ACT AllianceClosing Date : 2017-01-15
Duty Station : Amman, Jordan
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Organization: ACT Alliance
Country: Jordan
Closing date: 15 Jan 2017

This position is a national contract and will be based in Jordan but international applicants are welcome to apply.

OVERVIEW

The Jordan Syria Lebanon ACT Forum (JSL) was established in November 2012 and currently brings together faith-based organizations from the ACT Alliance. JSL exists primarily to serve the needs of its members and to act in their interest for the betterment of serving beneficiaries. The main objectives include information sharing/communication; coordination; policy development and advocacy, and external representation of the ACT community. ACT Alliance is a coalition of around 140 churches and faith-based organizations working together in over 100 countries to create positive and sustainable change in the lives of poor and marginalized people regardless of their religion, politics, gender, sexual orientation, race or nationality, in keeping with the highest international codes and standards. ACT Alliance is supported by 25,000 staff from member organizations and is deeply rooted in the communities it serves. It has earned the trust and respect of local people long before large international interventions scale up, and remains steadfast in its grassroots commitments for many years after world attention has shifted elsewhere.

The position of JSL Coordinator has existed since June 2014, and in 2017 will expand to provide versatile support to the JSL ACT Forum community. The Forum is guided by its Memorandum of Understanding, its elected Steering Committee and ultimately by the Country Directors and member organizations. The JSL Coordinator works in close coordination with and is accountable to the JSL members. The JSL coordinator is presently hosted by the members and is based in Amman. While the position carries a good amount of coordination, policy writing and representation duties, practical management skills and knowledge of program implementation are invaluable.

RESPONSIBILITES AND DUTIES

The JSL Coordinator will:

Information Sharing/Communication

Act as focal point for the Forum (both for external and internal stakeholders).

Respond to requests for help and information from member organizations, non-member organizations and other stakeholders, such as churches, partners, donors, governments and UN agencies.

Help ensure effective communication for all issues related to the Forum.

Encourage information sharing, particularly related to best practices and lessons learned.

Coordination

Provide overall support to the Country Directors Group (CDG), other Forum members and Working Groups. Serve as a link among the various Working Groups and CDG with other ACT members.

Help maintain high quality working groups by providing support and guidance when needed.

With other Forum members, work to uphold the JSL Memorandum of Understanding.

Coordinate with INGO support bodies (such as the Jordan INGOs Forum and working groups) and regional fora (including the Syria INGO Regional Forum and Lebanon Humanitarian INGO Forum) at regional and international levels.

Coordinate with external stakeholders (government, donors, UN agencies in-country, local organizations, etc.) to share information and pursue issues of interest to JSL members.

When requested attend UNHCR working groups to share ACT members progress and insure understanding of contextual issues in the country.

Organize joint activities, workshops, event and gatherings for members as required.

Policy/Advocacy

Support advocacy efforts called for by JSL members.

Promote positive image of the ACT Alliance and it members in Jordan from the viewpoint of the Government of Jordan, Jordanian citizens, the UN, donors and other external stakeholders.

Collect, analyze and share information relevant to members and external stakeholders, often with the goal of influencing policies and improving operational or protection space.

Stay up-to-date on humanitarian, political, social and security issues relevant to Jordan and the wider response to the Syria Crisis.

Representation

Ensure that ACT JSL positions on specific issues and interests are well represented at relevant platforms and meetings; and as much as possible promote representation by JSL themselves.

Represent JSL externally when requested.

Draft responses from the Forum to members and outside sources requiring information from the Forum.

Management

Work with the Forum Convener and Vice-convener to lead the Forum and provide strategic guidance.

Supervise and lead staff and consultants recruited to support the JSL work, as required.

Lead JSL donor reporting and proposal development, as well as donor liaisons when required.

Initiate change as needed on the working modalities of the Forum in coordination with CDG.

Introduce/train ACT members on internal policies and procedures of the Act Alliance as required.

REPORTS TO: The JSL Forum Convener

MANAGES: None

QUALIFICATIONS

Advanced university degree in relevant field.

At least 5 years of experience in a conflict or post-conflict setting with an INGO.

Proven management experience.

Familiarity with humanitarian principles and response architecture (such as UN-led coordination mechanisms).

Knowledge of the Syrian refugee context or previous experience working in Jordan or the Middle East

Experience working with faith based organizations.

Knowledge of advocacy and policy change related to operational or protection space.

Experience in administration and coordination of coalition or secretariat functions a plus.

Documented results related to the position s responsibilities.

Strong communication, inter-personal, facilitation and diplomatic skills.

Fluency in English, both written and verbal, with strong writing and editing skills. Knowledge of Arabic is a plus.

Excellent computer skills.

PERSONAL QUALITIES

You are able to think strategically;

You are able to initiate action and change;

You are able to empower and build trust;

You are able to influence;

You are able to communicate with impact and respect;

You are able to plan and deliver results.

Travel: between 3-10 days per month within the region.

Commencement: February 2017

Contract period: 12 months

Salary/benefits: According to Lutheran World Federation Jordan s terms of employment


How to apply:

To apply for the position, email your CV and cover letter to: act.jsl.coordinator@gmail.comby 15 January 2017.

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