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Help a Child is currently recruiting a

Country Program Director (Juba, South Sudan)

Help a Child (HaC) is a Christian international NGO specialized in community development with its international office in the Netherlands and operating in South Sudan since 2008. Founded in 1968, HaC’s mission is to improve the wellbeing of children living in poverty and crisis through supportive communities. In our disaster response we focus mainly at the thematic areas Food Security & Livelihoods (FSL), Protection and Education, using the UNHCR graduation approach where possible. In our activities we have special attention for children, youth and pregnant and lactating mothers.

The total program portfolio in South Sudan is about one (1) million Euro. HaC is part of the South Sudan Joint Response (SSJR5) program which is supported by the Government of the Netherlands. In close collaboration with other international NGOs and local partners we are implementing projects in Wau and Boma State. The projects are centered around (Child) Protection and FSL. Furthermore, we are implementing a girls’ education project in Western Lake State.

The Country Program Director (CPD) will be responsible for the long term and overall success of HaC’s country program in South Sudan. The CPD will manage the country office, the HaC South Sudan Country Program and the country team. (S)he is responsible for the development and implementation of the HaC South Sudan country strategy, delivering high quality projects, successful fundraising, sound financial management and strategic stakeholder management. Furthermore, the CPD will be end responsible for quality control & evaluation, including adherence to donor standards and quality reporting. The CPD will manage a growing team that currently consists of five professionals.

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Ensure strategic growth, development and delivery of the HaC South Sudan Country Program, in line with the HaC mandate, strategy and Theory of Change.
  • Manage the Country Program and coordinate with local partners, ensuring the partner’s quality in implementation standards, guidelines and reporting.
  • Ensure that existing and new projects are in line with strategy, operational plans and budgets.
  • Identify, create and capitalize on funding opportunities for further growth of the HaC portfolio.
  • Represent HaC at key events of the SSJR5 program in Juba and at relevant cluster meetings in Juba (Protection, FSL, Education).
  • Successfully invest in and expand networks of relevant stakeholders, including Dutch and other foreign embassies, donor representatives and South Sudanese national/ local government entities and like-minded INGO’s in order to develop partnerships.
  • Responsible for timely and high quality reporting to back donors and HaC’s International Office.
  • Responsible for ensuring strong and outstanding collaborative relations with HaC’s International office.
  • End-responsible for sound financial management and control of the administrative and financial organization.
  • Responsible for development and maintenance of efficient and effective operating systems, and ensuring compliance with all HaC Management Operating Standards and Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Responsible for the overall HR cycle of staff, including the development of an organizational culture that reflects HaC’s values, promotes accountability and high performance and frees up staff to deliver outstanding results for beneficiaries and donors.


This is an extraordinary opportunity for an ambitious, entrepreneurial and high energy professional with significant experience in (Program) Management and Fundraising to be part of a growing country office. Specific requirements include:

  • Minimum of an Advanced Degree in a relevant field.
  • 5+ years of relevant experience in a relief or early recovery setting, preferably in a similar position.
  • Good knowledge of Protection, FSL and Education.
  • Preferably experience working in consortia and with implementing partner organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience in building personal and professional networks at a senior level.
  • Proven track record in identifying, creating and capitalizing on funding opportunities.
  • Good understanding of program, financial and operational management processes.
  • Good understanding of key trends in international and humanitarian development.
  • Experience managing a growing team of staff.
  • Experience working in a fragile and cross cultural context, preferably in South Sudan.
  • Preferably experience in working with a Theory of Change as frame work.
  • Experience in managing safety & security needs.
  • Results driven and motivated by a sense of performance excellence and urgency.
  • Fluent in English, strong communication skills, both verbally and written (including presentation skills).
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, interpersonal and cross cultural sensitivity.
  • Being a Christian, adhering to the Christian identity of HaC and experienced communicating the Christian identity of HaC to team members.
  • Full support for the vision and mission of HaC.

Value Proposition

HaC offers the opportunity to become part of an ambitious, Child centred and Christian International NGO with a dedicated team of professionals motivated to maximize impact. HaC offers a fair pay and benefits package that is justifiable to our donors. Furthermore, you will be offered a fixed term one (1) year contract. Depending on funding, your performance and fit with the staff, the contract will be extended. This is a non-family duty station.

How to Apply
Interested candidates are kindly invited to send a cover letter and resume (both in English) at the latest on March 27th, 2019 to In your cover letter please reflect on your motivation for wanting to become part of the HaC organization. This includes a reflection on HaC being a Child centred and Christian organization.

For more information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact us at Due to the urgency to fill this role, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We reserve the right to close this advert before the confirmed closing date when we are in receipt of sufficient applications. Should you wish to apply for this post you are kindly advised to submit your application as soon as possible. An (e-) assessment will be part of the selection process. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Help a Child is committed to keep children safe. All staff are required to sign and adhere to the Help a Child’s Child Safeguarding Policy. Recruitment is subject to successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks.