SYRIA (CMU) – DEPUTY CHIEF OF PARTY (H/F) – AMUDA At Solidarités International

Desired start date: 20/09/2021

Duration of the mission: 12 months

Location: NES

about the mission

The LEARN Consortium is a partnership between four (4) International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs), and two (2) national partners. A three-year program funded by USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), with an application submitted for further funding after the three years, it leverages the respective expertise from the I/NGO partners to deliver Health, Shelter, MPCA, protection, humanitarian coordination, and WASH services to the most vulnerable communities in North East Syria (NES). The main activities being implemented are related to the rehabilitation and running of Primary Healthcare Centers (PHCs), emergency WASH (water distribution and rehabilitation of water infrastructure), private and public institutional shelter repairs, distribution of essential kits (new arrivals, hygiene, shelter repairs) and MPCA to cover basic needs. A livelihoods component is being added to the ongoing programming from October 2021. The program incorporates a Rapid Response Mechanism.

The implementing partners are based in, and implement throughout, NES. The Consortium Management Unit (CMU) is the oversight structure for the program that aims to facilitate smooth coordination, oversee program delivery, lead donor communications, ensure compliance and manage risk. The CMU is led by the Chief of Party (Jordan) and Deputy Chief of Party (NES), together with a team of Specialists.

about the job

General objective:

In close collaboration with the Chief of Party (CoP), the Deputy Chief of Party’s (DCoP) is the consortium’s representative in Syria and Erbil.

  • S/he will provide management support to the CoP and leadership to facilitate programming which is responsive to the Syrian context and to the objectives of the project.
  • S/he will provide a focus on integrated programming and efficiencies, ensuring effective delivery from the consortium’s coordination bodies.
  • S/he has a key role in promoting collaboration and partnership to ensure that partners leverage the consortium to deliver more than they could individually for beneficiaries.
  • S/he manages the LEARN Rapid Response Mechanism.

The main challenges:

  • Continue the adaptation of the field-based consortium coordination to best meet partner needs
  • Maintain clear communications lines between teams, partners, and departments
  • Help maintain a high level of understanding of the role of the Consortium management team with partner staff
  • Keep promoting collaboration and partnership between partners coordination and field teams
  • Prioritize, kick-off and monitor joint cross-partner initiatives (e.g. referrals, joint understanding of needs, exploration of further integration, etc…
  • Further inclusion of local partners in the technical governance of the LEARN

Responsibilities and main activities:

  • The DCoP has direct line-management of the Technical Specialists/Managers (WaSH, Shelter, Health, CVA-ERMS, Protection and MEAL).
  • Manage implementation of all technical aspects of the consortium project
  • Ensure implementation strategies are compliant with donor requirements
  • Define and own the programmatic strategy of the consortium with the partners
  • Coordinate actions with support departments of the consortium coordination
  • Manage the team of technical Specialists (4 sectorial and 2 cross-cutting)
  • Facilitate good working relationships with all consortium partners
  • Support the CoP
  • Manage the implementation of the RRM

your profile

Specific skills and experience:


  • Post-graduate degree in humanitarian and/or development studies, social sciences, political sciences or similar field


  • Proven experience (5 years) in needs assessment and contextual analysis, complex multi-sectorial programmatic strategy design and implementation/monitoring of activities (including Rapid Response Mechanism) in a complex/volatilecontext, conflict and/or protracted crisis situation
  • Proven experience working in BHA funded projects and good knowledge of BHA guidelines
  • Proven experience working in high level managerial and diplomatic positions of large consortiums with sub-agreements and sub-contractors
  • Proven experience of management of a senior and diverse team, including remote management
  • Desirable: Previous work experience in response to the Syrian Crisis
  • Desirable: Previous work experience in response in the Middle East


  • English: fluent with excellent writing capacities
  • Arabic: fluency will be an asset

si will offer you

A salaried post:
According to experience, starting from 3300 euros gross per month (3000 base salary + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly Per Diem of 700 USD

SI also covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate’s country of origin and the place of assignment.

Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of on 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 month (with 850 USD allocated by Solidarités).

To these break periods, it is necessary to add the granting of 1 additional rest day per month worked > i.e. 12 days in addition for a 1-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.


The candidate will be based in North East Syria. S/he will live in a guesthouse shared with the other CMU members.

S/he will make regular field visits and stay in partners’ field guesthouses to allow closer proximity to the sites of project implementation.

In the main base, living conditions are comfortable with some opportunities and places to socialize. In the operational bases, living conditions are more basic with less opportunities and places to socialize.


Security inside NES is volatile and justifies specific arrangements for accommodation and movement in the areas of intervention. Adherence to strict security procedures is necessary, while the security levels can vary according to the different geographical locations and the changes of context.

COVID 19 :

Solidarités International recommends vaccination against Covid-19, using WHO approved vaccines. If possible, the vaccination should be done before departure in order to reduce the logistical constraints once on the ground.

How to apply

Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English CV only applications will not be considered.

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

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