Director of Programmes in Sudan

ZOA, Khartoum, Sudan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
27th June, 2021

Job Description

We are here for our neighbours in need, who are suffering in this broken world.

ZOA, as an international NGO, supports people who have lost everything due to armed conflict or natural disaster. Together, we can come to their aid in emergencies and remain faithful to communities as they recover – providing new opportunities for them to help themselves again. The work of ZOA is coordinated from the Netherlands. We are active in multiple countries in Africa, South America, the Middle East Region, and Asia. We work with approximately 900 employees worldwide and with (local) partners. We invite you to join our team of committed colleagues.
ZOA is looking for a

Director of Programmes in Sudan

ZOA’s programme in Sudan

ZOA started working in Sudan in 2004 in response to the Darfur crisis. In 2010, programmes in the East of the country were also opened. Currently, ZOA has six offices and a portfolio that varies from humanitarian emergency to developmental projects. Main sectors are Water, Food Security and Livelihoods, Peacebuilding, and Education. Adaptation to climate change, migration, gender and conflict sensitivity issues are mainstreamed.

Your challenge

The Director of Programmesis responsible for the realisation of all project and programme goals in Sudan.

Your main tasks and responsibilities

Overall leadership and integral management responsibility of the programmatic aspects ofZOA in Sudan.

Leadership and management

  • Supervise all Programme Managers, Manager of Program Quality and Programme Advisor and other senior staff of the Programme department;
  • Lead country wide programme and knowledge development;
  • Strategic partnership engagement;
  • Manage team and country programme with gender and conflict sensitivity;
  • Member of the Country Management Team, balancing the interests of the programmes department, the country organization as a whole, and of all stakeholders involved.

Programme Management

  • Development of ZOA Sudan’s programme plan, including annual reviews;
  • Overall responsible, together with Programme Managers, for the planning, implementation, and monitoring of donor approved projects; 
  • Consolidate monthly and quarterly activity and financial reporting, providing input to narrative and financial donor reporting; 
  • Initiating and maintaining effective working relations with relevant stakeholders, including Government, donors, INGOs, UN, civil society; 
  • Overall responsible, together with Manager for Program Quality, for MEAL and the design and implementation of robust systems and procedures in regard to programme management;
  • Overall responsible, together with Country Director and Programme Advisor, for resource mobilization and business development.


  • Budget owner for projects implemented in Sudan; 
  • Human Resource Management (at individual- and team level) for programme managers and other senior programme staff.


  • Design and maintain an effective security management system for ZOA Sudan, in compliance with ZOA’s over-all security policy and procedures, and monitor the of compliance to that system by staff and other relevant persons for whom the DoP holds security responsibility.
  • The Director of Programmes, together with the Director of Operations and the Country Director, form the senior leadership of the country programme.
  • The DoP is accountable to the ZOA Sudan Country Director.

Your profile


  • The candidate is expected to fully support the vision, mission and Christian values of ZOA.

Knowledge& Experience

  • Bachelor or Master degree in a humanitarian, development or other relevant field;
  • Ten years field experience in a development country, preferably in a conflict/post-conflict setting;
  • Minimum 5 years of senior management experience, preferably from INGOs, UN or donors;
  • Good command of Project Cycle Management, MEAL and other best practices within the programme management;
  • Excellent communication skills. Spoken and written command of English is required.  Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.


  • Visionary;
  • Analytical;
  • Organisational sensitivity;
  • Writing skills;
  • Effecting delegation, planning and organising;
  • Provides regular feedback, acknowledges success and the need for improvement;
  • Coaches, challenges and provides opportunities for growth.


  • Flexibility and adaptability;
  • Interpersonal and cross cultural sensitivity;
  • Able to work under pressures and meet deadlines;
  • Able to work in a sometimes fluid and insecure environment.

Special conditions

  • Based in the capital, with travel to the field about 1/3 of the time;
  • R&R is not offered for staff based in Khartoum.

Do you need more information?

For more information about ZOA, please visit at our website

If you have questions about this vacancy, you can contact Heline

Interested and you want to apply?

ZOA operates with an equal opportunities policy and is committed to diversity in the workplace. Qualified women and men, people of all nationalities, and cultural backgrounds, and candidates with disabilities are welcome to apply.

If you are interested in this position, please apply directly via the button below on the bottom of this page.

CV’s of no more than 5 pages in length are appreciated.

Please provide at least 3 references related to your previous employment listed in the application. References of previous positions held should not be older than five years.

Only selected candidates will be contacted and invited to participate in the process of recruitment. It is our aim to inform all other candidates of their status in the recruitment process within 4 weeks after the vacancy has closed. An assessment may be part of the recruitment procedure. Documents that do not match the profile above will not be considered. Internal candidates will have priority, in case of similar results.

Please note that, as part of its recruitment process, ZOA carries out background and reference checks for all candidates. As ZOA participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme, all reference checks include a written questionnaire: the “Statement of Conduct”, which will be sent to past employers regarding Misconduct (such as sexual exploitation, abuse or harassment).


Recommend your friend

Copyrights 2017. All rights reserved | Technology Partner: Indev Consultancy Pvt. Ltd