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.
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:
- 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 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:
- To support food security and diversification through the distribution of improved cereal seeds as well as varied vegetable seeds for the winter season and the organization of fairs for the distribution of agricultural inputs
- To develop new sources of income through the creation and support of women in income-generating activities.
- To consolidate agricultural production capacities through training on cultivation techniques and the propagation of distributed seeds.
- Support gum Arabica producers to improve their production and access to markets through formation of producer associations
- To enhance capacity of affected vulnerable communities on disaster preparedness inclucing identification of risks and development of community-based mitigation measures.
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:
- 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.
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 FSL Technical Department and Head of Programs
- She/he carries out regular analysis of the relevance of the project scheme and suggests adaptation when needed.
Logistics and administration
- She/he makes sure that logistical, administrative and financial procedures linked to the project implementation are established accordingly with TGH and donor’s procedures and alerts her/his superiors if gaps are observed so that corrective action may be taken.
- She/ he anticipates the Logistics (procurements; purchase, vehicles, etc.), Administrative and Financial needs related to the project (recruitments, payments, cash requests, etc.) related to the project.
- She/he participates in by weekly Programs Coordination meetings as connectivity allows, and communicates regularly with the Head of Programs.
- She/he communicates with HQ technical advisor on the project evolution, the technical problems faced, the potential risks and proposes solutions.
- She/he contributes to the Internal Coordination Report writing the part dedicated to the project.
- 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 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 Food Security and Livelihoods clusters
- 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 ensures that her/his team complies with TGH internal rules (disciplinary management when needed).
- She / He assures the management of the project team including staff appraisals, follow-up of set objectives and capacity building.
Reporting and MEAL
- She/he writes donor narrative reports and internal reports (TGH internal reports and consortium related reports).
- She / he is responsible of the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEAL) of the project. She / He develops relevant tools (quantitative and qualitative surveys, post distribution monitoring,…) to monitor the progress and the quality of the project. She / he compiles and analyses the data and elaborates reports.
- She / He updates the Monthly Follow Up tool, submits within agreed timeframe monthly, and adapts it if necessary.
- 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/organizes need assessments according to the needs and mission strategy discussed with headquarters
- She/he contributes to the development of new interventions based on identified needs, particularly linked to the FSL sectors and areas of the projects.
- She/he analyzes, collects relevant information linked to the FSL situation in the country and identifies key trends in collaboration with her/his colleagues and Head of Programs.
- She/he meets with potential local partners (NGOs).
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.
Educational background and experiences
- Postgraduate diploma in agriculture, agronomy, agricultural development or related field compulsory
- Experience in conflict area / post-emergency contexts desired
- Ability to organize your work remotely, as due to the security context there are times when field visits are not possible
- Ability to work in remote / isolated area
- Strong communication, analysis and reporting skills
- Experience and 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 skills
- Skills in transfer of competences and capacity building
- Fluent English and French mandatory (oral and written)
- Arabic speaking is a strong asset
- Computer skills (including Excel and Word)
- Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
- Autonomy and sense of team working
- Pro activity and flexibility