arche noVa e.V. - Initiative for People in Need is an independent non-profit and non-governmental organisation (NGO) from Dresden/Germany working primarily in the field of humanitarian aid, rehabilitation and development. Our main focus is on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

The organisation is a member of Aktion Deutschland Hilft, an alliance of German aid organisations, and the Paritätischen Wohlfahrtsverband in Germany. Since 1996 arche noVa e.V. is certified by the German Central Institute for Social Issues (DZI).

arche noVa (AN) is implementing projects for IDPs and host communities in Syria since September 2012. For the implementation of our project in the fields of WASH and Education, we are looking for a

Head of Mission Syria / Country Director (f/m)

The overall responsibilities of the Head of Mission (HoM) include operational and program management, fundraising, human resources management, financial management, communication and representation of arche noVa towards relevant authorities and other stakeholders. The HoM is based in Erbil, Iraq, with frequent visits to projects sites in North East Syria – if security allows.

Start: as soon as possible

Responsibilities:

  • General management of the mission (mostly remote management)
  • Oversee the Implementation, monitoring and evaluation of WASH and Education project activities as well as project results including budget monitoring

Guarantee the correct, efficient and effective use of logistical, financial and human resources

  • Checking of financial documents and signing
  • Drafting of accurate and timely project-related reports
  • Provision of regular reports on programmatic, security and contextual matters to HQ
  • Represent AN at all levels and ensure active participation and coordination of AN with relevant Government Departments, other INGOs, NGOs, IOs, relevant UN clusters
  • Oversee and updating of work plans, including monitoring and evaluation of the project at all stages
  • Frequently review and update the security plan based on thorough analysis
  • Prepare future proposals and identify new funding opportunities
  • Support the development and introduction of guidelines, templates and processes/SOPs for direct implementation, including (in close collaboration with the HQ Security Focal Point) safety and security, PSEA and complaint mechanisms
  • Where appropriate and feasible, visit to field offices and project sites for monitoring purposes
  • Oversee the preparation and maintenance of all HR and logistics document and records
  • Remote Management of HR recruitment processes
  • Regularly evaluate performance of AN employees in coordination with direct line management
  • Fostering of a positive and accountable work environment

Requirements:

  • A College or University degree in Humanitarian/Development Studies, Economics, International Relations, Engineering or related
  • Minimum of 7 years demonstrated experience in international emergency and development project management (> 5 years in a leading position), including security management responsibilities in insecure / volatile environments
  • Fluency in English (written and oral) and Arabic
  • Demonstrated experience in program and human resource management
  • Solid analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and networking capacities
  • Ability to represent arche noVa in formal settings
  • Ability to effectively lead an intercultural team
  • Ability to work on establishing new organizational structures and procedures
  • Flexibility, ability to work under stress and capacity to meet tight deadlines

Nice to have:

  • Experience in WASH and Education
  • Knowledge of German
  • Awareness of the Syrian humanitarian, development, security and political context
  • Working experience in the MENA context
  • Knowledge of relevant donors with regards to funding and operation mechanisms especially on country level (like BMZ, ECHO, UN OCHA CBPF, UNDP, DFID, Unicef)

Duration: until 31st of December 2020

We offer:

  • Competitive salary according to internal salary scale based on country context
  • International health and hazard insurance
  • Housing allowance or coverage of housing and utility costs
  • 2.5 days leave per month (30 days per year)

Deadline for application: 19.10.2019

Please send CV, references and cover letter in one pdf document to Ms Pretsch: bewerbung@arche-nova.org. Please describe your motivation working for arche noVa and as Head of Mission Syria.

Subject: HoM Syria