The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
In Sudan, the IRC restarted operations in Sudan in November 2019 after being operating from 1982 till 2009, successfully obtaining re-registration in Khartoum with the transitional government, and launching initial programs to support displaced populations in urban settings around Khartoum.
Sudan is experiencing multiple challenges generating including macroeconomic crisis, armed conflicts and displacement, protracted refugee situations and natural disasters, as well as Covid-19. The result of these crisis is large-scale humanitarian need across the country leaving an estimated 9.3 million people in need. On top of this, In November 2020, fighting in the Tigray region of Ethiopia led to the flight of around 60,000 refugees to eastern Sudan, with planning figures estimating up to 100,000 refugees by June 2021.
In response to growing needs in recent months, the IRChas scaled up capacity through the emergency response team, and expanded humanitarian activites in the east of the country in response to the Tigrayan refugee crisis. The IRC currently has one field base in Gadaref in addition to the head office in Khartoum, and is looking to expand in programme scale, scope and geographic support over the coming months.
SCOPE OF WORK
TheCountry Director for Sudanis responsible for overall leadership and management of IRC operations in the country, including stewardship of resources, staff safety and security, program quality and accountability, and performance management. The Country Director isIRC’s principal representative to the Sudanese government, donors, international organizations, other NGOs and the media. The Country Director is expected to respond effectively to a constantly changing environmentwith effective humanitarian and eventual development programs, implemented directly and with Sudanesepartner organizations. The Country Director will lead country program staff in pursuing the outcomes identified in Emergency Response Strategy, bringing them together to deliver high-quality, cost-effective programming results, and supporting the development of a Strategic Action Plan, establishing the long-term approach for the country program.
Success in this position requires an individual with exemplary leadership abilities who deploys strong communications and interpersonal skills effectively, both internally and externally. The successful candidate will enjoy developing networks to build partnerships and diversify program resources. Given the operating environment, the Country Director is expected to be attentive to risk management. S/he will be directly responsible for the overall coordination and strategic direction of the country program; providingoversight and coaching for directly supervised senior staff;leading country program teams to identify, design and deliver responsive, high-quality programs;ensuring efficient management of public grants and private funds for results, compliance and focused, timely reporting; and oversight of financial management and compliance systems. A candidate with prior experience with program and systems start-up, who has proven skills leading strategy and business development, will be regarded favourably.
Based in Khartoum,the Country Director oversees all IRC operations in Sudan. Reporting to the Director for Delivery in Emergencies, this positionreceives support from regional and headquarters staff in the areas of program quality, new business development, safetyand security management, finance, operations management, and external affairs.The Country Director is additionally expected to actively participate in defining the IRC’s public advocacy positions.
The overall security situation in Sudan is dynamic, and varies from one IRC operating area to another. Security is volatile in IRC areas of operation, and this role requires someone with strong context analysis and security and access experience.