Humanitarian Response Manager

Plan International
  • Location
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 10

Position description

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We believe in the power and potential of every child but know this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it is girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges girls and vulnerable children face. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood and we enable children to prepare for and respond to crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

For over 85 years, we have rallied other determined optimists to transform the lives of all children in more than 80 countries.

We won’t stop until we are all equal.

The Opportunity

Plan International Sudan aims to respond effectively, rapidly, and at significant scale to the core humanitarian needs of children and their families affected by the conflict between the armed forces in Sudan. Specifically, Plan International Sudan aims to minimize disruption to formal and non-formal education systems and to restore formal education services; strengthen the proactive environment for children and their families including age and gender appropriate services during and after disasters; create opportunities for and build capacity of young people affected by the armed conflict to generate income and to improve their life skills; and to become recognized actor in both in linking related community based interventions to national coordination and interagency mechanisms where Plan International Sudan will gradually take on leadership functions.

The conflict between Sudanese Arm Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has been going on since April 15, 2023, characterised by continuous and heavy clashes, arterially shelling and air strikes causing an unprecedented mass displacement. As a result, Sudan has become the largest children and people displacement in the World with no signs of peace in the horizon despite the different attempts of negotiations by several actors. The conflict has caused more than 13,900 fatalities and 27,700 persons were injured, including children.

The conflict left 25 million people in need of humanitarian assistance; 14 million of these are children. The conflict has resulted in an increased risk of civilians’ protection, especially for children, girls and women. It is crucial to acknowledge that children are subjected to various types of rights violations and violence, which fall under the six grave violations category as there have been allegations of over 3,150 severe child rights violations and 6.7 million estimated to be at risk of gender-based violence, including: killing, maiming of children and torture by direct or indirect actions; recruitment and use of children by the armed groups in the different conflict zones. According to some estimates over 70 % of all Health facilities across Sudan are no longer functional. Schools the countries have been occupied by IDPs. Plan International like other humanitarian actors is particularly concerned about the prolonged closure of the schools thereby denying more than 19 million children access to education, a basic right for children, 7 million of whom were already out of school even before the conflict started

Do you have what it takes?

The Humanitarian Response Manager is responsible for the quality and effectiveness of the Plan International Sudan Humanitarian Response Programme. Overseeing the development and implementation of the Humanitarian Response Plan (incl. project implementation of different projects with different institutional donors and National Offices), maintaining the Humanitarian master budget, ensure the regular development of Sitreps, representing the organisation at various clusters, working groups and towards external as well as internal (i.e. Regional Office & GH) humanitarian actors, being the overall line manager for the whole humanitarian response team which is spread across the program areas.

S/he is expected to provide strategic leadership in all areas of humanitarian programming. S/he is responsible for the quality and effectiveness of Plan International Sudan’s humanitarian response. The Humanitarian Response Manager strengthens the country office’s overall capacity to be prepared for and respond to emergencies in accordance with Plan’s principles and practices.

The Humanitarian Response Manager is a key member of the Country Leadership Team, leads and manages the humanitarian team and is the interface between the Humanitarian Response Team and the Director of Programs. S/He is the leader of the Humanitarian Response Team, responsible and accountable for developing, coordinating and managing all humanitarian activities in liaison with the Program Area Managers. S/He is also expected to actively contribute to the delivery of Plan International Sudan Country Strategic Plan.

*National candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Location: Where Sudan has programme locations. For instance, Port Sudan

Type of Role: 2-year fixed term contract. Mandatory unaccompanied posting. Must be able to re-locate to Sudan beginning of August 2024.

Reports to: Director of Programmes Sudan

Competitive salary and package available

Closing Date:27th May 2024

Anticipated 1st round: 3rd and 4th June 2024

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.

We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

Plan International is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

Please note that Plan International will never send unsolicited emails requesting payment from candidates.


Application instructions

Please be sure to indicate you saw this position on