Desired start date: Mid-March 2020
Duration of the mission: 9 months (renewable)
Location: Position based in Aden
ABOUT THE MISSION
SI opened its mission in Yemen in 2017, establishing its coordination in Aden. With the support of the Emergency DESK, SI mission was able to quickly acquire operational capacity, which was first deployed in Lahj Governorate, for implementation of WASH and Food Security Programming. Over the course of 2018, SI expanded the geographical scope of its intervention, and established presence in Al Turbah and Al Mokha in Taizz Governorate.
For the year 2019/20; the mission has a forecasted budget of about 10M Euros. It operates from Aden, where the coordination is based, and 2 operational field bases located in Al Turbah and Al Mokha. The mission is composed of 15 expatriates and about 100 national staffs and is funded by OFDA, CDC, YHPF, DutchMoFA and ECHO. SI Programming in Yemen focuses on addressing immediate food needs of communities at risk of famine, as well as providing timely response to displacements of population and AWD/Cholera outbreaks. Its portfolio is primarily composed of WASH Emergency projects, along with unconditional cash distribution. Strategic and institutional priorities for the mission in 2019/20 is to strengthen its Emergency Response capacity, and develop operational capacity in Taizz city.
ABOUT THE JOB
GENERAL OBJECTIVES :
In close collaboration with the Country Director (CD), the DCD’s prime objectives are to provide leadership and management of the strategic programming, overseeing the strengthening of SI’s program development, quality and accountability. The DCD ensures the internal coherence between program activities and is responsible for ensuring that programs are driven by needs, based on evidence, adaptable to contextual changes and conflict sensitive, monitored closely and resourced appropriately. The DCD is part of SI Senior Management Team and has direct line-management of the Technical Coordinators (WaSH, Food Security and Livelihoods and MEAL).
SPECIFIC STAKES AND CHALLENGES :
The position is relatively new in the mission, hence implies a structuration in the coordination program department setup. Main challenge relates to the difficulties of recruiting and/or retaining skilled technical coordinators, hence the recurrence of gaps. Other challenge relates to the fact that the mission is still young (opened in 2017), hence, combined with gaps in coordinator position, lacks sound, evidence-based sectorial strategies, as well as capitalization.
PRIORITIES FOR THE 2/3 FIRST MONTHS :
- Support the development of sector-specific strategies, strengthening of MEAL department, and capitalization
- Actively engage in external coordination with humanitarian partners, and contribute to raising the profile of SI as emergency responder in Yemen
- In support to the Country Director, engage in donor representation
RESPONSIBILITIES AND MAIN ACTIVITIES :
- Strategic orientation
- Coordination and operational monitoring
- Team management
- Reporting / communication / representation
The Deputy Country Director will manage a team of 4 expatriates (1 WASH Coordinator, 1 Food Security and Livelihoods Coordinator, 1 MEAL Manager and 1 Grant Manager).
The applicant must demonstrate strong appetite for emergency programming, and significant prior experience in implementing or overseeing such projects in complex humanitarian environment.
Education and experience
- Post-graduate with at least 5 years’ experience as humanitarian worker
- Prior substantial experience in unstable environment (conflict / post conflict country)
- Experience in implementing/supervision emergency and/or early recovery projects
- Knowledge of the sub-region/prior experience in Yemen is an asset
Knowledge and technical skills
- Good and proven writing and spoken English are required
- Knowledge of emergency and/or early recovery programing
- Technical knowledge of Food Security and Livelihoods, WASH, and/or MEAL is an asset
- Knowledge of Arabic is an asset
- Advanced leadership and management skills
- Advanced analytical and writing skills
- Advanced communication skills
- Ability to work under stress/pressure and meet tight deadlines
- Skill transfer ability highly appreciated
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Anticipation and self-organization capacities
- Willingness to work in complex and volatile environments
SI WILL OFFER YOU
A SALARIED POSITION: starting from 2860 euros gross per month (2600 € + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly per diem of 750 USD a month. Please note that salary is not negotiable with SI.
VACATION: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time-off is implemented at the rate of one break after two months spent on the field. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 2nd, 4th, 8th and 10th months (with 750 USD allocated by Solidarités).
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.
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SECURITY AND LIVING CONDITIONS
The situation in terms of security remains tense in Aden, linked to the presence of several armed groups competing over the control of the city. In August 2019, a military offensive was carried out by an Armed Opposition Group which took control of Aden after several days of intensive fighting. In the context of Aden however, INGOs are not a target, neither for criminal, political or armed groups. Main risks for INGOs in Aden relate to crossfire (wrong location at the wrong moment), kidnapping or hostage taking (even though there is no proven history of kidnapping of expatriates in recent years), crowd mob and road accidents. To mitigate these risks, SI has developed strict security rules that the applicant needs to be ready to abide to.
KEY INFORMATION ABOUT LIVING CONDITIONS
The coordination office in Aden is shared with the guesthouse (same building). Security rules in Aden are rather restrictive, with a curfew at 8 pm, extended to 9 pm in the area where most INGOs are located. Expatriates are allowed to go to the supermarket, one restaurant, and two beaches (including one reachable by boat). Guesthouse is comfortable as per middle-east standards (large rooms with AC, good-standard bathrooms with running water). A gym and rest area have recently been built on the roof of the Guesthouse to improve expatriates’ living conditions (a pool table, darts game, and a baby-foot are available in the Guesthouse). In recent years, the number of international staff has increased in Aden, allowing for regular social gathering.