Syria Youth Initiative Programme Delegate, Syria

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Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Organization: Danish Red Cross
Closing date: 1 Mar 2021

Can you manage and provide strong technical guidance to a Youth & livelihoods programme in Syria?

Danish Red Cross (DRC) has been present in Syria since 2006 and our primary partnership is with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). SARC bears a primary role in supporting the most vulnerable people affected by conflict, across the frontlines and in hard-to-reach areas. Danish Red Cross is supporting SARC in becoming an effective and efficient organisation in the delivery of healthcare, psychosocial support, and relief services to the Syrian population and in becoming a strong humanitarian, civil society actor in a post-war setting.

DRC has started the implementation of a humanitarian programme titled ‘Syria Youth Initiative – Preparing Youth in Syria for Employment, Entrepreneurship & Education’ as per 1st January 2021. The programme is funded by the NOVO Nordisk Foundation and has a duration of 3 years as of January 2021.

The programme will be jointly implemented in partnership between the Danish Red Cross, the Danish Red Cross Youth, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the Palestine Red Crescent Society Syria Branch. The programme aims at improving the well-being and skills for a sustainable economic income and further education for displaced, returned and host community children and youth in Deir ez Zor, Aleppo, Rural Damascus and Homs. This is ultimately expected to impact the resilience of vulnerable children and youth in Syria and contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.

The programme will support young people to gradually develop skills and competences ranging from personal and inter-personal psychosocial skills to technical, entrepreneurial competencies with the end goal for each participant to become self-reliant by gaining employment, pursuing further education or starting a small business. Throughout the skills development process, the project will run community-based activities, recreational activities for youth, and awareness-raising sessions on healthy lifestyles for and by youth. This ensures that youth feel connected to, supported by and engaged in their communities and own health. All are important enablers to improve their well-being and skills.

A Motivation Ladder forms the core of the project design with important steps represented by skills and competences to be developed that progresses from soft to technical skills and eventually to employability, employment, entrepreneurship and ultimately to future self-reliance.

Between 720 to 840 young adults in a “waithood” situation (18 to 30 years old, 50 % women, 50 % men) will have improved psychosocial capacities for learning through life skills sessions and improve their educational and employability skills through non-formal and formal skills training, and financial support to further education or training, internships or business-start-up. In addition, 720 to 840 adolescents (50 % boys, 50 % girls) will benefit from the project by improving their life skills and early employability skills. Finally, parents and caregivers, pre-adolescents (age 10-13) and the wider community will also benefit from the social and recreational activities carried out by the youth.

The skills and capacities that the participating adolescents and young adults will have gained by the end of the project will equip them with more sustainable livelihoods and interpersonal skillsets. These will not only benefit the youth, but also their families and communities and pave the way for optimism and hope for the future as Syria transitions into recovery and rebuilding of physical and mental wounds.

The project builds on Danish Red Cross’ extensive experience of working with conflict affected and displaced children and youth. It is rooted in the practice of Psychosocial Support, which is a core technical expertise of DRC and a key element of the DRC response in Syria. The programme provides a unique access to remote and fragile locations in Syria through the reputational credibility and community networks and centres of Syrian Arab Red Crescent and Palestine Red Crescent Society Syria Branch.

The programme will take place alongside and learn from other Novo Nordisk Foundation’s supported projects in the Middle East, particularly, the “Future Opportunities for Displaced Youth in Iraq” project that aims at adapting and testing the Life Skills approach.

Overall, the Programme delegate will be responsible for the successful start-up and implementation of the full programme management cycle. As the budget holder of the Programme, the delegate is expected to have a strong involvement in the financial management of the Programme. The delegate will also facilitate coordination with SARC and other relevant stakeholders on the Programme and ensure all donor requirements are met.

Key focus areas for the incoming delegate will be to:

  • Manage the programme and provide strong, technical guidance to SARC counterparts.
  • Ensure high quality programme effectiveness, quality assurance (QA) and the compliance with regulations of DRC.
  • Supporting the CM in maintaining a detailed overview of programme progress and contribute to the unified M&E framework to monitor results.
  • Supporting the CM in needs assessment and in developing future projects, particularly in the design of future programmes.
  • Supporting the CM to ensure fruitful donor relations, taking a lead in the relationship with the Novo Nordisk Foundation and regional level.
  • Supporting the CM in relations with the Host National Society (HNS), other PNS, and in DRC’s contribution to wider Movement cooperation in Syria.
  • Coordination with and support the DRC Country Team particularly in terms of compliance and project Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (PMEAL).
  • The project is funded by a 3.5m Euro grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation and implemented in a difficult context and carries a fair bit of risk for all partners. The project is also under a certain level of scrutiny. The delegate should therefore closely assess, analyse and manage risks associated with the programme.

The Programme Delegate reports directly to the DRC Country Manager (CM) who retains responsibility for the management of DRC’s project portfolio in Syria, and coordinates with other DRC delegates based in Damascus, currently two programme delegates focusing on the DG-ECHO and MoFA-funded projects, a technical Psychosocial Support (PSS) delegate as well as a medical logistician and a finance delegate.

We have high expectations and to succeed in the position, we expect that you have:

  • Strong and proven programme management experience is a prerequisite and preferably extensive experience implementing Youth and Livelihoods programmes.
  • A relevant education within social sciences and/or economics is preferable but not a demand.
  • A minimum of 6 years of relevant work experience from the humanitarian sector.
  • Solid analytical skills and strong project cycle and financial management capacity.
  • Ability to manage a consortium and able to steer processes in a difficult operational environment.
  • Excellent communication, diplomatic and networking skills.
  • Ability to work independently and structured and your solid planning and organisational skills make you autonomous and effective on a daily basis.
  • Firm diplomacy and negotiation skills and understands that solid processes and ownership are key to achieving results in a culturally and politically sensitive environment.
  • Good cultural understanding and the ability to work in a challenging multicultural environment is essential.
  • Excellent English speaking and writing capabilities. Arabic will be a strong advantage.
  • Proven ability to live and work for long periods under restricted conditions within a conflict-affected environment, and you can handle stressful situations.
  • Proven experience in the capacity-building of local partners, ideally of Red Cross/Red Crescent National Societies and local branches, and in the Middle East, will be an advantage.

Employment Conditions

The ideal starting date is not later than 1st May 2021 and the length of the contract is 24 months with the possibility of extension. The salary including all allowances and pension payment will be between DKK 42,600 and 45,000 per month, depending on qualifications and experience.

The duty station is Damascus. This is a non-family duty station with a paid 5-day Rest & Relaxation break permitted after every 8 weeks in-country – COVID-19 permitting. Travelling to project areas within Syria is expected to the extent that the security situation permits and under current circumstances.

How to apply:

Application and further information

There is more information on the position available in the job description and Terms & Conditions and you are welcome to contact Head of DRC Country Office, Mads Brinch Hansen for more information (e-mail: phone No. +961 70 537 488).

Application deadline is 1st March 2021. Interviews will take place over Skype during week 10, second interviews during week 11 with an expected date of commencement no later than 1st May 2021.

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