Desired start date: May 15, 2019
Duration of the mission: 12 months (minimum)
Location: Position based in Beirut, Lebanon (with travels to the field)
ABOUT THE MISSION
Lebanon hosts about 1.5 million Syrian refugee, mainly in its northern governorates (Akkar and Tripoli) and in the Bekaa Valley. SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL (SI) has launched its operations in Lebanon in March 2013 to address immediate needs of both Syrian refugees and Lebanese affected by the crisis.
SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL’s mission in Lebanon has two operational bases (Tripoli and Zahle) and a coordination office in Beirut.
The expatriate team consists of 10 staff members, while the national team represents about 100 staff members.
The mission’s overall budget was of 8.5M Euros in 2018. Tripoli base counted for 70% of this amount and Zahle base for 30%.
Key areas of intervention for the mission are the following:
- Emergency WASH service provision in informal settlements (UNICEF)
- Outreach and shelter and WASH rehabilitation in Substandard Buildings (ECHO)
- WASH infrastructure development (EuropeAid)
- Multi-scale urban approach (OCHA, UN-HABITAT)
- Mapping of informal settlements (MEDAIR / UNHCR)
ABOUT THE JOB
The Country Director is SI’s official representative in the country.
- S/he oversees the mission’s program and support activities and is responsible for its global structuration and management. In coordination with her/his Senior Management Team (SMT), s/he will analyze the humanitarian and geopolitical context of the country to adapt accordingly SI Lebanon’s strategy, making sure its programs are driven by needs, based on evidence, adaptable to contextual changes, conflict sensitive, monitored closely and resourced appropriately.
S/he will then ensure that all necessary means are deployed and well-managed to implement these programs efficiently, in accordance with SI’s charter and procedures. S/he will play a key role in donors’ relations to maintain the on-going trust with exiting donors and build-up relationships with new donors to ensure budget diversification and multi-year funding.S/he will be in charge of the mission’s security, including situation analysis and update and implementation of the mission’s security plans, in close coordination with the mission’s Logistic Coordinator.**RESPONSIBILITIES:**
Context analysis: Maintain a constant and in-depth understanding of the geopolitical context and the humanitarian needs in country
Strategic planning and coordination
Program development & Quality Management
SecurityRelations with donors and representation
Internal and external communication
The coordination team is composed of:
- A Country Director
- A Deputy Country Director in charge of Programs, managing a Wash/Shelter Coordinator, an IM Coordinator, a MEAL manager and their teams
- A Deputy Country Director in charge of Business Development
2 Support Coordinators (logistics and HR/finance/administration) and their teams
In Tripoli and Zahle, programs are managed by 3 Program Managers under the direct supervision of 2 Field Coordinators. Program Coordination maintains a functional relationship with both the Program Managers and the Field Coordinators.
- Advanced university degree (Masters and above) in development and/or political studies, international relations, economics, management or equivalent
- 5 years management experience at senior level, preferably in complex humanitarian environments
- 3 years’ experience in CD or DCD position
- Knowledge and experience in Project Management (especially on multi-sectoral projects, Wash, Shelter, Protection, middle income countries, and urban settings) an asset
- Experience in conflict/post-conflict contexts and in the Middle East an asset
- Previous experience with SI an asset
TECHNICAL SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:
- Excellent diplomacy and representation skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Strong team management capacities. Capacity to train a team and create a dynamic atmosphere
- Coordination skills and capacity to highlight the value of coordinated activities
- Specific skills on contextual, security and access analysis are an asset
- Stress management skills: ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines, with peaks of heavy workloads; ability to work as stand‑alone staff with only remote support
- Computer literacy with very good command of MS Office Suite
- Knowledge of Solidarites rules, tools and procedures an asset
SOFT SKILLS AND SPIRIT:
- Solid organizational and communication skills
- Demonstrated successful leadership experience managing a multi-disciplinary team and cross-cultural dynamics.
- Problem solving and analytical skills with the ability to assess challenges and recommend solutions
- Autonomy and capacity of initiative
- Diplomacy, cultural sensitivity, negotiation skills
- Ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines, with peaks of heavy workloads
- Team player, capacity to positively mobilize a young team while being fully part of the mission’s senior management
- Fully fluent English: excellent speaking, reading and writing skills
- Arabic and French an asset
- Commitment to the fundamental principles of SI’s charter and ethos.
SI WILL OFFER YOU
A salaried post: According to your experience from 3000 euros gross per month (+10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly Per Diem of 750 USD.
Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.
Housing /Family package: can be included, housing allowance; child and school allowance; insurances + flights for all the family members.
Break: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 3rd and the 9th month (with 850 US Dollars allocated by Solidarités). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 14-day period after six months spent on the mission (Solidarités will cover travel costs).
For further information about SI, please consult our website: http://www.solidarites.org/en/
SECURITY AND LIVING CONDITIONS
In Beirut, the guesthouses and the office are located in close-by buildings. The guesthouses are 3 bedroom apartments, fully furnished and comfortable. Vehicles are available for evening and week-end if you have a valid international driving license. Lebanon is a safe country you can discover by yourself. We also have guesthouses in Zahle and Tripoli, available on weekends. Beirut is a very modern city, where you can find all kind of restaurants, shops, international libraries, bars, cinemas, etc. All common goods and amenities are available on all bases.
Despite on-going internal and external tensions, Lebanon’s security situation is currently good. There is no curfew in place on the Lebanon mission and international staff can move around with little restrictions, except for some areas in Akkar and the Beqaa valley. Security measures could still be upgraded quickly depending on the context’s evolution