LEBANON – DEPUTY COUNTRY DIRECTOR HEAD OF PROGRAMS (H/F) – BEIRUT

Solidarités International


Desired start date: 15/01/2022

Duration of the mission: 12 months, renewable

Location: Beirut, Lebanon

ABOUT THE MISSION

Lebanon hosts about 1.5 million Syrian refugees, mainly in its northern governorate (Akkar and Tripoli) and in the Bekaa Valley. SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL (SI) has launched its operations in Lebanon in March 2013 in order to address the immediate needs of both Syrian refugees and Lebanese host families also affected by the crisis. SI in Lebanon has two operational bases (Tripoli and Zahle) and a coordination office in Beirut. The expatriate team consists of 15 staff members, while the national team represents about 150 staff members.

While contemplating to secure usual humanitarian interventions in core sectors of expertise (Wash and Shelter), the mission is also transitioning towards getting engaged in more structural and long-term recovery and development projects

SI LEB’s strategy revolves around 3 main axes:

  • Respond to the acute needs of vulnerable populations in the aftermath of sudden shocks;
  • Ensure delivery of basic services and strengthen coping capacities of vulnerable populations through a community-based integrated approach;
  • Build resilience of communities and systems through strengthening capacities of local stakeholders.

The above will consider the integration of the following sectors – at both household and community level – considering the needs along the time continuum between Emergency and Development:

  • WASH
  • Public Infrastructure
  • Disaster Risk Management
  • Livelihoods – new sectoral focus of SI Lebanon

At the time of writing, SI LEB budget volume amounts to roughly 15 M USD and SI LEB is implementing 6 projects from Unicef, ECHO, AFD/Danida, DFID/EU, GSMA.

ABOUT THE JOB

General objective:

In close collaboration with the Country Director (CD), the DCD-HoP’s plays a key role in maintaining a strategic vision for SI Lebanon’s programs, ensuring overall program quality, impact, and accountability, as well as ensuring the relevance of SI’s program in Lebanon vis a vis the evolving needs of the population of Lebanon.

He/She ensures that programs are driven by needs, based on evidence, adaptable to contextual changes, monitored closely and resourced appropriately. He/She ensures the internal coherence among program activities.

He/She oversees SI Lebanon’s entire grant management cycle and reporting processes.

He/She is part of SI Senior Management Team and assumes direct line-management of the Technical & Program Coordinators and of the Grant Manager.

Responsibilities and main activities:

  • Strategic Direction
  • Donor, Grant, Relationship management and representation
  • Program Development & Quality Management
  • Institutional knowledge building
  • Management

The main challenges:

  • Huge volume of work with high level of details
  • Big program portfolio
  • SI very well positioned towards donors: need to maintain the positioning and the influence
  • Big team to coordinate (6 to 7 direct reports)
  • Capacity to be extremely reactive as turn-around timeframes are often very short

Management:

The DCD-HoP will directly line-manage a large team of 6 coordinators. (1 WASH Coordinator, 1 Infrastructure Coordinator, 1 DRM Coordinator, 1 IM Coordinator, 1 MEAL Coordinator, 1 Grants & Partnership Coordinator).

He/she will be under the management of the Country Director and will have a functionally link with the HQ Program Manager in charge of Middle East.

In Tripoli and Zahle, programs are managed by Project Managers under the direct supervision of the Field Coordinator (in Zahle) and the Deputy Field Coordinator (in Tripoli). Program Coordination maintains a functional relationship with both the Program Managers and the Field Coordinators.

YOUR PROFILE

EDUCATION:

  • Advance university degree (BA) in development & humanitarian studies, social sciences or equivalent

EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum 6 years with INGO specialized in Humanitarian assistance
  • Minimum 3 years of experience as Head of Programs in similar country set-ups and budget volume/program portfolio
  • Minimum 3 years of experience as Project/Program manager, Technical coordinator or on similar positions
  • Proven experience in managing long-term/development projects
  • Proven experience in designing country wide programmatic strategies
  • Proven experience in managing large size technical teams
  • Proven experience in designing and/or managing integrated programs especially in shelter/WaSH, Health and Protection
  • Previous experience with SI a strong asset
  • Previous working experience in the Middle East and/or Lebanon is recommended

TECHNICAL SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:

  • Strong Project Cycle Management skills
  • Strong coordination skills
  • Knowledge of SI programmatic strategies

SOFT SKILLS AND SPIRIT:

  • Good negotiation and diplomacy skills
  • Organized and problem solving spirit
  • Autonomy and capacity of initiative
  • Flexibility and strong coordination skills
  • Ability to work under pressure, with peaks of heavy workloads

LANGUAGES:

  • Excellent command of English and French (speaking, reading and writing) a must
  • Good command of Arabic is an asset

OTHERS:

  • Commitment to the fundamental principles of SI’s charter and ethos.

SI WILL OFFER YOU

A salaried post:
According to experience, starting from 2600 euros gross per month (+ 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly i.e. 2860 euros gross per month)
and a monthly Per Diem of 750 USD

Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of 7 working days every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7 working days break at 3, 6 and 9 months (with 850 USD allocated by Solidarités).

To these break periods, it is necessary to add the granting of one additional rest day per month worked, i.e. 12 days in addition for a one-year contract**.**

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.

LIVING CONDITIONS:

Specific update related to context:

The political and security situation in Lebanon is complex and volatile and domestic tensions remain high. A Financial and Economic crisis has been hitting Lebanon hard, with high inflation, major loss of value of the local currency and shortages (on fuel, electricity, medicines, etc.).

International tensions are as well important in the country and in the area.

Despite these on-going internal and external tensions, Lebanon’s security situation is currently acceptable. There is no curfew in place on the Lebanon mission and international staff can move around without too many restrictions even though Akkar and the Beqaa valley include some no-go areas. The security measures in place could still be upgraded quickly depending on the context’s evolution.

Key information about living conditions:

As the country’s capital Beirut is home to many iNGOs, UN agencies, and international news networks. The city is a very modern city, where you can find all kind of restaurants, shops, international libraries, bars, cinemas, etc.

Depending on the employee’s contract, SI Expats are either hosted in the Beirut guesthouse (

The Beirut guesthouse is located inside the city – Sodeco area -, at walking distance from shops, cafes and restaurants. The city hosts cinemas, gyms and reputable walking and hiking trails. Each international staff member has its own room, access to 24/7 electricity and Wi-Fi, a central heating system for the winter as well as air conditioning for summer months.

How to apply

Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English via this link: https://emea3.recruitmentplatform.com/syndicated/private/syd_apply.cfm?id=PULFK026203F3VBQB6G8N8NX4&nPostingTargetID=66810. CV only applications will not be considered.

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

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