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- Syria mission - Food Security & Livelihood Program Manager - Based in Jordan (Amman) PDF Print E-mail

Syria mission - Food Security & Livelihood Program Manager - Based in Jordan (Amman)

Solidarités International

Closing date: 31 Jul 2017

Desired start date: ASAP

Duration of the mission: 9 months renewable

Location: Position based in Amman


Humanitarian situation / SI intervention


With the Syrian crisis now in its 6th year, 13.5 million people require humanitarian assistance, including 6 million IDPs and 5.7 million in severe need, according to the Humanitarian Needs Overview 2017 (OCHA HNO, 2017). Over half of the population have been forced from their homes, and many people have been displaced multiple times. Children and youth represent more than half of the displaced, as well as half of those in need of humanitarian assistance. In the absence of a political solution to the conflict, intense and widespread hostilities are likely to persist in 2017-2018. Many frontlines may move in 2017 and control over territories by the different parties is under constant change causing influx of IDPs. 6,100 individuals are estimated to be newly displaced every day in Syria.


SI acknowledges that IDP’s living in camps and settlements require high levels of support, facing extreme levels of poverty. In addition however, as areas become accessible following the retreat of ISIS, the humanitarian community is also now faced with host populations and IDP’s living in villages with significant needs, currently going unaddressed. Si’s strategy therefore has two approaches, the first to continue and expand support to IDP’s living in informal settlements or camps in Northern Syria. The second, to provide rehabilitation support for water and sanitation infrastructure in the newly accessible areas.


Solidarites International (SI) has been present in Northern Syria since 2013. Throughout this time, the organisation has focused its activities in Aleppo Governorate, primarily Azaz, Tall Refaat and Jabel Samaan districts and is considering expanding to other locations, particularly in response to the Raqqa crisis. Over this time, SI has positively established itself as a water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH), food security & livelihoods (FSL) and non-food item (NFI) actor, working in partnership with relevant Clusters and other (I)NGO’s via cross-border operations from Turkey.


SI is now in the process of relocating its teams in Amman via a new hub to carry out its operations inside Syria while a presence will be maintained in Turkey. The expatriate team will be based in Jordan with some travel to Turkey.


Please note that the Coordination team is remotely managing operations.


About the job


The FSL program manager will support the Program Coordinator to analyze the situation toward FSL in Azaz district (or any other area) and to subsequently contribute to developing new project proposals. S/he is responsible for implementing and achieving the objectives defined in the operation proposal and for overseeing operational teams assigned to the program.


The FSL program manager guarantees the good performance and the quality of the program(s) implemented, and, where appropriate, proposes adjustments or developments to ensure relevance. S/he follows the situation, proposes any further need arise and coordinates with program coordinator/ Head of mission to propose other types of activities that can be done in terms of Food Security and Livelihood.


He/she will be under the supervision of the Program coordinator and will receive technical support from him/her.


Key priorities:


Ensure the recruitment and training of the FSL program team


Implementation and follow-up of the FSL response activities


To ensure consultation with intended beneficiaries, local authorities to identify appropriate activities considering needs


Assess the seasonal and agricultural conditions in SI area of intervention and adjust the proposed approach and project calendar as needed


Launch the activities in a timely fashion an follow up the implementation, organize the monitoring and evaluation activities


Ensure timely and quality reporting and representation of SI towards relevant actors and in relevant coordination mechanisms


Contribute towards the lessons learnt and capitalization of FS programming in Northern Syria.


To define and implement the monitoring and evaluation schemes of all activities together with the MEAL program manager


To coordinate the local teams


To Analyze the FSL situation in newly accessible areas and contribute to development of new proposals by proposing a technical approach and a financial, human and logistical scope for the programs to be implemented

To support the Logistics Department for the purchase of programme required materials and equipment

To coordinate with the main FSL actors of the area to ensure complementarity and avoid overlap.

Your profile




At least 2-3 years of experience in a similar position, developing and implementing food security programs, in particular agricultural and/or livestock activities.

Experience in remote management would be a strong asset

A keen understanding and experience in the Middle East (particularly on the Syria crisis) would be a strong asset.

Demonstrated experience in reporting and proposal writing



Capacity to provide leadership and be a unifying force;


Ability to delegate;


Diplomacy and coordination skills


Knowledge in project cycle management


Strong management and training/capacity-building skills and particularly capacities to provide at-distance technical support


Display initiative with solid organizational and communication skills

Stress management skills: ability to work under pressure, with peaks of heavy workloads



Fluent English (written, spoken and read),

Working knowledge of French and/or Arabic is an asset.



Commitment to the fundamental principles of SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL charter and ethos.

SI will offer


A salaried post: according to experience from 1760 euros gross per month and a monthly Per Diem of 700 USD.


Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.


Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 3rd and the 9th month (with 500 euros allocated by Solidarités). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 14-day period after six months spent on the mission (Solidarités will cover travel costs)


For further information about SI, please consult our website:




Corinne LORIN, Recruitment and Follow Up Officer



Application process


NB : The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension


Job posted on 1 June 2017.

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