State Coordinator, Nyala, South Sudan

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: South Sudan

Field location: Nyala, South Sudan

Office: UNDP in Nyala

Closing date: Sunday, 8 November 2020

Job ID: 33261

Practice Area - Job Family: Management

Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 08/11/2020

Duty Station: Nyala, Sudan

Education & Work Experience: G-Bachelor’s Level Degree - 4 year(s) experience, I-Master’s Level Degree - 2 year(s) experience

Languages: Arabic, English

Grade: SB4

Vacancy Type: Service Contract (SC)

Posting Type: External

Bureau: Arab States

Contract Duration: 1 year with possibility of extension


The Peace Agreement signed between the Transitional Government of Sudan and the Sudan Revolutionary Front opened a new chapter for sustainable peace and development in Sudan. When it comes to Darfur, the agreement intends to address the root causes of armed conflicts such as small arms proliferation in Darfur, large presence of armed groups, and mistrust and hostility among citizens and local authorities/law enforcement entities.

On top of this, the peace agreement aims to address the issues of displacement and the return of displaced population. There are many displaced populations that is currently been hosted in Darfur states. The large presence of displaced populations (refugees, Internal Displaced People (IDPs) and returnees) has outmatched the availability of basic services and economic opportunities.

The situation has also led to growing competition over the available basic services, livelihoods and economic opportunities and host communities are subjected to increasing pressure on the socio-economic opportunities available with the propensity to precipitate social instability. This has thus precipitated a critical need to addressing the pervasive tension in the various host communities of the states caused by ongoing pressure on basic services, economic and livelihood opportunities due to the large number of displaced populations and youth with conflict carrying capacity hosted in the affected communities.

The peace agreement underscores the critical role of DDR and SSR processes as well as small arms and light weapon control as essential prerequisite for long term peace and stability. These sentiments were also echoed by local communities, IDPs and local authorities in Darfur region.

Against the background, under the overall guidance of the Programme Manager and direct supervision of the Project Coordinator , the State Coordinator will support the planning, implementation and monitoring of the inclusive livelihoods, community based socioeconomic infrastructure, peacebuilding and social cohesion activities. He/she will work in coordination with the State Government, State DDR Commission and UNDP staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

Implementation of project strategies

Management of assigned project activities

Creation of strategic partnerships

Provision of top quality programme/project management advice services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management

1- Ensures implementation of project strategies focusing on achievement of the following results:

Plan and implement of community security and stabilization, DDR, and small arms control related activities.

In partnership with relevant partners facilitate community consultations and assessments, identification of entry points and partners for community based interventions for livelihood, socio-economic infrastructure/asset, and natural resource management.

Selection and profiling of target female and male participants including youth at risk for alternative livelihoods support and vocational training.

Identification of target beneficiaries using project selection criteria and subsequent identification and selection of service providers for the provision of trainings and targeted livelihood assistance.

2- Ensures effective management of assigned project activities within the thematic/sectoral areas of stabilization/DDR/small arms control focusing on quality control from implementation to completion project activities achieving the following results:

Facilitate linkages between direct beneficiaries and financial institutions to include project beneficiaries into their service.

Facilitate conduction of training needs assessment, baseline studies on household incomes and economic opportunities mapping in the state and locality

Promote peace building through establishment of socio-economic infrastructure, assets or basic facilities for economic recovery and conflict mitigation.

Manage implementation of capacity building strategies on small arms control, community security, violence against women and youth, natural resource management, regional cooperation and peace building.

Participate and conduct evaluation of program proposals from implementing partners, and help in designing and formulating MoUs with said implementing partners in designated areas

Facilitate training of all field office staff in preparation for the launch of reintegration services; and ongoing capacity development needs.

Design briefing sessions and simple written material explaining, in local languages, the program’s whereabouts and objectives to individual ex-combatants, host communities and civil society.

Manage the formation and capacity building of Community Management Committees

Manage building of network of universities and institutes to operationalize DDR.

Maintain strong coordination and communication with implementing partners in the preparation and delivery of services.

Facilitate linkages of the field office with local government and development actors that can strengthen and enhance its community outreach and impact.

3- Ensure creation of strategic partnerships:

Maintain close coordination with the relevant colleagues of UNDP on all aspects of community security and stabilization, DDR, and small arms control.

Represent the community security and stabilization, DDR, and small arms control in South Darfur when necessary in relevant GoS and UNDP Country Office meetings, events and other activities.

Contribute to the development of appropriate working relations with national stakeholders.

Liaise with contractors and other key stakeholders that impact project delivery in order to ensure project outcomes are met in a timely manner.

In close collaboration with the Project Coordinator and Project Officer, liaise with GoS and UNDP management and partners as necessary.

Provide general technical and operational support to the key Government responsible parties by following up on day to day implementation of work plans

Support programme documentation including taking and maintaining minutes of all programme related meetings, conferences and mission reports

Support in the promotion of the work and image of programme by participating in meetings, preparing write-ups for public information purposes;
4- Ensures provision of top quality policy advice services to the Government and facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:

Liaise with private and public-sector reintegration and livelihoods actors to gather labour market information, identify synergies.

Ensure that UNDP regulation and requirement procedures for implementation, tracking and reporting are met to facilitate easy monitoring and follow up of project implementation by implementing partners.

Play a pro-active role in keeping Management aware of developments that may affect the reintegration program.

Carry out field monitoring, market and labour assessments, conduct research on field based reintegration opportunities, as required by the supervisors.

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Prepare weekly reports

Compile and share information with colleagues locally at field office level

Carry out any other duty as required by his/her supervisor.


C orporate Competencies:

Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards

Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP

Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability

Treats all people fairly without favoritism

Functional Competencies:

Building Partnerships

Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and remains up-to-date on partnership related issues.

Documents and analyses innovative strategies and innovative approaches.

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline/technical specialty relating to the position

Possesses basic understanding of organizational policies and procedures and applies them consistently in work tasks

Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning

Demonstrates basic knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments

Design and Implementation of Management Systems

Suggest work-processing approaches and procedures that will lead to more efficient systems design.

Client Orientation

Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs.

Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients.

Leadership and Self-Management

Ability to participate effectively in team-based information sharing environment

Ability to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time

Executes processes and transactions with a results-oriented approach

Ability to work with minimal supervision

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s degree in Development Studies, Project Management, Agronomy/Agriculture or any related field.

A first-level university degree in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


2 years with a Master’s degree or 4 years with a Bachelor’s degree of working experience at the national and/or international level with local authorities in implementing community development programme in Darfur .

Working experience in implementing peace & development and stabilization projects for local communities benefiting displaced populations and host communities.

Understanding of the linkages between DDR and community Stabilization, small arms control, conflict prevention and peace building.

Proven experience working with Government bodies on related issues will be an added advantage.

In depth understanding of Stabilization and DDR related challenges in Darfur will be desired.

Basic computer skills.

Familiarity with UN agencies, NGOs and civil societies

Language Requirements:

Fluency in the English and Arabic is required.


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.