Desired start date: 01/11/2023
Duration of the mission: 6 months
Location: Madani, Sudan (Pending visa)


SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL (SI) is an international humanitarian aid association which, since more than 40 years, has been providing assistance to populations affected by armed conflicts and natural disasters by meeting their basic needs for food, water and shelter. Particularly committed to the fight against diseases linked to unsafe water, the leading cause of death in the world, SI’s interventions provide expertise in the field of access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, but also in the essential area of food security and livelihoods. Present in some twenty countries, the SI teams – 2500 people in total, made up of expatriates, national staff, permanent staff at HQ, and a few volunteers – intervene with professionalism and commitment while respecting cultural norms.


Following fighting between SAF (regular army) and RSF (rapid support forces) since April 2023, SI is developing a rapid emergency response in Sudan.

In Geneina, West Darfur, SI opened a base in August 2022, providing assistance to IDPs living in the gathering sites inside the city. The response was WASH in emergency activities with water trucking, construction of boreholes, hygiene kits distribution, latrines construction and rehabilitation…

Today, the situation in Darfur, and specifically in Geneina is worsening due to the conflict at country level. SI is assessing the sites and the needs for an emergency response which began in May 2023, providing WASH in emergency activities to the IDPs and host communities in Geneina, and possibly in other states in Darfur (El Fasher, Nyala). SI began water trucking activities in May 2023 and is the only WASH actor in Geneina.

In the East of the country, especially Gedaref, Al Jazirah and Madani states, security situation is tense but much calmer than in Darfur. SI is doing assessments to implement a WASH/shelter and NFIs response for IDPs, mainly coming from Khartoum.

In Khartoum, SI wants to develop a WASH emergency response as soon as possible, and when authorizations are provided.

SI is one of the pillars of the INGO forum coordination, especially for Darfur.


General objectives:

The Deputy Country Director for Programs (DCDP) ’s objectives are to provide leadership and management of the strategic programming, overseeing the strengthening of SI’s programs development, quality and accountability. The DCDP ensures the internal coherence between program activities and is responsible for ensuring that programs are driven by needs, based on evidence, adaptable to contextual changes and conflict sensitive, monitored closely and resourced appropriately.

The main challenges:

Due to the ongoing conflict, the SI mission in Sudan has significantly increased its activities and funding (from 400,000 USD at the end of March 2023 to over 10 million USD in August 2023).- Emergency phase is still ongoing
Collaborate with the CD to implement the country and program strategy.
Support fundraising efforts and donor and partners’ relationship management and representation.
Oversee Programme Development by providing cohesive leadership to SI programming, ensuring support to program coordination team and timely communication on program issues to the CD and HQ
Provide guidance for the Quality management of the Programs by ensuring that quality criteria and indicators are monitored and lead to decision making

Priorities for the 2/3 first months:

Prepare the proposals cycle of 2024 according to the 2022/2025 strategy
Review the projects implemented in 2023 in order to draw the lesson learned and incorporate them into 2024 proposals and develop the post-emergency phase
Support the coordinators in strategy definition and implementation, and in improving the quality of programming
Review and strengthen SI emergency strategy set-up and mechanism in line with emergency fundings and in parallel develop a strong second line response


Education and experience:

BAC +5 In humanitarian program management, international relations
3-4 years in a similar positions, in the humanitarian sector

Specific skills:

Very good strategic planning and coordination skills
Experience in accompanying the programmation in emergency and unstable context
Experience in team management and capacity building of programs team
Work under pressure, Strong initiatives capacities and adaptability


English mandatory
French and Arabic would be a strong asset


A salaried position:
According to experience, starting from 2860 EUR gross per month (2600 base salary + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly Per Diem of 750 USD.

SI also covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate’s country of origin and the place of assignment.

Breaks: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of 7 working days every three months (with a USD 850 break allowance, allocated by Sl). To these breaks periods, SI grants one (1) additional rest day per month worked.

Insurance package: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which refunds all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.

Security constraints: When obtaining visas for Sudan, Si will have to deal with numerous security constraints. Access is still under negotiation, and some areas are still closed. Travel in eastern Sudan is subject to numerous administrative impediments. In Darfur, the situation is highly unstable, with cross-border operations underway in Geneina.


Depening on visa, and on the coordination set-up place, but security measures will be on place, with curfew. Internet in country is very challenging, with days without connexion. A lot of NGOs are in Sudan (East Sudan), but socialization will depend on the evolution of the context. It has to be understand that rooms could be shared as SI is currently working in a highly emergency context.


Do you recognize yourself in this description? If yes, please send us your CV and cover letter!

Please note that CV-only applications will not be considered, and that the vacancy may close before the deadline.

Thank you for your understanding.

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