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Government Liaison Officer
Alight

Alight came to Sudan in 2004 as one of the first humanitarian responders to the emergency needs of some 500,000 war-affected IDPs and host populations in the Tulus and Gereida corridors in South Darfur. In 2014, Alight expanded services its reach to include East Darfur. Today, Alight serves displaced populations and host communities in Kassala, Gedaref, West Kordofan, and East and South Darfur states. Alight provides lifesaving humanitarian action, recovery, and development services in these five states, with a country office based in Khartoum.

Field offices in Kassala, Gedaref, Nyala, El Daein,serve as the key state hubs for program delivery. Alight’s staff is more than 99 percent Sudanese, with nearly 800 full-time staff joined by over 400 incentive and community health and protection workers in delivering lifesaving programs and durable solutions in Sudan.

Alight is registered in Sudan and works closely with Federal and State Line Ministries to carry out its humanitarian and development mandates.

 


 No. of Post: 1
 Duty Station: Khartoum
 Closing Date: 25 Sept 2022

 
 Background:

Alight, formerly the American Refugee Committee (ARC), is an international non-governmental organization providing integrated health; nutrition; water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); food security and livelihoods; community protection; and peacebuilding services to nearly 2 million people annually.

Alight came to Sudan in 2004 as one of the firsthumanitarian responders to the emergencyneeds of some 500,000 war-affected IDPs and host populations in the Tulus and Gereida corridors in South Darfur. In 2014, Alight expanded services its reach to include East Darfur. Today, Alight serves displaced populations and host communities in Kassala, Gedaref, West Kordofan, and East and South Darfur states. Alight provides lifesaving humanitarian action, recovery, and development services in these five states, with a country office based in Khartoum.

Field offices in Kassala, Gedaref, Nyala, and El Daein, serve as the key state hubs for program delivery. Alight’s staff is more than 99 percent Sudanese, with nearly 800 full-time staff joined by over 500 incentiveand community health and protection workers in delivering lifesaving programs and durable solutions in Sudan.

Alight is registered in Sudan and works closelywith Federal and State Line Ministries to carry out its humanitarian and development mandates.

 

 

PURPOSE

 

Based in Khartoum, the Liaison Officer is responsible for supporting all visa/permits processes within Alight.  S/he will ensure that all visas/permits for international staff including entry visa, residency, work permit, multiple visas are done on a timely basis.

She/ will track and manage all visas/work permits information and expiry dates, ensure that all are extended before expiry dates.  The GLO will also support staff’s travel permits for approval prior to travelling to the field. S/he will also update any changes regarding visa and work permit applications processes. 



 
 Duties and responsibilities:

Building a shared organization takes time and intention. We will always be becoming Alight, which means your work will evolve as well. For now, here’s how you could anticipate spending your time: 

  • On behalf of ALIGHT in Sudan, liaise with the Humanitarian Aid Commission, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Labor Office, Taxation chamber and other Government-related offices.
  • Support the process of approval for Technical Agreement for the Country Office and State Offices. Ensure the expatriates are listed in the technical agreement as per approved organogram. 
  • Ensure timely submission of Alight Technical Agreement, Sub-Agreements, MOUs and any other relevant agreements between Alight and the government.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key technical managers and decision-makers in the government, different ministries and among local authorities.
  • Keep track list of Stay Permit/Visas for international staff updated and ensure timely extension is processed a month prior to extension.
  • Develop visa/stay permit guidelines including all requirements, procedures, and processes for visa, stay permit and technical agreement.
  • Keep updated with the changes in laws of the government and informed the line manager as soon as required.
  • Provide weekly reports and updates to the Line Manager on the status of visa progress of international staff, and other related activities being worked on.
  • Promote ALIGHT’s work and present in the right image when meeting high officials.
  • Accompany the Country Director and any other senior staff to meetings with government officials and facilitate conversations for smooth representation of Alight in those meetings, as requested.
  • Respond and follow up the requirements from the Government and address to Senior managers in a timely manner. 
  • Ensure active follow-up on outstanding applications filed with various ministries, responding to queries from authorities in a timely manner.
  • Work with authorities to secure all required authorizations and permissions to facilitate smooth implementation of Alight’s programming in Sudan.
  • Ensure active follow-up on outstanding applications filed with various ministries, responding to queries from authorities in a timely manner.
  • Familiarize and keep up with all government requirements applicable to Alight’s work in Sudan to support programs 
  • Ensure all correspondence with the government is in line with Alight policies and kept in organized manner.
  • Develop and maintain a filing system that is organized and safe enough for the related documents as handled by this position Other appropriate duties as assigned by the supervisor.

 
 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

Professional experience

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working as Liaison Officer or similar position, with experience working for a non-profit entity, reputable humanitarian or development INGO 

 

 

 

 

Educational background and specific skills required

  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree in International Relations/Social Sciences or relevant fields.
  • Have strong network/connection with Government of Sudan. 
  • Strong understanding of political context of Sudan. 
  • Experience working closely with government agencies preferred
  • Ability to work productively and impartially in a multi-cultural environment
  • Able to translate documents from Arabic to English, when required.
  • Ability to work independently as well as working in a team.
  • Knowledge of government rules, policies and guidelines
  • Computer literacy skills with Microsoft application packages
  • Ability to communicate in spoken and written English with aptitude in reporting are mandatory

 

 

KEY BEHAVIORS & ABILITIES

  • Self-motivated, client orientated individual with a strong sense of personal ethic, integrity and a big appetite for quality improvement and accountability to improve stewardship of Alight’s resources
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills with ability to build and maintain strong relationships and trust among stakeholders
  • High level of flexibility and tolerance to ambiguity
  • Ability to work under pressure and adapt to situations as required due to changes on the ground
  • Self-starter who takes direction well, but also works independently
  • Keen eye for detail
  • Capacity to think ahead and highlight areas of risk and concern
  • Excellent communication skills with a strong sense of diplomacy
  • Ability to work in a sensitive, multi-cultural context as a respectful team player and manager
  • Demonstrate commitment to Alight’s core values and policies
  • Ability and willingness to spend long periods of time moving in between offices

 

Languages

  • Good oral and written communication skills in English and Arabic

 


WHAT WE OFFER

  • An opportunity to join an international organization with strong humanvalues
  • An open-ended contract perspective, starting with a 6-month contract
  • A competitive salary
  • Starting date: ASAP

 

 

How to apply:

  • Interested candidates are requested to send their CV along with a Coverletter to the Sudan job website: sudanjob.net or at HAC Khartoum (hard copy applications).
  • Closing date will be 24 September 2022.
  • Alight values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates.


We are on a journey to build Alight, a new platform of amazing people and organizations providing lifesaving services and creating breakthrough solutions for and with the displaced. WeAreAlight.org
 

Alight is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.  Alight complies with all applicable laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

 








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