Livelihood and Food Security Project Manager Sudan Kosti

  • Contract
  • Sudan
  • Posted 1 month ago

Norwegian Refugee Council

Livelihood and Food Security Project Manager Sudan Kosti

Kosti, Sudan


The purpose of the LFS PM, is to manage NRC’s Livelihood and Food Security core competency projects and teams in designated location mainly in White Nile state.


Generic responsibilities

  1. Line management of project staff
  2. Contribute to the development of LFS strategy, technical standard operating procedures (SOPs) / guidelines, and Macro log frame (MLF)
  3. Compliance and adherence to NRC policies, LFS tools, handbooks, and guidelines.
  4. Responsible for the development of funding proposals, project budgets and donor reports
  5. Coordinate and manage LFS projects implementation (activities, budget, and project documentation) in line with proposals, strategies, and donor requirements.
  6. Ensure capacity building of project staff and transfer key skills.
  7. Liaise and collaborate with relevant local and national stakeholders and represent NRC in relevant forums/cluster/working groups.
  8. Implement technical direction and ensure high technical quality of projects
  9. Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need of protection, explore and asses new and better ways to assist.
  10. Promote the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs)/returnees/refugees in line with the advocacy strategy.

Specific responsibilities:

Program Development:

  1. Design and lead required needs assessments, baselines and evaluations related to LFS , submit timely assessment/analysis reports.
  2. Contribute to situation analysis, identification of needs and participate actively in developing food security and livelihoods strategy documents.
  3. Contribute to development of LFS concept notes and proposals.
  4. Take steps to document lessons learnt from LFS projects to inform the design of new projects and for wider dissemination.
  5. Ensure sound integration of LFS activities with other sectors.
  6. Work with local partners to plan and implement LFS activities in different northern, eastern and central states

Project Management:

  1. Responsible for the development and delivery of detailed projects’ implementation plans, projects’ procurement and budget spending plans ensuring all plans are on track, flagging up anomalies and ensuring solutions are in place.
  2. Ensure that there is a quality partnership assessment, partnership plan and relevant technical agreements (TA), memorandum of understanding (MoU) and other support documentation and resources in place to work with the local authorities, relevant government departments and local partners.
  3. Ensure all staff are clear regarding project implementation modalities, plans, and strategies. This includes development and roll out of project management plans, partnership strategy and plans, advocacy plan and risks analysis.
  4. Lead, manage and motivate staff under direct line management, ensuring that they have clear objectives and receive meaningful feedback on their performance, ensuring that they have work and development plans and are clear regarding their responsibilities and aim of the LFS projects, as well as values/mandate of the NRC Sudan mission.
  5. Where possible, make frequent visits to project areas to provide technical and managerial guidance/support and identify issues that need timely action and support at different levels.
  6. Conduct regular project progress review including progress against objective, indicators, activities as well as budget vs actual and report to the Area manager on the project progress.
  7. Monitor program progress against both programmatic and budgetary targets.
  8. Prepare timely program and donor reports on project activities in compliance with internal NRC requirements and any relevant external donor requirements.
  9. Manage program budget lines and ensure proper and effective use of program resources.
  10. Work closely with the monitoring and evaluation (MEL) team, put in place MEL plans and accountability mechanisms for all LFS projects in the north, ensuring that feedback from all relevant stakeholders is considered in the program design.
  11. Support establishing and implementing PCM through local actors and in hard to reach areas

Capacity building

  1. Identify learning and training opportunities for LFS staff and partners and work as a mentor and role model for less experienced staff.
  2. Provide necessary technical training and develop appropriate technical guidelines and materials to NRC and partner’s staff.
  3. In collaboration with partnership unit, develop capacity building and learning plans for local partners

Representation, coordination, and Advocacy:

  1. Responsible for developing and maintaining collaborative and effective partnerships with NGOs/CBOs and government partners.
  2. Ensure effective stakeholder participation throughout the project implementation.
  3. Responsible for the development of advocacy messages within projects, ensuring linkages to the overall national advocacy plan.
  4. In collaboration with senior program staff, assist in advocacy activities that target decision-makers at all levels.
  5. In collaboration with the LFS specialist and line managers, feed in learning, experiences, and evidence to relevant global advocacy objectives.


P2. Competencies

Competencies are important for the employee and the organization to deliver desired results.

They are relevant for all staff and are divided into the following three categories:

1. Professional competencies

These are skills, knowledge and experience that are important for effective performance.

Generic professional competencies for this position:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, Development studies, Rural Development, Livelihoods, Economics, agriculture and/or related disciplines.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience from working as a Project Manager in a humanitarian setting managing Livelihoods programming
  • Experience in the livelihood assessments, both field data collection and analysis.
  • Previous experience working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Strong ability to work with diverse groups/individuals – ranging from local partners, local authorities, humanitarian community and the private sector. Proven ability in staff, donor contract & budget management
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal; as well as excellent report writing skills
  • Experience in remote management and localization

Context/skills, knowledge, and experience:

  1. Excellent command of English – written and verbal.
  2. Knowledge of the context in of Sudan or similar volatile contexts
  3. The ability to work flexibly within a team as well as demonstrable leadership/management skills
  4. The ability to work operationally and strategically without losing sight of the overall objective
  5. Experience in managing LFS projects.

2. Behavioral competencies

  1. Handling insecure environments
  2. Strategic thinking
  3. Empowering and building trust
  4. Managing performance and development
  5. Managing resources to optimize results

What we offer

  • Duty station: Kosti with travels to Gedaref and Port Sudan
  • Travel %: 60% to project locations
  • Salary/benefits: grade 8 on NRC’s salary scale.
  • Duration of Contract: 1 year with possibility of extension
  • NRC is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to diversity without distinction to age, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and physical ability.
  • We think outside the box, encourage ideas, and give responsibility to all employees at all levels. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative.

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Why NRC?

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. Our 15,000 staff work in crises across 40 countries, providing life-saving and long-term assistance to millions of people every year.

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The drought situation in Somalia has deteriorated rapidly and intensified much earlier than seen over the last decade. Life-saving assistance is urgently needed to halt further internal displacement.

Our emergency teams are on the ground responding to the ever-increasing needs. We target those who have been forced to flee with our activities, from building shelters to tackling agricultural challenges, and enabling them to acquire new skills that can increase their resilience to shocks in the future.

We are looking for people who are passionate about helping refugees and people forced to flee. Are you one of those people? If you are, NRC offers you the opportunity to:

  • Do demanding and professional work, often in challenging contexts.
  • Join a work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility.
  • Be part of a welcoming and supportive community committed to human dignity.

Learn more about NRC


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

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