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Vacancy Country Coordinator SHARP Consortium


On behalf of the SHARP consortium, KIT is seeking to recruit a Country Coordinator who will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of the SHARP project in South Sudan. This position will be based in Juba and supported by a financial administrator and secretariat. See the full vacancy below: 

Job Title: Country Coordinator, South Sudan Health Action and Research Plan (SHARP)
Project Location: Juba, South Sudan
Start date: ASAP
End date: 31 December 2015
Reports to: Project Director, Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is an independent knowledge and expertise centre in the areas of international and intercultural cooperation. KIT Development Policy & Practice is KIT’s main department for development cooperation, specializing in health, education, social development and gender equity, and sustainable economic development. The multi-disciplinary team in the Health Area has strong capabilities in research, evaluation, consultancy and post-graduate education. We are passionate about understanding and strengthening the contribution of communities and health systems towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).
A consortium led by KIT and in collaboration with International Medical Corps, Cordaid and HealthNet TPO has received funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to implement the South Sudan Health Action and Research Plan (SHARP) project over the period 2013-2015. SHARP aims to improve health services for mothers and children in South Sudan. After years of conflict, South Sudan became an independent country in July 2011, but its medical infrastructure is highly underdeveloped. This has dramatic consequences for mothers and children: for example, 1 in 5 women die during pregnancy or delivery and an even larger number suffer from inadequate medical care during pregnancy and labour. The under 5 mortality rate is 117 deaths per 1,000 children under age 5.
The SHARP project will contribute to achieving the objectives of South Sudan’s Health Sector Development Plan (HSDP) 2012-2016 in 3 states: Upper Nile, Northern Bahr el Ghazal and Western Bahr el Ghazal. Specific objectives include contributing to the achievement of the goals of reducing maternal mortality and improving accessibility of reproductive health care in selected counties in these 3 states. This will be done through 4 project components: upgrading of reproductive health service delivery; empowering communities; capacity building and operational research.
On behalf of the consortium, KIT is seeking to recruit a Country Coordinator (CC) who will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of the project in South Sudan. This position will be based in Juba and supported by a financial administrator and secretariat. Regular travel to the three project areas is required. The CC will work closely with both the SHARP Coordinator (based at KIT in Amsterdam) and the team leaders of partner organisations in South Sudan. Duties include: 
  • Coordinate the in-country project activities of the three implementing partners and of the lead organization, including the monitoring and evaluation ones
  • Coordinate and take a lead role in the in-country implementation of the empowering communities, capacity building and operational research components of the project
  • Represent the project in South Sudan and liaise and negotiate with external stakeholders such as the Ministry of Health, other country authorities, other donors, other implementers and other key stakeholders
  • Together with the SHARP Coordinator in the Netherlands, organise and manage the work of the pool of experienced technical advisors and researchers supporting the project
  • Ensure efficiency and effectiveness of programme implementation
  • Monitor progress and resolve day-to-day problems together with team leaders of partner organisations in South Sudan; inform the SHARP Coordinator in a timely manner of any larger problems
  • Maintain regular communication with the SHARP Coordinator and team leaders of partner organisations in South Sudan, including the organisation and convening of the Country Management Committee
  • Coordinate preparation of technical and financial reports, compile and ensure timely submission of required reports from partners


  • Public health or other relevant academic qualification; Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum 7 years experience in international development cooperation in both content and management positions
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods desired
  • Proven track record of successfully implementing and managing complex projects with multiple partners
  • Highly developed skills in planning, organization and problem solving
  • Culturally sensitive with a demonstrated ability to engage with multiple types of people including high level stakeholders
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Experience in South Sudan is highly recommended
  • Demonstrated ability to live and work in post-conflict situations
  • Fluency (orally and writing) in English
  • Ability to travel frequently to project sites
  • Both national and international candidates are encouraged to apply.
The CC will be hired as a long-term consultant of KIT and will be contracted until the end of 2015. A probationary period of one year applies. Salary and benefits are negotiable and based on experience. This is an unaccompanied position. 
Interested parties should send an updated CV and one page cover letter detailing how his/her experience matches with the above profile to Egbert Sondorp, SHARP
Coordinator,, no later than 7 March 2013. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and the position may be filled prior to the deadline. Early applications are strongly encouraged. Preference will be given to candidates who can start as soon as possible. 
Information about this position may be obtained from Egbert Sondorp, SHARP Coordinator, telephone +31 (0)20 568 8706 or per e-mail: General information about KIT and its departments can be found on: Download the vacancy in PDF

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