Strategic Objectives

 Job Title:                                Program Development and Quality Director (PDQ)
Line Manager:                       Country Director
People Management:            Communications, Monitoring and Evaluation Departments
Duty Station:                         Juba, South Sudan
Closing date:                          31st  Jan  2019


SAADO – Smile Again Africa Development Organization is a national non- profit humanitarian and development organization dedicated to working with the youth and their communities to reach their full potential. Founded in 2011, SAADO works across all the states of South Sudan promoting social cohesion and empowering communities to tackle the causes of poverty and injustices.  We provide humanitarian assistance to families affected by disaster & conflict while partnering with communities for long-term solutions to alleviate poverty. Motivated by the potential in the youth, we optimize their role to foster peaceful co-existence and economic empowerment in South Sudan.     


The Role:

Reporting to the Country Director, the PDQ will drive growth in grant income for Smile Again Africa Development Organization - SAADO by engaging with government, bilateral, multilateral and private donors by supporting priority SAADO partners to strengthen donor relations acquire grants and manage grant-funded projects successfully. 


Strategy Engagement:

·         Develop and oversee effective and efficient implementation of Grant's program development strategy in line with the country strategy.

·         Give strategic direction to the department, ensuring that it remains innovative in business development.

·         Lead the team too carefully/prioritize the use of available time and resources to develop a sustainable portfolio of grant.

·         Ensure that grant acquisition supports achievement of strategic priorities.

·         Monitor local and international Donor trends to maintain competitiveness.

·     Ensure program portfolio is directed according to set management standards. Develop standards, guidelines, and approaches for quality business development and monitor compliance.

·        Ensure there is a coordinated strategic engagement that identifies and prioritizes on key external stakeholders and creates clear points of engagement locally, regionally, nationally and internationally

Networking, External Coordination, and Relationships:

·    Build and strengthen networks and partnerships with strategically identified stakeholders to improve learning, influence competitiveness, and visibility to realize the sustainable impact on lives and livelihoods of the communities we serve.

·      Strengthen and expend networking with government, donor, and NGO and UN bodies to coordinate SAADO work with theirs.

·    Maintain good communication with and represent SAADO to Support Offices, key NGOs, and Governmental Departments; Participate in joint agency assessments, task-force teams and workshops.

·   Establish, roll out and manage protocols for coordinating communication between ministry units and support offices, key international and national donors and other stakeholders.

Resource Mobilization:

·         Provides leadership in proposal development according to donor specifications and SAADO strategic sector focus. Lead the processes of resource mobilization to execute SAADO Strategy.

·         Undertake and lead grants marketing strategies.

·    Provide leadership and management support in proposal writing, forming consortia and follow up with donors to ensure the complete and smooth transition to management the program.

·         Ensure that proposal development and related processes include standardized approaches for budget, procurement and personnel planning and monitoring.

·        Ensure that the resource acquisition management system effectively standardizes processes for identifying and establishing priority sectors and opportunities, assessing risk and managing project cycle.

·     Identify, market opportunities and monitor donor trends and for growing grant funding from governments and multilateral in collaboration with the Director for the program, country director, and executive director.

·      Oversee and manage the grant submission and acquisition process at country

Donor Engagement:

·         Lead compilation and fine-tuning of professional reports ensuring they are presented in a timely manner and meet donor requirements.

·         Build relationships and credibility with donors, using program evidence base and policy expertise focusing especially on government and other multilateral donors.

·         lead and guide the development of strategic funding relationships with key government and multilateral donor

Staff Capacity Building and Structure:

·         Analyze and adjust structure for cost, efficiency, and effectiveness, determine optimal grants portfolio package as well program cash flow.

·         Define roles and responsibilities within SAADO by creating essential core competencies and providing support to foster continuous and effective engagement of the grant program.

·     Develop strategies to attract and maintain staff numbers aligned to Grant portfolio. Provide leadership in facilitating a high-performance management culture, open trustworthy staff relationships and integrity to enhance smooth staff relations and accountability.

·         Provide leadership in staff capacity building in grants acquisition, management and grant compliance as per national, partnership and donor initiatives.

·       Remain sensitive to the political implications of SAADO’s activities, advising of any indications that the neutral and humanitarian nature of the work is being compromised.

·         Ensures quality and timely preparation and submission of divisional strategic plan, annual operations plan, monthly reports and budgets.


·         A minimum of a BSc. in Development Studies or some related field (master is preferred).

·         At least 5 years of experience in leading complex grants and programs.

·         Significant experience of government-donor relations and fundraising.

·         Well informed on latest trends in grants sector.

·         Deeper understanding of how proposal development and monitoring systems can be used for marketing purposes.

·         People management skills.

·         Strong interpersonal and networking skills to work cross-organizationally and with different cultures.

·      Be results orientated leader with the ability to handle a heavy workload, manage and satisfy multiple conflicting organizational, donor and other stakeholder demands.

·         Ability to communicate effectively.

·         Working knowledge of programs/projects cycle management.

·         Ability to maintain effective working relationships with all staff and other key partners.

·         Demonstrate leadership and team building ability.

·         Working knowledge of proposal writing and negotiation skills.

·         Good planning and organizational skills.

·         Computer literate.

·         Perform other duties as required.

·         Work Environment/Travel:

·         Office-based with frequent travel to the field.

·         Ability to work in conflict areas and harsh climatic conditions

How to apply


If you are passionate and interested send your CV and a cover letter to SAADO HR Manager; quoting “Program Development and Quality Director” on this email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can hand deliver your application to SAADO office: Munuki Block C, Off Gudele Road, Opposite Antipas Pharmacy in Juba by Jan 31st , 2019 Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


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