Programme Specialist (covering Port Sudan, Kassala and Gadaref) – UNICEF


Job Description

Job no554871
Contract typeTemporary Appointment
Duty StationKhartoum
CategoriesProgramme Management
Advertised05 Sep 2022 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline19 Sep 2022 E. Africa Standard Time

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child,

Sudan, surrounded by the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya and South Sudan, positioned next to East, West, South and North Africa, is surrounded by complex conflicts in an unpredictable, volatile and rapidly evolving region. Sudan is by size the third biggest country in Africa, with a diverse population of around 42 million people. Sudan’s children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives significantly improve: fewer girls and boys are dying before their fifth birthday, primary school attendance is increasing, immunization coverage is high and the country remains polio free. Still, millions of children continue to suffer from protracted conflict in Darfur, the Kordofan’s, and Blue Nile, from seasonal natural disasters, malnutrition and disease outbreaks, and from under-investment in basic social services. More than three million of Sudan’s school aged children are not in the classroom. UNICEF has been in Sudan since 1952 and continues with a presence in 12 of Sudan’s 18 states.

How can you make a difference?

Purpose of the position

Under the guidance of the Chief of Field Office – Kassala, the programme coordinator will help support the coordination and implementation of UNICEF’s programme across the three states. The programme coordinator provides guidance and management support throughout the programming processes, to facilitate the administration and achievement of the field office programme results. Particular attention will be given to laying the groundwork for a potential joint UNDP-UNICEF initiative “Strengthening Capacities for Peace and Social Cohesion in Kassala and Red Sea States and MCCT plus programme. The programme coordinator will be based in Port Sudan, Sudan, and will report to the Chief of Field Office for Kassala, Gedaref and Red Sea states. The programme coordinator will regularly visit Kassala and Gedaref to support programme implementation.

Key Expected Results:

1.  Knowledge Management for Programmes

2. Programme Development and Management

3. Optimum Use of Programme Funds

4. Programme Monitoring and Evaluations

5.  Rights-Based and Results-Based Programme Management Approach

6.  National and Local Capacity Building/Sustainability

7. Rights Perspective and Advocacy at the National, Community and Family Levels

8. Partnership, Coordination and Collaboration

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…


An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: Social Sciences, International Relations, Government, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Development, Community Development, or another relevant technical field.


Five years of relevant professional work experience in programme coordination or other related field is required.

Experience working in a developing country is considered as an asset.

Background/familiarity with emergency is considered as an asset.

Language Requirements

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Visit the link below for the full terms of reference:

Download File TOR – Programme Specialist- P3 TA Portsudan .docx

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For these positions, eligible and suitable qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Eligible UNICEF National Officer (NO) and General Service (GS) Staff Members on fixed-term, continuing or permanent contracts applying to this TA, may be able to retain a lien on their existing post for the duration of this TA.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment without compensation if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained or necessary inoculation requirements are not met within a reasonable period for any reason.

Advertised: 05 Sep 2022 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 19 Sep 2022 E. Africa Standard Time

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