South Sudan: Programme Manager Shelter/NFI

Reference:

D/SNPM/SS

Country:

South Sudan

Job Title:

Programme Manager NFI/Shelter

Contract Grade: B

Contract Length: 6 months, with the possibility of extension.

Date needed By: March 2016

New Post or Replacement: Replacement

Status: Unaccompanied

Exact Job Location: Bentiu in Unity State and Juba (approximately 70/30 between the two locations, to be reviewed as programme develops)

Responsible for: Facilitating the distribution of NFIs and shelter kits; conducting shelter/NFI assessments, supervise the construction and rehabilitation of Shelters

Reports To: Area Coordinator (and Emergency Programmes Director for work in Central Equatoria)

Liaise with: Area Coordinator, Emergency Programmes Director, Unity State NFI/Shelter Focal Point, WASH Coordinator, Emergency Nutritionist Manager and NFI/Shelter partners in Bentiu PoCs (GAA, IOM, DRC & UNHCR)

Job Purpose: To provide technical leadership and quality control in the management, design, implementation, post-distribution monitoring and evaluation of Concern’s NFI/shelter projects in Unity and Central Equatoria States, South Sudan. To design Robust Emergency shelter (RES) infrastructure that is appropriate for each stage of the emergency; conduct needs assessments and organize reinforcement shelter kits and NFIs distributions. Ensuring the continued effectiveness of the NFI/shelter project as the situation evolves.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

· To design, plan and oversee the implementation of the IDP Shelter activities and distribution of Non-food items (NFIs) in Benitu and Juba.

· To review and update Concern’s South Sudan shelter strategy and provide technical input into shelter design.

· As part of the programme management team, contribute to the overall development, planning, roll-out and management of the programme including reporting and budgeting

· To provide management oversight to the Concern Worldwide’s Shelter/NFI team and ensure that objectives are met in accordance with the programme objectives.

· To facilitate the assessments, reconstruction and rehabilitation of the IDP shelter activities.

· Manage the Concern shelter construction teams. Preparations, planning and distribution of NFI/Shelter Kits.

· Plan and participate in assessments and distributions in Central Equatoria and Unity and States for both shelter and NFI activities

· Plan and organize pipeline requests for Shelter/NFI items to be issued depending on needs assessments liaising with national cluster

Programme Planning and Design:

  • Ensure the participation of the programme stakeholders (especially target communities) in all stages of the programme cycle
  • Prepare Scopes of Work and Bills of Quantities for projects to construct/reinforce standard as well as robust emergency shelters.
  • Prepare Scopes of Work and Bills of Quantities for projects to retrofit buildings for suitable IDP accommodation
  • Ensure Shelter activities are integrated into the overall programme’s design and plan; implementation plans, monitoring and evaluation, including close coordination with the WASH component.
  • Develop a NFI distribution plan complete with needs assessments, targeted beneficiaires and post distribution monitoring schedules

Programme Management:

  • Oversee the day to day management of the implementation of the Shelter/NFI activities
  • Provide management support to the Shelter/NFI team ensuring that they have up to date job descriptions, clear objectives and identify and facilitate training when required.
  • Take a lead role in ensuring that all the necessary resources are in place to deliver on the Shelter/NFI activities (staff, logistics, consultants, finances etc.)
  • Monitor programme budgets and management accounts to ensure that relevant activities are being implemented in accordance with agreed budgets
  • Participate in contract design, tendering and contractor performance as required for the implementation of interventions
  • Ensure that all Shelter/NFI-related activities are documented and reported and shared as necessary with colleagues, clusters and donors
  • Take the lead on Shelter/NFI M&E activities and providing updates and reports as necessary
  • Ensure that best practice and international standards are applied to the Shelter/NFI and other programme activities as relevant.
  • Contribute to proposals and project development as required.

Engineering

  • In conjunction with the logistics function, ensure the procurement of all necessary materials for the programme and plan effectively to allow implementation in accordance with seasonal constraints
  • Provide technical solutions to Shelter issues facing IDPs and contribute to the sector wide development of standards in South Sudan.
  • Ensure technical standards and designs are applied consistently throughout the project.

People Management:

  • Lead and manage staff, contributing to their capacity building and career development
  • Provide structured and informal capacity building to a local counterpart who could take over this role in the future
  • Provide technical support and on-going on-the-job training and coaching to staff, including in particular a thorough induction at the start of their contract
  • Ensure that all positions have accurate job descriptions
  • Ensure that each member of the team fully understands outcomes which are expected of them, by setting SMART objectives, and that they are aware of the success criteria relating to their work
  • Ensure that all staff are aware of and comply with Concern’s policies and procedures
  • Monitor and review performance and hold staff accountable for meeting the success criteria; give corrective feedback where required and take decisive action in the case of poor performance
  • Carry out on-the-job training and other capacity building measures for national staff
  • Ensure that staff and contractors are compliant and fully understand their obligations when signing the program participant protection policy (P4) and where non-compliance is suspected, to inform a member of the CMT so that the appropriate action can be taken by the Country Director.
  • Be fully compliant with P4.

Representation:

  • Represent Concern Worldwide at any Shelter/NFI coordinator meetings as necessary as possible
  • Ensure that Concerns Shelter/NFI activities are coordinated with other actors and stakeholders in the programme area.

Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:

ESSENTIAL

  • Degree in Civil Engineering or other related qualification
  • Minimum of three years of Program Management experience with an NGO/INGO
  • Fluency in English
  • Experience of working with multi-disciplinary teams and knowledge of integrated programming
  • Experience of refugee and/or IDP programming, including Shelter projects
  • Experience of working/living in insecure and sensitive environments
  • Experience of participating in programme design
  • Empathy with Concern’s goals and a commitment to capacity building, protection and participation.

DESIRABLE

  • Construction site management experience
  • Previous Concern experience
  • Experience of programme start-up operations
  • Knowledge of Arabic and an advantage
  • Experience of funders such as DFID, Irish Aid, ECHO and CHF

Special Skills, Aptitude or Personality Requirements:

All applications should be submitted through our website at https://jobs.concern.net by closing date. CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.

Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be short listed on a regular basis and we may offer posts before the closing date.

Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

Concern has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Programme Participant Protection Policy which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organization, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context staff have a responsibility to the organization to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct candidates acknowledge that they have understood the contents of both the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and the Programme Participant Protection Policy and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these two documents.

Concern receives a substantial amount of funding from external donors each year. Increasingly donors are introducing requirements whereby future funding is conditional on Concern ensuring that the names of any new employee or volunteer do not appear on terrorism lists generated by the European Union (List of person, groups and entities to which Regulation (EC No. 2580/2001 applies), the US Government (Office of Foreign Assets Control list of specially designated Nationals and Blocked Persons) and the United Nations (Consolidated List). Any offer of employment (either paid or voluntary) with Concern Worldwide will not be made pending a clearance check being conducted on the applicant. For additional information please consult our web site or contact the Human Resource Division in our Head Office.

Concern Worldwide is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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South Sudan: Area Coordinator – South Sudan

Reference:

DD/ACB&U/SS

Country:

South Sudan

Job Title:

Area Coordinator Bentiu & Unity State

Date requested: March 15, 2016

Contract Grade: B

Contract Length: 1 year

Date Needed By: July 1, 2016

New Post or Replacement: Replacement

Accompanied / Unaccompanied: Unaccompanied

Exact Job Location: Bentiu, Unity State, South Sudan

Reports To: Emergency Programme Director (EDP)

Responsible For: Unity State Staff

Liaises With: Country Financial controller (CFC), Systems Director (SD), Base Manager , humanitarian agencies in Unity state, relevant authorities and other stakeholders in South Sudan

Job Purpose: To be responsible for the overall management and implementation of the Unity State programme. Key activities include: Coordination of the programme, including strategy, budget and implementation oversight, liaise with the Base Manager to ensure administration, human resources and logistics effectively support programme implementation, and the management of two core pipelines. The Area Coordinator is responsible for representation and manages all Unity based staff and ensures appropriate security protocols are in place.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

Programme Development and Coordination

· Lead on situation analysis and programme proposal development

· Ensure quality implementation of Concern’s integrated emergency response and recovery programme including nutrition, WASH, , shelter and NFI distribution, along with any new thematic areas

· Provide oversight and support to Program Managers to ensure the prepositioning of stock, the development of procurement plans, expenditure tracking and donor reporting is done accurately and in a timely manner.

· Ensure the local authorities and communities are meaningfully engaged in programme development

· As a member of the Country Management team contribute to the overall management and strategic planning of the country programme

· Together with relevant programme and support staff ensures that Unity State programme activities are within the framework of the Concern South Sudan Country Strategic Plan and Concern’s emergency response plan

· Work with the EPD to further build and maintain Concern’s emergency preparedness capacity including contingency planning

· Support and coordinate visits of visitors including the regional and HQ based staff and external visitors such as consultants, donors and media.

· Provide oversight of finance, HR and logistics and in liaison with Base Manager ensures adherence to the Concern guidelines and procedures

· Monitor the security situation in Unity State and in consultation with the CD implement Concern’s emergency and security procedures.

Staff development

· Ensure effective support and development of all staff engaged by Concern in Unity State.

· Lead, manage and motivate the team, ensuring that they have clear objectives, work-plans and receive meaningful and regular feedback on their performance.

· Make recommendations on core staffing needs (programme and finance, and in liaison with Base Manager on logistics, HR and Admin)

· Ensure adherence to Concern’s policies such as the Code of Conduct, Fraud and Whistle Blowing Policy, as well as the minimum standards of humanitarian relief (ICRC Code of Conduct, Sphere, HAP)

Representation

· Acting as Concern’s representative in Unity State, and maintaining strong links with community leaders, local government, NGOs and UN.

· Take a lead role in further developing a coordinated approach towards effective coordination of all partners in Unity State for a coherent approach in all emergency and outreach interventions

Others

· Work in close collaboration with other members of the Concern team, sharing information and designing and implementing programme activities.

· Other duties as assigned by the EPD or CD

Education & Qualifications

Essential:

· At least three years’ experience of managing and coordinating field based operations preferably integrated emergency response programmes in remote and fragile locations

· Experience and ability to lead a multi-sectoral programme team of international and national staff working in a remote location

· Familiarity and knowledge of finance, logistics and administration

· Experience of monitoring and reporting of budgets across a programme and ensuring effective and accountable use of funds

· Computer literate and sound knowledge of Word and Excel.

· Experience of working in challenging, insecure areas and willingness to work and live in a remote environment

Desirable:

  • Masters in development studies or sociology or any other development related study
  • Experience in promoting community participation in programme design, implementation and evaluation
  • Experience of institutional strengthening of government and local NGOs

Special Skills, Aptitude or Personality Requirements:

A team leader and team player with significant experience in team building with strong organisational, interpersonal and communications skills. Understanding of security context and its relevance to programme delivery & design. Understanding and sensitivity to cross cultural issues; ability to work and remain calm under pressure; good people development and motivation skills. Flexible and adaptable to changing environments and volatile security settings. Diplomatic; a commitment to working through systems of community participation and mobilization. Willingness to travel and live under basic conditions. Needs to have initiative and be able to work with minimal supervision

All applications should be submitted through our website at https://jobs.concern.net by closing date…. CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.

All candidates who are short-listed for a first round interview will be notified via email after the application deadline OR Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be short listed on a regular basis and we may offer posts before the closing date.

Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

Concern has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Programme Participant Protection Policy which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organization, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context staff have a responsibility to the organization to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct candidates acknowledge that they have understood the contents of both the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and the Programme Participant Protection Policy and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these two documents.

Concern receives a substantial amount of funding from external donors each year. Increasingly donors are introducing requirements whereby future funding is conditional on Concern ensuring that the names of any new employee or volunteer do not appear on terrorism lists generated by the European Union (List of person, groups and entities to which Regulation (EC No. 2580/2001 applies), the US Government (Office of Foreign Assets Control list of specially designated Nationals and Blocked Persons) and the United Nations (Consolidated List). Any offer of employment (either paid or voluntary) with Concern Worldwide will not be made pending a clearance check being conducted on the applicant. For additional information please consult our web site or contact the Human Resource Division in our Head Office.

Concern Worldwide is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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Is it safe to travel to Europe?

Mourners wrote ‘More stars in Brussel’s heaven’ in chalk at Place de la Bourse in the centre of Brussels after deadly blasts rocked the city. Picture: AP Photo/Martin Meissner

TERROR attacks that rocked Belgium last night has also left foreigners unsure of whether or not they should avoid the usually popular tourist destination.

The three deadly blasts claimed by terror group Islamic State, which killed at least 34 people and injured at least 250 others, has sent Brussels into lockdown as authorities issue Belgium’s highest-possible national threat level.

Flights have been cancelled in and out of Zaventum airport, which was the site of two explosions. Other Belgian airports, including Brussels South Charleroi, Liege and Antwerp airports, are open but under heavy security.

Bus, train and metro services have been shut down across the capital and Eurostar has limited its services to the city.

Elsewhere, security has been beefed up at airports in London, Paris, Frankfurt and across The Netherlands.

Police outside a metro station in Brussels after last night’s terrorist attacks in Brussels. Picture: AP/Geert Vanden Wijngaert

Police outside a metro station in Brussels after last night’s terrorist attacks in Brussels. Picture: AP/Geert Vanden WijngaertSource:AP

In light of the attacks, the Australian government has urged Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Belgium, and cautioned about possible risks in France.

DFAT’s advice level for Belgium is the second-highest level issued by the department — its highest alert, “do not travel”, is usually reserved for countries experiencing ongoing conflict such as South Sudan, Somalia, Syria and Iraq.

But UK newspaper The Independent notes that the warning issued by “a ‘friendly’ Western power” such as Australia is “one indication of the magnitude of effect of (the) attacks” in Belgium.

DFAT has also urged Australians already in Belgium to stay indoors, remain where they are and be attentive to their surroundings.

French soldiers patrol Strasbourg railway station in France after the terror attacks in Brussels. Picture: AFP/Patrick Hertzog

French soldiers patrol Strasbourg railway station in France after the terror attacks in Brussels. Picture: AFP/Patrick HertzogSource:AFP

Travellers to Belgium should also check their travel insurance to see if they are covered under the current circumstances.

DFAT has also suggested Australians exercise a “high degree of caution” to travelling to France, where IS unleashed deadly terror attacks in November.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the events in Brussels last night showed no country was immune to terrorist atrocities.

“The lessons continue to be the same after every attack. No country is immune,” she said.

“This is why we are assisting the coalition fight of terrorism at the source in Syria and Iraq.”

DFAT has not changed its travel advice for any other European city in light of the terror attacks.

However, the United States has taken the extraordinary step of urging its citizens to reconsider travel across the whole of Europe.

The US State Department warned that terror groups “continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation”, and urged Americans to be aware of the risks there.

The UK Foreign Office is warning Britons travelling to Brussels to be “alert and vigilant”.

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UN Official: Security Council Response Needed in W. Sahara Crisis

UNITED NATIONS�

The United Nations Security Council must act to ensure Morocco’s decision to expel personnel from a U.N. peacekeeping mission in the disputed

territory of Western Sahara does not set a bad precedent for other missions, a U.N. official said on Wednesday.

The controversy over U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s use of the word “occupation” during a recent visit to the region is Morocco’s worst dispute with the U.N. since 1991, when the U.N. brokered a ceasefire to end a war over Western Sahara and established a peacekeeping mission, known as MINURSO.

The United Nations has shut its military liaison office and withdrawn dozens of international staffers from MINURSO as demanded by Morocco in retaliation for Ban’s remarks, which Rabat has described as “unacceptable.”

U.N. officials have said the reduction of staff has severely affected the mission in the Moroccan-annexed Western Sahara region.

So far the 15-country Security Council, which ordered the deployment of MINURSO decades ago and renews its mandate every year, has said nothing on the Moroccan dispute with the U.N. despite near daily discussions on the subject.

Ban wants swift council action to back him and MINURSO with a strong statement of support.

“The Secretary-General very much wants the Security Council to act, and not only to preserve MINURSO’s operations but also to prevent similar actions in other peacekeeping operations around the world,” a U.N. official familiar with the Western Sahara dossier told reporters on condition of anonymity.

The leaders of Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sudan have demanded the departure of U.N. peacekeepers from conflict-torn parts of their countries.

The U.N. official said the presence of MINURSO was necessary to prevent a “security vacuum”, adding that “there is the potential for escalation” into renewed conflict.

Diplomats have blamed the council’s silence on Morocco’s traditional ally France, along with Spain, Egypt and Senegal.

Rabat accused Ban earlier this month of no longer being neutral in the Western Sahara dispute when he used the word “occupation” to describe its 1975 annexation of the region, when Morocco took over from colonial power Spain.

Ban had visited refugee camps in southern Algeria for the Sahrawi people, who say Western Sahara belongs to them. They fought a war against Morocco until the 1991 ceasefire.

The Polisario Front wants a referendum on independence, but Morocco says it will only grant autonomy. Polisario says Rabat’s moves against the U.N. jeopardize the ceasefire and could lead to renewed conflict.

Source: Voice of America

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