Country Director Syria

Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Organization: Acción contra el Hambre España
Closing date: 4 Aug 2021

Duration : Indeterminate
Start date : 01-Jun-2021

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Action against Hunger has been present in Syria since 2008. Since then, the mission successfully expanded from four governorates to the whole government-controlled areas and beyond. During this time we have assisted over two million people across Syria, improving their nutrition security, protecting their livelihoods and enhancing their resilience. While providing for the basic urgent needs of people, we look for mid and long term sustainable solutions, scaling up innovative approaches, promoting capacity building and sharing experience with partners in the country.

The mission is coordinated from the main office in Damascus, with a field office in Hassakeh to cover north-eastern Syria, and a working space in Aleppo. Our main sectors in Syria include: FSL, WASH, H&N, Shelter and NFI, Education.

The Country Director (CD) is the maximum responsible of Action Against Hunger (AAH) in the mission. In coordination with the desk officer, he/she will ensure the correct management of resources in order to achieve the strategic objectives of the organization. He/she will ensure the definition of a clear strategy for the mission and it’s coherent follow up, maintaining quality and relevance of the carried-out actions, always aligned with the organization’s mandate.

He/She will represent Action against Hunger before donors, authorities, international organizations, other NGOs, private sector and whichever institution of interest. The CD is the spokesperson of Action against Hunger before national and international media, under the coordination of the Communication Area of the organization.

The CD, through his/her leadership, will motivate the team, anticipating and managing possible conflicts. He/She will encourage innovative focus and will supervise the coordination team, ensuring appropriate overall HR management and participation to the programs and overall strategy.

The CD is in charge of ensuring the financial viability of the mission in coordination with HQ and of ensuring an efficient management of available resources of the mission. He/She will direct the implementation of the fundraising strategy of public and private funds, designed in coordination with HQ.

Likewise, he/she will be responsible of promoting technical innovative focus and fostering best practices and their replicability.

The CD is responsible for the risk management of the mission and the security of his/her team, he/she will promote, encourage and supervise the implementation of the charter of principles of Action against Hunger, as well as of its ethics code and anti-fraud politics.

The CD is responsible of achieving the annual objectives of the mission.

Key activities in your role will include

  • Objective 1: Holds the overall responsibility for the mission’s strategy with the development of its programmatic approach and the Emergency Response
  • Objective 2: Develops and strengthens the relation with stakeholders (NGOs, Donors, UN, Institutes and authorities, partners), through enhanced advocacy and coordination, maintaining high visibility of AAH and the mission
  • Objective 3: Oversees the Financial performance of the mission, ensuring appropriate and efficient use of resources according to the strategy and the yearly objectives, and enhancing the application and follow up of the Organization’s procedures and guidelines, in coordination with the team and the HQ
  • Objective 4: Holds the overall responsibility for the mission’s HR management and coordination, focusing on the optimal design of the structure and its organogram and ensuring that development plans are in place for all bases and coordination
  • Objective 5: Holds the overall responsibility for assessing the risk exposure, its management and the security situation, for providing general security guidance and for taking appropriate action in case of particular security incidents

Do you meet the profile required criteria?

  • Humanitarian Diplomacy, negotiations skills for conflict environments
  • Strong networking and representational skills and capacity of acting as spokesperson
  • Security management in complex security situations with context and Risk Analysis and Management
  • Cultural and conflict sensitivity approach
  • Knowledge in International Cooperation/Development and key (public and private) donors of the sector
  • Strategic and operational planning capacity and team management and leadership
  • English fluent, Spanish desirable and Arabic language skills is a plus
  • National and international mobility

Our remuneration package:

Incorporation into a multicultural, professional and innovative organization with the possibility of participating in projects with high social impact.

  • Contract length: Indeterminate
  • Base: Damascus (Syria)
  • Family duty station NO
  • Compensation Package consisting of:
    • Salary: From 62.200 euros euro/gross/year (depending on candidate experience) + child allowance of 1,200 euros / gross / year / child
    • Benefits package estimated about 20.000 euros/ year paid directly by the organization that includes
    • Insurance for the expatriate (health, life, repatriation, travel etc.)
    • Travel for breaks
    • Per Diem de 215 euros for each break (paid at mission level in local currency)
    • Housing
    • Return ticket to the mission
  • Adapted professional career where talent and motivation are recognized.
  • Continuous training in both technical skills and competencies.
  • 25 days paid leave per year

Action against Hunger is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work such as but not limited to sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and/or financial misconduct; We expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through endorsing our code of conduct and other related policies and only those who share our values and code of conduct will be recruited to work for us.

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