Area Manager Central Syria – Syrian Arab Republic

job description

All NRC employees must work in accordance with the values ​​of the organization. Be dedicated, innovative, understood and responsibleWe are attitudes and beliefs that will guide our actions and our relationships.

Purpose of the position

The objective of the Area Manager position is to ensure high quality and cost effective program/project implementation in the central area of ​​Syria (Homs and Hama). The Central Syria office is a new area of ​​operations starting August 2022 as part of the expansion plan defined in the strategy.

What will you do:

Generic responsibilities

  • Hierarchical management of senior project managers and area support functions
  • Member of the Country Management Group (CMG)
  • Compliance and adherence to NRC policies, guidelines and procedures
  • Provide region specific input on CC Strategies, Country Strategy and Action Plan
  • Support the Country Office in all fundraising efforts for Homs and Hama and organize regional grant opening and closing meetings
  • Implementation of projects (including core support budget and coordination of contributions to donor proposals and reports) in the region, in line with contractual commitments (i.e. quality, synergies, timeliness, use of resources) and aligned with regional and global strategies
  • Assess needs, develop contingency responses and implement response plans, including cash-based interventions and market-based programs
  • Ensure optimal use of resources within allocated project budgets and CC strategies
  • Ensure that capacity building is provided to all staff in the area
  • Ensure overall security and safety of personnel in the area
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in accordance with the advocacy strategy

Specific responsibilities

  • Oversee and be accountable for the integration of Minimum Protection Mainstreaming Standards (Safe and Inclusive Programming – SIP) into SCO activities in accordance with NRC Syria-specific guidelines, policies and guidance notes.
  • Report any breaches/concerns, confidentially, through the NRC SCO reporting channels
  • Promote and ensure a safe working environment for reporting issues/violations, and ensure that all reported cases are handled in a confidential, sensitive and prompt manner
  • Build a strong area office with clear functions vis-à-vis external actors in the area as well as the country office, while maintaining close contact with other area offices.
  • Develop with equal attention projects on WASH, shelter, capacity building and LFS ensuring adoption of new methodologies including cash.
  • Ensure quality implementation of project activities through regular monitoring, quality control and reporting, as well as optimal use of resources.
  • Ensure core budget is covered and up to date at all times, reflecting cost-effective use of available funds.
  • Lead by example field teams on NRC core values ​​(dedication, innovation, inclusion and accountability).
  • Lead the access strategy and its implementation in hard to reach areas.
  • Represent the NRC and networking at the regional level and be an advocate for NRC programs, and especially the Syrian people.
  • Hands-on budget tracking and timely adjustment of plans and forecasts based on changing needs on the ground to meet donor commitments in a timely manner.

Professional skills and qualifications required

These are skills, knowledge and experience that are important for effective performance.

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience working as a senior manager in a humanitarian/recovery setting
  • Previous experience working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Documented results related to job responsibilities, including project implementation responsibilities and budget management
  • Knowledge of own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken. Knowledge of Arabic is highly desirable.

Context-related skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Knowledge of the Middle East crisis in general and Syria in particular
  • Experience in managing the safety and security of personnel in the field
  • Experience in starting humanitarian operations in high risk areas
  • Experience working in sensitive environments

Behavioral skills

  • Management of insecure environments
  • Strategic thinking
  • Empower and build trust
  • Performance and development management
  • Manage resources to optimize results
  • Initiate action and change

What we offer

NRC is an equal opportunity employer and aims to have a diverse workforce in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.

We offer you the opportunity to connect your career with a compelling cause and the chance to meet and work with people who are the best in their field.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply and join our workplace culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility: At NRC, we think outside the box. We encourage ideas and empower all employees at all levels to help solve the complex problems we face. You will have many opportunities to be heard and to take initiatives.

We are also looking for people who share our values:

  • Be dedicated in what we do;
  • Be innovative with our solutions;
  • Act as a unified and inclusive team;
  • Be accountable to donors who make our work possible; the people we exist to serve, and to each other…members of our NRC family.

Further information:

Duty Station: Homs, Syria

Movement: 50% in the field

Duration of contract: 12 months full-time, renewable depending on funding, performance and position needs

10th year in the NRC grading structure

Reporting Line: Country Director

About Us

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organization that helps people forced to flee. We respond to crises in more than 31 countries, providing emergency aid and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, defending their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local capacity to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. The NRC also operates the Internal Displacement Observatory in Geneva, a world leader in reporting and advocacy for internally displaced persons.

Employment with the NRC may lead to employment or deployment in regions, countries, areas or offices which may pose significant health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but we can never eliminate all risks.

NRC is an equal opportunity employer and aims to have a diverse workforce in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.

How to register

We invite applications from all qualified and interested candidates. Applicants are encouraged to apply no later than September 3, 2022.

The position is open to all nationalities.

Please be sure to attach copies of your academic and professional certificates.

For more information, here is the detail Job description.

Send your application here.