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GOAL is currently seeking an individual to act as the next Country Director of the South Sudan Programme. GOAL has been in South Sudan since 1985 with a permanent office in Juba since 2007 and has evolved to provide a mix of emergency response and longer-term recovery for crisis affected communities. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with a dynamic international NGO that helps to transform lives every day. If you are a someone who is a strong leader with experience in the humanitarian or development sector, then this role is right for you.

To be successful in this role, you will need:

  • Relevant post-graduate qualification in Business, administration, management, social science, international development OR Relevant degree level qualification alongside 3-5 years’ relevant experience
  • 1-2 years’ experience at Country Director Level in the overseas humanitarian or development environment OR 3-5 years’ experience as part of a Senior Management Team in a humanitarian assistance programme
  • Experience directly managing multi-sector programmes across multiple grants and/or experience in managing qualified programme managers implementing multi-sector activities across multiple grants
  • Demonstrable experience in security and crisis management
  • A record of successful development on donor resources
  • Experience leading a large and geographically dispersed team and working in highly insecure locations
  • Fluent English is required for this role

As the next Country Director of South Sudan, you will be based in Juba and reporting to the Regional Director of Africa. As the GOAL Country Director (CD) you will be accountable for all of GOAL’s work in-country and act as a legal representative of GOAL in South Sudan. You will be responsible for specific programming and accountable to beneficiaries, donors, and to GOAL’s HQ.

The key responsibilities of the role will be:

  • Responsible for securing and responsibly growing the portfolio within South Sudan and act as the chair of the cross-functional Funding Support Unit
  • Aligning the country programme to GOAL’s Global Strategy through development and implementation of three-year Country Strategic Plan and Annual Country Plans
  • Responsible for overall safety and security management and appropriate duty of care of the country programme staff
  • Manage country wide financial exposure and leading the annual Country Budgeting process to ensure effective forecasts and resourcing
  • Day-to-day management of the country programme, including management of the Internal Auditor
  • Responsible for overall people development and ensuring appropriate and effective support functions for programme implementation


Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

Accountability within GOAL

Alongside our safeguarding policy, GOAL is an equal opportunities employer and has a set of integrity policies. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability:

  • Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols.
  • Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.
  • Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.

Established in 1977, GOAL is an international humanitarian agency, with a team of 2,400 personnel, dedicated to alleviating the needs of the most vulnerable communities. Currently operating in 13 of the world’s most vulnerable countries, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian and development programmes, ranging from humanitarian relief in disaster situations, to focusing on nutrition, food security, and building greater resilience and sustainable livelihoods.

GOAL has an annual budget of an estimated €100 million and is supported by a range of donors including the Governments of Ireland, UK, USA, the European Union, individuals, trusts and foundations. GOAL values the power of partnership and works with local and international partners to achieve its mission.


Our package includes a competitive salary, shared accommodation, health and travel insurance and 20 days annual leave. Additional benefits are available after 12 months of service.

GOAL has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Child Protection Policy, which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants and children from exploitation. GOAL also has a confidentiality policy ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of GOAL, acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organisation without authority, except in the normal execution of duty. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to these policies any job offer made is also subject to police clearance. GOAL is an equal opportunities employer.

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document. Any published closing dates are estimated.; Due to the nature of GOAL’s work we aim to fill vacancies as quickly as possible.; This means that we will close adverts as soon as we have found the right candidate and this may be before the published closing date.; We would therefore advise interested applicants to submit an application as early as possible.


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