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Country Director - Syria

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The Country Director is responsible for developing the overall strategic direction for programming in cooperation with TGH senior management team and local partners (SARC). She/He is responsible for developing and implementing systems, policies and procedures for TGH operations in Syria. The Country Director is responsible for financial oversight, staff security, human resource management and representation.

The main responsibilities include:

General supervision of the mission

  • Represent TGH in Syria, in particular with SARC, national authorities, donors, humanitarian coordination mechanisms, UN agencies and other INGOs
  • Ensure compliance with Syrian laws, procedures and regulations applicable to the INGOs working in the country
  • Ensure an appropriate level of visibility of the organisation with SARC, as well as with donor representatives in the country
  • Monitor and analyze the political, humanitarian and socio-economic context
  • Based on this analysis and in collaboration with the Headquarters, establish the mission’s strategy, the identification of funding opportunities, and the design of new projects
  • Ensure efficient internal coordination at mission level and with HQ


  • Ensure overall coordination, follow-up and quality of new projects for all operational bases.
  • Brief and support the Administrative and Finance Coordinator, Logistic Coordinator, Wash and Shelter Program Coordinator, Education and Protection Coordinator and Grant and MEAL Manager in the implementation and follow-up of their duties
  • Coordinate the production of quality and timely donor reports (narrative and financial)


  • In coordination with the HQ-based Programing and Development and technical advisers, identify and actively pursue new funding opportunities
  • Coordinate and/or conduct technical assessment with SARC

Security management

  • Monitor the Syria contexts and maintain regular communication with HQ
  • Oversee the regular updating of the mission’s security, evacuation and medical plans
  • Ensure in particular that internal guidelines on field trips are regularly reviewed, adapted to the context and strictly enforced
  • Ensure that TGH is fully included in the existing security information and coordination mechanisms, such as the UN (UNDSS) or INSO
  • Manage security incidents and crises, in coordination with HQ

Human resources and support departments

  • Plan and participate in the recruitment of expatriate staff
  • Ensure performance management for staff under direct supervision according to the internal guidelines
  • Ensure the full respect of TGH’s administrative, financial and logistics procedures
  • Supervise the implementation and periodic review of TGH’s national HR policy and strategy, in collaboration with the Administrative Coordinator and the HQ-based HR department

This list of responsibilities could be modified according to the needs.

  • At least 3 years of experience with an humanitarian NGO including at least 1 year in a coordination position
  • Good knowledge of the humanitarian environment (NGOs, UN, main donors)
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English and French
  • Proven ability to fundraise and write project proposals
  • Proven ability to develop a mission (mission opening and development to other location and sectors if needed)
  • Experience in project and team management
  • Good security management skills, experience in challenging security environments
  • Good knowledge of MS Office pack. Knowledge on SAGA software will be positively considered
  • Good knowledge of accounting / financial management / logistics in a NGO context
  • Experience of Arabic or Muslim countries and knowledge or Arabic language is a distinct advantage
  • Good organizational and planning skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills
  • Good capacity to organize your work remotely


Country: Syria, based in Damascus with limited field visits depending on approval.

Due to visa approval delays, the employee may start his/her contract from his/her home place for undetermined time.

Duration: 7 months from October 2021

Conditions: Salaried contract, gross monthly salary from € 2900 to € 3400 according to experience, monthly per diem 850 USD, medical coverage of 100% + repatriation insurance + provident fund, accommodation, international and local transportation as part of the mission, break every 3 months.

Family Duty Station: No

How to Apply

Please send your CV and Cover Letter to Amandine RUINART, HR officer