Area Coordinator (Maban)
Contract: Fixed term
Country: South Sudan
Duration 12 months
Starting date: ASAP
Background on ACTED
Since 1993, as an international non-governmental organization, ACTED has been committed to immediate humanitarian relief to support those in urgent need and protect people’s dignity, while co-creating longer-term opportunities for sustainable growth and fulfilling people’s potential.
ACTED endeavours to respond to humanitarian crises and build resilience; promote inclusive and sustainable growth; co-construct effective governance and support the building of civil society worldwide by investing in people and their potential.
We go the last mile: ACTED’s mission is to save lives and support people in meeting their needs in hard to reach areas. ACTED develops and implements programs that target the most vulnerable amongst populations that have suffered from conflict, natural disaster, or socio-economic hardship. ACTED’s approach looks beyond the immediate emergency towards opportunities for longer-term livelihoods reconstruction and sustainable development.
With a budget of 190 million EUR in 2015, ACTED is active in 35 countries and implements more than 495 projects a year reaching over 11 million beneficiaries with 400 international staff and 4,300 national staff.
Number of projects 25
Number of areas 5
Number of national staff 317
Annual budget (EUR) 20.78 Million
Number of offices 6
Number of international staff 49
Position context and key challenges
ACTED has been present in South Sudan since 2007, and is currently operating in Western Bahr-el-Ghazal, Warrap, Jonglei, Upper Nile, Lakes, and Central Equatoria states. ACTED focuses on emergency and relief works around water, sanitation and hygiene promotion; basic infrastructure; food security and livelihoods; and integrated camp management. All of these interventions continue to provide basic and life-saving assistance to vulnerable populations, specifically IDPs, refugees and host communities.
Since the aftermath of the South Sudanese conflict that erupted in December 2013, ACTED has been contributing to the delivery of humanitarian services to 1.7 million displaced persons, 270,767 refugees, and 5.1 million people in need. ACTED continues to providing camp management services in 2 Protection of Civilian (POC) Sites, 1 informal settlement and 2 refugee camps while contributing to Camp Coordination as co-lead of the Camp Coordination and Camp Management cluster. Acknowledging the importance of engaging in early recovery to transition towards sustainable solutions, ACTED supports communities in improving their livelihoods through the promotion of income generating activities, community-saving groups, and Agro-Pastoralist Field schools in Greater Bahr al Ghazal, Greater Upper Nile and Lakes.
Improving effective delivery of services in displacement sites
As camp manager, ACTED coordinates the delivery of services to internally displaced people and refugees in Maban, Awerial, Bor and Juba Counties benefiting a total of over 140,000 refugees and 110,000 internally displaced persons. Within the scope of camp management interventions, ACTED’s team in South Sudan undertake a multi-sectoral approach to establish and empower internal governance structures, ensure access to water and hygienic facilities, facilitate peace between host and displaced communities, and increase the protection of people with special needs. A high emphasis was put in establishing accountability and feedback system at the various displacement sites to improve the delivery of services.
Ensuring access to safe water and a sanitary and hygienic living environment
In 2015, ACTED prioritized the provision of water and sanitation services to people at risk of disease outbreak as well as displaced populations with limited access to water and sanitation facilities. ACTED has been expanding the provision of water and sanitation services to the refugee population of Doro, Kaya and Gendrassa camp and improved sanitation practices in rural areas such as Akobo county.
Improving food security and ensuring access to livelihoods
ACTED’s interventions focud on first addressing the dire food security needs of displaced populations through emergency food distributions within internally displaced and refugee camps, while also working to improve the resilience of vulnerable people across the country through seed and tool distributions and the offer of food for the construction of community assets. Through this approach, ACTED aims to both address food insecurity in displaced populations while building population resilience in the transition towards early recovery, managing to reach over 150,000 beneficiaries.
Transitioning into early recovery
As the country slowly recovers from the havoc wrought from decades of conflict, ACTED’s programming increasingly focus on building resilience and improving living conditions of the country’s poor and displaced populations. Moving forward, ACTED’s camp team is looking at devising and executing comprehensive plans for the return or integration of displaced populations. Secondly, ACTED aims to increase the living standards and ensure the livelihoods of the South Sudanese population, via increasing access to income-generating activities and sustainable incomes, tackling the underlying drivers of food insecurity and poverty.
The Area Coordinator is responsible for the implementation of ACTED’s global mandate in the relevant area, and for the scope of activities developed within this mandate.
- Ensure ACTED Representation in the area of activity
Representation vis-à-vis provincial authorities
Representation vis-à-vis Donors
Representation amongst other international organisations
More generally, the project manager is expected to contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organisation, notably through the application of ACTED’s mandate, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to other actors.
- Contribute to the development of a global intervention strategy and to support its implementation at the provincial level
Analyse the context and develop strategic plans, in consultation with the Country Director
Implement the financial strategy
Implement the operational strategy
Oversee reporting procedures
- Oversee Staff and Security
Guide and direct the staff of the area of intervention
Contribute to the recruitment of expatriate staff
Oversee staff security
Master Level education in a relevant field such as International Relations or Development
Extensive project management experience (management, planning, staff development and training
skills) in emergency and/or development programmes
At least four years of previous work experience in a high management position
Proven capabilities in leadership and management required
Excellent skills in written and spoken English
Strong negotiation and interpersonal skills, and flexibility in cultural and organizational terms
Knowledge of local language and/or regional experience an asset
Ability to work well and punctually under pressure
Salary defined by the ACTED salary grid; educational level, expertise, hardship, security, and performance are considered for pay bonus
Additional monthly living allowance
Free food and lodging provided at the organisation’s guesthouse
Transportation costs covered, including additional return ticket + luggage allowance
Provision of medical, life, and repatriation insurance