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Syrian Arab Republic: Livelihood and Nutrition Working Group Focal Point

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: iMMAP
Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Closing date: 01 Jul 2017

Job description

Country / Region: Derek/Malakiyeh in Syria (80%) and Dohuk in Iraq (20%)

Duration: ASAP

Closing Date: 01 July 2017

North East Syria Food Security, Livelihood and Nutrition Working Group Focal Point


As the conflict in Syria has entered its seventh year, it is estimated that over 400,000 people have been killed in the county and a total of 13.5 million are in need of humanitarian assistance. Additionally, 6.6 million persons are displaced internally and over 4.7 million people are living in ‘besieged’ and ‘hard to reach’ areas. Within the Food Security Sector, as per the Humanitarian Needs Overview 2017, it has been assessed that 9 million people are in need of assistance, including 7 million considered as food insecure across the country.

Despite the efforts among a large number of International and Syrian NGOs and UN Agencies that have been providing assistance inside Syria, needs keep on increasing and coordination structures remain fragile as a result of continuous political sensitivity in Syria. As a result, the humanitarian community has embarked since 2014 on a Whole of Syria Approach in order to improve the overall humanitarian response based on a more integrated and connected coordination structure between the various “hubs” from which relief aid is being provided– either from Syria or cross-border operations from Turkey, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon.

As the Iraq Hub – more commonly called North East Syria (NES) – is growing in terms of partners and capacity, the Food Security and Nutrition Sectors at the Whole of Syria level is looking into supporting the development and strengthening of the Food Security and Livelihood/Nutrition Working Group already in place and being coordinated directly by Whole of Syria at present.

Position Summary

Under the guidance and supervision of the Whole of Syria Food Security Sector (WoS FSS) and Whole of Syria Nutrition Sector (WoS Nutrition) Coordinators, the Food Security and Livelihoods/Nutrition Working Group (FSL/N WG) Focal Point for NES NGOs will provide necessary support services at the sub-national level in North East Syria based between Derek/Malakiyeh in Syria (80%) and Dohuk in Iraq (20%).

The main role of the FSL/N WG Focal Point falls within the six core Cluster Functions: (1) Effective Service Delivery; (2) Inform strategic decision making; (3) Plan and develop strategy; (4) Monitor and evaluate performance; (5) Develop contingency plan/preparedness; (6) Advocacy.

This position will not have any supervisory responsibility.

The main responsibility of the FP will be to support and strengthen field coordination for the food security and nutrition sectors’ operational optimization, including:

a) To support regular FSS and nutrition sectors’ coordination functions, by:

o Organizing regular meetings with NES NGO partners, setting agenda and meeting minutes under WoS Coordinator’s guidance o Following up with partners on the action points and seeking WoS CC’s attention where interventions are needed with partners o Supporting WoS Information Management Officer in maintaining sector data sets for identifying main gaps and eliminating overlaps through information sharing and reporting into 4Ws to effectively feed in the FSS’s and nutrition sector reporting systems and tools o Convening any other relevant ad hoc meeting among food security and/or nutrition sectors partners as required and based on contextual needs

o Supporting the WoS Coordinator for emergency preparedness plan, response implementation and tracking across food security and nutrition sectors partners, most particularly around ar-Raqqa, but also in any other rising emergency contexts o Drafting reports and briefing notes on the situation and development of the context and needs for the WoS FSS and WoS Nutrition sector and overall Inter-sector tasks

o Supporting partners to ensure service delivery is driven by the agreed FSL and Nutrition Sectors strategic priorities. o Exploring and identifying appropriate new partners to engage in FS and/or Nutrition response and facilitate the active engagement of these agencies in the working group.

b) To support overall FSS and Nutrition Sectors technical functions and expand cross-cutting work and inter-sectoral collaboration, by:

o Supporting partners in initiating, analyzing and reporting on needs assessment information for both the Food Security and Nutrition Sectors, when there are sudden displacements including through multi-sector needs assessments. This includes liaising with WoS Assessment and Monitoring Officer and WoS Information Management Officers.

o Maintaining a register and calendar of food, livelihood and nutrition assessments planned by partners in NES. o Liaising and coordinating with the other WG/Sectors and Coordination Fora (NES INGO Forum/OCHA NES Focal Point/Qamishli Sub Office) on local and technical level to ensure and facilitate contextual analysis, needs assessments and access to beneficiaries and sites/structures, o Under the guidance of WoS, liaising with relevant technical leads of the sector, discussing, developing, analysing and sharing relevant technical standards (including both minimum and maximum standards), and guidelines.

o Ensuring consideration and inclusion of cross-cutting issues (Protection, Age, Gender, Disaster Risk Reduction and Environment) in the sector’s response o Supporting WoS coordinator in promoting common approaches or at least rationalization of approaches through, inter alia harmonisation of targeting criteria and assistance packages

o Organizing and/or participating in inter-sector meetings, regular and ad hoc, to ensure the best integrated understanding of needs, contexts’ changes, populations movements and response planning

c) To facilitate learning and capacity development and support resource tracking by:

o Promoting and encouraging knowledge sharing such as exchange of best practices and lessons learnt

o Identifying and facilitating workshops and training activities for WG members and their local partners

o Identifying resources needs and track funding to support WoS resource and funds tracking o Identifying problems and bottlenecks in the Food Security and Nutrition sectors and collectively solving them o Any other task related to the Food Security and Nutrition Sectors as agree

d.) To identify advocacy concerns in NE Syria related to Food Security and Nutrition Sectors programming and communicate these concerns to WoS coordinators to feed into ISG/SSG agenda, messaging and action.


• MA/MS degree in a relevant subject; food security, nutrition, agriculture, economics or related field preferred.

• 3-5 years of experience in humanitarian response including in the food security and/or nutrition sector. • Ability to work and plan at strategic as well as operational levels.

• Understanding of the international humanitarian response architecture, including coordination mechanisms, humanitarian reform and action, and funding mechanisms (e.g. Consolidated Appeals Process, Central Emergency Response Fund and Flash Appeals).

• Experience of high-level coordination and chairing of meetings.

• Previous experience and formal training in Sector/Cluster Coordination preferred.

• Ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders and develop consensus and joint working.

• Ability to work productively in a pressurized environment and to maintain visibly high levels of morale in difficult circumstances. • Good knowledge of Syria and/or the Syria Crisis preferred.

• Fluently spoken and written English is required. Good command of Arabic is a plus.

iMMAP is an equal opportunity employer with a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination of any type. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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