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"Project Manager - Multisectorial (WASH & Education) - Sudan"



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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.

Context

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:

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.

Job description

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:

Project management

Project Knowledge Creation

Logistics and administration

Staff management

Internal coordination

Representation and external coordination

Reporting and prospection

Security

Strategy/Project development

This list of responsibilities could be modified according to the needs in the field.

Profile

Educational background and experiences

Skills

Personal Qualities