Deputy Country Director - Programs

  • Added Date: Saturday, 28 March 2020
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 27 April 2020

Job Title: Deputy Country Director - Programs

Location: Khartoum, Sudan

Reports To: Sudan Country Director

About RI:

Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 20 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships, and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.


The Deputy Program Director (DCD), under the direct supervision of the Country Director, will be the senior leader in country for ensuring program quality and improvement in Sudan’s diverse and growing portfolio in health, nutrition, livelihoods and WASH. The DCD position provides a challenging opportunity to shape the RI portfolio and lead a dynamic team of expatriate and national staff. The successful candidate will thrive through implementing quality improvements, from data and beneficiary feedback, to a strong emphasis on innovation and novel programming. Further, the DCD will have a unique opportunity to steward the growth of the $9 million Sudan portfolio at a time of increased need across RI’s operations in North, East Darfur and Blue Nile states. The successful candidate will continue to professionalize systems and build the capacity of local and expatriate staff while supporting and engaging with the regional team to provide effective and holistic support to the country programs. The DCD will also develop RI’s networking capacity, engaging strategic partnership with INGOs and ensuring strong and key partnership with local organizations. This support includes field-based travel (North Darfur, East Darfur and Blue Nile) at an approximate basis of 30%.


The Sudan Deputy Country Director - Programs is expected to be a high performer in project cycle management, monitoring and evaluation, quality assurance; and program development.The Deputy Country Director Program will therefore be involved in mobilization (including the development of detailed activity plans and work plans), conducting assessments and evaluations, reporting, and proposal writing in the program with support from the technical coordinators. Organizational management and leadership are essential competencies.

Program Management

· Provide effective support and assist in the management of RI’s portfolio of grant-funded projects in North and East Darfurs

· Prepare monthly and quarterly project reports in collaboration with Sudan Country Director

· Oversee data collection and data management for all projects in Sudan

· Backstop all grants from design through mobilization, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and close-out/demobilization phases

· Develop work plans and budget forecasting for projects

· Support all donor reporting and communications and track major grant milestones deliverables, cost share requirements, project burn rates and major procurements

Budget Management

· Support in the development of financial management tools and the monitoring of budgets

· Cross-check detailed transactions and review budget versus actual (BVA) spending reports to determine status of program burn rate

· Liaise with financial managers and program managers to ensure both parties are aware of spending rates

· Work with the Country Director, Program Managers and Country Finance Manager to ensure spend-down plans and cash projections are developed and monitored

· Assist in staff salary allocations and financial planning

· Support the development of procurement plans and operational analyses

Program Development

· Identify potential new funding sources and share opportunity identification with program staff, develop funding resources, write grants and collaborate on grant proposals with various departments

· Provide substantive technical editorial support to country teams in the preparation of proposal submissions, primarily in the development of the project’s design, the drafting of technical and cost applications, as well as implementation plans, monitoring and evaluation frameworks, staffing and management structures

· Develop capacity statements and share information about RI’s global and regional programming so as to encourage higher confidence in RI’s capacity as well as cross-fertilization of effective solutions

· Liaise with current and potential donors, and help position RI for new long-term funding sources

Coordination and Partnerships

· In coordination with global and country staff, represent RI externally in meetings and conferences with donors, coordination bodies and partners (UN Clusters)

· Strengthen relations with local and international organizations in Khartoum and field offices

· Share learning with the rest of the regional team or program development department

Monitoring and Evaluation

· Conduct regular monitoring and support visits to all assigned country programs, as well as other regional or global meetings, and/or conferences as requested

· Establish a system to better monitor program activities

· Further develop and harmonize RI’s data collection system in Sudan

· Ensure field offices and staff have the capacity and appropriate data collection systems in place to document and gather information required by RI and the donor

· Evaluate program performance against log frame and project targets / outputs

RI Values:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities.

We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Agility and innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability


· This position demands a dynamic individual with demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.

· University Degree required, Master’s level preferred in International Development, Community Development or related discipline; the educational as well as professional background & expertise in Health, Nutrition or Food Security is strongly preferred.

· 5+ years demonstrated management experience in design, management and implementation of emergency Relief programming, preferably in developing country (s).

· Demonstrated experience in grant writing and fund raising, and experience working with the major donors: OFDA, ECHO, DFID, UN Agencies etc.

· Demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relations with host country government personnel, stakeholders, NGO partners, and international donor agencies, local and international staff.

· Ability to understand complex security situation and advise program design accordingly

· Knowledge of, and experience in Sudan strongly preferred

· Excellent written and spoken English; ability to draft high quality proposals as well as donor reports

· Willingness to travel in and out of field at short notice.

· Team player, culturally sensitive, and committed to effectively lead, motivate, coach and mentor staff

· Effective planner, decisive, with demonstrated organizational and time management skills

· Able to work and manage effectively in a hardship post

How to Apply

Interested candidates are required to submit a detailed CV and cover letter by April 26, 2020. Due to the critical nature of this assignment, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates will be interviewed prior to the closing date that may appear on any of the job boards where this vacancy is posted. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

This vacancy is archived.