Programme Advisor Sudan

ZOA International

Khartoum, Sudan

Job location:  Khartoum, Sudan with travel to the other field locations

Starting date: As soon as possible

Vacancy closing date:  9th of April 2023,  or as soon as suitable candidate is identified

Duration position: 3 years

Working hours: Fulltime

Reports to: Director of Programmes

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 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 Sudan is looking for a

Programme Advisor

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 five offices and a portfolio that varies from humanitarian emergency to developmental projects. The main sectors are Integrated Water Resources Management, Food Security and Livelihoods, Peacebuilding, Inclusiveness for people living with disability, Emergency Relief and Education. Adaptation to climate change, migration, gender and conflict sensitivity issues are mainstreamed. ZOA Sudan has been leading large scale consortia projects and is strongly embedded in the different project areas. You will be part of an enthusiastic and skilled team.

About the role

The development of high-quality proposals is the main focus of this role and will be your challenge and responsibility! As Programme Advisor you don’t shy away from some writing, on the contrary, it gives you a lot of energy, joy and satisfaction. At the same time, you actively engage your colleagues in the field and your team in Khartoum. Besides proposal writing, you will ensure excellent implementation and evaluation of ZOA's projects and manage a small team.

Your main tasks and responsibilities

Programme Quality / MEAL

  • Advises and supports Country Director (CD), Director of Programmes and Programme Managers (PGMs) on the development of the Country Strategy and Annual Plan;
  • Supervises the Programme Quality team;
  • Responsible for adherence to ZOA policy and compliant with ZOA, donor, national and international guidelines, policies and standards in the implementation of projects;
  • Supervises the development, implementation and maintenance of monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEAL) system;
  • Responsible for the development of knowledge management at country level;
  • Supports the CD, Director of Programmes and PGMs in the writing of the internal quarterly reports and annual review.

Grants & Partnerships Management

  • Leads the development of high-quality project proposals and monitors consistency between donor proposals and Country Strategy;
  • Responsible for the quality and consistency of programme and project planning;
  • Contributes to on-time, high-quality submission of donor reports and evaluations;
  • Responsible for partner assessments and the development of capacity building plans.

Your profile


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

Knowledge & Experience

  • University degree in a humanitarian, development or another relevant field. A degree in one of the key sectors of ZOA’s work in Sudan is an advantage;
  • At least three years of field experience in a fragile context. Experience in Sudan is an advantage;
  • Strong proven experience in the development of proposals;
  • Fluency in English and being able to write convincingly, knowledge of Arabic would be a pre;
  • Expertise in at least one of the sectors ZOA Sudan is working in;
  • Research skills.


  • Flexibility in supporting organizational goals;
  • Logical thinker;
  • Strong formulation and writing skills;
  • Innovative;
  • Management skills
  • Customer-friendly attitude;
  • Result-oriented approach;
  • Interpersonal sensitivity
  • Ability to deliver under high pressure.

Special conditions

  • Based in the capital, Khartoum, with regular travel to the field;
  • This is a non-family duty station, but an accompanying partner is a possibility;
  • R&R is not offered for staff based in Khartoum.

We offer

  • ZOA offers a challenging role in a dynamic context. We offer good benefits and remuneration which suits the NGO sector (including but not limited to: medical and other insurances, (contribution to) housing costs, training options and 29 leave days).

Do you need more information?

For more information about ZOA, please visit our website

If you have questions about this vacancy, you can contact Charity van Bemmel, email

Interested and do you want to apply?

ZOA operates 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 Programme Advisor Sudan | ZOA | CVSelection (

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We reserve the right to close this advert before the confirmed closing date when we have received sufficient applications.

CV’s of no more than 5 pages in length are appreciated. Your cover letter should include a motivation specific for this job.

Please provide at least 3 references related to your current and 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 ZOA carries out background and reference checks (including COTER) for all candidates as part of the recruitment process. 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).