Job Description

Desired start date: 01/07/2021 Duration of the mission: 9 months (pending confirmed funding) Location: Syria – NES – Amuda (location of GH)

ABOUT THE MISSION...

Solidarites International (SI) has been working in Syria since 2012. The mission counts about 230 national staff, more than 40 expatriates, and has a 25 million EUR budget forecasted for 2021. There are 3 implementing offices in Syria (2 in North East Syria/NES, 1 in North West Syria/NWS) with the Coordination based in Amman - Jordan.

The NES programs provide an integrated assistance in the WASH, NFI, Shelter and Livelihoods sectors to displaced populations and host communities affected by the conflict. NWS programs are remotely managed and provide WASH and NFI/Winterization support to affected populations.

Syria mission is dedicated to work in areas recently opened (in 2018 in Deir Ez Zor and Hassakeh Governorate) and in challenging contexts. There are 9 expatriates and 90 national employees on the base and main current activities are related to:
  • Wash (water distribution and rehabilitation, latrines and showers, waste management, hygiene promotion) in IDP settlements
  • Distribution of essential in kind NFI and cash (wash, shelter, winterization) for vulnerable populations.
  • The program includes as well a great part of more “durable” activities as Water stations and network rehabilitations and institutional rehabilitations (hospitals, schools).
  • Additionally, SI has a contingency and capacity to respond to emergencies in all NES and has been responding to the Covid-19 crisis (some specifically dedicated grants are ongoing).

ABOUT THE JOB

General objective:

  • Supervise all MEAL and IM activities and responsibilities of the Hasakeh operations;
  • Manage, monitor and train the members of the MEAL team;
  • Contributes to the centralization and harmonization of MEAL tools and processes on the area of intervention, under the lead of Coordinator" id="link" class="link">Meal Coordinator
  • Provides a methodological support to all program teams on technical questions linked to MEAL and cross-cutting issues such as: design of M&E plan, quantitative and qualitative Data Collection, measure of indicators, complaint response mechanism, do no harm Analysis etc.
  • In collaboration with the MEAL Coordinator, looks over the quality and relevance of internal monitoring and evaluation activities, recommendations and analysis produced by his/her department (studies, maps…)
  • Provides support training of program teams within his/her fields of expertise
  • Contributes to institutional knowledge building and improvement of MEAL methods and techniques
  • Work in close collaboration with the IM department
  • Under the responsibility of MEAL Coo follow MEAL mission strategy
Specific tasks and challenges

  • Important volume of work
  • Challenging environment of intervention with high security constraint
  • Systematic inclusion of MEAL activities into each program
  • Relatively new MEAL team
Priorities for the 2/3 first months:

  • MEAL dept. management and Capacity Building
  • Contribute to the MEAL strategy implementation (with a strong focus on accountability)
  • Ensure efficient communication flows towards implementation teams to ensure MEAL outputs are integrated in programming
  • Engage in team’s capacity building in view of nationalization of the position at mid-term perspective
Management:

Current team set up if the Hasakeh MEAL Team (5 staffs): 1 Deputy, 1 Supervisor (under recruitment), 5 Officers including a FCRM officer.

YOUR PROFILE

Education:

  • Bachelor degree in a field related to Project Management, Development studies, Economics, Social science, Political sciences, International relations or equivalent
  • Education or training in data management and/or Data Analysis is desirable
Experience:

  • Minimum 3 years with INGO in Humanitarian Project Management including MEAL
  • Previous experience with SI being a plus.
  • Experience in HR management
  • Experience in a volatile security context highly appreciated
Technical skills

  • Excellent communication and drafting skills for effective reporting in English
  • Strong computer skills essential (Back office, project & database software, Power BI a plus)
  • Working knowledge of Mobile Data Collection systems (e.g., Kobo or ONA)
  • Experience in communication with communities and implementation of accountability mechanisms
  • Ability to organize training and lead meetings
  • Capacity building to local teams is paramount for the position
  • Data analysis (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Database management
  • Technical experience in using GIS software (primarily QGIS) is an asset
Soft skills and spirit:

  • Respect/compliance of security rules;
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to cultural habits;
  • Adaptability towards changing work environment and possible volatile security situation;
  • Stress management skills: ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines, with peaks of heavy workloads;
  • Team player, capacity to give a positive dynamic
  • Problem Solving capacities
  • Acceptance towards being challenged by skilled national staff

SI WILL OFFER YOU

A salaried post:

According to experience, starting from 1800 euros gross per month (+ 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly i.e. 1980 euros gross per month) and valorization according to experience (+100€/year of humanitarian experience on an equivalent position and +50€/year of humanitarian experience on a non-equivalent position) and a monthly Per Diem of 700 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:

Security inside NES is volatile and justifies specific arrangements for accommodation and displacements in the areas of intervention. Adherence to strict security procedures is necessary, while the security levels can vary according to the different geographical locations and the changes of context.

However, the impact on the life in Amuda itself is quite limited (freedom to walk in all the village for example, no curfew). The field expatriate team is based in Amuda where the main office is. The sub-base of Hassake is currently scaling up and temporary stay over may be considered in the future to ease transportation. Amuda is peaceful village and expats are free to move around though activities aren’t plenty. Conditions in the Guesthouses are good: individual rooms all with ACs and satisfactory internet and electricity.

Over the last period due to covid restrictions and challenges (some quarantine in particular), expats have been spending some time in Erbil (Iraq).

Covid 19 :

Solidarités International recommends vaccination against Covid-19, using WHO approved vaccines. If possible, the vaccination should be done before departure in order to reduce the logistical constraints once on the ground.

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