Head of Office, Peace Programs, Sudan

Recruitment Notice: Head of Office, Sudan


The Carter Center is building on its long-term commitment to Sudan with several activities in the Peace space during the ongoing transition. These activities include a multi-year project to support Sudanese civil society capacity to monitor the country’s democratic transition and the implementation of recent peace agreements. That project will focus on supporting youth, women, and citizen observers to monitor commitments undertaken during Sudan’s transitional period.

The Head of Office will have leadership responsibilities in designing and developing overall Peace Program activities and managing the Peace Programs office, including activities, personnel, and finance and operations. Among the planned activities is the nation-wide Youth Citizen Observer project, which provides technical assistance to support the formation and strengthening of a national youth-focused citizen observer network. Other activities will include efforts at the Peace-Health nexus, supporting grassroots conflict mitigation efforts where Sudan’s Federal Ministry of Health is targeting control, elimination, or eradication of disease. The Head of Office will represent the Carter Center, including on sensitive political issues, and contribute to short-, medium-, and long-term strategic planning and programmatic implementation, including a hands-on role in developing program activities.

To read more about the Carter Center’s current and past work in Sudan, please visit: cartercenter.org/countries/Sudan

Details of Position:

The Head of Office will be based in Khartoum with periodic travel throughout Sudan. This is an independent contractor position, planned for an initial deployment of seven months from February to August 2021with the possibility of extension, pending funding. Applicants must demonstrate more than seven years of senior level experience managing personnel, international NGO program activities and field operations. Solid experience in more than one of the following areas, ideally in Sudan, East Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa or the Middle East, is required: civil society organization capacity-building, election observation, good governance, advocacy campaigns, survey research, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, voter education, or conflict mitigation. Extensive experience in project management, including managing a diverse staff and project resources is necessary, as is experience representing international inter-governmental or non-governmental organizations. English language proficiency is required; Arabic language is highly desirable. Familiarity with Sudanese politics and culture is preferred. Leadership skills, cross-cultural understanding, and the ability to provide guidance regarding democratic governance and conflict mitigation as well as organizational capacity building and project implementation are strongly encouraged.

Responsibilities in brief:

At the direction of headquarters-based project managers and in coordination with the Carter Center’s Sudan Country Representative: 

  • Contribute to the overall strategy, design and implementation of all Carter Center Peace programs in Sudan. Propose, develop and lead, as appropriate, future activities for the Carter Center’s Peace Programs.
  • Forge and maintain relations with an array of political, military, electoral, and civic actors in Sudan at the grassroots and decision-making levels, including with the Sudanese government, national and international NGOs, peer organizations, civil society, youth, minority and women’s groups, political parties, and others.
  • Represent the Center with high-level international and Sudanese interlocutors. Represent the Center in meetings with potential and existing donors, in coordination with Development staff.
  • Provide sophisticated analysis and reporting on political, military and economic developments in Sudan, the Horn of Africa, and the Red Sea region, as appropriate, with a view towards supporting Carter Center contributions to conflict resolution and peacebuilding.
  • Supervise approximately 8-10 staff in the Peace Programs’ Field Office.
  • Oversee the Youth Citizen Observer initiative in conjunction with Sudanese partners.
  • Have fiduciary responsibility for the Carter Center’s Peace Programs Field Office in Khartoum, Sudan. Coordinate with the Health Programs Field Office staff and headquarters-based finance staff. Supervise procurement of contracts, equipment, services, and other needs to facilitate implementation of the project.
  • Oversee public communications for the Carter Center’s presence in Sudan, especially concerning the Youth Citizen Observer project, in coordination with headquarters-based Communications staff.
  • With support from headquarters-based Measurement, Evaluation and Learning teams, contribute to the monitoring and evaluation frameworks, oversee ongoing learning efforts, and submit reports on the progress of activities against metrics.
  • Conduct site visits with partner organizations and sub-grantees, as applicable, across Sudan, potentially including in remote locations.

Interested applicants should complete an application form here https://airtable.com/shrgXWVkUDv0tERYP

Note: Due to the large volume of applicants, the Center is not able to respond to all candidates individually. Phone calls or in-person contacts are discouraged.