Area Programs Director

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 17 December 2019
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 31 January 2020

Starting date: March, 2020

Contract duration: 12 months

Country Program: Syrian Response

Base: Erbil, Iraq with potential relocation to Syria

About the mission:

PIN has been working in Northern Syria since 2012, providing emergency relief and early recovery support to conflict-affected communities and IDPs. PIN’s contribution to the overall Syria humanitarian response is amongst the largest, with an annual turnover of over $35 million. The major donors are: ECHO, OFDA, FFP, SDC and DFID. The position is initially based in Erbil with visits to the office in Syria.

General position summary:

Under the supervision of the Area Director, the Area Programs Director will supervise and provide leadership for expanding, multi-sector program team. The Area Programs Director is responsible for ensuring high quality implementation of a wide range of programing across emergency to early recovery contexts:

  • Food Security program (food vouchers, multipurpose cash assistance, cash for work);
  • Livelihoods program (technical and vocational education and trainings, market recovery);
  • Child Protection program (Child Friendly Spaces in informal camps);
  • WASH program (rehabilitation of water infrastructure, hygiene promotion);
  • Shelter program (rehabilitation of private shelters and health facilities, distribution of shelter & NFI materials)

The Area Programs Director reports to the Area Director. He/she has delegated management responsibility for Livelihoods Program Manager, Food security Program Manager, WASH program manager, Shelter Program Manager, Protection and Education Program Manager and Emergency/Shelter NFI Program Manager.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise and coordinate all implemented programs at field level;
  • Ensure all programs are designed and managed in line with quality standards and guidelines and PIN policies and strategy;
  • Line manage and support 6 Program Managers;
  • Facilitate the coordination within the organisation at programs and support levels;
  • Share responsibilities with Area Director for representation and discussions with key partners, coordination fora, local authorities etc.
  • Promote synergies and ensure the overall coherence and relevance of multi-sectoral response;
  • Ensure that all programs properly retain program learning for future programming and that all key lessons and information are documented;
  • Ensure with the program managers that the capacity of national staff and team resilience, to changing context and subsequent changes in management arrangements, is built;

Suitable candidates for this position should possess:

  • At least 4 years of management experience of emergency projects in difficult and challenging environments including protracted conflicts.
  • Experience with managing multisector projects as program manager in at least two of the following sectors: Food security and Livelihoods, WASH, Shelter, Child protection and Education;
  • Proven experience with management and supervision of large teams and budgets in challenging and insecure environments, and interest in building the capacity of teams;
  • Excellent communication skills, including fluent spoken and written English;
  • Strong grasp of all stages of program cycle management and quality standards in humanitarian programming, including safeguarding and accountability mechanisms;
  • Strong organizational, critical analysis and problem solving skills;
  • Previous experience with managing large teams and budgets;
  • Previous working experience from Middle East, particularly the Syrian crisis is advantage;

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

  • This position is an unaccompanied position. The position is based in Erbil with week-long visits to Syria on a monthly basis.
  • Erbil accommodation is in a PIN Guesthouse with individual guestrooms and shared bathroom, living room and kitchen. All sites have internet.
  • General security situation in Erbil is generally good and there is potential for a good social life with many restaurants, bars and gyms and a large expat community. Internet is available in all PIN’s offices and guesthouses. There are a number of health services available with medevac mechanism for INGO’s members. There is reasonable access to most of the consumer goods.
  • Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and PIN's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

People in Need offers:

  • Salary as per PIN salary scale (per diems included): 3.300 – 3.500 EUR, depending on the seniority grade
  • Opportunities for learning, trainings and capacity development;
  • 25 days of paid leave annually;
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses with travel to the country of residence once per every 6 months of completed work, plus R&R benefits according to PIN's policy;
  • Reimbursement of costs of visas and vaccinations; assistance with visa application procedure;
  • Free medical helpdesk and psychological consultation available on line;
  • Travel health insurance.
  • Housing in PIN guesthouse covered by PIN;

This vacancy is archived.

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