Syria - Head of Programme

  • Added Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 28 February 2019

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COOPI is an international non-governmental, private, apolitical, non-religious and non-profit organization created in 1965. Founded in Milan by Vincenzo Barbieri, its goal is to assist populations hit by emergency in favouring their civil, economic and social development.

COOPI in Syria

After 7 years of conflict, the security and humanitarian situation in Syria has become worse and worse. The conflict has caused significant internal displacement and a massive damage to homes, schools, hospitals and many other infrastructures, leaving millions of people in need of assistance. Among the most relevant figures to represent the concerns, the following ones are encountered: 13.1mln of persons in need; 5,6mln in acute need; 8.2mln of persons at risk of incurring in explosive hazards; 6,5mln of persons are food insecure, 30% of children out of school; 5,6mln refugees; 6,1mln Internally Displaced Persons.

COOPI is active with its humanitarian action in Syria (Damascus) since January 2017 with a Food Security/Livelihood project in Rural Damascus (Qtana) and it’s currently implementing these projects:

  • Food Security/WASH/PSS integrated approach programme in Eastern Ghouta (ECHO-funded);

  • PSS activities and Protection services in Eastern Aleppo (UNHCR-funded).

COOPI is aiming at enlarging its programme with particular focus to its commitment in the Food Security/ Livelihood sector.

Role and Responsibilities

The Head of Programme (or Programme Coordinator (PC)) is the focal point of COOPI’s program in Syria. In consultation with the Head of Mission, he/she formulates the strategy for the mission and ensures it implementation in accordance with COOPI policies, donor expectation, local and international legislation. He/she coordinates and evaluates all aspects of the COOPI projects, and facilitates the flow of information from the field to the capital. The Programme Coordinator also plays a strategic role for COOPI’s external relationships, liaising with donors and stakeholders in collaboration with the HoM. Moreover, the Head of Programme, which will be based full-time in Damascus (with possible field visits) will act as a Vice-Head of Mission with reference to the representativeness and with responsibility of ensuring the Security plan. Specifically, he/she:

Coordinates and supervises the program country strategy implementation and Security

  • Contributing to the design and update of the country strategy by providing inputs to the Head of Mission and in cooperation with the project managers;
  • Visiting COOPI field activities and reporting on problems, challenges and obstacles while building an intimate knowledge of fieldwork realities;
  • Ensuring the monitoring and evaluation of the program including the identification of needs and gaps;
  • Monitoring and reviewing the security status of the area(s) of operation on a regular basis, liaising as applicable with local authorities, other NGOs, the UN or other relevant security bodies and keeping the Head of Mission updated on relevant developments.

Coordinates the overall implementation of the projects

  • Ensuring objectives are met within the required time frame and budget and according to COOPI and donors’ procedures
  • Taking preventative and corrective action when necessary.
  • Ensuring the overall planning and follow-up of technical reporting for donors, authorities and internal requirements in coordination with the support departments.
  • Ensuring synergy between Technical and Support services
  • Ensuring the implementation of recommendations resulting from internal audit, experts’ field visits, HQ advisors etc.
  • Piloting the internal quality control, by promoting monitoring mechanisms (ex: self-evaluation tool), facilitating internal control and external evaluations

Represents and liaises for operational strategy and program to donors, authorities, UN, NGOs in link with the head of Mission

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with relevant stakeholders (e.g. beneficiaries, community leaders, local and national government officials, donors, UN agencies and other NGOs) and representing COOPI at relevant state level meetings (e.g. state and local government, sector-coordination and security) in order to facilitate and ensure cooperation and partnerships.
  • Strengthening field and capital level information-sharing with IOs, NGOs and Government
  • Contributing to the identification of potential funding opportunities

Analyzes Humanitarian needs and response

  • Collecting, summarizing and analyzing information from external sources and from technical advisors for future opportunities
  • Supporting the project team for proposals writing (narrative and financial) to address the identified needs.

Minimum Requirements:

  • A minimum of 5 years of work experience in project formulation, implementation and coordination in the humanitarian context with International NGOs;
  • Experience in working with different Donors (ECHO, USAID, UN agencies etc.);
  • Strong managerial skills;
  • Good knowledge of humanitarian standard and background (ex. Sphere standard);
  • Good report writing skills;
  • Good knowledge and use of the English Language;
  • Proactive aptitude in terms of planning and coordination with different bodies, institutions and Reference Points;
  • Target oriented and problem-solving aptitude;+
  • Good leadership skills, aimed at managing and motivating a team;
  • Positive ability to bear stressful and complicated situations;
  • Diplomatic and confidentiality skills;
  • Advanced IT skills;
  • Previous experience in the Region is an asset;
  • University degree relevant subject (post graduate degree required)

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