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Vacancy Announcement No: HIBA-02796

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Job Title: Program Area Manager
Duty Station: White Nile Program Area
Closing Date: 18 Jan 2018


For Plan International Organization


Grade: E Salary: 12000 SDG

Nationality Sudanese 

About Plan International Sudan:




Founded 80 years ago, Plan International is one of the oldest and largest children's centered development and humanitarian organizations in the world. We work in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty particularly those who are excluded or marginalized with high quality programs that deliver long lasting benefits by increasing its income, working in partnership with others and operating effectively. Plan is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations and is an equal opportunity employer.  Plan International purpose statement  “We strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls”.We engage people and partners to:

·         Empower children, young people and communities to make vital changes that tackle the root causes of discrimination against girls, exclusion and vulnerability

·         Drive change in practice and policy at local, national and global levels through our reach, experience and knowledge of the realities children face

·         Work with children and communities to prepare for and respond to crises and to overcome adversity

·         Support the safe and successful progression of children from birth to adulthood

Plan International core values are:


  • We strive for lasting impact
  • We are open and accountable
  • We work well together
  • We are inclusive and empowering

Plan International started working in Sudan in 1977 and has a presence in four states our of 18 states, mainly (Kassala state, White Nile State, North Kordofan State and Darfur State) and implemented it program via a Child Centered Community Development (CCCD) approach, focusing on child rights, implementing programmers designed to enable communities to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children and their families.



About the Position


The Program Area Manager (PAM) will act as Plan International Sudan’s most senior representative for the Program Area. He/ She is responsible to lead the strategic direction in the Program Area in accordance with Plan’s strategic program framework and retains final accountability for timely and quality delivery of all Plan’s operations (e.g programs, emergency response, finance, admin and HR) in the area and in line with Plan Sudan’s approved Country Strategic Plan (CSP). The PAM also provides overall strategic leadership, direction and support to the program area team to ensure timely and effective utilization of Plan’s resources for the benefit of targeted beneficiaries in the area. The post holder liaisons Plan International – Sudan with the state government, actors and sub-office/s, to establish a good working relationship, influence decision makers on issues affecting children’s survival and development and excel Plan’s visibility

  Duties and responsibilities:

  • The PAM will Act as the senior representative for Plan International –Sudan at governorate levels and directly management of the entire Program Area budget and is responsible for these, amounting to several million dollars annually, at the level of the Extended Country Management Team (e-CMT).  
  • Team up with the Program Director and relevant team to develop the relevant strategies and working processes ensuring that the design and implementation of the relevant interventions are taking place in a holistic and sustainable way and aligned with approved global policies /frameworks. 
  • Provide strategic leadership and guidance to the relevant staff within the PA ensuring that the global program quality framework, ten commitment of sponsorship and other relevant policies (e.g child protection, security and gender equality policies) are embedded within the sub-office /PA day to day operations and staffs are competent, committed to move forward with their implementation. 
  • Have delegated financial authority for expenditures up to Euro 50,000.
  • Lead and support the annual planning process for the programme area and provide strategic, Leadership, management and development of the Program Area (PA) team, in full compliance with local law and Plan International Sudan policies and procedures.



  • Provide leadership and management support to the Program Coordinators (PC) / Managers and ensuring quality implementation of Plan’s projects within the area.
  • Provide guidance and support to the Program Coordinators/ Program Managers (PM) and relevant staff within the PA and ensuring quality implementation of Plan International Sudan has cost recovery policy.
  • Coach and guide the PCs and PMs to ensure that the National level partnerships and strategies are implemented with the maximum level of quality and significantly contributing to the achievement of Plan International Sudan’s CSP objectives.
  • Champion the testing and roll out of new innovations to programming and lead key advocacy initiatives at both governorate and national levels.
  • Team up with the Extended Country Management Team (e-CMT) in developing the relevant policies and strategies ensuring that Plan Sudan is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the highly performing child rights organizations.
  • Ensure that Plan Sudan’s is well positioned at the governorates level through promoting its program approach, values and commitment to change the lives of marginalized children.
  • Ensure that the Youth Advisory Panels at the PA level are provided with safe and enabling spaces to inform Plan Sudan while designing and implementing the relevant projects/programs.
  • Supervise all the enrolment/phase-out processes to ensure proper implementation of all Plan policies and procedures regarding enrolment/phase-out in cooperation with the Country Sponsorship Manager and the relevant managers.

Assurance across the project cycle

Capacity Building

·         To identify the needs and support development of staff and partners to increase their competence project delivery.

·         To participate in the recruitment, selection and induction of staff

Dealing with Problems:

·         Complexity of problems handled & the degree of investigation, analysis, & creative thinking required to solve them

·         Resolves a wide range of issues and challenges within the operating environment that will have a likely impact on program operations.  

·         Ability to think strategically, with the required capacity and skills to operationalize this through detailed operational planning. 

·         High level of problem solving techniques with demonstrated capacity to coach teams to solve the anticipated issues. 

·         Use wide range of sources of data and information to make the right decision.

·         Ability to stimulate ideas and respond back to the queries in context of expected and satisfied solutions.

·         Ability to manage stress and interest to develop systems to improve quality of the program.

Internal and External Communication

  • Maintain effective internal working relationships within Plan including with National, Regional and Country Offices, and with other Regional Managers/ advisors, CMT, e-CMT members and staff in Sudan.
  • To maximize overall program impact through the optimized contributions of others, the post holder will be required to initiate, develop and maintain a range of working relationships at the Program Area level that will include government counterparts, donors, implementing partners and other development organizations.
  • Line Managers – High level of Communication to report, sharing views to strengthen the program areas and to ensure continues support for the program.
  • Regular communication with program department in CO to share work progress and updates and technical follow up.
  • The post holder will be required to maintain range on relationship externally with Partners at governorate levels: Program Managers at other INGOs and Government representatives to share best practices and to identify/ implement opportunities for collaboration e.g. advocacy, research, etc.
  • Communication with the available media at Area level.
  • Partners – Medium Level of communication to share and understand progress of the program.
  • Business Mentors Network – High level of communication to seek support and to mobilize resources for the program



Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

  • A minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Management, Social Sciences, Development Studies, Economics or other related fields. Master degree is preferable.
  • At least 7 years’ experience in a similar, senior management role
  • Demonstrated experience in the management of key programmatic areas such as health, education, livelihoods, disaster risk management and protection etc.
  • Comfortable with taking timely decisions in situations where information may be incomplete, based on consultation and sound judgment.
  • Assesses emergency scenarios and take the immediate response.
  • Numeracy and the ability to interpret financial data, in order to provide management support to budgetary processes including planning, monitoring and reporting.
  • Ability to provide leadership, communicate effectively and build high performance teams in support of achievement of organizational objectives.
  • Ability to interact and work effectively with others at all levels.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Good interpersonal and people management skills with ability to motivate and influence others.
  • Networking and partnership building skills.
  • Computer proficiency - spread sheet and word processing computer application
  • Proven skills in the development and management of effective and motivated teams.
  • Effective working with and through partners.
  • Proven analytical skills in isolating priorities and tackling them effectively and efficiently.
  • Demonstrated facilitation and active listening skills.
  • Strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Strong strategic thinking and interpersonal skills.



Salary and Benefits:


Plan offers a very competitive salary and benefits package to its employees. The employee shall receive a net salary in United States Dollars at the prevailing exchange rate on the day the Salary is paid per month In addition to the salary; Plan offers a generous package of benefit and different allowances including health insurance. Plan also pays additional three months basic salary every year to staff during key festivals "Eid Alfeter, and Eid Adha” and in the month when school starts in Sudan.  Plan also provides a number of capacity development opportunities to its employees including Talent Management Program.


How to Apply:


The closing date for the applications is 18thJanuary 2018. Please use the title: : Program Area Manager”in your application.  Please attach your relevant CV and certificates, a letter explaining how your skills and experiences meet the requirements of the job, your contact details including phone and email in addition to the names and contact details of two referees who know you professionally.  Please note that one of the referees must be your current/most recent line manager. The complete application should be submitted hard copy to Joint Procedures Centre Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) Labour office ,Jamhuria Street.And soft CVs and certificates can be submitted to the following email before 18thJanuary 2018

Sudan.recruitment@plan-international.orgonly short listed candidates will be contacted

Child Protection Policy:

References checks will be carried out in conformity with Plan’s Child Protection Policy for the successful candidate before confirming the offer. Plan will also request for Police Clearance report before confirming the offer.  Plan is committed to implement its equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the national community; Priority will be given to qualified females.

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