Programme Manager

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United Nations Children's Fund




Purpose for the job:

The Programme Coordinator, who reports to the Chief of Field Office for the West Area Team, will coordinate technical programming (health and nutrition, education, child protection, WASH, social policy) in coordination with technical programme section Chiefs in the country office. Among other things, he/she will oversee coordinated assessments, planning and implementation and well as ensuring coherence in terms of the triple nexus including work on resilience and social cohesion. The role will also include advancing work on accountability, including to affected populations, partnership development and supporting advocacy and communication. The post will be based in Port Sudan with frequent missions to Darfur and Chad.

In this fragile and humanitarian context, UNICEF action is guided by its global Policy and Framework for humanitarian action: the Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action


  • Effective knowledge management and systems developed and utilized to strengthen area/country programme management.
  • Situation Analysis prepared/updated, critical programme intervention points/measures identified, and programme work plans/recommendations/reports prepared.
  • Programme funds optimally used.
  • Programme monitoring and evaluations effectively conducted to improve programme performance, and programme status report timely prepared.  Gender/sex disaggregated data and inputs relevant to country programme provided as integral part of programming.
  • Rights based and results based programming approach fully incorporated into all phases of programme and projects processes.
  • Commitment and institutional capacities of the national and local partners effectively gained and established.
  • Rights perspective and advocacy at the national, community and family levels incorporated in policy analysis for establishing and elevating UNICEF’s credibility in national and international policy debates.
  • Effective partnership and collaboration achieved and maintained for advocacy, technical cooperation, programme development/management/coordination, information sharing and networking.

Impact of Results

  • As a line manager, effective and efficient programme planning, design, implementation and administration of either a small programme or specific project activities within a major programme that focus on achievement of UNICEF’s programmatic priorities.
  • As a technical expert, provide timely and effective expert advice, guidance and input on situation analysis, programme strategy, planning, implementation and evaluation and human resources.
  • Make viable recommendations on project implementation, alternative approaches, and optimal utilization of resources that contribute effectively to the fulfilment of the rights of children and women.
  • Responsible for certification of allocation and disbursement of funds; determine supply and cash needs to ensure programme delivery meets targeted goals and objectives.

The following minimum requirements:

Recruitment Qualifications

  • Education: An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or another relevant technical field.
  • Experience: A minimum of eight years of professional work experience – including working in least developed countries (LDC’s) – in programme management, planning, monitoring and evaluation, project administration or another relevant area is required.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or Non-Governmental-Organization is essential including in emergency humanitarian contexts.
  • Familiarity/ background in programming for social cohesion, resilience and triple nexus, is considered an asset.
  • Language Requirements: Fluency in English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.





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