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"WASH and SHELTER Coordinator – Syria, Damascus"


Location: Syrian Arab Republic – Damascus (due to visa approval delays, the employee may be based in Beirut - Lebanon for undetermined time)

Duration: 7 months - from August 2021

Conditions: Salaried contract, gross monthly salary from 2 300 to 2 800 EUR 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"

TGH is an organization for international solidarity based in Lyon, France, and founded in 1994. TGH designs and implements emergency, rehabilitation and development programs in the following sectors: water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH), food security and livelihoods, education and protection, mainly child protection. TGH is currently operating in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Presentation of the mission

TGH was registered in Syria as INGO in May 2017 and has had a permanent presence since November 2017. TGH works under the coordination of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), officially mandated by the Syrian Authorities to coordinate activities of humanitarian organizations committed to providing assistance to the conflict-affected Syrian population in Syria.

TGH’s sectors of intervention in Syria are: WASH, Education and Protection. The WASH working group is active in Syria and coordinated by the Ministry of Water Resources and SARC; the 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 led by UNDP. The Protection sector is led by UNHCR and UNICEF (for Child Protection).

TGH in Syria is active in four governorates namely Rural Damascus, Hama, South Idleb and Daraa and manages 3 to 5 different projects funded by ECHO, SHF and AICS. Project coordination is done from Damascus. In 2020, TGH’s projects benefited to more than 270,000 IDPs and returnees living in conflict-affected areas through the delivery of WASH, Education and Child protection services. Discussions are on-going with other donors such as UNHCR and OFDA for potential future work.

TGH’s strategy in Syria for 2019-2022 is to “Respond to the acute humanitarian needs of Syrian most vulnerable and exposed people while increasing their resilience capacities in country”. Our strategy consists in shifting, gradually and where appropriate, to more development-oriented programming, while maintaining the capacity to provide humanitarian assistance as needed.

In the field of WASH, TGH provides drinkable water through Water Trucking (WT) and, at the same time, rehabilitates boreholes, water systems and pumping stations in a more durable perspective. In 2020, TGH installed a reverse osmosis unit in Rural Damascus. TGH also implements WASH-in-school activities, e.g. rehabilitation of hygiene infrastructures, hygiene kits distributions to the children, hygiene promotion. In parallel, TGH provides capacity building to community-based committees and local authorities in sustainable management of WASH services. Specific hygiene and WASH-related activities have been implemented since the summer 2020 in view of fighting Covid-19’s spread and to foster preventative measures. The WASH and Shelter team is composed of two national staffs in Damascus, two in Dar’a and two in Hama.

Efforts to make schools a safe and supportive environment for education, which includes the rehabilitation of school premises, are coupled with activities to support children’s education and wellbeing, targeting out of school children as well as children already in school. TGH also organizes support classes out of working hours for those children unable to attend classes otherwise. TGH reinforces school staff’s 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. The aim is to prevent and to respond to child protection concerns through these activities as well as through case management and referrals of affected children towards specialized services.

The Education and child protection activities are implemented by Education and Protection team composed of 20 national staffs in Damascus, 9 in Daraa and 7 in Hama. 

In addition, 6 expatriates are working in TGH Syria mission: WASH and Shelter Program coordinator, Education and Protection Program Coordinator, Logisitic Coordinator, Admin Coordinator, Grant and Meal Manager and Country Director.

Job description

He/she supports the County Director on the overall implementation of the WASH and shelter (including school rehabilitation) programs in all governorates of Syria where TGH is operating; this includes requirements definition, writing grant applications, planning, defining strategies and reporting to donors.
He/she supervises the overall work of the WASH and shelter (including school rehabilitation) team ensuring program development and quality as well as the timely implementation of projects.
He/she provides direct supervision and support to the operational and overall functioning of the mission within 3 or 4 bases in Damascus, Hama, Dara’a and maybe Ar-Raqqa in coordination with TGH program and support staff.

In direct collaboration with the Country Director, the sector program managers and the support services departments, the WASH and Shelter Coordinator main responsibilities are:

Program management

Data collection and monitoring tools

Staff management


General support to the mission

This list of responsibilities could be modified according to the needs in the field.

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 Country Director and the Headquarters.

Working and living conditions in Damascus are good. Communication means are satisfying (efficient internet, international phones).
The office is separated from the guesthouses. Individual rooms are available for each expatriate.

When in the field, international staff movements are strictly limited and under tracking. The Wash- Shelter Coordinator will perform short-term field visit and go out of the country every 3 months.