Background on ACTED
Since 1993, as an international non-governmental organization, ACTED has been committed to immediate humanitarian relief to support those in urgent need and protect people’s dignity, while co-creating longer term opportunities for sustainable growth and fulfilling people’s potential. ACTED endeavors to respond to humanitarian crises and build resilience; promote inclusive and sustainable growth; co-construct effective governance and support the building of civil society worldwide by investing in people and their potential. We go the last mile: ACTED’s mission is to save lives and support people in meeting their needs in hard to reach areas. With a team of 4,300 national staff 300 international staff, ACTED is active in 35 countries and implements more than 450 projects a year reaching over 11 million beneficiaries. More on www.acted.org
Number of projects 25
Number of areas 5
Number of national staff 317
Annual budget (EUR) 20,78M €
Number of offices 6
Number of international staff 49
Position context and key challenges
ACTED has been present in South Sudan since 2007, and is currently operating in Western Bahr-el-Ghazal, Warrap, Jonglei, Upper Nile, Lakes, and Central Equatoria states. ACTED focuses on emergency and relief works around water, sanitation and hygiene promotion; basic infrastructure; food security and livelihoods; and integrated camp management. All of these interventions continue to provide basic and life-saving assistance to vulnerable populations, specifically IDPs, refugees and host communities.
Since the aftermath of the South Sudanese conflict that erupted in December 2013, ACTED has been contributing to the delivery of humanitarian services to 1.7 million displaced persons, 270,767 refugees, and 5.1 million people in need. ACTED continues to providing camp management services in 2 Protection of Civilian (POC) Sites, 1 informal settlement and 2 refugee camps, while contributing to Camp Coordination as co-lead of the Camp Coordination and Camp Management cluster. Acknowledging the importance of engaging in early recovery to transition towards sustainable solutions, ACTED supports communities in improving their livelihoods through the promotion of income generating activities, community saving groups, and Agro Pastoralist Field schools in Greater Bahr al Ghazal, Greater Upper Nile and Lakes.
Improving effective delivery of services in displacement sites
As camp manager, ACTED coordinates the delivery of services to internally displaced people and refugees in Maban, Awerial, Bor and Juba Counties benefiting a total of over 140,000 refugees and 110,000 internally displaced persons. Within the scope of camp management interventions, ACTED’s team in South Sudan undertake a multi-sectoral approach to establish and empower internal governance structures, ensure access to water and hygienic facilities, facilitate peace between host and displaced communities, and increase the protection of people with special needs. A high emphasis was put in establishing accountability and feedback system at the various displacement sites to improve the delivery of services.
Ensuring access to safe water and a sanitary and hygienic living environment
In 2015, ACTED prioritized the provision of water and sanitation services to people at risk of disease outbreak as well as displaced populations with limited access to water and sanitation facilities. ACTED has been expanding the provision of water and sanitation services to the refugee population of Doro, Kaya and Gendrassa camp and improved sanitation practices in rural areas such as Akobo county.
Improving food security and ensuring access to livelihoods
ACTED’s interventions focud on first addressing the dire food security needs of displaced populations through emergency food distributions within internally displaced and refugee camps, while also working to improve the resilience of vulnerable people across the country through seed and tool distributions and the offer of food for the construction of community assets. Through this approach, ACTED aims to both address food insecurity in displaced populations while building population resilience in the transition towards early recovery, managing to reach over 150,000 beneficiaries.
Transitioning into early recovery
As the country slowly recovers from the havoc wrought from decades of conflict, ACTED’s programming increasingly focus on building resilience and improving living conditions of the country’s poor and displaced populations. Moving forward, ACTED’s camp team is looking at devising and executing comprehensive plans for the return or integration of displaced populations. Secondly, ACTED aims to increase the living standards and ensure the livelihoods of the South Sudanese population, via increasing access to income generating activities and sustainable incomes, tackling the underlying drivers of food insecurity and poverty.
The Program Manager WASH will contribute to the development of his project, which is a constitutive part of the country strategy, and subsequently manage its implementation.
1. Ensure external representation of ACTED in relevant sectors
Representation vis-à-vis provincial authorities:
Representation vis-à-vis Donors:
Representation vis-à-vis international organisations:
More generally, the program manager is expected to contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organisation, notably through the application of ACTED’s mandate, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to other actors.
2. Project Cycle Management
Plan the various stages of project implementation;
Guide the implementation of the project and the methods of follow-up;
Manage project finances, logistics and materials;
Project reporting requirements
More generally, communicate systematically to the relevant Country Director or Area Coordinator on project progress and planning.
3. Provide Relevant Technical Expertise
Ensure that technical quality and standards are considered during project implementation:
Collect technical information and analyse associated opportunities and risks;
Identify relevant technical authorities and partners, and propose formal partnership and/or contracts.
Undertake quality control:
Analyse technical added-value and project impact;
Set up technical evaluation exercises during and following implementation.
4. Oversee Program Staff and Security
Guide and direct program staff
Contribute to the recruitment of expatriate staff
Oversee staff security
5. Identify Best Practices and Lessons Learned
University degree in Engineering or relevant WatSan specializations.
At least 2 to 4 years work experience in a development, emergency or post-conflict setting, in WatSan interventions.
Excellent written and oral English skills required
Strong project management skills.
Familiarity with different European and other international donor regulations.
Organized and detail oriented, with an ability to multi-task.
Must be able to function effectively in a fluid, loosely structured, but complex work environment and to set appropriate priorities and deal effectively with numerous simultaneous requirements.
Must be able to work independently, with minimum supervision, within the context of a larger team.
Willingness to live and work in an insecure environment and to travel regularly to program locations as security allows.
Salary defined by the ACTED salary grid; educational level, expertise, hardship, security, and performance are considered for pay bonus
Additional monthly living allowance
Free food and lodging provided at the organisation’s guesthouse/or housing allowance (depending on contract length and country of assignment)
Transportation costs covered, including additional return ticket + luggage allowance
Provision of medical, life, and repatriation insurance + retirement package
Submission of applications
Please send your application including cover letter, CV and references to [email protected] under Ref: PMW/SSD