Country: Syria, based in Damascus with limited field visits depending on approval
Duration: 7 months, 1st of January 2021
Conditions: Salaried contract, gross monthly salary from € 2900 to € 3400 according to experience, monthly per diem 850 USD, medical coverage of 100% + repatriation insurance + provident fund, accommodation, international and local transportation as part of the mission, break every 3 months.
Presentation of TGH
"Actor in a sustainable and shared solidarity"
Founded in 1994 from the desire to develop a cross-disciplinary and sustainable expertise, TGH is an International Solidarity Organization designing and implementing emergency, post-emergency and development programs in collaboration with national and international partners (local CBOs, line Ministries) through the identification and mobilization of local skills and resources.
Its action is based on a professional and highly interactive operating mode including several areas of expertise within a comprehensive approach: the programs fall within the fields of water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH), civil engineering (Shelter), food security, rural development (Livelihood), socio-educational and psychosocial. In 2020, its committed teams operated in 10 countries and managed 46 programs.
Presentation of the mission
TGH has been registered as INGO in Syria in May 2017 and ensures a permanent presence since November 2017. TGH works in coordination with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) officially mandated by the Syrian Authorities to coordinate activities of humanitarian organisations committed to provide assistance to the conflict-affected Syrian population in Syria.
TGH identified sectors of activities in Syria are WASH, Education, Protection, Livelihood and Shelter. The WASH working group is active in Syria and coordinated by the Ministry of Water Resources and SARC; Education sector is coordinated by the Ministry of Education through the Directorate of Planning and International Cooperation and UNICEF in Damascus. The Early Recovery and Livelihood Sector is activated since 2013 and led by UNDP. The Protection sector is leaded by UNHCR and UNICEF (for Child Protection) and the Shelter sector by UNHCR as well.
TGH has adapted its intervention and strategy 2019-2022 to the evolving context of Syria crisis. Its current strategy is articulated around two axes and can be summarized as “To respond in the country to the acute humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable Syrian people while ensuring a dignified return and increasing their resilience capacities”.
Firstly, TGH will ensure and strengthen emergency response capacity by consolidating the coordination between departments and stakeholders to increase reactivity in the action and ensure a timely response. Indeed, the capacity to intervene quickly to address emergency needs remain the core of TGH strategy in the frame of the lifesaving response.
Secondly, TGH aims at adopting an integrated and holistic approach in a bid to favor durable solutions and dignified re-settlement or return for the conflict affected people. To that end, TGH makes sure basic services are recovered during the life saving response phase mainly with WASH, EIE and CP activities before concentrating in life sustaining response through shelter and livelihood project implemented in TGH areas of intervention.
TGH Syria mission is funded by the European Union through its European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) branch as well as by OCHA pool fund (SHF). In 2021, TGH should also sign a PPA with UNHCR to implement education and shelter project. All projects implemented by TGH in Syria are joint TGH/SARC emergency WASH, Education and Child Protection project benefiting to local population, IDPs and returnees living in the conflict-affected governorates of Rural Damascus (Eastern Ghouta), Hama (Northwest) and Daraa (South).
In the sector of WASH TGH ensures the provision of water through Water Trucking (WT). In parallel TGH rehabilitates and equips water systems such as Boreholes and pumping station in a more durable perspective. In addition, TGH is finalizing an ambitious WASH project consisting in the installation of a Reverse Osmosis in Eastern Ghouta.
TGH also sets up WASH in schools activities, i.e. Rehabilitation of hygiene infrastructures in identified schools alongside with hygiene kits distributions to the children.
Efforts to make schools a safe and supportive environment for education, which includes the rehabilitation of schools, are coupled with activities aiming at supporting children’s education and wellbeing, targeting Out of School children but also children already regularly attending school. TGH will reinforce schools’ staff knowledge and capacities in non-formal education (NFE) and psychosocial support and accompany them in the implementation of these activities with the required conflict-sensitive approach.
Although TGH is not funded yet for livelihood and shelter activities, TGH will develop this second pillar of the strategy in the coming two years.
The Country Director is responsible for developing the overall strategic direction for programming in cooperation with TGH senior management team and local partners (SARC). She/He is responsible for developing and implementing systems, policies and procedures for TGH operations in Syria. The Country Director is responsible for financial oversight, staff security, human resource management and representation.
The main responsibilities include:
General supervision of the mission:
- Represent TGH in Syria, in particular with SARC, national authorities, donors, humanitarian coordination mechanisms, UN agencies and other INGOs
- Ensure compliance with Syrian laws, procedures and regulations applicable to the INGOs working in the country
- Ensure an appropriate level of visibility of the organisation with SARC, as well as with donor representatives in the country
- Monitor and analyze the political, humanitarian and socio-economic context
- Based on this analysis and in collaboration with the Headquarters, establish the mission’s strategy, the identification of funding opportunities, and the design of new projects
- Ensure efficient internal coordination at mission level and with HQ
- Ensure overall coordination, follow-up and quality of new projects for all operational bases.
- Brief and support the Administrative and Finance Coordinator, Logistic Coordinator, Wash and Shelter Program Coordinator, Education and Protection Coordinator and Grant and MEAL Manager in the implementation and follow-up of their duties
- Coordinate the production of quality and timely donor reports (narrative and financial)
- In coordination with the HQ-based Programing and Development and technical advisers, identify and actively pursue new funding opportunities
- Coordinate and/or conduct technical assessment with SARC
- Monitor the Syria contexts and maintain regular communication with HQ
- Oversee the regular updating of the mission’s security, evacuation and medical plans
- Ensure in particular that internal guidelines on field trips are regularly reviewed, adapted to the context and strictly enforced
- Ensure that TGH is fully included in the existing security information and coordination mechanisms, such as the UN (UNDSS) or INSO
- Manage security incidents and crises, in coordination with HQ
Human resources and support departments
- Plan and participate in the recruitment of expatriate staff
- Ensure performance management for staff under direct supervision according to the internal guidelines
- Ensure the full respect of TGH’s administrative, financial and logistics procedures
- Supervise the implementation and periodic review of TGH’s national HR policy and strategy, in collaboration with the Administrative Coordinator and the HQ-based HR department
This list of responsibilities could be modified according to the needs.
Security, working and living conditions
The current volatile and unpredictable context in Syria requires strict security rules in terms of movements and transmission of information / communication with the Headquarters.
Working and living conditions in Damascus are good. Communication means are satisfying (efficient internet, international phones).
Traveling outside of Damascus requires a travel permit delivered by SARC and Syrian MoFA.