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Programme Manager (Resilience and Social Cohesion), P-4, Fixed Term

Published on 13.01.2022


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Position : Programme Manager (Resilience and Social Cohesion), P-4, Fixed Term

Purpose of the Job

Sudan has experienced decades of deeply entrenched social inequalities, environmental vulnerability, armed conflict and violence, and poor governance. All this has resulted in protracted displacement, resource degradation and competition over access to natural resources, disruption of basic infrastructure and social services, food insecurity, weakened social fabric and loss of livelihoods. The failing economy, political tensions and continuing popular protests for justice and judicial reforms, and inflationary tendencies are all manifestations of Sudan’s ongoing fragility, leaving more vulnerable children, families, and communities further behind. These challenges have been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The signing of the Juba Peace Agreement provided renewed optimism in the country for peace, economic and social development, and further integration into the global community. Realisation of hopes and aspirations of the Sudanese depend on much needed political and economic reforms which struggle to keep pace with everyday challenges, such as rising prices of petroleum and food baskets, and appropriate responses to several key conflict drivers such as access to land and water, competition over basic services, protracted displacement, and rising criminality, among others.

Enhancing resilience and social cohesion in Darfur, severely undermined by cyclical socio-economic, conflict and climatic shocks and stresses, is a key priority of the Juba Peace Agreement. The national government and international partners recognise that prospects for peacebuilding and achieving sustainable development gains, both critical to underpin resilience, depend on a twin-track approach tackling key underlying conflict drivers while contributing to more immediate socio-economic and humanitarian needs.

UNICEF and WFP are designing a joint programme (JP) to support the Government of Sudan across North, South and Central Darfur— providing immediate support to strengthen the functionality of local authority institutions and improve community participation in activities promoting self-reliance, resilience, and social cohesion in targeted localities. This will entail an integrated approach to disaster preparedness, development of sustainable livelihood opportunities, access to basic social services and social protection provision. Its design will align with priorities of the spirit and letter of the Juba Agreement for durable solutions in development, strengthening horizontal and vertical social cohesion, peaceful resolution of local conflict and contribute to the establishment of a conducive environment for lasting peaceful coexistence. The programme will contribute to strengthening the adaptive and transformative capacities of individuals and communities, and the institutions and systems that provide services to them.

The Following Key Results Are Envisioned To Be Achieved

The joint intervention proposed will coordinate with national, state and locality level government institutions and other key national and international stakeholders. It will build on the work not only of the UN Country Team, the UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan and the Government, but also support the scale-up of local grassroot initiatives, leveraging technical expertise and other resources while encouraging local ownership.

  • Communities will have enhanced food systems, resilient livelihoods and increased equitable access to and utilisation of quality basic social services and protection
  • Systems and institutions at locality and community levels will be strengthened resulting in enhanced governance, accountability, efficiency, inclusiveness, and protection of rights across all groups in target locations
  • Promoting peace and collaboration through a culture of inclusive social dialogue, ownership and engagement in community processes and outcomes to foster trust and interdependence across community groups
  • Programme approach and implementation is informed by participatory methods of evidence generation and monitoring, supporting advocacy, policy and practice in Sudan and the broader region

A UNICEF programme manager for this EURO 100 million four (4) year JP funded by the Government of Germany is required to provide strategic guidance and management support to its successful implementation.

The programme manager will be based in Nyala, Sudan, and report to the Chief of Field Office for South and East Darfur.

The programme manager will regularly visit North and Central Darfur to support JP management in all targeted States.

To support efficient and effective coordination, UNICEF and WFP will establish a PMU. The programme manager will seat in the PMU. The Manager will be required to regularly travel to Khartoum for PMU engagements with key stakeholders.

Summary Of Key Functions/accountabilities

  • Coordination with WFP: Lead overall day to day JP coordination with WFP including facilitation of JP PMU (in coordination with senior management team)
  • Inception Phase: Co-lead with WFP the six-month inception phase to finalize the overall programme design, ensuring an inclusive, localised, participatory approach to design and implementation
  • Representation: Represent UNICEF in the JP PMU as well as with key Darfur-wide networks and initiatives including government and UN related
  • Programme management and implementation: Overall management and coordination (for UNICEF) of all aspects of the programme toward the agreed results; support and facilitate the coordination of, UNICEF State level teams; oversee grant management and financial management,
  • Monitoring and reporting: Support PME team in Darfur-wide baseline development, monitoring, Pull together and finalise donor reports and other documentation related to the implementation of the programme.
  • Human Resources: Support CFOs in timely and effective management of staff including recruitment processes as required
  • Partnerships: Support CFO’s in the oversight of partnership development, amendments and overall PD management.
  • Communications, visibility and donor relations: Lead and support JP visibility, communication as well as donor visits
  • Evidence generation and learning: Beyond the JP results framework alone, contribute to strengthen capacity and learning for UNICEF in programming for social cohesion, resilience and the triple nexus.
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To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

  • An advanced university degree is required in one of the following fields: peace-building, international relations, political science, international development, or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of eight years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: programme management, peace-building, community empowerment. Previous experience and / or deep understanding about programming in a context similar to that of UNICEF Sudan programming environment, in particular Darfur, is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA)

The UNICEF Competencies Required For This Post Are

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)
Job criteria for job ad : Programme Manager (Resilience and Social Cohesion), P-4, Fixed Term
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Associative activities
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Permanent contract
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Al-Damar - Al-Damazin - Dunqula - Ed Daein - El Fasher - El Fula - El Obeid - Gedarif - Geneina - Kadugli - Kassala - Khartoum - Nyala - Port-Soudan - Rabak - Sannar - Wad Madani - Zalingei
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5 to 10 years
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Number of Position(s) : 1

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