Solidarités InternationalClosing Date : 2020-03-23
Duty Station : Baghdad, Iraq
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Organization: Solidarit s International
Country: Iraq, Syrian Arab Republic
Closing date: 23 Mar 2020

Desired start date:15/02/2020
Duration of the mission:6 months
Location:Erbil (IRAQ) or Northeast Syria


SI has been working in Syria since 2012 and currently has strong coverage for WASH, FSL and NFI programs across North West (NWS) and North East Syria (NES). 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. Since 2016, SI has been partnering with a local health partner to develop and strengthen a WASH-and-Health integrated approach, and is currently developing the streamlining of Protection within its existing programs.

The mission is expanding through a major consortium with 4 partners led by SI, which started in October 2018. The LEARN consortium funded by OFDA ( Linking Assistance and Relief in Northeast Syria ) will support equitable and safe access to essential basic services including WASH, Shelter and Health, for the most vulnerable populations affected by conflict and displacement in Northeast Syria.

The Syria mission counts about 340 national staff, more than 60 expatriates, and has a 20 million USD budget forecasted for 2019.


The Area Coordinator (AC) is directly in charge of all operational aspects of the Syria mission in NES (North East Syria) and provides direction, development and leadership.

The AC is supported in this task by the various Syria Coordinators who have functional relationships with NES field teams (Finance Coordinator, HR Coordinator, Logistics Coordinator, Supply Coordinator, WASH Coordinator, MEAL Coordinator, Grant Manager and Conformity & Transparency Coordinator).

The AC is under the line-management of the CD, and has link (though neither line nor functional) with SI Deputy CDs (DCD-Support and DCD-Program).

Note: The SI Syria mission is a mission with a Country office in Amman. The AC has direct responsibility for the SI NES activities (including Raqqa, Hassake and DEZ), but does not have any management or security responsibility for SI NWS team based in Amman (this falls under the direct responsibility of the Country Director).


Operational Management of the NES Mission :Provide leadership to the NES teams, including NES Supply Unit and NES Raqqa, Hassake and DEZ field teamsRepresent Solidarit s International in the region (local authorities, NGO Forum, NGO Working Groups, etc.).Coordinate the teams in place and be the prime focal point for the Coordination Office (CO) based in Amman and the LEARN CMU (Consortium Management Unit)

Strategy Development & Humanitarian Context Analysis and Program development

Lead the annual review of the country strategy for NES in link with the CD, DCD-Program and DCD-SupportAnalyze the context to support Solidarit s International s NES strategy according to the geopolitical and humanitarian context.In link with SI Grant Manager and with support from his/her Deputies, contribute to proposals for all new projects according to the strategy or in response to new emergenciesIn link with SI Grant Manager, ensure the Deputy AC Programs take the lead in organising kick-off meetings for each new SI project in NES and landing meetings towards the end of each project

Support services and security

Ensure his Deputy AC-Support provide relevant support and guidance to the support department (Finance, Logistics, HR)Responsible of security briefing for visitors or newcomers to NESEnsure a security context analysis and follow-up to mitigate security risks, and maintain and secure better humanitarian access.


Very limited context visibility, rendering operational planning and security management particularly challengingRemote management contextHandling of large teams, within a complex overall structure ranging across 3 contexts (NES, Erbil and Amman) with heavy communication channels.


Ensure continued support to the Deputy AC Program and Support, and their respective teams in maintaining the provision of basic services to affected populations in NES, relaying their financial, HR and strategic needs to the Country Office.Maintain regular and formalized communications between the Country Office and the field teams, to ensure smooth internal coordination and informed decision-making.YOUR PROFILE


Post-graduate degree in humanitarian and/or development studies, social sciences, political sciences or similar field


Essential: Previous experience in team management (including expatriates in support functions) and strategic orientationEssential: Experience in security management in unstable environments, the applicant needs to be willing to work in an ongoing and escalating violence environmentEssential: Experience in conflict/post-conflict contexts, preferably with experience in supporting emergency responseEssential: Stakeholder managementEssential: Experience in data analysis (quantitative and qualitative information from primary and secondary sources) and report writingDesirable: Previous experience with SIDesirable: Knowledge and experience working with OFDA projectsDesirable: Previous work experience in response to the Syrian CrisisDesirable: Previous work experience in response in the Middle East

Soft skills:

Outstanding communication skills, including excellent diplomacy skills with the ability to influence and negotiateProblem solving skillsAnalytical skills and proven organization and methodical skillsStrong interest in context and security analysisStrong commitment to humanitarian work and principlesAbility to work under pressure, with peaks of heavy workloadAdaptability to changing work environment and possible volatile security situationCapacity to provide leadership and be a unifying forceKnowledge of Solidarit s rules, tools and procedures;Strong stress management skills:


English : fluent with excellent writing capacitiesArabic/Kurdish: fluent will be a strong assetSI WILL OFFER YOU

Solidarit s International will offer you a salaried position including 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly and a monthly per diem of 750 USD a month. Please note that salary is not negotiable with SI.

Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of on 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 month (with 850 USD allocated by SI).

To these break periods, it is necessary to add the granting of 1 additional rest day per month worked (i.e. 12 days in addition for a 1-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.

For further information about Solidarit s International, please consult our website:


Accommodation will be in SI guesthouses, which are spacious and very comfortable.

In Erbil, security situation is stable (no curfew), with possibilities to socialize due to the presence of other INGOS and places to socialize (bars, restaurants, etc).

How to apply:

Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English via this link:

CV only applications will not be considered.

NB: The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension

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