Programme Manager-Nutrition- Bentiu, South Sudan

Concern , South Sudan
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Job Summary

Job Description

This is a 12 month, replacement role with unaccompanied terms based in Bentiu, South Sudan with frequent travel to programme sites, including some remote field sites and with an annual salary of Grade 3 €37,988 - €42,209.

You will report to the Bentiu Area Coordinator, will manage Concern’s nutrition activities in Bentiu PoC and in the Beyond Bentiu Response, including possible emergency rapid response based on population movements and needs.

We would like you to start in as soon as possible.

Your purpose:

This position will be responsible for the management of Concern’s nutrition programme in Northern Unity in Bentiu PoC sites located in UNMISS POC area, and, a nutrition programme for IDPs and vulnerable host population outside UN base in Unity State (Beyond Bentiu Response). This shall be done in collaboration/consultation with the Health and Nutrition Advisor, the Emergency Programme Director and the Area Coordinator. The post holder will also be responsible for representing Concern and coordinating with key stakeholders in health & nutrition programmes at State and County levels. Key activities will include training and on-the-job coaching of staff, improving reporting and analysis systems, ensuring sites are appropriately equipped and staffed, supporting procurement and HR matters for programme implementation, conducting adequate budget management of programme costs and ensuring timely sharing of information with other partners and actors.

You will be responsible for:

Programme Planning and Design:

  • Design and plan nutrition activities in Bentiu PoC and Beyond Bentiu Response, ensuring the participation of programme stakeholders in all stages of the programme cycle;
  • In collaboration with the Area Coordinator and Emergency Programme Director, develop a longer-term strategy for the nutrition programme in Northern Unity
  • Support the preparation Scopes of Work and Bills of Quantities for the construction or rehabilitation of nutrition facilities, as required.
  • Provide relevant inputs for the development of South Sudan’s Country Strategic Plan and Annual Plans, as required.

Programme Management:

  • Oversee the day to day management of the nutrition programme including leading and overseeing nutrition activities according to international standards, national guidelines, Concern policies and best practices.
  • Ensure that all the necessary resources are in place to deliver on the nutrition activities (staff, logistics, consultants, finances etc.)
  • Ensure accurate management of the nutrition programme budget to ensure that activities are delivered in a timely and cost-efficient way.
  • Monitor programme budgets and management accounts to ensure that relevant activities are being implemented in accordance with agreed budgets
  • Prepare procurement plans and work with logistics to ensure timely procurement of all necessary supplies.
  • Participate in contract design, tendering and contractor performance as required for the implementation of interventions.
  • In collaboration with the M&E Coordinator, develop an M&E framework and ensure that the programme is appropriately monitored to track progress, outcomes and impact.
  • Ensure that best practices and international standards are applied to the nutrition programme activities as relevant.
  • Provide technical solutions to nutrition related issues facing the population in the areas of operation and contribute to the sector wide development of standards.
  • Lead the nutrition component of any Concern or inter-agency rapid response missions in which Concern participates.
  • Ensure that the necessary equipment, materials are available and in good working order for rapid deployment.
  • Coordinate with UNICEF and WFP as required to ensure nutrition supplies are available and transported to rapid response locations, as necessary.
  • Work with the Emergency Programme Director and Bentiu Area Coordinator to further build and maintain Concern’s emergency preparedness capacity.

Reporting and Donor Compliance

  • Contribute to the development of high-quality concept notes and proposals for the nutrition programme.
  • Prepare timely and high quality internal and donor reports for the Northern Unity nutrition programme, in line with donor requirements (narrative and financial);
  • Prepare and share timely nutrition programme data as required by the Nutrition cluster.

People Management:

  • Manage and provide leadership to the Northern Unity nutrition team, contributing to their capacity building and career development including through on-the-job training.
  • Ensure that the nutrition team have up to date job descriptions, clear objectives and identify and facilitate training when required.
  • 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
  • Ensure that staff and contractors are compliant and fully understand their obligations when signing the Code of Conduct and Associated Policies and where non-compliance is suspected, to inform a member of the SMT so that the appropriate action can be taken by the Country Director.


  • Act as Concern’s focal point for the Nutrition State Cluster, participating in the Nutrition State Cluster meetings, and other workshops and meetings.
  • Share relevant information in a timely manner with all of Concern’s nutrition programmes.
  • Represent Concern to with government departments, donors and communities in State and County levels, with the support from the Area Coordinator, as required.


  • Support cross-sectoral periodic programme reviews in order to assess programme progress, capture lessons learnt and adapt programme strategies as necessary in accordance with Concern’s results-based management principles. Ensure mainstreaming of cross cutting issues/approaches throughout the programme cycle including: Gender, Protection, HIV and Aids, Rights Based Approach, Accountability, CHS and do no harm philosophy.
  • Ensure the Northern Unity nutrition team adheres closely to security protocols and procedures
  • Adhere fully to the commitments and rules of Concern’s Code of Conduct and Associated Policies including the respect of confidentiality.
  • Report to the appropriate manager all violations of the CCoC
  • Other duties as assigned by the Area Coordinator or Emergency Programme Director.

Your skills and experience will include:

Education & Qualifications Required:


  • Nutrition degree or nutrition post graduate qualification or public health/nursing qualification (with significant nutrition experience)
  • At least 3 years’ experience in a (post-) conflict country managing a nutrition programme, using the CMAM approach.
  • At least 3 years’ experience of implementing CMAM
  • Experience of designing, implementing and analysing nutrition surveys.
  • Experience in analysing and interpreting data and writing reports to a high technical standard.
  • Experience in the supervision, training and mentoring of nutrition and health staff
  • Involvement in Nutrition policy development
  • Experience of conducting emergency assessments and participating in rapid response mechanisms


  • Familiarity with IT equipment, HF/VHF radios and security issues;
  • Previous experience of working in South Sudan and in a camp setting.

We would also like:

  • A strong team leader and team player with significant experience in team and capacity building, including of local organisations
  • Ability to work and remain calm under pressure; good people development and motivation skills.
  • Cross cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • Empathy with Concern’s goals and a commitment to capacity building, protection and participation.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong analytical, organisational and interpersonal skills
  • A good understanding of security context and its relevance to programme delivery & design.
  • Experience in team building and working in a participatory/integrated manner.
  • Ability to work on own initiative with minimal supervision and adaptable to changing needs and situations
  • Flexible, reliable and adaptable to changing environments and volatile security settings.
  • Experience in and willingness to travel and be deployed to very remote locations and work in an insecure environment
  • Diplomatic - a commitment to working through systems of community participation and mobilization.
  • Knowledge of computer applications i.e. Microsoft word, Excel, communications systems.