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Posted on January 15, 2020

2 - 3 years Syria - Syria

Master of Arts(Political), Any Graduation. Any Nationality

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• Job number: SRH03718
• Type de poste: Overseas missions
• Domaine de competence: Regional Coordination / Head of Mission
• Statut: Salari
• Contract Type: Short term contract
• Country: Syria
About the mission
Desired start date: 15/02/2020
Duration of the mission: 6 months
Location: Erbil
SI has been working in Syria since 2012 and currently has strong coverage for WASH, FSL and NFI programs across North West (NWS) and North East Syria (NES). The NES programs provide an integrated assistance in the WASH, NFI, Shelter and Livelihoods sectors to displaced populations and host communities affected by the conflict. NWS programs are remotely managed and provide WASH and NFI/Winterization support to affected populations. Since 2016, SI has been partnering with a local health partner to develop and strengthen a WASH-and-Health integrated approach, and is currently developing the streamlining of Protection within its existing programs.
The mission is expanding through a major consortium with 4 partners led by SI, which started in October 2018. The LEARN consortium funded by OFDA ( Linking Assistance and Relief in Northeast Syria ) will support equitable and safe access to essential basic services including WASH, Shelter and Health, for the most vulnerable populations affected by conflict and displacement in Northeast Syria.
The Syria mission counts about 340 national staff, more than 60 expatriates, and has a 20 million USD budget forecasted for 2019.
About the job
The Area Coordinator (AC) is directly in charge of all operational aspects of the Syria mission in NES (North East Syria) and provides direction, development and leadership.
The AC is supported in this task by the various Syria Coordinators who have functional relationships with NES field teams (Finance Coordinator, HR Coordinator, Logistics Coordinator, Supply Coordinator, WASH Coordinator, MEAL Coordinator, Grant Manager and Conformity & Transparency Coordinator).
The AC is under the line-management of the CD, and has link (though neither line nor functional) with SI Deputy CDs (DCD-Support and DCD-Program).
Note: The SI Syria mission is a mission with a Country office in Amman. The AC has direct responsibility for the SI NES activities (including Raqqa, Hassake and DEZ), but does not have any management or security responsibility for SI NWS team based in Amman (this falls under the direct responsibility of the Country Director).
Main activities:
• Operational Management of the NES Mission :
• Provide leadership to the NES teams, including NES Supply Unit and NES Raqqa, Hassake and DEZ field teams
• Represent Solidarit s International in the region (local authorities, NGO Forum, NGO Working Groups, etc.).
• Coordinate the teams in place and be the prime focal point for the Coordination Office (CO) based in Amman and the LEARN CMU (Consortium Management Unit)
• Strategy Development & Humanitarian Context Analysis and Program development
• Lead the annual review of the country strategy for NES in link with the CD, DCD-Program and DCD-Support
• Analyze the context to support Solidarit s International s NES strategy according to the geopolitical and humanitarian context.
• In link with SI Grant Manager and with support from his/her Deputies, contribute to proposals for all new projects according to the strategy or in response to new emergencies
• In link with SI Grant Manager, ensure the Deputy AC Programs take the lead in organising kick-off meetings for each new SI project in NES and landing meetings towards the end of each project
• Support services and security
• Ensure his Deputy AC-Support provide relevant support and guidance to the support department (Finance, Logistics, HR)
• Responsible of security briefing for visitors or newcomers to NES
• Ensure a security context analysis and follow-up to mitigate security risks, and maintain and secure better humanitarian access.
Specific stakes and challenges:
• Very limited context visibility, rendering operational planning and security management particularly challenging
• Remote management context
• Handling of large teams, within a complex overall structure ranging across 3 contexts (NES, Erbil and Amman) with heavy communication channels.
Priorities for the 2/3 first months :
• Ensure continued support to the Deputy AC Program and Support, and their respective teams in maintaining the provision of basic services to affected populations in NES, relaying their financial, HR and strategic needs to the Country Office.
• Maintain regular and formalized communications between the Country Office and the field teams, to ensure smooth internal coordination and informed decision-making.

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Desired Candidate Profile

• Post-graduate degree in humanitarian and/or development studies, social sciences, political sciences or similar field
• Essential: Previous experience in team management (including expatriates in support functions) and strategic orientation
• Essential: Experience in security management in unstable environments, the applicant needs to be willing to work in an ongoing and escalating violence environment
• Essential: Experience in conflict/post-conflict contexts, preferably with experience in supporting emergency response
• Essential: Stakeholder management
• Essential: Experience in data analysis (quantitative and qualitative information from primary and secondary sources) and report writing
• Desirable: Previous experience with SI
• Desirable: Knowledge and experience working with OFDA projects
• Desirable: Previous work experience in response to the Syrian Crisis
• Desirable: Previous work experience in response in the Middle East
Soft skills:
• Outstanding communication skills, including excellent diplomacy skills with the ability to influence and negotiate
• Problem solving skills
• Analytical skills and proven organization and methodical skills
• Strong interest in context and security analysis
• Strong commitment to humanitarian work and principles
• Ability to work under pressure, with peaks of heavy workload
• Adaptability to changing work environment and possible volatile security situation
• Capacity to provide leadership and be a unifying force
• Knowledge of Solidarit s rules, tools and procedures;
• Strong stress management skills:
• English : fluent with excellent writing capacities
• Arabic/Kurdish: fluent will be a strong asset




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