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Early Recovery Manager Job in Sudan

Department: Program
Position: Early Recovery Manager Contract duration: 6 months Location: Darfour, Sudan Starting Date ASAP
I. Background on ACTED
ACTED is an independent international, private, non-partisan and non-profit organization that operates according to principles of strict neutrality, political and religious impartiality, and non discrimination.
ACTED was created in 1993 to support populations affected by the conflict in Afghanistan. Based in Paris, France, ACTED now operates in 30 countries worldwide, with over 200 international and 4000 national staff. ACTED has a 100 million € budget for over 340 projects spanning 8 sectors of intervention; including emergency relief, food security, health promotion, economic development, education & training, microfinance, local governance & institutional support, and cultural promotion. For more information, please visit our website at
II. Country Profile
Capital Office : Khartoum National Staff : 125 (average May 2011) Areas : 2 (Western Darfur, Southern Darfur) On-going programmes : 10 Budget : 4.2 M
In 2005, ACTED began work in West Darfur. The objective was to respond to the humanitarian crisis through the rehabilitation of road networks and the promotion of water access and sanitation. In 2010, ACTED’s mission in Sudan focused on ensuring emergency access to basic services, while also supporting early recovery and rehabilitation in both Darfur and South Sudan. In the Darfur region, ACTED continued to provide emergency water, sanitation and hygiene support in camp areas for internally displaced populations. The organization also expanded its support to vulnerable local communities in rural parts of West Darfur. In South Sudan, ACTED expanded its efforts to ensure access to basic services, such as water and sanitation services, and supported local efforts to increase agricultural production and food security in underserved areas. Sudan is undergoing historic changes. With the formal separation of the South on 9 July, 2011 will be a critical year for recovery and development throughout the country. With high needs and new opportunities for collaboration with a burgeoning government and private sector, ACTED is expanding significantly its intervention in South Sudan.
III. Position Profile
Project Title : « Economic Recovery and Market Systems (ERM) Project Manager» In 2005, ACTED began it relief work in West Darfur in order to respond to the humanitarian crisis through the rehabilitation of road networks and the promotion of water access and sanitation. In 2007, ACTED opened offices in Western Bahr el Ghazal with similar programmes. In 2008, ACTED Sudan launched new activities which include WASH, Non Food Item distribution and Food Security in West Darfur and Western Bahr el Ghazal in South Sudan. ACTED seeks to expand these activities to cover recovery and rehabilitation efforts as well livelihoods as the needs evolve. ACTED maintains its activities in northern Sudan, and works in partnership with others NGOs to assist the growing influx of IDPs. While the security has greatly improved over the last 12 months, insecurity is still high. The Economic Recovery and Market Systems (ERMS) project is part of a new initiative to expand activities outside of the IDP camps which are mainly in the urban centers. In the current intervention, this project covers rehabilitation of critical feeder roads that connect villages to essential facilities like hospitals and markets, management of cash for work (CFW) as an initiative to improve livelihoods and support to business entrepreneurs through training and and business cash grants. The Program Manager will contribute to the development of this project, which is a constitutive part of the country strategy, and subsequently manage its implementation. In addition, the incumbent will lead in the development of the Darfur Program Livelihood Strategy as the program evolves towards the recovery phase. Since Darfur has mainly been an emergency intervention, developing of a strategy will be a key role for this position.
Ensure external representation of ACTED in relevant sectors
Representation vis-à-vis provincial authorities: • Participate in technical and sectoral meetings to ensure visibility amongst local authorities in relevant line ministries; Representation vis-à-vis Donors: • Participate in technical and sectoral Donor meetings and pass relevant information to the Area Coordinator and/or Country Director; Representation vis-à-vis international organizations: • Participate in technical, sector meetings and working groups with I/NGOs and UN Agencies (UNOCHA, UNHCR, WFP, UNICEF, FAO, etc.) and all other inter-governmental institutions on issues relating to his/her project; • Contribute to the creation of reports, ensuring the quality and accuracy of technical information provided as well as the confidentiality of internal information as required. • More generally, the program manager is expected to contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of ACTED’s mandate, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to other actors in implement of the project.
Project Cycle Management
Project implementation: • Plan the various stages of project implementation; • Guide the implementation of the project and the methods of follow-up; • In coordination with the Finance and Logistics Officers, follow-up project budgets, logistics and materials; • Liaise with all internal and external counterparts of the project; • Assess the activities undertaken and ensure efficient use of project resources; Project reporting requirements: • Adhere to existing project reporting timelines to project Donors; • Draft narrative reports and contribute to the development of financial reports through regular budgetary follow up; • Ensure adherence to FLAT procedures in implementation of their project. • More generally, communicate systematically to the relevant Area Coordinator or Country Director on project progress and planning.
Provide Relevant Technical Expertise • Ensure that technical quality and standards are considered during project implementation: • Collect technical information and analyze associated opportunities and risks; • Identify relevant technical authorities and partners, and propose formal partnership and/or contracts. Undertake quality control: • Analyse technical added-value and project impact; • In Coordination with Appraisal, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Set up technical evaluation exercises during and following implementation.
Oversee Program Staff and Security
Guide and direct program staff: • Organize and lead project coordination meetings; • Prepare and follow work plans with each project member; • Ensure a positive working environment and good team dynamics (solve out potential conflicts); • Promote team working conditions in the limit of private life; • Adapt the organogram and ToRs of project personnel according to the project development; • Undertake regular appraisals of directly supervised colleagues and pass appraisal forms to the Country or Area Administrator with recommendations (new position, changes to contract or salary etc.); • Ensure a building of capacity amongst technical staff in the relevant sectors.
Oversee staff security: • In cooperation with the relevant Security Officer, monitor the local security situation and inform the Area Coordinator or Country Director and Country or Area Security Officer of developments through regular written reports; • Contribute to the updating of the security guidelines in the project area of intervention; • Ensure that security procedures are respected by each member of the project team.
Identify Best Practices and Lessons Learned
• Collect information and tools employed for project implementation; • Draft memos detailing lessons learned and best practices identified during the project; • Share such memos with internal and external partners; • Communicate such information to the Area Coordinator or Country Director. • Plan and participate in field assessments for program development as requested by Area Coordinator or Country Director
IV. Qualifications:
• University degree in Civil Engineering, preferred although a social science degree with prove experience in the aspects of the project mentioned above will be considered.(A post-graduate is preferred) • 2 years Experience in managing Cash for Work (CFW) projects • Proven competence in community mobilization • Excellent written English skills required, Arabic will be an advantage • Strong capacity building skills are essential as well as ability to work with low skilled personnel • Strong project management skills. • Familiarity with international donor regulations.(OFDA, EC, UNICEF, etc) • Organized and detail oriented, with an ability to multi-task. • Must be able to function effectively in a fluid, loosely structured, but complex work environment and to set appropriate priorities and deal effectively with numerous simultaneous requirements. • Must be able to work independently, with minimum supervision, within the context of a larger team. • Willingness to live and work in an insecure environment and to travel regularly to program locations as security allows
V. Conditions:
  • Salary defined by the ACTED salary grid; educational level, expertise, hardship, security, and performance are considered for pay bonus
  • Additional monthly living allowance
  • Free food and lodging provided at the organisation’s guesthouse/or housing allowance (depending on contract length and country of assignment)
  • Transportation costs covered, including additional return ticket + luggage allowance
  • Provision of medical, life, and repatriation insurance + retirement package
VI. Submission of applications:
Please send, in English, your cover letter, CV, and three references to Ref: ERM/SUD/RW
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