Deputy Country Director - Programs

Deputy Country Director - Programs

RI - Relief International

Juba, South Sudan


The Deputy Country Director - Programs will oversee daily program operations and coordination of all aspects of Relief International’s programming in South Sudan. He/she will collaborate with the South Sudan Country Director in the ongoing implementation of projects. He/she will also lead on new business/program development, manage the technical program managers and sector leads, and track spending and implementation to ensure quality program management. This position is based in Juba and will require trips to field locations.


  • Collaborate with the Country Director and technical program managers to provide strategic vision and leadership for RI’s portfolio in South Sudan
  • Meet with donors and potential new partners at the field and national level identify potential funding opportunities in collaboration with senior management
  • Manage and supervise technical program managers (including a Livelihoods Program Manager, WASH Program Manager, and Health & Nutrition Program Manager) to ensure timely and quality implementation
  • Lead program development process in South Sudan, providing direct inputs when necessary and ensuring proposals are of high quality before submission
  • Oversee reporting and communications, providing final review and quality assurance before submission of external reports, updates, and other publications for external audiences
  • Represent RI at the national and field level and serve as primary organizational focal point for program-related issues both internally and externally

Capture Management and Project Design

  • Pro-actively seek and identify new funding opportunities, initiate and lead donor negotiations, and act as country representative during discussions both internally and externally on strategic opportunities
  • Ensure that proposals are evidence-based and supported by needs assessments. Lead and/or support design workshops for all proposals.
  • Develop and review program budgets, compile proposal inputs from technical leads, and assemble final proposal documents prior to donor submission
  • Ensure compliance with proposal requirements, RI Sector Technical Design Standards, and donor policies and regulations
  • Strengthen current donor relations and build partnerships with new donors to support continued donor/portfolio diversification
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders in South Sudan, including NGOs, ministries/local authorities, and UN agencies including representation in coordination bodies.

Program Management and Implementation

  • In collaboration with technical program managers, lead start-up/mobilization process with field and technical teams upon receiving a new award, and ensure spending projections and forecasts, procurement and recruitment plans, and work plans, are all developed at the offset.
  • Monitor/track spending across projects, reviewing projections compiled by program managers and area managers at the field level.
  • Maintain, update, and regularly review RI’s master country operational analysis, consolidating inputs from programs and finance
  • Organize periodic project review meetings (mid and final) following initial mobilization meeting to ensure progress is on-track.
  • Serve as the focal point throughout the program modification/budget realignment process, liaising with the donor, country office staff, regional teams, and RI global support office (GSO)
  • Responsible for ensuring all costs charged to the project are allowable, reasonable and correctly allocated, providing oversight and quality assurance on technical program managers
  • Ensure effective and coordinated budget monitoring/spending reviews occur on a regular basis, coordinating with finance and program teams
  • Assist programs and operations teams in monitoring and tracking burn rate to ensure proper management

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning

  • Supervise all MEAL activities within the country program, providing support and oversight of the country M&E Manager.
  • Lead the country program in ensuring consistent reflection of assessment and programmatic data for decision-making, using RI-required tools such as IPTTs.
  • Ensure the country program is complying with RI-required accountability standards.
  • Champion learning across the project cycle, ensuring that regular learning events are conducted and documented.

Human Resource Management

  • In collaboration with HR, ensure adherence to and enforcement of HR policies including punctuality, productivity and principles of a professional work environment within the program team with high consistency.
  • Lead and provide supportive supervision to a multi-disciplinary team of program managers and coordinators in charge of specific projects, providing guidance and direction on work planning, priority setting, task management, performance, growth and learning, etc.
  • Provide capacity building and day-to-day coaching on program management to program staff.

Qualifications and Requirements

This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.

  • University Degree (Master’s level preferred) in Public Health, International Development or related discipline.
  • Minimum of five years professional experience in leading development and humanitarian programs in complex humanitarian crisis settings.
  • Experience as a health, nutrition or other technical director capacity strongly preferred.
  • Experience in working with key humanitarian donors, i.e. OFDA, ECHO, BPRM, DFID and UN agencies.
  • Good analytical and detail oriented problem-solving skills; Ability to think critically and creatively.
  • Demonstrated ability to create / maintain effective working relations with host country govt. personnel, stakeholders, partners, international donor agencies and colleagues.
  • Excellent written and spoken English; ability to draft high quality proposals as well as reports and analysis. Ability to develop and deliver presentations required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including patience, diplomacy, willingness to listen and respect for colleagues. Must be capable of working both individually and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, stressful environment while still meeting deadlines.
  • Must be flexible, willing to perform other duties and work irregular hours.

RI Values

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities. We value:

  • Inclusiveness;
  • Transparency and Accountability;
  • Agility and Innovation;
  • Collaboration;
  • Sustainability.

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