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Mercy Corps has been meeting the needs of conflict-affected communities inside Syria since 2012. Mercy Corps Syria currently operates from Jordan, Syria and Lebanon with an experienced team of staff and partners who are supported and led by a Country Team based in Amman that ensures consistent, technical and quality driven programming. Mercy Corps implements a range of activities aimed at supporting positive coping strategies by addressing the basic needs of vulnerable families while strengthening opportunities to generate income, increasing access to livelihoods creating protective environments, and providing humanitarian services to respond to life-saving needs.
Since September 2014, humanitarian actors responding to the Syria crisis have been working in partnership and in accordance with the humanitarian architecture, including the Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria and the Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator on joint planning, programming and reporting mechanisms to ensure a harmonized and coordinated response. North East Syria (NES) is a key component of this approach, with the presence of local NGOs, INGOs and UN Damascus sub-offices, jointly operating to respond to humanitarian needs.
INGO coordination falls under the NES NGO Forum which, in the absence of OCHA and other UN Coordination bodies, performs an outsized coordination function, including sector coordination, which is led by INGO-hosted Sector Coordinators. Sector Coordinators are responsible for all cluster/working group functions for NGOs, working closely with UN counterparts, including identifying needs and gaps, coordinating and mapping response, the monthly collection of 4Ws, and advocating with relevant stakeholders to ensure that the sector priorities are reflected in strategic discussions. So far, there has been no Emergency Response (ER) Coordinator at NES level. Instead, there is a joint UN-INGO Co-coordinator for the ER Cluster based out of Turkey, responsible for North West Syria, along with a dedicated focal point for Cross-border ER coordination based in Amman.
With technical support and guidance from the ER Coordinator based in Amman, the NES Early Recovery Sector Coordinator will be responsible for collecting 4W matrix from all actors, including non-humanitarian actors. The Sector Coordinator will chair ER Sector meetings and streamline early recovery into existing Sector Working Groups, where ER activities also constitute a key component within other sector response plans. The ER Sector coordinator will work closely with the NES NGO Forum, NES Inter-Sector Working Group (ISWG) and with the ER Coordinator.
Reports Directly to: Director of Programs
The Early Recovery Sector Coordinator will have good knowledge of the humanitarian architecture specifically the coordination mechanisms. S/He will have good experience in gathering and mapping information on response and key stakeholders. The successful candidate will have strong interpersonal and communication skills to be able to work with the multiple sector coordinators as well as NES NGO Forum members while streamlining early recovery. S/He will have the ability to work under pressure in a dynamic environment. S/He will display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
The position is based in Amuda, North East Syria and it requires travel to program areas. The role is unaccompanied and housing is in group housing in an austere environment. The team member must follow all security protocols at all times. This position is eligible for R&R breaks and hardship allowance.
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps' vision. Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment.
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