South Sudan: Director of Rural Development and Resilience LVRP


Director of Rural Development and Resilience

Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International is recruiting applicants for Director of Rural Development and Resilience for its Civil Society and Education Group; responsibilities, duties and qualifications are described in the attached position description.


Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to increase economic opportunity, sustain natural resources, and protect the environment. Winrock matches innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resources management, clean energy, and leadership development with the unique needs of its partners. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.


The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Applicants may go to Winrock’s job page at to complete an online application, submit a current resume and cover letter referencing LVRP Director of RDR by May 15, 2016.

Winrock International is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Position is contingent on donor funding.


POSITION TITLE: Director of Rural Development and Resilience

LOCATION: Field – Juba, South Sudan

DEPARTMENT: Civil Society and Education

REPORTS TO: Deputy Chief of Party – Programs


The Director of Rural Development and Resilience will be responsible for managing a group of multi sector technical advisors for the Livelihood, Vulnerability and Resilience Program (LVRP). The LVRP is a community based program in South Sudan to increase the resilience of chronically vulnerable households and communities, leading in the long term to a reduction in need for humanitarian assistance, as well as reduced poverty, household hunger, and acute malnutrition. Each advisor is responsible for overseeing a specific technical area from design to implementation and closeout of that specific activity. The position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding. He/she will work closely with the Director of Field Implementation and Management and other department managers to make sure technical quality of the program is achieved through the program implementation cycle. He/she will be based in Juba, South Sudan. The position will require frequent travel to field location sites within South Sudan.


  • Responsible for overall leadership and strategic vision on the implementation, coordination and management of the LVRP technical advisor’s unit. Ensure livelihood, community resilience, nutrition, WASH and related activities are designed and implemented through a conflict, youth, and gender sensitive approaches.

  • Develop innovative training methods to create a vibrant capacity building training program complete with training modules in English and/or other local languages that will remain with communities in South Sudan for continued use.

  • Ensure a detailed work plan is developed and updated regularly, with the participation of the program team and relevant partners and program stakeholders.

  • Ensure continued communication and coordination with the advisors, other departments, and with senior management throughout the life of the project.

  • Research and apply appropriate approaches to improve community resilience programming.

  • Proactively manage internal and external technical communications. Includes writing program technical reports as well as developing, in collaboration with the knowledge management department, innovative communication tools for enhancing community resilience.


  • Any other tasks as assigned by the DCoP-Programs.



Master’s degree required, preferably in livelihood, international development, or rural development.


  • 8-10 years’ field technical experience required, preferably USAID-funded Livelihood, Community Resilience or rural development projects.

  • Experience managing programs in technical areas including livelihoods, conflict mitigation, WASH/nutrition, and resilience programming, capacity building of local communities, training, community awareness and mobilization training.

  • Proven track record managing complex and integrated programs in a post-conflict environment.

  • Experience in Africa is highly desired.

Skills & Knowledge:

  • Excellent managerial skills, particularly related to managing multisector technical areas.

  • Understanding of participatory methods for training, community resilience & mobilization, and capacity building

  • Requires excellent communication skills and the ability to effectively manage technical inputs and outcomes through a multicultural team in several geographic locations within South Sudan.

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills in English.

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