extension

Background of activities

Sudanese Red Crescent (SRCS),supported by the Netherlands and Belgian RC,will respond to particular severe food insecurity among particularly vulnerable IDPs in Kassala State, Sudan, titled Integrated Primary Health Care Program addressing nutrition emergency in IDPs camps in Kassala State”  with the aim to:
1. Improvenutritional status
2. Improve access to CPHC services - Integrated health program (including water, sanitation and hygiene) incl. nutrition promotion, with a focus on maternal and child health
3. Strengthen capacity of IDP communities, localities, MoH and SRCS community volunteers

The programme comprises multi-sectoral intervention:  Nutrition, Health, WASH, and DRR in 4 IDP camps north of Kassala, and is being funded by the Belgian federal government through the Belgian Red CrossFlanders (18 months).

Summary Statement of Responsibilities

Reporting to the NLRC Country Representative in Khartoum, the Health Delegate will be responsible for supporting the implementation and monitoringof the programme closely with the Sudanese Red Crescent Society, Kassala Branch.

Duties Applicable to All
  1. Work towards the achievement of National Red Cross /Red Crescent Society goals in the country / region of operation  through effective managerial and lateral relations and teamwork.
  2. Ensure understanding of roles, responsibilities, lateral relationships and accountabilities.
  3. Perform other work related duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the supervisor.
  4. To uphold the Fundamental Principles of the Red Cross / Red Crescent movement and comply with the Code of Conduct and policies.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Support/facilitate the implementation and monitoring of the project according to project and donor specific guidelines. All aspects and activities of the program are owned by the SRCS and therefore must be plannedand implemented in through and in close consultation with the SRCS;
  2. Monitor and report on progressand developments of the programme and related issues;
  3. Liaise and coordinate with (local)government, Partner National Societies, communities and NGOs in Kassala State;
  4. Ensure capacity building with a special emphasis on design, development and application of participatory approaches and methodologies;
  5. Support the counterpart in the coaching of community structures including community leaders,volunteers and hygiene promoters ina wide range of participatory techniques respectful of local culture;
  6. Act as focal point for researching and establishing the need for programme related technical assistance ; 
  7. Identify training needs for SRCS staff, volunteers and other staff involved, in cooperation with the SRCS;
  8. Identify needs and possibilities for new interventions for the target communities within the mandate of the SRCS/NLRC. If needed, carry out assessment and prepare project proposals in cooperation with the SRCS;
  9. Ensure active involvement of all counterparts in programme development and evaluation, as well as in the development of a sustainable exit strategy;
  10. Ensure good integration  of activities taking place in the communities ;
  11. Assist the SRCS in emergency interventions when and where applicable;
  12. Ensure regular and accurate narrative and financial reports;
  13. Any other task as deemed necessary for the benefit of the programme and the organisation.


Required Qualifications:
  1. Minimum 5 years’ experience and adequate professional qualification in public health (nutrition)with strong expertise in community based approaches as well as DRR;
  2. Experience in working in rural Africa ideally in a (post-)conflict environment;
  3. Good programme management skills, including planning, monitoring and reporting;
  4. Good reporting skills, narrative and financial;
  5. Experience in managing, motivating, training and development of staff;
  6. Able to coordinate with authorities/tribal leaders/other NGO partners;
  7.  Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, in English are required (Arabic would be an important asset);Good mental and physical health, able to work in an isolated environment;
  8. Self-supporting in computers (good knowledge of Windows, spread sheets, word processing);
  9. Valid international driving licence (manual gears);
  10. Strong commitment to the Principles of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement;
  11. Demonstrated ability in networking and developing relationships with various partners and stakeholders;

Experience in working for the RC/RC Movement;

Assessment & Evaluation

 Job Specific:
  1. Strong technical skills in Public Health (nutrition) and community based programming
  2. Demonstrated ability in community based and participatory approaches
  3. Ability towards analytical and creative thinking for rapid solutions
  4. Ability to build and coach-mentor cohesive local teams
  5. Excellent communicator with strong interpersonal and negotiations skills
  6. Demonstrated ability to work in high stress environments with minimal supervision.
Key Working Relationships
Internal:               Sudanese Red Crescent, Netherlands and Belgian RC Flanders, cooperation with German Red Cross and Canadian Red Cross (in Kassala), and IFRC/ICRC (occasionally)

External:              Ministry of Health, Min. of Agriculture, Haq, UNICEF/WFP, ECHO, other NGOs in Kassala.

Environmental Scan / Working Conditions

The programme is being implemented in KassalaState, Eastern Sudan on the border with Eritrea. This region is struggling to overcome the effects of ten years of low-level conflict.  Although the conflict officially ended in 2006 with the Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement, it had by then displaced thousands of people, destroyed livelihoods and left the ground littered with landmines. The situation remains unstable. The region is also prone to drought and floods. The working and living conditions are therefore considered difficult as it is also an isolated environment and security measures are to be followed at all times. 

Interested parties may submit their resumes + short letter of motivation, quoting Competition Number 3 to the following address Sollicitaties@redcross.nl. The vacancy will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.
For more information about the position you can contact Ad Beljaars, 31 70 4455 794 or Annemieke van Teeffelen, Human Resource Officer, 31 70 4455 726

While we appreciate all responses, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. We kindly ask not to send in duplicate copies of your resume.


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About Me

10 years experience enhancing donor-funded partner organizations’ capacities in strategic planning, financial, administrative, organizational and programming management. Skilled in donor partner organizational assessments and partner capacity building. A 10 years experience in managing development donor-funded projects in the thematic areas of poverty-reduction, governance and democracy, conflict transformation and integration of Gender, Justice and Peace issues into mainstream programs (HIV/AIDS, Agriculture, Water and Sanitation, Emergency)

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