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Program Director /KFW Program, South Darfur



World Vision Sudan is negotiating a Euros 10.5M grant to implement a Livelihoods and Agricultural Infrastructure Development Project in South Darfur State of Sudan. This three-year project is expected to contribute to the stability of the Darfur region by improving infrastructure and supporting existing and alternative livelihoods. In this regard, World Vision is seeking a qualified and experienced Program Director to provide effective team leadership; assume overall responsibility for the delivery of the project; ensure collaboration and integration of this project with other projects by UN (especially UNDP), the State and Federal Governments and NGOs - in line with the Darfur Development Strategy; and ensure effective accountability including reporting to the donor, the State and Federal Governments, World Vision National Office and World Vision Germany who are the Support Office.


Programme Delivery:

  • Provide technical and operational direction to the project team; ensuring a coordinated approach to project implementation and paying particular attention to achieving results as defined in the project documentation.

  • Oversee preparation and implementation of detailed scope of work and work schedules ensuring timely, efficient and effective planning of human and financial resources to support project implementation.

  • Foster learning within this project and cross-fertilisation withother World Vision projects within Sudan and the East African region; ensuring lessons learnt are iteratively informing implementation and documented at all levels. This responsibility includes ensuring equitable and inclusive participation of all population segments in the project.

  • Pro-actively identify implementation issues, challenges and risks and – in collaboration with the Operations Director and the National Director, implement appropriate mitigative adjustments.

  • Establish and oversee effective, real time and independently verifiable monitoring, accountability and reporting systems in close collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager.

  • Review, adapt and adopt Word Vision accountability mechanisms; ensuring adequate participation of and accountability to programme participants and beneficiaries.

Financial Oversight:

  • Oversee financial planning and spending ensuring payment requests are in line with approved expenditure plans and are submitted in a timely manner; and, project expenditure is timely, supported by adequate documentation; and, in compliance with donor and World Vision policies.

  • Proactively engage World Vision Sudan and World Vision Germany leadership in resolving financial challenges including re-budgeting and soliciting donor approvals wherever required.

  • Sustain a culture of accountability and financial responsibility ensuring zero tolerance towards fraud and corruption and ensuring project resources are used only for the intended purposes and in line with World Vision and donor policies.

Team Leadership and Internal Coordination:

  • Manage the project team, ensuring role profiles and job descriptions are current, are communicated and are understood by the project team; ensuring that performance management is carried out in line with World Vision policies and against clear, measurable Key Performance Measures (KPMs); and, ensuring that individuals’ performance is managed in collaboration with the Director for ‘People and Culture’.

  • Foster a culture of close coordination with other departments including Finance, Procurement, Programme Development and Quality Assurance; ensuring regular project review meetings are held at least one quarterly and ensuring that this project receives adequate support from these departments.

  • Coordinate the development and implementation of talent identification and development for project staff. This entails creating career growth plans for all project staff and actively seeking ways of implementing these plans.

  • Work with the Programme Development and Quality Assurance team to ensure new funding opportunities for scaling up this project are vigorously pursued. This will entail mobilising financial resources to fund emergencies that might occur in the project locations and that might negatively impact expected outcomes.

Representation, External Collaboration and Reporting:

  • Act as the focal point for all internal stakeholders including World Vision Germany and external stakeholders such as UN agencies, other NGOs and Government representatives.

  • Ensure adequate representation and visibility of this project through UN Cluster System; through national and international publications; through use of the internet and social media; and, through participation in relevant national and international forums. This will call for a close working relationship with the Communications team.

  • Assume direct responsibility for ensuring timely and quality programme reporting by coordinating with the different functions and roles including finance, programme, monitoring and quality divisions. The CoP will be held directly responsible for the quality and timeliness of project reports.

Other Roles and Responsibilities:

  • As allocated and agreed upon with the Operations Director and / or his/her representative.


  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in Rural Development; Civil Engineering, Economics, Social Sciences or a related field from accredited university.

  • At least 5years of hands-on management experience of large (over USD 5M) complex, multi-year and multi-sector projects in a fragile environment.

  • Experience managing diverse teams in harsh environments.

  • Negotiation and representation experience at high levels.

  • Knowledge and awareness of Sudan or a similar fragile context.

  • Willingness to live and travel in harsh conditions.

  • Experience working in a cross-cultural environment.

  • Training in civil engineering, infrastructure development or economics is desirable but not mandatory.

  • People management training is advantageous.

  • Training and experience in the protection sector, particularly of children in conflict environments; is highly desirable.

  • Some Arabic language knowledge is desirable.

  • Excellent English Language communication skills (oral and written).

  • In-depth application of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel (note that this will be tested).

  • Outstanding analytical/problem-solving skills.

  • Cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible worldview, emotional maturity and physical stamina.

  • Ability to maintain performance expectations in diverse cultural contexts, psychologically stressful environments, and physical hardship conditions with limited resources.

  • Ability to exhibit exemplary lifestyle as interpreted in specific local cultural context.

  • Adept in expressing ideas thoughts and concepts clearly and effectively.

Working Environment/Travel:

  • Field based (over 80 per cent)