Closing Date : 2016-06-10
Duty Station : Ankara, Turkey
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Organization: Mayday Rescue
Country: Turkey
Closing date: 10 Jun 2016


The Chief Operating Officer (COO) will be responsible for daily operational delivery of Mayday s multiple accountable grant agreements (AGA s), grants, and contracts and an annual operating budget of US$35,000,000. The COO will inspire and lead an international multi-cultural team of 30 staff, distributed among three operating locations. S/he will occupy the second most senior position in Mayday and following an induction period, will assume full operational and financial responsibility for delivery.

S/he will be expected to exemplify the values of Mayday Rescue, to lead by example and to inspire those around her (or him).

S/he will strive for continual improvement, have exceptionally high standards of professionalism and integrity, and have a burning desire to make a positive and lasting impact on communities in conflict.

S/he will be able to distill highly complex and rapidly changing information on political, social and geographic conditions and possess the mental agility to apply these insights to the programmes.

S/he will a talented communicator, able to form effective relationships with White Helmets volunteers, donor representatives and visiting high profile delegations.



Lead the implementation of Mayday Rescue operations, with full financial and operational responsibility. Provide dynamic, operational leadership and direction for the organisation.


Be responsible for meeting the targets and objectives set out in the accountable grant agreements; for developing tracking mechanisms; for reporting routinely to the Director and to donor governments; and for keeping the organization informed and focused. Ensure activities are implemented to high standards, on time and to budget. Develop and maintain effective relationships with stakeholders including donors, the leadership of the White Helmets organization and other Mayday partners.


Constantly strive to identify better ways to deliver value to beneficiaries and donor governments. E.



Be passionate about making a difference and be committed to principles of do-no-harm and conflict sensitivity;

Masters degree in business administration, international development or similar discipline;


Strong competency in budgeting (including the development, review and approval of budgets) and project management.

Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, a desire to learn, and resourcefulness necessary.

Strong interpersonal skills are necessary; you will be working with war-zone search-and-rescue volunteers a sense of humour, flexibility and patience required.

Exceptional verbal and written communications skills.


At least ten (10) years of relevant experience in progressively responsible operational and management positions.

At least three years experience living/working in the Middle East/North Africa region; candidates from the Middle East are encouraged to apply.

Experience of working in a senior position in an emergency and/or development co-operation context in a conflict, post-conflict or fragile state.

At least 6 years of experience and a proven track record in setting up and leading the implementation of major, donor-financed emergency, stabilisation and/or development programmes.

A developed understanding of and/or professional experience working on the Syria conflict will be advantageous.

Excellent spoken and written Arabic will be a considerable advantage.

How to apply:


If you are interested in applying, please email a CV and cover letter to Mary di Salvatore at The cover letter is to include why you are interested in this position and how your skills and experiences can accomplish the objective. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to participate in a Skype interview in order to develop a final interview list, that will involve candidates spending several days at the Istanbul office. Please include Chief Operating Officerin the subject line. Please be advised that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Closing date:Applications will continue to be received until the position is filled. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis as applications are received.

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