South Sudan: Head of Programs, South Sudan

Duty Station and Travel: Juba South Sudan with regular field travel

Contract: 2 years

Reports to: Country Director, South Sudan

Position summary

To ensure effective management of programs and to support scale-up, the Head of Programs provides oversight and leadership in the design, development and implementation of War Child Canada programs in South Sudan. In collaboration with the Country Director, the position will actively contribute to the Country Strategic Plan and development of the country’s programming with an emphasis on overall quality programming and increased program funding.


  • Together with the Country Director and Senior Management Team, provide leadership, oversight and guidance on program strategy, direction and implementation.

  • Support the development and utilization of appropriate M&E, centralized data collection systems, program management system and operational tools.

  • With the support of the Country Director, develop and implement internal mechanisms for institutional learning, quality control mechanisms, and programmatic integration.

  • Ensure programming meets Minimum Standards, in alignment with externally recognized best practices.

  • Provide oversight in the management and development of key in-country donor relationships and overall donor development strategies.

  • Provide support, mentoring and training to staff as required.

  • Maintain a continual review of program performance to ensure that objectives are met according to program plans, log frames and agreements, chair regular program review meetings of both technical and strategic forums internally.

  • Provide oversight of program budgets, forecasts and expenditures, ensuring grants are closely monitored and budget holders are held accountable, in collaboration with the Finance Department.

  • Provide technical assistance to programs, as required, sourcing additional support as required in accordance with program needs.


  • Provide leadership in the rollout and use of War Child Canada’s Program Framework.

  • Strengthen organizational capacity to effectively design and implement programs through strategic and operational planning processes.

  • Support the implementation and monitoring of the Country Strategic Plan.

  • Ensure program compliance with donor management and reporting standards including oversight of program narrative reporting.

  • Identify and establish long term strategies with key program partner organizations.

  • Train and build the capacity of local partner organizations on program design, development and implementation, as needed

  • Provide oversight in the development of new programs, inclusive of emergency and development programming, with field and head-office staff.

  • In liaison with the Country Director, facilitate opportunities for learning and knowledge sharing across the organization and between War Child Canada country staff leads.

  • Conduct new assessment visits to new areas, in-country, as required

  • Effective supervision, motivation, performance management and direct line management of Project Managers and any other relevant programming staff.


  • Develop and support institutional fundraising strategies in accordance with War Child Canada’s program framework

  • Collaborate with the Country Director to establish long term growth strategy for each of current and new restricted, in-country donors.

  • Identify and establish long term strategies with funding donor agencies including UN agencies, etc.

  • Actively develop and maintain positive relationship with INGOs and local partners in South Sudan

  • Represent War Child Canada in Cluster Meetings, Program Coordination, UN/NGO meetings, and various Juba levels forums.

  • Oversee the development of detailed funding proposals and budgets, liaising with in-country donors as required in co-ordination with the Senior Management Team.


  • Post-graduate degree in International Development, International Relations, Agricultural Economics, Rural Development or equivalent demonstrable experience in relevant fields.

  • Minimum five years senior management experience of complex development programs with program leadership responsibilities.

  • Strong technical skills in livelihoods is desirable, or a specialization in at least one of War Child Canada’s programming areas

  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, prioritize, and meet deadlines in a complex and challenging environment; must be culturally sensitive.

  • A successful track record in initiating, cultivating and securing support from a range of institutional and government donor agencies.

  • Strong diplomacy skills; ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with partners, donors and other stakeholders in a sensitive environment.

  • Experience of monitoring and evaluation methodologies, tools and systems.

  • Excellent English writing ability and verbal skills for project proposals, reports and communications.

  • Willingness to travel outside Juba to field sites, security permitting.

  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy.

  • The ability and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in a difficult and sometimes insecure working environment.

  • Excellent interpersonal and diplomacy skills.

  • Ability to problem solve and work with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to work well with diverse teams from all backgrounds and levels.

How to apply:

Application process


Please ensure your application email has the subject heading of ‘Head of Programs, South Sudan – [insert your name]’

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