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Program manager, South Sudan

Canadian Hunger Foundation (CHF)
Brief Description


CHF is currently recruiting for the position of PROGRAM MANAGER, SOUTH SUDAN. Qualified candidates are invited to apply by email in confidence to the Human Resources Manager at by 5:00 p.m. EST on December 20, 2013.


The Mother and Child Health Enhancement Program (MCHEP) is being implemented, with funding from CHF and DFATD, in two states of South Sudan: Jonglei and Upper Nile, and is due to end March 31, 2015. The Program Manager (PM) position, which is based in Juba, has overall responsibility for the management of the program and the CHF’s relationships with its implementing partner, Christian Mission Aid (CMA). The PM also has responsibility for coordination with diverse key stakeholders, including the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GoRSS), and management of a cadre of technical specialists and support staff, as well as an office space located in Juba.


Reporting to CHF’s Director for East Africa, the Program Manager, South Sudan will be responsible for project management, coordination with key stakeholders, capacity building, as well as other responsibilities, as described below:


  • Achievement of project outputs and outcomes according to a results-based management approach.
  • Monitoring and evaluating project results using CHF’s established M&E system.
  • Overall financial management of the project and responsibility for project procurement.
  • Project planning, including annual work plans, budgets, and implementation strategies.
  • Overall project coordination and timely delivery of work according to contract requirements.
  • Liaison and coordination with CMA, the local co-implementing partner, and all other project partners.
  • Management of project staff, project partners and consultants, including senior-level technical specialists.
  • Reporting to CHF, DFATD and key stakeholders via quarterly financial reports, semi-annual and annual narrative and financial reports, and other reports as may be required; and
  • Integration of cross-cutting themes (Gender Equality, Environmental Sustainability and Governance) into project programming.


  • Establishment and maintenance of positive working relationships with CMA (the implementing partner), Government of the Republic of South Sudan (GoRSS) officials, DFATD officials, key stakeholders, other NGOs, and relevant partners.
  • Organization of and participation in MCHEP’s annual project steering committee.
  • Liaison with donors, NGOs, government officials and appropriate stakeholders in the dissemination of lessons learned.
  • Participation in relevant national-level professional networks (e.g. Food Security, Nutrition, and Health).
  • Intelligence-gathering on critical issues and challenges related to project implementation.


  • Provision of capacity development assistance, training, technical assistance, coaching and mentoring of partners and project staff to ensure project delivery.
  • Conducting participatory organizational assessments and developing appropriate capacity development plans to support project implementation.
  • Development and delivery of appropriate training materials as per capacity development plans.
  • Mentoring of local partners to design effective implementation strategies and partnership building.


  • Maintenance of a Juba-based office, with appropriate staff and equipment, according to the legal requirements of the GoRSS and CHF’s administrative policies and procedures.
  • Overall representation of CHF’s interests in South Sudan, including attendance in UN/INGO meetings related to the security situation is South Sudan.
  • Provision of logistical, administrative and liaison support to other CHF projects in South Sudan, as required.
  • Identification and provision of advice to CHF HQ on new programming opportunities in South Sudan, and provision of support for preparation of project proposals or concept papers, as necessary or required.
  • Provision of administrative, liaisons, and professional support in monitoring missions by CHF staff and associates, as required.



A Post-Graduate degree (or equivalent in experience) in management or a field related to international development (i.e. community development, sustainable livelihoods, agricultural extension, food security and nutrition, income generation, etc.).


A minimum of:

  • 10 years of professional experience, with at least 5 years of relevant field experience.
  • Experience in Africa, preferably in South Sudan, and/or other post-conflict environments.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with Canadian citizenship or Canadian landed immigrant status.


  • Project Management, financial management and monitoring and evaluation experience, preferably with DFATD-funded projects.
  • Proven leadership skills, demonstrating a high degree of adaptability and creativity.
  • Proven skills in capacity building of local NGOs, with experience providing technical assistance and training.
  • Proven experience with international donors’ project approval and management processes, preferably with DFATD-funded projects.
  • Experience in partnership-building and collaborative work efforts with Southern partner organizations, governments and donors.
  • Experience in program development and program proposal writing.
  • Thorough knowledge of participatory approaches to programming, including participatory project planning, monitoring, and results reporting.
  • Ability to establish strong supportive relationships with partners and staff.
  • Excellent communication, networking, and English writing skills.
  • Ability to manage an office, staff and project assets according to regulations in South Sudan, as well as requirements of CHF and DFATD.
  • The successful candidate must be available to travel locally, regionally and internationally, sometimes on extended assignments and under challenging conditions