Deputy Country Director - Sudan

Closing date

This position is opened to international candidates.

PRIMARY FUNCTION/PURPOSE:** The Deputy Country Director (DCD) supports the Country Director (CD) by managing the office in the field of finance, administration and security, and by providing forward planning and implementation of field office activities. In addition, the DCD will be responsible for ensuring compliance with donors’ rules and regulations, monitoring and evaluation and timely reporting. The DCD will manage the program in the absence of the CD.

POSITION SCOPE:** Support CD in the implementation of IFES/Sudan programming for assigned projects and in managing the office. Oversee varied activities and processes to support effective project management and implementation. Collaborate with CD in monitoring all aspects of project operations, reporting and compliance.

DECISION MAKING/PROBLEM SOLVING:** Complex decision-making requiring in-depth analysis, management of multiple projects and donors simultaneously, ingenuity, capacity to evaluate and respond to new and changing issues and sound problem-solving ability. Identify risk factors with potential to disrupt achievement of program/project goals. Analyze issues, problems or opportunities and propose appropriate courses of action.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY:** Participate in proposal development, financial management, project budget development and planning. Review of field financial reports. Ensure compliance with IFES and donor rules and regulations, particularly with regard to fiscal management.

RELATIONSHIPS:** Maintain collaborative working relationship to ensure timely and successful achievement of project goals and objectives. Partnerships require a high degree of diplomacy, tact and judgment, with ability to address conflicts or difficulties in a constructive manner.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:** Oversee several in-country project staff and participate in project monitoring and evaluation.

Job Responsibilities:


  • Support the CD in managing the Field Office operations, program implementation, human resources, administration, finance, security and donor reporting.
  • Assist the CD in ensuring timely execution of project activities within the allocated budget, strategic development and implementation.
  • Assist the CD in donor outreach and business development efforts.
  • Lead projects’ forward planning through the coordination and update of the field office workplan.
  • Oversee specific project activities as directed by the CD and provide technical input as needed.
  • Supervise in-country local staff and consultants providing feedback on performance.
  • Ensure that procurement documentation and processes accord with IFES policies and donors’ rules and regulations.
  • Ensure that donor-specified reporting requirements are met, including their timely submission for review.
  • Supervise the project's monitoring and evaluation plan and oversee data collection and reporting.
  • Serve as the IFES representative when the CD is not available.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Education: Master’s degree, preferably in international politics, international development, public policy, or a related field strongly preferred.

Experience: Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience planning, implementing and managing international development programs, preferably in the area of democracy and governance, elections and/or civic engagement. Minimum of 5 years of experience working with US Government and non-US donors in related program areas, with at least 3 years of office management and staff supervision experience, and with knowledge of election administration and operations and experience working with election management bodies. Familiarity with political, economic and social context of Sudan is an asset.

Related Skills or Knowledge: Experience with office administration, security management and activity planning and implementation. Demonstrated national staff management, project administration and financial management skills. Detail-oriented, creative, dependable and organized. Demonstrated ability to manage staff, prioritize and handle multiple tasks and consistently meet tight deadlines. Ability to develop and manage effective local relationships by applying cultural awareness. Strong communicator, both verbally and in writing in English; proficiency in Arabic is desired. Demonstrated outstanding writing and reporting skills. Collaborative, team oriented individual. Proven capacity to work well with minimal supervision.

LANGUAGE SKILLS: Fluency in written and spoken in English required; proficiency in Arabic is an asset.

TRAVEL: Travel to the regions is required.


Standard office work environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

“All qualified applicants/employees will receive consideration for employment/promotions and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.

IFES takes affirmative action with respect to the employment and promotion of women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. IFES will also take affirmative action on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

IFES is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor”

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