Desired start date: ASAP
Duration of the mission: 12 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. Since then, SI expanded the geographical scope of its intervention, and established offices in Al Turbah and Al Mokha in Taizz Governorate and operational presence in Hodeidah, Dahle, Marib and Abyan Governorates. In June 2021, SI started with operations in Marib governorate (Marib City, Marib Al Wadi), and is in the process of establishing permanent presence with opening a field office in Marib City.
For the year 2022; the mission has a forecasted budget of about 12.5M 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 20 expatriates and about 120 national staffs and is funded by ECHO, BHA, CDC, YHPF, SDC, DutchMoFA and CIAA. 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 but is developing recovery and resilience programming in both Wash and food security sectors..
The mission has a forecasted budget for 2022 of about 12M Euros. Main donors are: BHA, ECHO, Centre de Crise, YHPF, SDC, DutchMOFA, and CIAA.
SI is currently partnering with Mentor Initiative and with IMC on different projects.
ABOUT THE JOB
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) and grant unit.
PRIORITIES FOR THE 2/3 FIRST MONTHS
- Coordinate and support the development of concept notes and proposals for the year 2022
- 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 aligned with its three-fold strategy
- Support and overview partnerships
The Deputy Country Director will manage a team of 4 expatriates (1 WASH Coordinator, 1 Food Security and Livelihoods Coordinator, 1 MEAL Coordinator and 1 Grant Manager).
The applicant must demonstrate strong appetite for nexus and transitional 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
- Skills 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 2680 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 9 calendar days break for every 2 months spent on the field (with 850 USD allocated by Solidarités). In addition to these regular break, SI adds a day off per worked month. These days off as well as the breaks are not deducted from the paid leaves that are paid every months with your salary as they are offered by the organization.
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.
SECURITY AND LIVING CONDITIONS
The situation in terms of security remains volatile in Aden, linked to the political tensions and presence of several armed groups competing over the control of the city. In the context of Aden however, INGOs are not a direct target. Main risks for INGOs in Aden relate to crossfire (wrong location at the wrong moment), 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 6pm, extended to 10.30pm in the area where most INGOs are located. Expatriates are allowed to go to the supermarket, to one gym, 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.