Solidarites International

Field Coordinator

Solidarites International

Job Description

Desired start date: 25/01/2021** Duration of the mission:** 9 months Location: Al Turbah


SI opened its mission in Yemen in 2017, establishing its Coordination in Aden. With the support of the Emergency team, SI mission was able to quickly acquire operational capacity, which was first deployed in Lahj Governorate, for implementation of WASH and Food Security Programming. The mission has a forecasted budget of about 10M Euros for the year 2021. 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 approx. 20 expatriates and about 120 national staffs. Objectives for the mission for 2021 is to build on its Emergency Response capacity to expand in hard to reach areas, and develop qualitative interventions responding to emergency and protracted needs, while enhancing resilience. In Al Turbah and Taizz SI is currently implementing a project that is recovery oriented, based on an integrated wash/fsl and multi-year approach to support rural communities. In Taizz city, large urban wash infrastructures (pumping stations, boreholes) are being rehabilitated, as well as wash systems in public hospitals (water supply, sanitation and waste management). Water trucking for underserved frontline areas and wash in school component are also being developed, as well as comprehensive packages of wash services for urban neighborhoods.


General objective: The Field Coordinator leads the base in Al Turbah. In coordination with the Technical Coordinators and under the leadership of the Country Director, he/she develops the response strategy of the mission. He/she supports and oversees the implementation of programs across the different areas of intervention. He/she actively coordinates with humanitarian partners and the community to identify emergency needs, gaps in response, and proposes appropriate response as part of the mandate of SI. With the support his/her team, he/she maintains close monitoring of the security situation in its areas of operation, and negotiates access to hard-to-reach areas with relevant stakeholders. He/she oversees support department and ensure adherence to SI procedures. Responsibilities and main activities:
  • Coordination and strategic orientation

  • Relevance and operational quality / operation monitoring

  • Resource Management

  • Human Resource management

  • Security

  • Financial backer relations / search for funding

  • Internal and external communication

  • Representation

The main challenges and priorities for 2/3 first months:
  • Lead emergency-focused programming while ensuring transitional shift based on structural needs.

  • Lead operations in highly insecure environments.

  • Implement SI procedures and their compliance with a potential semi-Remote Management.

  • Initiate necessary structural adaptations and to provide guidance to collaborators.

Management: Al Turbah team is composed of approx. 38 staffs. The Field Coordinator will manage a team of 4 managers (Log, admin, WASH and FSL). The Field Coordinator directly reports to the Country Director and has strong interaction with the others coordination staffs.


Specific skills and experience:
  • Masters’ degree or equivalent in law, political science, international organization management, project management or a relevant field

  • Previous experience as Field Coordinator (1-2 year) a prerequisite

  • Experience in security management in tensed context

  • Experience in semi-remote management is an asset

  • Experience in delivering training and Capacity Building of staff

  • Knowledge of project cycle management, and project reporting

  • Multi-project support experience;

  • Knowledge and experience of Yemen or Middle East countries appreciated

Soft skills:
  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Skill transfer ability highly appreciated;

  • Anticipation and self-organization capacities;

  • Willingness to work in complex and volatile environments.

  • Advanced leadership and management skills

  • Good analytical and writing skills

  • Advanced communication and negotiation skills

  • Proactivity, flexibility, autonomy, pragmatism, solutions-oriented mindset.

  • Capacity to work under pressure, solve problems and decide quickly on contingency actions.

  • Good and proven writing and spoken English are required;

  • Arabic speaking is an asset


A salaried post: According to experience, starting from 2600 euros gross per month (+ 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly i.e. 2860 euros gross per month) and a monthly Per Diem of 750 USD SI also covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate's country of origin and the place of assignment. Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of 7 working days every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7 working days break at 3, 6 and 9 months (with 850 USD allocated by Solidarités). To these break periods, it is necessary to add the granting of one additional rest day per month worked, i.e. 12 days in addition for a one-year contract**.** 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. LIVING CONDITIONS: Specific constraints related to security: Al Turbah is located south of Taiz city in Shamayatayn governorate. The security situation remains quite stable in rural areas despite potential instability related to political tensions (sporadic cross fire between rival military brigades cannot be completely ruled out), and some private disputes that sometimes escalates to small arm fire usually related to land ownership issues. Taiz city remains surrounded by frontlines between the Internationally recognized government (IRG) and Houthis (AA) and crossline fire occurs on a sporadic and erratic manner, however at a limited scale. Overall the security situation inside the city has largely improved since 2018. However, criminal groups are active, clashes and shelling happen on a regular basis and evacuation options are limited. Access to the city and overnight are possible for expatriate staff but under strict security protocol and according to the situation that is monitored closely by Al Turbah base security team. 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 living conditions in Al Turbah are quite good even though movements are very restricted (curfew in place and no go areas). Expats are living in individual rooms in the shared guesthouse with very good condition. The guesthouse and the office are located in the same compound but in different buildings with a garden in between. Movements on foot are restricted but authorized, with few pre-assessed and validated areas for groceries shopping, haircut, etc. Trips to the field are possible for expatriates under certain condition but are limited to keep the presence of international staff low profile.
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