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).

arche noVa has been implementing projects for Refugees and host communities in Northern Lebanon (governorates Akkar and North Lebanon) since 2015. For the implementation of the arche noVa transitional assistance and humanitarian aid in the fields of WASH and livelihoods, as well as the educational project and for the development of further strategic activities in Lebanon we are looking for a

Head of Mission Lebanon / Country Director (f/m/d)

The overall responsibilities of the Head of Mission (HoM) include operational and program management, fundraising, human resources management, financial management, communication, coordination, networking and representation of arche noVa e.V. towards relevant authorities and other stakeholders. The HoM is based in Tripoli, Lebanon with frequent visits to project sites Akkar, North and Bekaa governorates as well as Beirut.

Start: July 2021


  • General management of the mission and further development of the organizational structure in close coordination with HQ
  • Review and further develop the AN’s country strategy to ensure its relevance and appropriateness
  • Guarantee the correct, efficient and effective use of logistical, financial and human resources
  • Fostering a positive and accountable work environment, as well as empowering and encouraging staff and partner organisations to take initiative
  • Represent AN at all levels and ensure active participation and coordination of AN with relevant Government Departments, other INGOs, NGOs, IOs, relevant UN clusters, donors
  • Support and supervise the Lebanon Country office team and partner organisations for implementing projects, in close cooperation with the programme coordinator and HQ. Oversee and direct:
    • The efficient and effective running of all support functions of the mission within the operations department, including finance, administration, HR, procurement and logistics
    • The implementation, monitoring and evaluation of project activities as well as project results including budget monitoring and evaluation
    • The drafting of accurate and timely project-related reports
    • The checking of financial documents, signing and authorizing contracts and payments accordingly
  • Frequently review and update the security plan based on thorough analysis as well as maintain the overall security of the mission
  • Provide regular reports on programmatic, security and contextual matters to HQ
  • Identify new funding opportunities
  • Prepare future proposals and support the partner organisations in the development of project ideas together with the programme coordinator
  • 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 project sites for monitoring purposes
  • Coordinate with AN Head of Mission for North East Syria and Iraq Office based in Erbil in terms of creating synergies between the structures
  • Regularly evaluate performance of AN employees in coordination with the direct line management
  • Coordinate AN visibility and PR activities


  • 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 (> 3 years in a leading position), including security management responsibilities in insecure / volatile environments
  • Fluency in English (written and oral)
  • Demonstrated experience in program and human resource management
  • Demonstrated experience in implementing with local partner organisations
  • Solid analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and networking capacities
  • Ability to represent AN 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, basic infrastructure, livelihoods and/or rural development with a focus on community engagement, local capacity building and sustainability
  • Knowledge of German and Arabic is of advantage
  • Awareness of the Lebanese humanitarian, development, security and political context
  • Work experience in the MENA context
  • Knowledge of relevant donors with regards to funding and operation mechanisms especially on a country level (like BMZ, ECHO, UN OCHA CBPF, UNICEF)
  • Knowledge especially in implementing emergency relief , transitional aid and/or development cooperation projects

Duration: 12 months contract with a 6 months probationary period and the possibility of extension
The contract is subject to the project approval by the donor.

We offer:

  • Competitive salary according to internal salary scale, including per diems based on country context
  • International health and hazard insurance
  • Accommodation in an AN guesthouse
  • Coverage of housing and utility costs
  • 2.5 days leave per month (30 days per year)

Deadline for application: 30.04.2021

Please send CV, references and cover letter in one pdf document to Ms Richter: Please describe your motivation of working for arche noVa and as Head of Mission Lebanon and tell us your salary expectations.

Subject: HoM Lebanon