DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR – OPT
Location: Ramallah, oPt, with frequent travels to West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Job Title: Development Coordinator
Type of contract: 12 months with possibility of extension (including a 3 months as probation period)
Starting date: April 2018
Monthly Gross Salary Range: 3000-4000 EUR
Application deadline: 15th of March 2018
Send your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with reference P9, only preselected candidates will be contacted; the applications will be reviewed as they are received and the position may be awarded before the deadline
GVC has been working in occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) since 1992, implementing activities including rehabilitation and provision of WASH assets and infrastructure, rehabilitation and provision of livelihood assets, reinforcement of health and education services, supporting good governance mechanisms. GVC currently works in both humanitarian aid and development, aiming at:
providing access to basic services and available natural resources,
strengthening the protection of vulnerable individuals and communities through an integrated community-based protection approach;
enhancing socio-economic development.
At present, GVC operations in oPt are funded by a diversified donor’s portfolio: Italian Cooperation (AICS), Belgian Cooperation (DGD), European Union, United Nations and Italian Decentralized Regional Cooperation, with a total annual budget equal to over 2 million of Euro per year; GVC activities are then carried out in the whole country.
GVC has a Coordination Office in Ramallah and operational offices respectively in Tubas, Hebron and Gaza and a country staff of 45 members (local and international personnel) supported by a roster of international technical experts periodically deployed.
GVC focuses strategically on 4 main sectors for its development program, namely:
Local Development and Governance
Integrate Water Resource Management
LRRD: Linking Relief, Rehabilitation and Development
Gender mainstream, special attention to vulnerable categories, community-based approach and good governance are cross-cutting issues included in all GVC interventions.
Main tasks and responsibilities:
Within this framework, GVC recruits a Development Coordinator who will be responsible to coordinate and implement the operations related to GVC development programmes in oPt by incorporating best practices approaches in the delivery of assigned functions. He/she will be based in the coordination office in Ramallah with frequent missions in operational offices in Hebron, Tubas and Gaza. He/she will be under the direct line management of the Country Director and working in coordination with the Head of Operations; the Emergency Coordinator; the Finance Manager; Area Managers and Project Managers.
Operations Support (15%)
Coordinate with and support the Head of Operations (HoO) in all aspects of finance, administrative, human resource and logistics management of development projects, ensuring knowledge and adherence to applicable operational systems, donor requirements and GVC country strategy;
Support the HoO to prepare and implement SoPs and guidelines, as appropriate and with the Area Managers/Project Managers, to provide for a smooth running of the programmes through standardized procedures and improved support;
Support the development of work plans and budgets and ensure effective coordination, timely and quality implementation and monitoring of project activities to meet deliverables in accordance with standards, time line, and budgets.
Programme Development (35%)
Promote and guide needs assessments in identified areas of interest, working with advisors, coordinators and project managers where necessary and develop concept notes/project ideas accordingly;
Translate global and country GVC strategy into country specific advocacy strategies, creates and delivers effective evidence-based advocacy messages to promote GVC’s programmes goals taking into account political and social sensitivities;
Promote a result-based approach and integrates innovative policies and strategies into the design and formulation of country programmes, and projects based on strategic priorities and responsive to the countries’ needs in the areas of interest;
Facilitate the achievement of programme results by identifying, providing and coordinating substantive and technical inputs into programme development and implementation, ensuring substantive monitoring, oversight and coordination and evaluating the inputs of consultants and technical experts;
Promote knowledge sharing and continuous learning, testing, linking and documenting innovative strategies, approaches, lessons learned and best practices inside and outside GVC and replicating these strategies and approaches. Ensures that country staff integrates GVC substantive policies, methodologies and tools;
Support in mobilizing co-financing resources for support to the country programmes and projects recommending a strategic approach and encouraging Country Office action;
Conducts substantive policy dialogue with relevant national and international counterparts and other development partners to facilitate the incorporation of GVC’s programmes priorities into national and donors’ plans and strategies, and development framework;
Formalize and upscale best practices and programmes’ achievements coming from the implementation of projects to relevant stakeholders, feeding , GVC policies and strategies/methods;
Provide substantive technical support and coordination for the effective management of all GVC outputs including development and implementation of result based workplans, project financial monitoring and budget management;
Ensure gender, people with disability and age specific needs are included or mainstreamed in all interventions.
Representation and advocacy (20%)
Represent GVC in the Country in various fora as requested by the CD on programmatic and technical issues;
According to area of responsibility maintain and strengthen dialogue with PA officials, NGOs, partners, donors and communities to provide knowledge and understanding while ensuring accurate interpretation of the programme/projects objectives and implementation;
Identify additional areas of synergy and cooperation with other NGOs, UN agencies and relevant institutions;
Provide input to communication materials to promote GVC strategic objectives.
Staff Management (10%)
Line manages designated staff, including direct supervision and development;
Assist the Country Director (CD) in establishing and maintaining collaborative and high performing team and a good working environment;
Assist the CD with the development and building of an effective team.
Quality Management (15%)
In conjunction with Area Managers and MEAL officer review, develop and implement (as applicable) systems to improve transparency and to ensure the best use of GVC assets and resources;
Regularly assess and provide feedback and recommendations on the quality of the projects and interventions during field visits and at other relevant times;
Support to oversee the timely and accurate preparation of annual reports as well as interim status reports (as required) to donors;
Proactively contribute to effective and efficient use of resources across projects including during start-up and close-out of individual projects.
Security Management (5%)
Support CD in security administration, which includes communicating security alerts to the team and maintenance of base security;
Liaise with 24/7 for updated contact information and monitoring quality of service;
Undertake any other assignments as may be required by the CD.
Minimum of 5 years of relevant working experience in related fields with a focus in the area of Local Economic Development and/or Governance;
Relevant experience in Project Development and proposal writing;
Good knowledge of Project Cycle Management;
Knowledge of main donors’ policy and procedures (in particular EuropeAid and AICS);
Previous work experience with international NGOs will be preferred.
Education and skills:
An advanced university degree or equivalent in the field of Social or Political Science, Development Studies, International relations, Project Management;
Ability to think strategically and conceptually and to translate these into concrete results;
Ability to identify, initiate and maintain good relationships with partner organizations, donors and national authorities including building professional relationships with senior decision-makers and influencers / leaders;
Proven organizational skills and ability to manage effectively multiple tasks while fostering quality, team spirit and positive working relationships with colleagues;
Strong interpersonal relationships and demonstrated ability to leverage business networks and partnerships for continued growth;
Fluency in written and spoken English, knowledge of Italian and/or Arabic will constitute a plus;
Ability to work under pressure;
Demonstrates integrity concerning NGO values and ethical standards;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
Computer skills, in particular MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, MS Project;
Valid and clean driving license;
Previous experience in oPt will be considered an asset