Head of Sub office Rumbek - South Sudan ( International position)

Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) is looking for an experienced manager and practitioner to head our Sub-office in Rumbek, South Sudan. You have strong leadership capabilities, strategic and analytical skills and with good understanding and experience from conflict areas. The Head of Suboffice (HSO) has the responsibility for the implementation of NPA Emergency Response programs and the EU funded ZEAT BEAD rural development project in Greater Rumbek, and for the administrative support to other projects in the same location in liaison with Area Team Leaders. The HSO will work closely with the Emergency Response and Rural development Program Managers, as well as project coordinator(s) in Lakes, to link relief and development activities in agriculture and other livelihood sectors.

NPA has worked in South Sudan since 1986. Our country office is based in Juba and from there NPA runs a complex programme with several thematic areas; Partnership with Civil Society, Agriculture and Livelihood, and Emergency Response. NPA South Sudan has several sub-offices, around 200 staff and an annual turnover of close to USD 20 million. NPA is a Cooperating Partner of WFP in food distribution and food for assets.

In this role you will:

  • Manage the NPA Rumbek sub-office, including administrative and personnel issues, and ensure that relevant strategies, policies and routines are followed
  • Be the responsible budget holder and implement emergency response projects and the ZEATBEAT rural development project in Lakes, in line with established strategies, plans and policies, and in coordination with the Emergency and Rural Development PMs in Juba
  • Ensure quality monitoring, evaluation and reporting, develop emergency and rural development project proposals through provision of technical expertise as relevant, in consultation with project staff at the field and Juba level
  • Initiate and conduct regular risk analyses of ongoing and planned projects under the Emergency Response and Rural Development Programmes.
  • Recruit, manage, coach and facilitate training of project and support NPA staff in Lakes
  • Represent NPA in relevant state-level coordination forums, such as Cluster coordination, and liaise with partners in Rumbek, including NGOs, UN Agencies, and local authorities, in close collaboration with other project coordinator(s)
  • Monitor events and developments in the Lakes region (humanitarian situation, politics, and security, etc.) to contribute to the overall analysis of the situation in South Sudan, esp. on humanitarian needs and security, and advice on necessary adjustments to the evolving context
  • Ensure that security, emergency preparedness and assistance plans for Lakes are in place, up to date and responding to relevant risk and context analyses
  • Carry out other activities as requested by the Emergency and Rural Development Programme Managers and Country Director

What you bring to the team:

  • Relevant advanced university degree
  • At least five years experience in food security, livelihood and emergency operations
  • Leadership experience
  • Experience from working in high-risk environments
  • Experience in humanitarian coordination, including Clusters; ability to collaborate, network and negotiate with partners, governments, UN, donors and other NGOs
  • Experience in incorporating gender equality and protection in emergency and rural development projects
  • Demonstrated success in projects designing, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting
  • Proven skills in budgeting, finance development and risk management
  • Strong analytical and presentation skills
  • Good writing skills and proficiency in English language
  • Good computer skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi-cultural/multi-national setting
  • Strong health

We consider it an advantage if you also have the following as part of your background:

  • Experience from South Sudan
  • Experience in vulnerability assessments, beneficiary registration, distributions, monitoring and evaluation in emergency situations
  • Experience in working with World Food Program and/or the EU.

In return we offer:

An interesting, challenging work environment and a competitive salary package which includes country specific allowances. You will be covered by our comprehensive insurance scheme. We offer five weeks annual holiday plus one additional week off for expats. The programme also has an R&R rotation system. NPA provides three international flights home per contract year*. We offer a 1 year contract with the possibility of renewal (depending on funding).

In general, we emphasise the importance of strong health, cross-cultural communication skills, positive attitude, creativity and the ability to work under pressure and difficult conditions. One of NPA’s overall objectives is to promote gender equality in our organisation, and female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Place of service: Rumbek town, South Sudan. The position is not a family posting.

Starting date: as soon as possible

Applications are reviewed continuously. NPA reserves the right to call candidates for interviews before the closing date.

For more information about NPA, please see NPA’s website at www.npaid.org

*Terms for annual holiday follow the Norwegian Annual Holidays Act

** Terms apply according to NPA’s internal regulations

How to apply:


Due to capacity reasons we are only able to process applications sent through our recruitment portal.