Program Director

World Relief Corp
  • Location
    South Sudan
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 16

Position description

World Relief South Sudan has been working in South Sudan since 1998, and current programs include Health, Nutrition, Education in Emergencies, Food Security and Livelihoods, and Savings for Life, most of which aim to provide relief and recovery to conflict-affected populations. The purpose of the Program Director position it to fulfill the Mission Statement of World Relief in South Sudan empowering the local Church to serve the most vulnerable, to oversee, manage, coordinate, monitor and evaluate and support World Relief South Sudan (WRSS) programs, and to ensure appropriate program communication all within the context of a complex humanitarian emergency.


Program implementation and monitoring

  • Identify and work with Program Managers to seek resolution of issues affecting the achievement of results;
  • Coordinate and assist Program Managers to develop data collection tools for ongoing and new activities;
  • Supervise the work of Program Managers implementing program goals;
  • Mentor and encourage Program Managers in their leadership and management of program staff directly under them;
  • In collaboration with Finance and Grants Manager, assist Program Managers in their management of budgets;
  • Assist Program Managers in monitoring program finances against program budgets, and act as a liaison between Program Managers and the other Departments.


  • Liaise with international donors as it relates to current programmatic activities;
  • Coordinate and assist in preparing and distributing all requisite reports for all programs;
  • Edit, as needed, written materials originating from WRSS to ensure quality of outgoing documents;
  • Develop high-quality PR materials for the WRSS office that can be shared as informative resources with donors, visitors, churches, and other interested partners;
  • Develop and implement an information management system to include the dissemination of information from WR Home Office and affiliates, donors, Government of South Sudan offices, etc. to all the appropriate individuals;
  • Ensure timely reporting of program activities to donors and Home Office Strategic Engagement staff;
  • Provide field stories and photos for WR marketing and donors.

External Program Support

  • Work with Home Office and/or regional technical support to ensure that planned programs are implemented in an efficient and timely manner according to the project/program proposal and the donors’ policies/agreements;
  • Network with other local NGOs and government agencies in support of project/program development and opportunities and to gain knowledge about current events.

Program Development

  • Design of new programs activities in consultation with the Country Director, the relevant Program Manager, and Home Office technical teams in a manner that is consistent with WRSS’s strategic directions;
  • Research and write project proposals in coordination with the Country Director, Program Manager, and Home Office technical teams and Program Officer.


  • Work to strengthen the local church’s capacity for supporting programmatic initiatives;
  • Any other duties assigned by the South Sudan Country Director.



  • Strong knowledge of program areas and ability to communicate practices to various constituencies in the U.S. and Africa;
  • At ease with Microsoft Office programs (in particular with Word & Excel), Internet, and e-mail writing;
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication required;
  • Ability to understand and/or communicate in Arabic a plus;
  • Ability to work independently and to deal with problems and issues both promptly and efficiently;
  • Experience in training and mentoring staff;
  • Capacity to work under pressure and to tight deadlines;
  • Good negotiation skills, especially in the context of another culture;
  • Ability to manage budgets, understand financial accountability procedures, logistics, and commodity tracking;
  • Strong time management, prioritization, and multi-tasking skills.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in development or related field, Master’s degree preferred;
  • 5 years of experience in Relief and Development work in the developing world, preferably in Africa;
  • At least 2-3 years of experience in a leadership role preferred;
  • Experience working with donors such as USAID, EU, CIDA, UN Agencies, etc. preferred;
  • Experience serving in a hardship post in a complex emergency setting;
  • Strong Christian commitment and ability to provide Christian leadership.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to have ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to visit other locations;
  • The ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, and manipulate (lift, carry, move) light to medium weights of 10-15 pounds;
  • Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard, operate equipment and read application information;
  • The employee frequently is required to sit, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear.

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