Can you manage an ECHO programme and provide strong, technical guidance and lead a Red Cross and Red Crescent EU funded consortium in Syria?
The context in Syria is changing and we are looking for a strong Programme Delegate who can manage and further develop our ECHO funded Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement Consortium. The ideal candidate has strong experience of management of EU funded programmes and a background in health.
Danish Red Cross has been present in Syria since 2006 and our primary partnership is with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). SARC bears a primary role in supporting the most vulnerable people affected by conflict, across the frontlines and in hard-to-reach areas. Danish Red Cross is supporting SARC in becoming an effective and efficient organisation in the delivery of healthcare, psychosocial support, and relief services to the Syrian population and in becoming a strong humanitarian, civil society actor in a post-war setting.
DRC leads a consortium consisting of DRC, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), German Red Cross (GRC) and SARC, to implement a humanitarian programme that is currently in its tenth round, titled: “*Primary and Emergency Health, Psychosocial and Operation Support in Syria (ECHO 10)*”. The programme is funded by DG-ECHO with co-funding from DRC, IFRC and GRC, and it supports SARC operations in the areas of emergency health, psychosocial support, logistics, and humanitarian response capacity building. In addition, DRC has a strong portfolio of health initiatives in Syria. These include assistance to primary and secondary health services in SARC clinics with support from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and private donors.
The purpose of the ECHO Programme Delegate position is to manage the ECHO programme and provide strong, technical guidance and lead a Red Cross and Red Crescent EU funded consortium in Syria. Key focus areas include design of the successor programme and ensuring effectiveness, quality assurance (QA) and the compliance with regulations of DRC. In addition, the ECHO Programme Delegate will manage the DRC components of the ECHO 10 project as well as to coordinate the consortium and to ensure the overall implementation of the programme, as DRC is the contract holder and bears overall responsibility to DG-ECHO. The Health & PD should facilitate the coordination with SARC and the other consortium partners as well as other relevant stakeholders. In addition, ensure a strategic and dynamic approach towards the donor, as well as towards SARC, consortium partners and any other EU Partner National Societies (EUPNS), as DRC is the lead in the dialogue with ECHO for the Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) in Syria. The ECHO Programme Delegate is the budget holder for the DRC components of the ECHO programme.
The ECHO Programme Delegate reports directly to the DRC Country Manager (CM) who retains responsibility for the management of DRC’s project portfolio in Syria, and coordinates with other DRC delegates based in Damascus, currently two programme delegates focusing on the DG-NEAR and MoFA-funded projects, a technical Psychosocial Support (PSS) capacity-building delegate as well as a medical logistician and a finance delegate. Furthermore, the Health & PD provides ad-hoc support as required to the whole DRC programme and operation in Syria.
The ECHO Programme Delegate will receive technical support and advice particularly from the DRC Regional Office (RO) in Beirut, and from DRC Headquarters, particularly the ‘Health Matrix’ team in the ‘International Programmes Unit’ and in the ‘ECHO Matrix’ team in the ‘Partnership and Compliance’ Unit.
Your main responsibilities include:
- Manage the ECHO 10 programme and provide strong, technical guidance and lead the Red Cross and Red Crescent EU funded consortium in Syria.
- Design a possible successor programme in collaboration with SARC and consortium partners.
- Ensure high quality programme design as well as effectiveness, quality assurance (QA) and the compliance with regulations of DRC.
- Coordination with SARC and other partners implementing the ECHO programme.
- Supporting the CM in maintaining a detailed overview of the DRC Syria health project portfolio, and contribute to the unified M&E framework to monitor their results.
- Supporting the CM in needs assessment and in developing future projects, particularly in the design of future ECHO programme(s), based on lessons learned.
- Supporting the CM’s responsibilities to ensure fruitful donor relations, taking a lead in the relationship with ECHO at country and regional level.
- Supporting the CM in relations with the Host National Society (HNS), other PNS, and in DRC’s contribution to wider Movement cooperation in Syria.
- Coordination with and supporting the DRC Country Team and other relevant partners in building the health capacity in SARC, particularly for donor compliance and project Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (PMEAL).
We have high expectations and to succeed in the position, we expect that you have:
- Strong and proven programme management experience is a prerequisite and preferably extensive experience implementing EU (ECHO) programmes.
- A relevant education within health and/or public health is preferable but not a demand.
- A minimum of 6 years of relevant work experience from the humanitarian sector.
- Solid analytical skills and strong project cycle and financial management capacity.
- Ability to manage a consortium and able to steer processes in a difficult operational environment.
- Excellent communication, diplomatic and networking skills.
- Ability to work independently and structured and your solid planning and organisational skills make you autonomous and effective on a daily basis.
- Firm diplomacy and negotiation skills and understands that solid processes and ownership are key to achieving results in a culturally and politically sensitive environment.
- Good cultural understanding and the ability to work in a challenging multicultural environment is essential.
- Excellent English speaking and writing capabilities. Arabic will be a strong advantage.
- Proven ability to live and work for long periods under restricted conditions within a conflict-affected environment, and you can handle stressful situations.
- Proven experience in the capacity-building of local partners, ideally of Red Cross/Red Crescent National Societies and local branches, and in the Middle East, will be an advantage.
The ideal starting date is not later 1st September 2020 and the length of the contract is 12 months with the possibility of extension. The salary including all allowances and pension payment will be between DKK 42,600 and 45,000 per month, depending on qualifications and experience.
The duty station is Damascus. This is a non-family duty station with a paid 7-day Rest & Relaxation break permitted after every 8 weeks in-country – COVID-19 permitting. Travelling to project areas within Syria is expected to the extent that the security situation permits and under current circumstances.