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"Food Security and Livelihood Project Manager – Sudan"



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Country: Sudan - The position is currently based in Zalingei (Darfur) with field visits to Um Dukhun as the security situation allows, and with regular trips to Khartoum

Duration: 12 months, from April 2021

Place in the org. Chart: Under the direct responsibility of Head of Programs

Conditions: Salaried contract, gross monthly salary from €1’900 to €2’600 depending on experience, monthly per diem 600 euros, 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

Darfur, the western region of Sudan, has been in a state of humanitarian crisis since 2003. The current conflict in Darfur is complex, caused by a host of political, social, economic and environmental problems. Civilians have suffered greatly from the conflict. The result is a humanitarian crisis affecting millions of people, and there is no end in sight. As Sudan continues to face economic challenges and a shortage of hard currency, food prices continue to increase as so far been witnessed where prices of food rose between 200-250 percent in 2019. As a consequence, Hundreds of thousands of people have died and more than 8.5 million people are affected by the crisis. Many people have been displaced from the violence, and have moved into camps in Sudan’s larger towns or have crossed the border into Chad or South Sudan where they live in refugee camps, straining local resources.

Over the past five years, the numbers of people displaced due to conflict have progressively reduced. However, while the SLA-AW armed group remains active and outside of the peace process, pockets of conflict are anticipated to continue in parts of Central and South Darfur. Following political developments in 2019, several non-state armed groups in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan agreed to a cessation of hostilities (CoH). However, the situation remains fluid and fighting could escalate if these cessations do not remain in place or are violated, resulting in higher displacement. At the same time, the root causes of the conflict remain largely unaddressed and long-standing grievances and competition for resources between communities continue. Some clashes and tensions are thus likely to continue. This calls for continued need for humanitarian support including with provision of basic assistance, including life-saving emergency shelter and household items such as plastic sheeting, plastic mats, jerry cans, blankets and cooking sets to refugees, displaced populations and hosting communities.

Further, despite a good mid-year harvest in 2019, the economic crisis has kept food costs high. Inflation, combined with uneven and unpredictable rain, drives food insecurity. In some Darfur areas, prices in have risen by 15 to 25 per cent. Most households are unable to purchase a basic daily basket of food. The IOM assessment report (2020) also indicate that approximately 55 per cent of children at pre-school age (4-5 years) are not in school because of lack of educational spaces, teachers, and learning and play materials. Darfur states are pointed as one major state affected. Accordingly, enrolment rates stood at 19 per cent in East Darfur, 24 per cent in West Darfur, and 29 per cent in Gedaref. Additionally, children with disabilities are particularly at risk, with a lack of well-equipped learning facilities with qualified staff to work with children with disabilities, and their vulnerability has increased further with the deteriorating economic situation.

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 will last 12 months, starting mid-April 2021 in the area of Um Dukhun, Central Darfur. It will target at least 1,300 rural households and will contribute:

Job description

Under the direct responsibility of the Head of Programs, the Project Manager is in charge of the overall implementation of the activities of the project, in close collaboration of HQ FSL Technical Department. 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

Internal coordination

Representation and external coordination

Human Resources

Reporting and MEAL

Security

Strategy/Project development

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

Safety, working and living conditions

S/He will be based in Zalingei, Central Darfur, with frequent trips to Um Dukhun and surrounding villages as project needs dictate. 

The guesthouse/office in Zalengei has a simple layout.  The expat will have their own private space, with shared bathroom facilities.  However only one other local staff member resides on site. 

In Um Dukhun the expat will also have their own private space, with shared bathroom facilities.  This is a larger base with at times up to 6 persons living at once. 

In both locations the amenities are simple, with shower, latrine and simple kitchen facilities. There is a cook/cleaner on hand and meals are prepared daily during working days.  Meals are usually shared, but expat can cook if they prefer.  Both locations have local options for restaurants, with Zalingei being a larger city having more variety.  On both bases the markets are accessible on weekends, and can be traversed on foot in the company of local staff. 

Communication means are good (efficient internet, international phones) at most times in Zalengei, however can be difficult during field visits to Um Dukhun (working for a few hours per day and evening).

Security situation in Darfur is very variable from place to place and period. Field-visits are authorized when security conditions allow it. The movements to the field-bases are ensured by United Nations Humanitarian Air Services- UNHAS.

Security Context in Sudan, especially in West Darfur, can lead to temporary tightened security procedures (movement restrictions, etc.).  This can impact the schedule of UNHAS movement.  

Health risks are limited however there is prevalence of malaria or other diseases in Darfur.  All expats residing in Darfur are provided a mosquito net for their bed. Quality medical services are available in Zalingei, however where needs are higher there is quick medevac options to Khartoum. 

The expat will have regular (as agreed/needed) trips to Khartoum.  Khartoum enjoys different places for extra-professional activities: markets, swimming pools, gardens, access to cultural sites out of Khartoum. The social life is rather rich. Sudan is a dry country, with alcohol remaining prohibited. 

There are also daily flights to regional and Europe destinations and expatriates go out of the country every 3 months for breaks.

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