Program Director – Sudan

Near East Foundation
July 21, 2021
Khartoum, Sudan
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
10+ Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified


The Near East Foundation (NEF) is seeing candidates for the position of Sudan Program Director, based in its Khartoum office.

NEF is a non-profit international development organization that has supported livelihoods recovery and community-based economic development in the Middle East, Africa, and Caucasus since 1915. NEF draws on local teams, experience, and partnerships in these regions to create community-led solutions to improve livelihoods and local governance among conflict and crisis-affected groups, while maintaining neutrality and ensuring inclusiveness in our approach. Working through a network of country offices and local partners, NEF currently has operations in ten countries: Armenia, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Mali, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, South Sudan, and Syria. Our programs are organized around three pillars: Inclusive Economic Development, Climate-resilient Development, and Stabilization and Peacebuilding.

Position Description

The Sudan Program Director is a member of the Near East Foundation senior team, reporting to the Senior Vice President of Global Operations. The Program Director has overall responsibility for the effective management and implementation of the NEF projects in Sudan as well as a lead role in external relations.


The Sudan Program Director will be responsible for the following areas:

Program Management

  • Ensures project activities are implemented in a timely and effective manner, as outlined in project proposals and budgets and in accordance with NEF and donor policies and regulations;
  • Supports the development of quarterly and annual implementation plans and monthly updates, in coordination with project staff and local partner organizations;
  • Continuously assesses the context, assumptions and changes in the operating environment to ensure project focus, strategies and activities remain relevant;
  • Recommends project changes including realignment of activities, budgets, and contract extensions.

Program Development and External Relations

  • Maintains ongoing communication with project stakeholder regarding project progress and challenges;
  • Functions as the primary point of contact with line ministries, donor community in Sudan and NGOs coordination groups and fora;
  • Establishes a positive working relationships with relevant government offices, local and international organizations, academic institutions and private sector actors with activities relevant to the project and identifies areas of potential collaboration in coordination with HQ Business Development team;
  • Contributes to business development and proposal writing for project expansion, transition and sustainability;
  • Contributes to the design, expansion and diversification of NEF’s program in Sudan;
  • Maintains effective, open and transparent communication with NEF offices in the region and with NEF Headquarters to ensure consistent information sharing and support, including financial, administrative and HR matters.


  • Recruits and supervises country teams;
  • Exercises team and strategic leadership, technical capacity and motivational support to the country project team through orientations, regular supervision, regular team meetings, learning and reflection events.

Project Administration

  • Oversees the preparation of periodic progress/final reports in compliance with donor requirements;
  • Ensures compliance with applicable donor rules and regulations, including familiarizing all relevant project staff to them;
  • Oversees project budgets, including monthly review of expense reports;
  • Supports the preparation of procurement plans and monitors procurement processes;
  • Coordinates with the compliance unit as HQ on all compliance matters;
  • Ensures safety and duty of care for staff, and the security and appropriate use of project and NEF assets;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements

The successful candidate must be a self-directed and self-motivated individual with the following qualifications:

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in development, international relations, management, economics, public administration or other relevant field of study;
  • 10 years minimum of relevant work experience with development and/or humanitarian organizations (including a minimum of 4 years at a senior management level) in conflict and post-conflict settings;
  • Proven track record in project management, including project planning, implementation and oversight, including managing budgets;
  • Proven skills in partnership building, influence and negotiation with a range of humanitarian actors, including governments, UN agencies, academic institutions, networks, national/local NGOs and community groups;
  • Experience in effective people and team management, including implementation of the code of conduct, safeguarding and anti-corruption measures;
  • Experience in managing the safety of staff and assets;
  • Significant Sudan-specific experience in this domain, and familiarity with the operational environments in Sudan;
  • Understanding of the concepts behind and practical application of humanitarian codes and standards such as SPHERE, People In Aid Code, and Core Humanitarian Standard;
  • Fluency in both English and Arabic; excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in similar humanitarian and/or development contexts outside of Sudan strongly preferred.

Position Criteria

  • Flexible, creative and solution-oriented approach in an innovative and frequently high-pressure environment;
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and the ability to work effectively across a wide variety of cultural contexts;
  • Effective team player, able to develop and maintain effective working relationships within a disperse and dynamic team.

NEF will accept a rolling application until the position is filled.  Review of applications will begin on July 22, 2021.  Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

To apply:

Please apply by submitting the following documents to the Near East Foundation careers page at

  1. Cover letter outlining relevant experience and availability
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of three references (including one from current, or most recent, employer)

Applicants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Near East Foundation by visiting the NEF website at

The Near East Foundation promotes Equal Employment Opportunities for all applicants seeking employment and NEF employees.

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