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Humanitarian Director
Save the Children International



 Section/Unit: Operation
 Grade Level: TBC
 Supervisor: Country Director
 No. of Post: 1
 Duty Station: Khartoum
 Duration: 12 Months
 Closing Date: 29 June 2022


Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential. We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises. Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office.


The Humanitarian Director will ensure humanitarian including emergency response programming is timely, relevant and of excellent technical quality; attracts significant donor funding; and contributes significantly to Save the Children’s strategic objectives.  As such, the Humanitarian Director will lead the annual development of Save the Children’s Humanitarian Plan and Emergency Preparedness Plan in Sudan, and will provide inputs into the development of strategic humanitarian proposals.  S/he will advocate, identify and follow up on opportunities to develop increased nexus programming; programming which empowers local and national actors and is conflict sensitive; and incorporates enhanced analysis, preparedness and anticipatory action activities across programming, to ensure the greatest sustainable impact for children and their families and communities.  The Humanitarian Director will also lead capacity-building initiatives across the CO to improve implementation of quality response.  S/he will need to coordinate extensively with other departments to achieve the role purpose.


The Humanitarian Director will engage significantly with external stakeholders, including sectors/ clusters, key donors, partners, and authorities, in relation to humanitarian strategic planning, to support coordination of specific emergency responses, as well as to advocate for humanitarian space and access, and continued improvements in practice across the humanitarian community in Sudan.  The Humanitarian Director will line-manage sector co-cordinators/co-leads.


The Humanitarian Director will lead Save the Children in Sudan’s efforts to facilitate an increased role of local and national actors in humanitarian action and leadership, closely supporting the design and implementation of new programming/interventions aimed at contributing towards localisation, and working internally and externally to facilitate conditions favourable for effective local leadership of response.



Reports to: Country Director

Number of reports: 5 direct reports, with potential to increase (Humanitarian Coordinator, Humanitarian Analyst, Humanitarian Access Manager, Localisation Manager, Education Sector Co-Coordinator).

Role Dimensions: The post holder will be a member of Senior Leadership Team (SLT), Senior Management Team (SMT) and Extended Senior Management Team (ESMT).  The post holder is expected to collaborate across all sectors of interventions and with a cross-functional approach.  Save the Children’s programme has a large geographical footprint in Sudan, with programmes in many states. The agency works in Child Rights Governance, Child Protection, Education, Health, Nutrition, WASH, Shelter-NFI, and Food Security and Livelihoods. We are a full spectrum agency, delivering humanitarian and development programming.

 Duties and responsibilities:



Humanitarian Analysis, Strategy & Programme Strengthening:

  • Coordinates and provides strategic leadership, direction, guidance and technical support to the development of humanitarian programming across Sudan.  Aligns the humanitarian response to Save the Children’s Country Strategic Plan and interagency response plans and strategies.
  • Leads the annual development and review of a Humanitarian Plan for Save the Children in Sudan based on context analysis, and alignment with Save the Children’s CSP goals; supports its adoption and implementation across the CO.
  • Coordinates the development of Save the Children’s contributions to the interagency annual Humanitarian Response Plan.  Ensures contributions to interagency emergency response plans.
  • Guides the Humanitarian Analyst, and coordinates with MEAL and GIS staff, to ensure relevant analysis, mapping, research and other learning exercises are undertaken, which inform strategic planning and decision-making, and contribute to effective programme design and advocacy.
  • Works with the Advocacy, Campaigns, Communications & Media team to develop and disseminate key messages on the humanitarian context, gaps and needs in Sudan, to key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Supports and follows up on pipeline funding opportunities, and engages directly in the design of strategic humanitarian project proposals that contribute significantly to the objectives set out within the Humanitarian Plan.
  • Champions the integration of best practice and relevant innovative approaches within humanitarian programming, to maximize impact and sustainability.  This includes, but is not limited to conflict sensitivity, anticipatory action, community-based DRR/CCA, durable solutions, and triple-nexus.  Ensures the Centrality of Protection is embedded across all programming.
  • Develops capacity-building initiatives to ensure staff across all functions understand humanitarian principles, standards and best practice, and can effectively undertake their roles, contributing towards timely and quality response.
  • Humanitarian Coordination & External Representation:

  • Represents Save the Children within all humanitarian coordination mechanisms, including relevant cluster meetings and taskforces; as well as NGO fora and working groups.  Specifically, represents Save the Children on Refugee Consultation Forum and Durable Solutions Working Group.
  • Proactively engages in relevant fora and working groups to achieve systemic change within the humanitarian community in alignment with Save the Children’s strategic goals.
  • Represents Save the Children in donor meetings and visits.  Maintains regular engagement with key donors in Sudan.
  • Proactively engages with national NGOs and CBOs to
  • Represents Save the Children with high-level government officials at both the federal and state level, and with authorities in non-government controlled areas, especially in relation to emergency preparedness and response.
  • Line manages and supports the Education Sector Co-Coordinator to ensure a coherent and effective response to education needs being addressed by all agencies engaging in Education interventions in Suda
  • Humanitarian Access & Space:
  • Line manages and supports the Humanitarian Access Manager to undertake effective context and risk assessment and analysis, facilitate programme access, and develop
  • policies and procedures that support the safe delivery of programme activities and are responsive to local context. 
  • Engages significantly with relevant stakeholders to maintain access and space to develop and implement effective humanitarian programming in non-government controlled areas.

    Localisation of Humanitarian Response:

  • Establishes relationships and ensures sustained engagement with a range of local and national actors (LNAs), including NNGOs, CBOs, youth networks, authorities and private sector; provides opportunities for local and national actors to speak.
  • Undertakes internal advocacy and coordination to ensure improved ways of working, conducive to the development of strong strategic partnerships with local and national humanitarian and development civil society actors.
  • Ensures implementation of ongoing humanitarian capacity-sharing programme of opportunities for LNAs, including NNGOs and authorities (on humanitarian principles, concepts and standards and emergency operations and NGO governance best practice), and develop more sustainable capacity-sharing models, including through engagement with NGO Fora and academic institutions.  Advocates for and supports the use of quality and accountability standards by NNGOs undertaking humanitarian action.
  • Leads initiatives to increase NNGO/CBO role in emergency response specifically, including through supporting their integration within Emergency Rapid Response Mechanisms (ERRMs), establishing sub-grant programmes, providing access to pooled resources and support services, and tailored capacity-sharing support, networking opportunities and advocacy.
  • Emergency Response Planning & Implementation:

  • Manages the annual development and review of the Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP), ensuring inputs from field offices and CO functions are integrated.  Follows up on Minimum Preparedness Actions and Advanced Preparedness Actions with all functions / departments, to ensure readiness across the CO for emergency response.  Ensures Contingency Plans are developed for high-risk hazards.
  • Plans prepositioning of appropriate emergency relief stock across the country, and advocates for access to common cluster pipelines.
  • Strengthens the internal early warning system to enable appropriate decision-making and response at CO level.
  • Acts as default Team Leader for Category 1 and 2 responses.  Ensures swift response to new emergencies or spikes in emergency are launched, by supporting teams to raise timely alerts, undertake rapid needs assessments, develop response plans and master budgets, mobilise funds, and deploy surge staff.  Ensures that humanitarian sitreps and other reporting are submitted on time and to a high quality standard.
  • Acts as Fund Manager for allocation of internal humanitarian funding.
  • Ensures all responses are well-coordinated with and complementary to other actors, including through facilitating ongoing engagement with sectors/clusters, partners, government and other stakeholders, and through contribution to interagency response plans, assessments and reports.
  • Supports efforts to enhance project management, technical, MEAL, safeguarding, supply chain, finance and other support service capacity, systems and processes to increase readiness to implement safe, timely and relevant emergency responses.
  • Provides guidance to field and humanitarian operations teams to ensure response implementation follows internal guidelines, donor guidelines, and meets standards.
  • Accountability:

  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modeling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
  •  Ambition:

  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically
  •  Collaboration:

  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
  • Creativity:

  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks
  • Integrity:

  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity

 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:




  • Minimum of 6 years experience gaining progressive responsibility in humanitarian roles with an NGO, to include a minimum of 4 years in field-based roles within a challenging or insecure context.
  • Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels and with a range of stakeholders. Proven external coordination and representation skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of humanitarian principles, relevant humanitarian international laws, regulations and standards, and thorough understanding of key concepts in humanitarian action.  Excellent understanding of humanitarian funding and coordination mechanisms.
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent writing/editing, budget development and presentation/communication skills. Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner.
  • Prior experience in assessment, design and implementation of humanitarian programming.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work autonomously under pressure and with tight deadlines; develop and manage own workplan to achieve objectives. Excellent organisational skills.
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis and planning, defining a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. 

Females are strongly encouraged to apply for this post.

Application, full CV, copy of qualifications and experience certificates should be delivered to below link. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for written test and interviews. A Closing date will be on day: 29/06/2022. Any application after this date will not be considered. All interviews done in save the chlidren office.


Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents. SCI will be undertaking child safeguarding checks for all candidates. Selected candidate will asked to provide police checking prior to signing contract.

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