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;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; Job Description - GOAL Sudan


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Area Programmes Coordinator – South Kordofan

Country and Location

Remote with travel (Job location may be revised during contract)

Contract Duration:;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

12 Months

Reports to:

Programme Director


General Description of the Programme/GOAL

GOAL works with the most vulnerable communities to help them respond to and overcome humanitarian crises, and to assist those facing poverty and exclusion achieve greater resilience and well-being. GOAL envisions a world beyond humanitarian crises where poverty no longer exists, where vulnerable communities exposed to shocks and stresses are resilient, where barriers to well-being are removed and where everyone has equal rights and opportunities.

GOAL is a non-for-profit organization that has been working in Sudan since 1985. GOAL is currently working directly in North Darfur and in South Kordofan. The current GOAL programmes focus on four main sectors: Primary Health Care, Nutrition, Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), food security and livelihoods, and multipurpose cash assistance.

GOAL believes that if the inherent capacities of vulnerable people are developed, the systems in which they live and work are strengthened, and positive global action is catalyzed, then communities facing crisis, poverty, and exclusion will achieve greater resilience and well-being. GOAL Sudan’s main donors Irish Aid, USAID/BHA, ECHO, UN and other private donors.

Job Purpose

The purpose of this role is that the post holder will provide overall leadership and management of GOAL’s humanitarian programme in his/her assigned state. The post holder should have a medical or public health qualification in order to effectively supervise the health & nutrition curative program, and will also oversee the implementation and integration of all programme sectors in the state. She/He will be the budget holder for all programme budget lines on humanitarian grants in the state, responsible for overseeing timely implementation and budget management. The Post holder will take part in developing programmes and identification of the necessary resources for their areas of responsibility. She/He will directly supervise humanitarian health, nutrition, WASH, and FSL Coordinators or Managers in the state, who will have the main responsibility for directly planning and implementing the activities in their assigned sector. The APC will support and guide the technical leaders in each state, ;with support from the Area Coordinator, Programme Director, development projects team, and national technical Coordinators. As a representative of GOAL, the post holder will be expected to represent GOAL in coordination meetings, establish and maintain relationship with peer agencies, UN and government counterparts in the area. The post holder will work remotely from the start although may be required to travel into Sudan or relocate if security conditions allow.


Duties and responsibilities

Programme Management and Leadership:

  • Lead the integrated, timely and quality implementation of all grant activities in compliance with established procedures, best practices, and donor commitments, working closely with Programme Director and Area Coordinator.
  • Ensure that Work Plans and Procurement Plans are developed and followed by program technical leaders in the state for all grants, and participate in regular grant management meetings.
  • Oversee program team reporting in the state, including regular sector reports, ensuring timely and quality inputs to Donor reporting, cluster 4Ws and information, government reports, HQ reports.
  • With support from the PD and Financial Controller, oversee the management of all programme budget lines for the state, including authorisations, monitor spending, and ensuring that technical leaders in the state put in place effective spending plans.
  • Working closely with PD, SD, and FC, ensure compliance and cost-effectiveness in all implementation, including in operational decisions and in reviewing and approving procurements
  • Support Area Coordinator and state-based technical leaders to identify and resolve administrative and procedural issues, operational issues, as well as security issues, in order to facilitate smooth implementation and keeping beneficiaries and GOAL staff safe.
  • Coordinating with MEAL team, ensure that program data is collected and shared as needed to measure donor and GOAL indicators and to ensure appropriate monitoring of activities
  • Foster a culture of ongoing learning and adaptive management in GOAL Sudan, building on lessons from the field as well as country-level and international best practices
  • Oversee the program leadership to manage partners’ implementation in the state

Business Development and Fundraising:

  • Guide and compile inputs to proposal/programme development for the state, including needs data, project design, budgeting, indicators, and technical narrative, in coordination with the Programme Director and PQD Coordinator
  • Maintain ongoing data inputs and analysis on the context and humanitarian situation in his/her area of responsibility to inform future proposal development processes in the area.
  • Direct engagement with some donors such as UN Agencies in the state and with GOAL HQ around some small donors, working closely with PD, PQD Co, and following GOAL HQ procedures
  • Take lead in adapting the country strategy to the local context and provide input to annual country plans, strategic plans, and other GOAL processes as relevant.

Team Management:

  • Manage and guide the programme team, ensuring a shared vision, teamwork, honest and timely communication, participatory decision-making and management approaches
  • Promote leadership and learning among all staff at the field level
  • Ensure regular performance management of field staff including through ongoing feedback and periodic reviews based on set objectives and staff responsibilities. Identify and resolve performance issues, working with Area Coordinator and Programme Director as needed
  • Oversee recruitment of state-based programme staff and ensure that the programme team structure is fit for purpose, working with Area Coordinator and Programme Director
  • Ensure all HR documentation is in place, including signed monthly timesheets, performance evaluations, signed policies, and mandatory trainings

Coordination with Systems team

  • Work closely with the Area Coordinator, Systems Director, and Programme Director to ensure a smooth working relationship between programme team and systems team, and following of all GOAL procedures
  • Support field staff to ensure that security is prioritized and security guidance and policies are followed
  • Oversee Programme leaders in the state to ensure they are aware of all programme supplies in GOAL warehouse, and that there is a clear distribution plan for all supplies during the grant period.
  • Promote clear understanding of GOAL’s policies and procedures in relation to code of conduct, safety and security, equal opportunities, safeguarding and other relevant policies.


  • Undertake high-level representation and liaison with Government partners and officials, the humanitarian community working in the state (UN, INGOs, NNGOs), as well as donor representatives.
  • Support field-based staff to improve communication with local Government, partners, relevant line ministries and community representations in the project area.
  • Identify and build relationships with authorities and other relevant stakeholders in the area.

Behaviours and Policies

  • Act as a representative of GOAL and demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour towards children and vulnerable adults both in your private and professional lives.
  • Encourage a positive, curious, innovative, and mutually supportive team spirit amongst the team.
  • Demonstrated willingness to be flexible and versatile in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Skilled communicator and ability to work effectively across multiple cultures, including remotely.
  • As needed, support response to Community Feedback Mechanism issue raised

The Person


  • University level degree and experience in relevant field in humanitarian aid, Public Health, Health System Management, and/or Project Management
    • Highly desirable: clinical health qualification, such as Medical Doctor, Nurse, or similar
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in a humanitarian setting including significant field operations experience
  • Minimum of 4 years of progressive management responsibility overseeing comprehensive and integrated programmes in one of GOAL’s thematic areas of focus (Health, Nutrition, WASH, food security, cash)
  • Experience managing projects funded by major institutional donors, such as BHA, USAID, ECHO, EU, DFID/FCDO, etc
  • Strong writing skills demonstrated through technical documents, thought pieces, and proposals.
  • Demonstrated ability in project management, donor/relationship management, donor compliance and requirements, budget management, and coordinating processes across stakeholders, supporting projects in fragile countries.
  • Sound knowledge of international humanitarian standards, policies and procedures including the Red Cross and Red Crescent Code of Conduct, HAP-I Standard, ECB Good Enough Guide, Sphere Standards, Core Humanitarian Standards, donor requirements and Accountability to Affected Populations framework.
  • Strong computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, and Power Point)
  • Strong English communication skills (both oral and written).


  • Candidate with experience managing programs in conflict contexts.
  • Experience in providing input to strategic and operational plans and organizing resources to achieve results.
  • Experience as a health or nutrition clinician and/or in public health activity
  • Commitment to and proven record in managing accountable, transparent, and inclusive programming in complex contexts.
  • Demonstrated organizational, time management, and analytical skills.
  • Previous experience working in Sudan.
  • Arabic language skills

GOAL is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to building an inclusive environment for all employees. We know that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.All employees share in the responsibility for fulfilling GOAL’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and equal treatment. GOAL does not discriminate against any employee or volunteer; or any applicant for employment or volunteering on the basis of age, gender identity, ancestry, political opinion, civil status, medical condition, ethnic background, disability, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.


Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

Accountability within GOAL

Alongside our safeguarding policy, GOAL is an equal opportunities employer and has a set of integrity policies. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability:

  • Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols.
  • Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.
  • Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.

General Terms and Conditions

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.


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