Programme Manager South Sudan

ZOA, Juba, South Sudan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th March, 2019

Job Description

ZOA is a Christian international NGO which offers RELIEF to people who are affected by conflict or natural disasters. ZOA wants to contribute to a new perspective of HOPE in which people work together for a promising future in dignity and mutual trust. Together with the affected communities we work on the RECOVERY until they can provide to take care of their livelihoods. The international work of ZOA is coordinated from the Netherlands. ZOA is active in multiple countries in Africa, Middle East Region and Asia. ZOA works approximately with 900 employees worldwide.

ZOA is looking for a

Programme Manager South Sudan

ZOA has worked in South Sudan since 1998 and is active in the sectors FSL, Wash and Peace Building with a mix of early-recovery programming where possible and humanitarian programming where necessary. ZOA – South Sudan has offices in two States (Central Equatoria and Jonglei) and employs 40 national staff members. Its present implementation portfolio is around Euro 2.2 million per annum. One third of its work is implemented via long-term partners. The political context in South Sudan remains fragile, despite encouraging progress with the implementation of a Peace Agreement. This is an extra motivation for the team to fulfill its mission for vulnerable people in a nation that is recovering from the impact of a civil war.

Your challenge

The Programme Manager is responsible for the realisation of project and programmatic goals within the organisational setting determined by internal and external preconditions in a specific ZOA country region.

Your main tasks and responsibilities

Overall leadership and integral management responsibility of the ZOA organisation in a specific programme in a country of operation.

Leadership and management

  • Responsible for all ZOA activities within programme areas;
  • Spiritual oversight and Christian leadership of the ZOA team in the programme area;
  • Participate in country-wide programme and knowledge development;
  • Member of country management team;
  • Implementing and strategic partnership engagement at programme level;
  • Gender and conflict sensitive approach to team management and project activities under her/his responsibility.

Programme Management

  • Development of the Programme plan for the respective programme areas, with annual review of needs for changes, based on ongoing context analysis and results of annual programme review;
  • Annual planning for the programme area, with the corresponding annual programme area budget, as an input to the Country Strategic and Annual Plan (CSAP);
  • Planning, implementation, and monitoring of project activities that were approved by donors with the corresponding project budget planning;
  • Project Cycle management, including needs assessments, formulation of concept notes and proposals and budget;
  • Reporting - monthly and quarterly activity and financial reporting, including realization of activities versus budget utilisation; (Providing input to) narrative and financial donor reporting;
  • Annual review of progress towards programme objectives and outcomes;
  • Initiating and maintaining effective working relations with relevant stakeholders at programme area level;


  • Budget owner for projects implemented in programme areas;
  • Approval of expenditures and related cost allocations, on the basis of approved project and programme organisation budgets;
  • Human Resource Management (at individual- and team level) for programme staff;
  • Supervision and periodical evaluation of the performance of the members of the Programme Team;
  • Implementation and monitoring of financial, personnel and security policies and procedures;
  • In collaboration with the MGA, prepare and process the allocation of indirect costs to project budgets.


  • Ensures the design and maintenance of an effective security management system at program level, in compliance with ZOA’s overall security policy and procedures, and the monitoring of compliance to that system by staff and other relevant persons for whom the PGM holds security responsibility.


The Programme Manager is authorised and accountable within the frame work and limits as defined in:

  • The Declaration of Authorization’ signed by the Country Director;
  • The ZOA Country Management Charter;
  • The agreed Country Strategic and Annual Country Plan;
  • The programme budget approved by the Country Director;
  • The project plans as approved by the donors;
  • The country quality management system as approved by the Country Director.

In the performance and as a member of the Country Management Team, the PGM balances the interests of Programme area, the country organization as a whole and of all stakeholders involved.
The Programme manager is accountable to the Country Director of the programme country.

Your profile

Knowledge & Experience:

  • Bachelor or Master degree in a humanitarian, development or other relevant field;
  • Three to five years field experience in a development country of which at least one year in a conflict area;
  • Management experience;
  • Familiar with Project Cycle Management;
  • Good spoken and written command of English.


  • Command of operations;
  • Analytical;
  • Cultural sensitivity;
  • Writing skills;
  • Ability to delegate effectively
  • Planning and organising;
  • Participative leadership;
  • Provides regular feedback, acknowledges success and the need for improvement.


  • 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

  • This is not a family or accompanied post;
  • Up to 1/3 of time required for travel to field locations in South Sudan;
  • Duty station is Juba with frequent travels to the ZOA field offices and as well as those of local partner. Based in a programme area field office;
  • Rest and recuperation conditions apply for these post.

We offer

ZOA offers you a challenging job, an inspiring and motivated team in de programme country and good benefits and remuneration which suits the charities sector.

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 Mrs. Nienke Maris, HR Officer, email

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. This position is open to both South Sudanese and Non-South Sudanese Nationals.

If you are interested in this position, please apply directly via our website:

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. A written test will 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.

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