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Urban Vocational Training Sector Manager

Essential Functions: The Urban Vocational Training Manager will be responsible for the development of UMCOR livelihoods activities in Darfur. The Urban Vocational Training Manager will:

  • Manage a team of approximately 5 national staff as well as the implementation of UMCOR’s vocational training program in East Darfur and South Darfur States;
  • Successfully manage a budget of approximately $750,000 in accordance with UMCOR and donor requirements;
  • Coordinate all activities with UMCOR’s NNGO partners in East and South Darfur States;
  • Continually update UMCOR’s strategy for the development of the UMCOR Sudan’s vocational training sector overall;
  • Coordinate all activities with government (HAC) representatives in East and South Darfur State as needed;
  • Plan and lead market assessments and value-chain analyses in UMCOR program areas in order to identify livelihoods / vocational skills which would increase the income generation capacities of HHs in primarily urban areas. Analyze and recommend livelihoods options by gender. Based on these assessments, recommend innovative project activities that focus on building individual capacity for income generation;
  • Research policy barriers to entrepreneurial activities and propose activities for minimizing or eliminating these barriers;
  • Recommend changes in the curriculum of the UMCOR’s 5 existing Life Skills Centers;
  • Coordinate the start-up of similar activities for women in Nyala Town (South Darfur State);
  • Conduct an evaluation of the impact of UMCOR’s livelihoods activities in Darfur as needed;
  • Provide training for UMCOR national staff on conducting market assessments, value-chain analysis and implement livelihoods projects;
  • As needed, represent UMCOR in any meetings with donors, NGOs or government authorities that are relevant to the development of UMCOR’s livelihoods / vocational training program;
  • Ensure lessons learned from ongoing livelihoods activities are captured and incorporated into UMCOR programs and proposals;
  • Assist in writing proposals for new livelihoods projects; and
  • Assume any other duties as assigned by the Darfur Program Manager or the Head of Mission.

    Qualifications and Professional Experience:

  • The position requires a postgraduate degree in a relevant field (relevant vocation, economics, community development, etc);
  • At least 3 years of field experience with INGOs in the design and implementation of urban livelihoods programs in Africa or other developing countries; and
  • Experience developing proposals and budgets for livelihoods programs.


  • Knowledge of best practices in urban and rural livelihoods; and
  • Knowledge of OFDA / USAID economic recovery guidelines would be highly beneficial.


  • Must possess excellent representation and negotiation skills, diplomacy and patience;
  • A team player with good interpersonal and team building skills;
  • Ability to work in post conflict environment with limited resources; and
  • Ability to understand the Sudanese / Islamic cultural and political environment and to work well with local authorities in a diplomatic manner.

    How to apply:

    If you meet the minimum requirements, submit your cover letter, resume and complete the position related questions on our website at Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with hiring at the earliest possible date.

    This job will remain open until filled.

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