FIELD COORDINATOR

For further information about the association: http://www.handicap-international.us

Present in more than 55 countries, Handicap International is composed of 2 operational directions:

  • The Direction of Humanitarian Action (DAH)
  • The Direction of Development Action (DAD)

INFORMATION ON THE MISSION CONTEXT / WORKING ENVIRONMENT

The Syrian crisis is the greatest humanitarian crisis of the last 20 years. According to the latest UN figures, about 13.5 million people are currently affected by the crisis in Syria, including about 6.5 million IDPs, while over 5 million Syrians have sought refuge in neighbouring countries or in Europe.
HI is managing a large humanitarian program from four different hubs (South, Centre, North and North-East, along four main pillars:

  1. Support to health partners (hospitals, care houses, psychosocial support centers, local NGOs) for the provision of comprehensive psychosocial support services ( psychosocial support, psychosocial support and/or prosthetics and orthotics) through training, technical supervisions and donations of assistive devices and/or equipment;
  2. Emergency response to the basic needs of vulnerable people affected by sudden crisis, through one-shot distributions of food baskets, household essential items and hygiene kits, and through the management of an adapted humanitarian coordination mechanism for emergency responses.
  3. Education to the risks and effects caused by conventional weapons (including mines, explosive remnants of war and small arms light weapons) and urgent marking of hazardous areas;
  4. Training and technical support to other humanitarian actors on the inclusion of persons with disabilities and other vulnerable persons in the humanitarian response (with a special focus on inclusive health and inclusive livelihoods).

The actual intervention is based on a mix of remote management of national teams, remote partnerships with local structures and organizations, and direct implementation programs. In the North-East hub, HI has two separate field bases in two different governorates and manages its humanitarian and resilience programs with direct implementation modalities.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

HI is launching some initial emergency activities (4 risk education mobile teams and support to a physical rehabilitation unit in a hospital) in the governorate of intervention from its 1st field base during April / June 2018.

Since the acute emergency needs in the governorate are very high and the current coverage from the humanitarian community is very low, HI is creating a new dedicated team for this governorate and is planning to scale up its response in the period from July 2018 to December 2018, expanding its activities, ensuring regular, closer supervision in the field, and setting the foundation for a sustainable presence/response.

In this context, and under the responsibility of the Area Coordinator for the North-East, the Field Coordinator will be in charge of managing the dedicated team for the governorate and intervention, and in particular of:

  • Ensuring representation at field level with local authorities and humanitarian actors;
  • Managing the field base team
  • Manage first the establishment of overnight points, then the gradual establishment of a fully-fledged 3rd field base
  • Managing security in the area under his/her responsibility
  • In the initial phase, ensure direct supervision of the activities and direct development of new activities, through the management of a national Project Officer.
  • Contributing to strategy development
  • Supervising the implementation of HI’s humanitarian programs
  • Supervising the support services team (HR, Logistics, Finance)

PROFILE SOUGHT:

Essential

 At least 3 years of professional experience in humanitarian / emergency contexts
 At least 1 or 2 years of experience in management of projects/programs;
 At least 1 or 2 years of experience in management of field bases
 Project management
 Security management and/or context analysis
 Team management and organizational skills
 Strong internal and external coordination and representation skills
 Fluency in oral and written English is compulsory
 Strong computer skills (use of MS Word, Excel, Outlook and other relevant software).
 High level of autonomy and initiative
 Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
 Ability to work under high pressure

Preferable

Solid work experience in launching a new emergency program / opening a new field base is a very strong assetSolid work experience in one or more core sectors is a strong asset: health (physical rehabilitation, psychosocial support) and mine action (risk education)
Experience in Iraq, Syria and/or in other Middle Eastern countries is a strong asset Good understanding of logistics, HR, finance and compliance management
*Arabic and/or Kurdish skills are a strong asset

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

Length of the contract: 6 months with possible extension

  • Salary from 2750 € (gross) / month regarding the experience of the candidate
  • Per-diem: 550€/month net
  • Hardship allowance: 500€/month net
  • Insurances: medical health coverage, retirement planning, repatriation
  • Paid holiday: 25 days per year
  • R&R: 7 days every 8 weeks
  • Accommodation: collective housing fully covered by Humanity & Inclusion

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