Country: Sudan - based in South Kordofan (El Abassiya) with regular trips to Khartoum.
Duration: 7 months (subject to sufficient funding) – from September 2020
Conditions: Salaried contract, gross monthly salary from €1’900 to €2’600 depending on experience, monthly per diem €600, medical coverage of 100% + repatriation insurance + provident fund, accommodation, international and local transportation as part of the mission, break every 3 months.
Presentation of TGH
"Actor in a sustainable and shared solidarity"
Founded in 1994, TGH is a French international solidarity organization based in Lyon. The association designs and implements emergency, rehabilitation and development programs in the following sectors: water, hygiene and sanitation, civil engineering, food security and rural development, socio-educational and psychosocial. TGH is currently operating in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
South Kordofan, a state in southern Sudan, has been experiencing persistent tensions since Sudan's independence in 1956, as part of the long-standing conflicts between the predominantly Muslim populations of the north and the Christian and animist populations of the south.
The Second Sudanese Civil War, which took place between 1983 and 2002, led to a peace agreement signed in 2005 between the Government of Sudan and the SPLM, and to the independence of Southern Sudan in 2011. The populations of the states of Kordofan and Blue Nile, who were partly opposed to the maintenance of their region in the whole of northern Sudan, also had to decide on the future status of their regions, but the consultation provided for in the peace agreements was never held.
An armed conflict then erupted in 2011, pitting the Sudanese armed forces against the SPLM-North insurgents who have taken refuge in the Nuba Mountains. This rebellion led to the creation of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front, bringing together rebel groups from Darfur, South Kordofan and the Blue Nile. This new conflict is in line with the tensions between the two Sudan over the delineation of borders and oil resources and is sometimes referred to as a "proxy war" between the two countries.
The conflict has led to the fragmentation of South Kordofan into government-controlled areas, mainly the plains, and SPLM-controlled territories, generally in and around the highlands (Nuba Mountains). These positions have not changed significantly, despite numerous offensives launched by both sides, including in violation of a ceasefire signed in 2016.
The 2019 revolution and the fall of Omar al-Bashir allowed the start of a round of political negotiations under the aegis of Southern Sudan, as well as a ceasefire. These steps led to a partial lifting of the restrictions on movement that had previously been imposed on the people of the region. These significant developments have also led the Government to allow humanitarian aid to be delivered to South Kordofan, both in areas controlled by the central government and in areas controlled by SPLM-N forces, although access to the latter remains restricted.
Despite the significant progress achieved since the fall of Omar al-Bashir, South Kordofan today remains a territory divided between areas controlled by the government and areas held by the SPLM-N, itself divided into two factions (SPLM Hagar - led by Malik Hagar and SPLM Al Hilu - led by Abdelaziz Al Hilu) which disagree in particular on the future administrative status of South Kordofan and the Blue Nile.
South Kordofan has been impacted by several years of war that have aggravated structural development problems that were previously present (lack of basic services in particular). Bombing by Sudanese forces has affected a majority of civilians, although it is difficult to have reliable estimates of the number of victims. More than half a million people are estimated to have fled the region between 2011 and 2015 and another 250,000 have found refuge in Southern Sudan or Ethiopia. These years of conflict have been characterized by massive population displacements, a drop in agricultural production and thus the food security of the populations, a major deterioration of basic services including reduced access to drinking water, as well as a deterioration of education and health services.
Following the revolution of 2019 and the fall of President Omar al-Bashir, the Transitional Government announced a series of measures to facilitate the provision of humanitarian assistance in the Sudan. The previously strong and multiple constraints (complexity and delays or even impossibility of obtaining permits to access certain areas, complexity for an international NGO to set up in Sudan, etc.) have gradually been eased or even lifted for some of them.
This change in policy towards humanitarian actors represents an opportunity for TGH and PUI to gain access to South Kordofan, an area where only a handful of NGOs are present but where new actors had difficulty gaining access.
Presentation of the mission
TGH is present in Sudan since September 2003, and opened its first project for the victims of the Darfur crisis in one of the IDPs camp in West Darfur (Riyad camp of Geneina) in June 2004. TGH has since extended its activities in West Darfur and Central Darfur, implementing its projects through 5 operational bases (Geneina in West Darfur; Bindizi, Um Dukhun, Golo and Zalingei in Central Darfur). All projects are coordinated from Khartoum main office. TGH currently works in the fields of water and sanitation, hygiene promotion, NFIs/Shelters, education, food security and livelihood.
Besides, TGH has started to consider launching activities in South Kordofan beginning of 2020 in order to expand its geographical coverage and offer assistance to conflict-affected populations. This region of Sudan has needs in multiple sectors. TGH believes that its location in this region, close to the areas controlled by SPLM-N, will eventually allow it to operate in these areas when SPLM-N agrees to open access from Sudan to humanitarian actors (SPLM-N currently only accepts the presence of NGOs transiting through Southern Sudan).
Ongoing operations include:
- Emergency assistance to people affected by population displacement and natural disasters (provision of Non Food Items- NFI and emergency shelter, safe water supply facilities, emergency sanitation and hygiene promotion).
- Construction and rehabilitation of water supply systems and sanitation services, hygiene promotion and capacity building of community based committees and local authorities in WASH services sustainable management.
- The strengthening of food security and livelihood, through distribution of agricultural inputs, promotion of farming best practices, sustainable natural resources management, development of income generating activities and targeted food distribution.
- Supporting the improvement of the education environment through local educational actors capacity-building, distribution of small equipment and educational material, rehabilitation of education facilities.
TGH is currently funded in Sudan by a set of different donors: CDCS, SHF, ECHO, USAID, IOM (RRF), AFD and CIAA.
Presentation of the project
The project in South Kordofan is conducted in consortium with Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) under CDCS funding for a period of 12 months. This project involves the opening of a new base in this area. Its aim is to support the revival of basic services in the sub-district of El Abassiya, particularly affected by the recent years of conflict between Sudanese government forces and rebel groups. TGH and PUI propose to carry out a joint project combining Health, Education and Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (WASH) activities.
The intervention will focus on the rehabilitation and reconstruction of water supply infrastructure, support to the school system in the area, but also support to health services in order to act sustainably to reduce mortality and morbidity among the most vulnerable populations. They will be adapted in accordance with the evolution of the context in the country, and in particular the health context linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. In total, health, education and EHA activities will target 17,765, 2,450 and 39,608 people respectively.
The Multisectorial Project Manager works under the responsibility and functional supervision of the Head of Programs. The PM is also in contact with HQ technical departments. She/he is in charge of the overall implementation of the activities falling under TGH responsibilities. The position includes, among other responsibilities, human resources management, internal and external coordination, reporting, planning of activities and purchases.
The main responsibilities include:
- She/he ensures the proper implementation, supervision, monitoring, reporting of the different components of the project.
- She/he is in charge of managing the HR dedicated to the project.
- She/he conducts frequent field visits to plan and monitor the implementation of the activities.
Project Knowledge Creation
- She/he contributes to the project knowledge creation through the writing of activity sheets, design of relevant documentations, with the support of HQ WASH and Education Technical Department.
- She/he carries out regular analysis of the relevance of the project scheme and suggests adaptation when needed.
Logistics and administration
- She/he anticipates the Logistics (procurements; purchase, vehicles, etc.), Administrative and Financial needs related to the project (recruitments, payments, cash requests, etc.)
- She/he prepares technical parts of tendering documents, participates in the follow up tendering process, prepares purchase requests and gives acceptance of payment.
- She/he follows the expenses related to project activities and crosscheck with the administration department on a monthly basis.
- She/he makes sure that logistical, administrative and financial procedures linked to the project implementation are established and alerts her/his superiors if gaps are observed so that corrective action may be taken.
- She/he is involved in the recruitment of the operational team under her/his management.
- She/he ensures that the administrative HR management of her/his team (daily attendance, leaves management) in collaboration with the HR department.
- She/he conducts wash staff meeting in a regular basis and ensures good communication and coordination within the team.
- She/he ensures that her/his team complies with TGH internal rules (disciplinary management when needed).
- She/he performs regular performance evaluation, give working objectives, adapt the job description, identify the needs in terms of capacity building, and conduct trainings.
- She/he is in charge of building capacity of the managed team (identifies the needs in terms of capacity building, and conduct trainings).
- She/he participates in monthly internal coordination meetings and communicates regularly with the Program Coordinator and the Field Coordinator.
- She/he communicates regularly with HQ WASH and Education Technical Department on the project evolution, the technical problems faced, the potential risks and proposes solutions.
- She/he is involved in providing relevant communication on the project (pictures, video, success stories etc.).
Representation and external coordination
- She/he represents the association as required with donors, partners, local authorities (Department of Water Resources, Mayors, etc.) and stakeholders involved in the implementation of the project.
- She/he especially maintains good relationship with other UN and NGO actors.
- She/he ensures regular presence in UN-led WASH clusters.
Reporting and prospection
- She/he writes donor narrative reports and internal reports, including monthly follow up of the project.
- She/he is in charge of gathering data, analyzing them to describe contractual indicators.
- She/he participates in the writing of concept note and projects proposals
- She/he contributes to efforts aimed at ensuring compliance with safety rules at the site, and transmits all information relating to safety concerns to the field coordinator.
- She/he participates to need assessments according to the needs and mission strategy discussed with HQ.
- She/he contributes to the development of new interventions based on identified needs, linked to the WASH and Education sectors and areas of the projects.
- She/he analyzes, collects relevant information linked to the WASH and Education situation in the country and identifies key trends in collaboration with her/his colleagues and headquarters.
- She/he meets with potential local partners (NGOs).
This list of responsibilities could be modified according to the needs in the field.
Educational background and experiences
- Technical training in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene or Education
- At least one field experience in WASH or multi-sector project management
- Experience in conflict area / post-emergency contexts desired.
- Strong communication, analysis and reporting skills
- Good knowledge of the humanitarian environment (NGOs, UN, EU...) in particular of the institutional functioning in case of crisis (clusters, specialized donors, effective functioning of coordination mechanisms...)
- Good knowledge of international Sphere standards and INEE
- Willingness to work in complex and volatile environments.
- Ability to work efficiently under pressure
- Strong negotiation skills
- Knowledge of project cycle management and tools
- Management qualities
- Skills in transfer of competences
- Fluent English mandatory (oral and written); French (oral and written) a strong asset; Arabic would be a plus
- Computer skills (including Excel and Word)
- Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills;
- Proactivity and flexibility
- Autonomy and sense of teamwork