Humanitarian Director -Sudan

The Opportunity

The Humanitarian Director will ensure humanitarian including emergency response programming is timely, relevant and of excellent technical quality; attracts significant donor funding; and contributes significantly to Save the Children’s strategic objectives.  As such, the Humanitarian Director will lead the annual development of Save the Children’s Humanitarian Plan and Emergency Preparedness Plan in Sudan, and will provide inputs into the development of strategic humanitarian proposals.  S/he will advocate, identify and follow up on opportunities to develop increased nexus programming; programming which empowers local and national actors and is conflict sensitive; and incorporates enhanced analysis, preparedness and anticipatory action activities across programming, to ensure the greatest sustainable impact for children and their families and communities.  The Humanitarian Director will also lead capacity-building initiatives across the CO to improve implementation of quality response.  S/he will need to coordinate extensively with other departments to achieve the role purpose.

The Humanitarian Director will engage significantly with external stakeholders, including sectors/ clusters, key donors, partners, and authorities, in relation to humanitarian strategic planning, to support coordination of specific emergency responses, as well as to advocate for humanitarian space and access, and continued improvements in practice across the humanitarian community in Sudan.  The Humanitarian Director will line-manage sector co-coordinators/co-leads.

The Humanitarian Director will lead Save the Children in Sudan’s efforts to facilitate an increased role of local and national actors in humanitarian action and leadership, closely supporting the design and implementation of new programming/interventions aimed at contributing towards localisation, and working internally and externally to facilitate conditions favourable for effective local leadership of response.

In order to be successful, you will bring/have:


  • Minimum of 6 years’ experience gaining progressive responsibility in humanitarian roles with an NGO, to include a minimum of 4 years in field-based roles within a challenging or insecure context.
  • Excellent coordination and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate clearly and effectively at all levels and with a range of stakeholders. Proven external coordination and representation skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of humanitarian principles, relevant humanitarian international laws, regulations and standards, and thorough understanding of key concepts in humanitarian action.  Excellent understanding of humanitarian funding and coordination mechanisms
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written.
  • Excellent writing/editing, budget development and presentation/communication skills. Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner.
  • Prior experience in assessment, design and implementation of humanitarian programming.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work autonomously under pressure and with tight deadlines; develop and manage own workplan to achieve objectives. Excellent organisational skills.
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis and planning, defining a clear way forward and ensuring buy in.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. 
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively to field sites and work independently.
  • Commitment to the aims and principles of Save the Children, in particular a good understanding of Save the Children’s mandate and child focus.

Contract duration: 1 year, renewable

Contract Type: National  

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.  

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated 

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.  A copy of the full role profile can be found at  

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.


Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents


Job description:

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Date advertised: 15 Jun 2022

Closing date: 29 Jun 2022 - 23:59 EAT

Location: Khartoum, Sudan

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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