Head of Mission

General Coordination and Management


South Sudan








5 years min


Employee contract


Project Description

Johanniter has been active in South Sudan since 2011 and its humanitarian aid projects focus on health, nutrition & WASH in the Western Bahr el Ghazal region. The current projects are financed primarily by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), but also by UNICEF, WFP and private funds.

Johanniter's operational strategy and structures in South Sudan are currently undergoing a change and it will be an exciting task for the new Head of Mission to be part of the steering committee. The aim is to reposition Johanniter’s presence in South Sudan, reprioritise operational interventions and to acquire new donors. This will include also the identification of local/national partner organisations.

The Johanniter will continue to focus on WBeG in the future, but there is certainly a medium-term desire to expand geographically.


Job Responsibilities and Accountabilities     


Overall job purpose

The Head of Mission is responsible for the planning, management and development of all Johanniter programmes in South Sudan and for ensuring that all activities are within the strategic framework of Johanniter. The Head of Mission provides strategic leadership to develop and maintain strong national and local partnerships, develop and nurture a high performing team and has ultimate responsibility for all security issues. He/she positions and protects the organisation. The Head of Mission cooperates closely with the Regional Support Unit (RSU) and HQ in Berlin.








Reporting lines

Reporting to:                                       Regional Head of Desk in HQ (first level supervisor)

                                                                  Director International Assistance in HQ (next level supervisor)

Supervises:                                         All staff members (national and international staff)

Receives technical advice from:         relevant advisors HQ

Gives technical advice to:                  ./.

Standing in for:                                   Head of Programmes

Replaced by:                                      Head of Programmes



Strategy and Programme Development

  • Lead the development and achievement of the country strategy based on global Johanniter strategy.
  • Identify new programmes through assessments which support the achievement of Johanniter’s strategic objectives in the country (including rapid humanitarian assistance in case of disasters in coordination with HQ).
  • Assess and build partnerships with new national, international or local partner organisations.
  • Proactively explore, evaluate and present new country and project funding opportunities with both institutional and private donors.
  • Develop exit strategies and handover – if applicable.

Programme Management

  • Oversee the establishment and implementation of programmes.
  • Ensure that the country office team and partners have the necessary tools, resources information and assistance to deliver services that meet or exceed internationally accepted standards and protocols.
  • Cooperate closely with existing national partners, provide and organize capacity building, support, input and guidance.
  • Ensure that proper monitoring and evaluation systems for program activities are in place and adhered to and ensure objectives are reached in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Supervise and coach partners and staff to develop and write high quality proposals and reports for donors and Johanniter HQ and ensure timely submission.

Human Resource and Team Management

  • Create and maintain a culture of team spirit and ensure all staff is committed to strive for high performance contributing to the achievement of the strategic ambitions of JUH.
  • Recruit and hire national staff and recruit international staff in cooperation with HQ.
  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular bilaterals and performance reviews.
  • Ensure both individual and team development and capacity building.
  • Exercise and provide all necessary measures for Duty of Care and for JUH to act as fair employer.

Financial-, Logistics and Compliance Management

  • Ensure that systems are in place that allow all Johanniter and relevant donor policies and guidelines to be implemented and adhered to.
  • Develop, monitor and forecast the annual operational budget and ensure timely management of financial reporting, audit compliance and cash flow.
  • Work closely with Finance Coordinator, Logistics Coordinator, RSU and HQ on all financial and logistical issues.
  • Responsible for all legal matters in country (taxation, labour law, registration, insurances etc.) and ensure fiscal controls and donor required policy controls are carried out.
  • Pro-actively follow-up recommendations of internal/external audits. 
  • Prevent and proactively fight against corruption and investigate suspected fraud cases.

Safety and Security  

  • Prioritise Safety and Integrity of all staff at all times.
  • Constantly monitor the security situation and establish a good understanding of the context and risks associated with a changing environment.
  • Elaborate local Security Plans and ensure that valid guidelines are followed and adapted as required at all levels, that maximum preventive measures are taken and that the team of Expats and National Staff is safe and well informed at all times.
  • Review and update of the security and contingency plan in intervals agreed with HQ and guarantee that all guidelines are understood and respected.
  • Maintain regular contact with relevant networks and security stakeholders (UNDSS, INSO etc.).

Representation and Communication

  • Build and strengthen external relationships and represent Johanniter in South Sudan with donors, the host government, international and national organizations, and coordination fora
  • Support Media and Press work in conjunction with the HQ Communication Desk, prepare regular reports, updates and articles for Johanniter Communication and Fundraising Department, respond to media and press requests.


Terms and Conditions


Start date:                   Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Contract duration:      Definite contract for one year (with possible extension)



Between 51.386 € and 54.091 € annual gross salary (according to Johanniter AVR-J internal tariff and depending on relevant previous working experience).



- annual special payment (13th month salary)

- Social security provisions (lump sum 485 € per month) (for expats not falling under social security)

- International insurance package

- 29 days annual paid leave plus additional R&R regulations

- Yearly home flight (for contracts > 1 year)

- Per diems (for international postings) for days in project country (currently 28 € per day)


Please note that this position is unaccompanied.











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Applications for this position (including a cover letter, CV, reference contacts of three former supervisors as well as job certificates if available) should be sent to: Please indicate “Head of Mission South Sudan” in the subject line of your e-mail and mention your earliest date of availability.


Only complete applications will be considered. Only short-listed candidates will be notified.



Please be advised, that due to the urgency of the situation, we might start short-listing even before the end of the closing date.



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