CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in more than 90 countries. We create local solutions to poverty and inequality and we seek dignity for everyone every day and during times of crisis. These solutions have a broad range, from clean water to access to education; from microfinance to ensuring that everyone has nutritious food; from agriculture and climate change to disaster response. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because they have proven to be the best hope for creating lasting change in the world. Our staff live where they work, which makes us effective at understanding the challenges they face. We’ve been doing this for over 70 years, since World War II. It started with the world’s first CARE Package® of food for the post-war hungry in Europe. Our work today is as important as ever, we believe that poverty and inequality are historic injustices that we can end within a generation, for good. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us.
CARE is seeking an Area Director (AD) for North East Syria who will manage CARE’s operations in the North East of Syria with an emphasis on fulfilling CARE’s humanitarian mandate in line with the CARE International Humanitarian strategy and CARE’s global vision and mission. The AD strives for impact that benefits women and girls, addresses injustice and discrimination, and enhances the lives of vulnerable communities inside Syria. Reporting to the Syria Country Director, the AD oversees program and program support teams for North East Syria, ensuring relevant, impactful, accountable and principled programming that addresses the needs of vulnerable Syrian communities. She/he will contribute to the development, testing, and scaling up of CARE’s Syria strategy; ensuring that the approaches are based on sound contextual and needs analyses, in coordination with Syria-wide technical teams and in collaboration with the relevant program and support team in Country Office.
She/he will lead on fundraising for the North East, in collaboration with the Syria Country Director, and where needed in coordination with other hub teams and Syria-wide technical advisors. In collaboration with the Syria Finance Controller, she/he will ensure financial oversight and viability of the portfolio in North East Syria.
Area Director is responsible for adequate emergency preparedness and manages emergency programming and operations in the north east of Syria. She/he establishes and sustains productive relationships and political influence with donors and strategic partners, and with relevant officials. She/he is a member of the senior leadership team (SMT) of CARE Syria and as such, contributes to the broader humanitarian response in Syria, by sharing knowledge and supporting the generation of evidence to inform CARE’s programming in other parts of Syria and the region. The AD is accountable for competent operational risk management of CARE’s programs in North East Syria, in collaboration with the Whole of Syria (WOS) internal audit manager for financial risk and the Regional Safety & Security Manager for security and access risks and ensures that staff abide CARE Syria safety guidelines and instructions. This includes the proper management, well being and safety of CARE staff/consultants and the proper stewardship of CARE’s resources. The AD North East Syria models and ensures systematic practice of CARE core values - Transformation, Integrity, Diversity, Excellence and Equality. She/he also promotes Gender Equality and Diversity among North East Syria staff and in programming. She/he will help build effective teams, coalitions, partnerships and networks within and beyond CARE.
- Staff management and human resources
- Program strategy planning and learning
- Program impact and relevance
- Access and risk management
- External Relationships Partnership and Advocacy
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, Political Sciences, International Relations, Humanitarian and International Cooperation or related field
- Minimum of 7 years of senior managerial experience in international development and humanitarian assistance
- Solid understanding of financial and budget management, and of best practice programming
- Proven ability in decision-making and problem-solving including in dynamic contexts
- Fluent in English (speaking, reading and writing)
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