Area Director, Northeast Syria

Start date: May/June 2022 or as agreed

Contract duration: 12 months with possibility of extension

Country Program: Syrian response

Base: Derik or Kobane with trip to Northeast Syria

Line manager: Country Director, Syria

About the assignment:

PIN has worked in northern Syria since 2012, providing support to conflict-affected communities and internally displaced people. PIN’s contribution to the overall humanitarian response in Syria is among the largest, with annual revenue of over $50 million, of which 35% is NES. The main donors of the SNE are the EC, USAID/BHA and the SDC.

General summary of the position:

The area manager (AD) is part of the Syria Country Management Team (along with the Country Director, Head of Programs, Head of Systems and Operations, Security Advisor and members of the Syria HQ office). The DA will be responsible for all program and support teams in North East Syria, ensuring relevant, impactful and principled programming in line with NIP’s national strategy. Currently, PIN has approximately 300 employees (200 nationals, 11 expatriates, 100 daily workers) working in four different offices. We are looking for a leader with years of experience managing large teams and multi-sector programs in insecure and challenging environments, who can provide leadership to drive the program forward by expanding into new geographies, establishing local partnerships and moving to early recovery/stabilization. programming specifically in the areas of education, housing and livelihoods.

The DA reports to the PIN Country Director for Syria Response. They directly manage the Program and Systems/Operations Directors, as well as the Security Manager, MEAL Manager, and administratively supervise two staff members working with Consortia Management and the NES Forum. They have delegated responsibility for security. They work closely with regional staff in the areas of program quality, finance, communications and security, as well as the office team at headquarters.

Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the development and scale-up of the North East Syria strategy and program ensuring they are appropriate and needs-based, ensuring cooperation across sectors and local teams .
  • Provides support and guidance to the Area Programs Director to ensure program implementation is in line with sector SoPs with particular attention to quality and efficiency.
  • Ensure that appropriate administrative, financial and logistical PIN systems/procedures are in place, maintained and adhered to so that all support functions are carried out effectively and efficiently.
  • Ensure that all operational departments work closely with programs to facilitate smooth, effective and efficient implementation.
  • Provide financial oversight of the overall northeast Syria budget, reporting any concerns or discrepancies to the Head of Systems and Operations and Head of Programs and assisting the Programs and Operations departments in developing plans to mitigate expenses insufficient or excessive.
  • Provide overall support to team members by ensuring professional development and improving well-being.
  • Ensure a clear communication flow between the various departments internally and the coordination office in Erbil, including regular documented team meetings for planning and reporting purposes.
  • Represents the organization at the regional level, including meetings with donors, consortia in northeast Syria, humanitarian actors, local authorities, protocol and security meetings. Maintain regular working relationships and ensure active cooperation between NIP and UN agencies, clusters, working groups.
  • Ensure the overall security and safety of personnel in the area and that appropriate security guidelines are developed, communicated, adhered to and regularly reviewed with the Security Team Leader and Security Advisor.
  • Ensures adequate contingency plans are in place and regularly shared with all staff. Monitors the political, economic and social environment in the region, assesses and analyzes risks, monitors and reports on the security situation.
  • Line Manager 6 direct reports: Director of Programs, Director of Systems, MEAL Manager, SNFI Task Force Coordinator, LEARN Shelter Specialist and Security Manager.

Suitable candidates for this position should possess:

  • At least 5 years of experience in a humanitarian and/or development organization in senior management.
  • Strong leadership and people management skills, with experience in managing (directly and remotely) large diverse and multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Good understanding of the humanitarian environment (NGOs, NGO Forums, UN, major donors)
  • Strong security management skills and experience in challenging and volatile security environments
  • Good organizational, planning, diplomatic and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication skills including fluent spoken and written English.
  • Previous experience managing large teams and budgets.
  • Previous work experience in the Middle East, particularly the Syrian crisis, is an advantage.
  • Desirable: A working knowledge of Arabic

Living conditions / Environmental conditions

  • This position is unaccompanied. He will be based in Kobane or Derik. Both provide relative safety, a less conservative environment, and opportunities to socialize, eat out, and exercise.
  • Most of NIP’s expatriate staff are based in Kobane, closer to field offices in Raqqa and Menbij, but there are some NGO coordination functions in Derik/Hassake.
  • PIN has offices and guesthouses in Raqqa and Menbij. Many international NGO staff are now based in Raqqa, which has stabilized over the past year, but moderate security restrictions apply in both locations.
  • Internet is available in all PIN offices and guesthouses. Access to international goods/supplies in the NES is limited.
  • Basic medical care is available locally and a medical evacuation procedure is in place for emergencies. NES expatriate staff must be in good health and be fully vaccinated against all relevant diseases, including Covid-19.

People in Need offers:

  • Salary of €3,600 – €3,800 (already including the subsistence allowance of EUR 1,200) per month
  • Opportunities for learning, training and capacity development.
  • Accommodation in PIN guest house covered by PIN
  • 25 days of paid vacation per year
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses with travel to the country of residence once every 6 months of work completed, plus R&R benefits in between (i.e. home leave or R&R every 8 weeks in the NES)
  • Reimbursement of visa and vaccination costs; assistance in the visa application procedure.
  • Free medical helpdesk and psychological consultation available online.
  • Travel health insurance
  • Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT)

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