Deputy Country Rep and Programmes Manager

Country: South Sudan
Organization: Catholic Agency for Overseas Development
Closing date: 9 Aug 2021

Starting Salary: £35,785 – 37,134 per annum

Other Benefits include: 10% Mobility Allowance +10% Pension + Hardship Allowance (£3,000 per annum)

Rest and Recuperation every 8 weeks

Contract: 2 Years fixed term

Position Description

Job Profile

The Deputy Country Rep and Programme Manager deputises the Country Representatives and is a member of the South Sudan Country Management Team (CMT). In liaison with the Country Rep the postholder is responsible for strategic development and management of the humanitarian and development programmes portfolio of the country team. The postholder provides humanitarian and development expertise for CAFOD and Trócaire in Partnership (CTP) work in South Sudan. The postholder has the skills and experience to lead and manage complex and diverse programmes of work. S/he manages budgets and funding within the scope of their authority and is also responsible to proactively identify opportunities for scaling up our humanitarian and development programme work in South Sudan in order to effectively in respond to the scale and protracted nature of the ongoing crisis. S/he will have strong understanding and experience in Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods programming and resilience approaches.

The Deputy Country Rep and Programme Manager will be responsible for developing relationships with partners at strategic level in-country and formulating programme strategy as determined by the Country Strategy and Country Representative. The post holder is also responsible for building effective working relationships to foster learning, innovation, good practice, and fundraising. The role also has a number of cross-divisional and cross-organisational functions to work with CAFOD’s Education, Communities & Supporters Fundraising, Finance, Media, Policy and Advocacy teams and with relevant counterparts in Trócaire.

Line managed by the Country Representative, this post is based in Juba but is expected to undertake frequent in-country travel and travel within the region and to the UK and Ireland (approximately 20 weeks per year) S/he would also be expected to deputise for the Country Representative, when the CR is absent from South Sudan. The post holder line manages the following but may be asked to take on wider management functions as needed:

  • Programme Quality Officer
  • Field coordinators (up to 2)
  • Programme Officer -Governance and Peace building
  • Programme Support Officer

Staff management may extend to larger teams depending on programme responses.

Key Responsibilities

To lead and manage the programme/s (50%):

  • Lead the development, implementation and regular review of the South Sudan programme, embedding a resilience and empowerment lens into all our programming. This should also include the integration of Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR), emergency preparedness and early warning, Psychosocial support (PSS) and peace building activities.
  • Lead the country programme team in monitoring emerging humanitarian situations and programme trends, ensuring that regular Emergency Management Team (EMT) discussions take place with the CAFOD and Trócaire HQ humanitarian teams and the Country Representative to enable effective and timely responses, and keep relevant CTP staff and partners informed of the humanitarian situation, and emerging resilience approaches, techniques and methodologies
  • Lead programme design and proposal writing in support of the programme/country strategy, ensuring compliance to Programme Cycle Management is carried out to a high standard. This may include providing field level operational support including needs assessment, monitoring and evaluation, programme leadership and management to CTP staff, partner organisations and inter-agency teams responding to any humanitarian crises, if necessary, at very short notice, and for extended periods of time.
  • Promote the delivery of high quality and appropriate programmes that meet minimum international standards such as SPHERE, Red Cross NGO Code of Conduct, Core Humanitarian Standards, Caritas Internationalis Management Standards and country guidelines.
  • Work towards fulfilling CTP’s Vision, Mission and Values and CTP’s strategic plans.
  • Ensure the delivery of high-quality programmes within agreed budgets and timeframes, in accordance with CTP’s values and working principles.
  • Identify and actively promote opportunities to build the capacity of partner organisations to deliver high quality programmes, and to promote the sustainability of their work including mentoring support to partner personnel.
  • Ensure the effective delivery of high-quality integrated programmes that include a resilience-based humanitarian assistance, risk reduction, woman and youth empowering lens delivered through CTP’s programmes.
  • Monitor programme impact based on programme Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plans, using this information to support decision making. This will include commissioning reviews and evaluations as appropriate and promote learning into the wider organisation.
  • In conjunction with the Programme Quality Officer lead and support the efforts of CTP in improving and developing the capacity of CTP staff and partners in monitoring and evaluation systems of projects and programmes to keep track of performance of projects and their impact.
  • When required be a part of CTP's humanitarian department emergency response and surge capacity function in CTP’s designated areas of work including emergency responses coordinated by Caritas Internationalis.

Technical Support (20%)

  • Work with Cafod and Trócaire Resilience, Protection and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) advisors in incorporating resilience, PSS activities and DRR into existing programmes. Provide technical support on resilience and empowerment approaches particularly for Women and Youth.
  • Engage the CR, Programme Coordinator South Sudan, and HQ Policy and advocacy teams, to ensure CTP’s policy and advocacy is coherent, effective and informed by our experiences and that of our partners.

Management Team (10%)

  • Be an active member of CTP country management team which is led by the CR,
  • Work in collaboration with Programme Quality Officer of CTP to ensure that CTP programmes are fully integrated into the country strategy, aligned to CTP’s corporate priorities,

Representation (10%):

  • Represent CTP externally, as prioritised by the Country Representative, in relationships with institutional donors, national Church and government representatives, donors, inter agency coordination fora and strategic partner organisations.
  • In liaison with Country Representative, provide effective collaboration with Caritas Internationalis (CI) and its member agencies, representing CTP where needed, and also liaising with relevant CIDSE agencies and working groups to build and strengthen relationships with sister agencies and agencies of strategic importance.
  • Ensure representation and participation of CTP in UN Cluster Coordination mechanisms in-country and other programme related working groups and networks of relevance to CTP work.
  • Develop supporter communications and work with the communications team in media, writing and undertaking interviews both on radio and TV.

Security Management (10%):

  • Undertake security risk assessments as appropriate and as delegated by the Country Representative, ensuring appropriate Standard Operating Procedures are implemented by all staff and visitors to mitigate risk in relation to humanitarian programmes and in accordance with the Country Security Plan.
  • Support partners to strengthen their understanding and practice of security risk management and ensure effective security-related communications to ensure CTP and partner staff well-being.
  • May act as security manager in absence of CR.

This list of duties and responsibilities is by no means exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake other relevant and appropriate duties as required. This job description is subject to regular review and appropriate modification.

Safeguarding for Children and Vulnerable Adults

CAFOD and Trocaire recognises the personal dignity and rights of children and vulnerable adults, towards whom it has a special responsibility and a duty of care and respect. CTP, and all its staff and volunteers, undertake to do all in our power to create a safe environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults and to prevent their physical, sexual or emotional abuse. CAFOD is committed to acting at all times in the best interests of children and vulnerable adults, seeing these interests as paramount. Any candidate offered a job with CTP will be expected to adhere to CAFOD’s Safeguarding policy and sign CAFOD’s Code of Behaviour as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents. This post involves contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults, or has responsibility for people who will do, and applicants will be subject to specific checks related to safeguarding issues. If based in the UK the post holder is required to present or obtain a Disclosure from the DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service). If the post is based outside the UK the post holder will be subject to a different checking process.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references, and appropriate screening checks can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks. CAFOD also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of, and consent to, these recruitment procedures.

Person Specification

Key Competencies

Essential CTP Core Requirements

Understanding our context

  • Demonstrates an understanding of the Catholic Church, Demonstrates behaviour in line with CTP’s vision, mission and values

Working together

  • Skilled in working with people of varied backgrounds, cultures and abilities;
  • Builds collaborative relationships across CTP and with external partners, donors and suppliers

Making change happen

  • Can communicate complex issues simply and clearly to ensure understanding
  • Recognises what needs to be done, makes decisions and takes action– even in challenging circumstances

Essential Job Specific Requirements

  • Proven experience of managing and delivering humanitarian and resilience programmes through partner organisations
  • Experience in delivering operational emergency programmes within complex emergencies
  • Sound understanding of humanitarian policy and best practice (e.g. LEGS, SPHERE, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Code of Conduct)
  • Understanding of approaches to ensure accountability programme work towards intended beneficiary communities and commitment to CHS
  • Able to work with and develop the humanitarian capacity of local partner organisations/ national NGO’s
  • Delivers work within the context of an agreed programme framework, uses programme cycle management tools effectively;
  • Proactively monitors expenditure and is aware of current financial position; Strong budget management skills.
  • Good analytical skills, skills in review of documents and report writing.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Ability to work and travel in insecure environments and to manage one’s own personal security and the security of our partners
  • Good understanding of management principles and commitment to good management standards.

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Come and join us and help make a real difference in the lives of the world’s poorest communities.

CAFOD is an equal opportunities employer. Recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

How to apply:

To read more and apply, please visit the CAFOD Website by the closing date.



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