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TDH – Country Representative – Siria

La ONG Terre des hommes Italia è alla ricerca di un/a Country Representative per la sua operatività a Siria basato a Damasco. Durata collaborazione 12 mesi




Country Representative in Syria based in Damascus

The Country Representative  main  task include:

Ensuring the implementation of the global strategy and the smooth integration of the different components: humanitarian, recovery and development intervention

Ensuring the global coordination of the program implemented in the intervention area (may it regards strategic, operational, human, material or financial aspects);

Representing Terre des hommes Italy  towards authorities, institutional donors and partners;

Ensuring application and respect of logistics, accountability and financial   according the Tdh Italy and donors procedures

Ensuring the operational management of the team placed under your responsibility

Ensuring strategic program’s development in accordance with humanitarian needs identified as well as financial opportunities to be raised in the frame of Tdh Italy’s mandate and expertise;

Promote staff development and the maximization of local talent, through coaching and mentoring, talent management, succession planning and active career development

Ensuring smooth and regular reporting activities to the  HQ.



Minimum 5 years overseas experience working with an international humanitarian/development NGO, with strong programme management, team management and financial management experience;

Minimum 3 years in a similar position

Experience of working   in insecure environments

Proven management ability, including ability to motivate and develop skills of team’s members. Must be able to make sound management decisions in difficult situations and also be able to work in a participatory manner with colleagues.

Proven ability to deal with donors and operational partners.

Proven ability to develop adapted humanitarian vision and strategy.

A keen understanding and experience in the Middle East (particularly on Syria crisis) would be an asset



Strong knowledge of donors’ policies and guidelines;

Strong knowledge of the project cycle management;

Strong knowledge of principled-based approaches and advocacy skills;

Excellent communication, networking skills, organizational and prioritization skills, ability to multi-task

Excellent reporting and writing skills

Extensive knowledge of project cycle management

Used to work in political and security volatile environments

Capacity to adapt and show organizational flexibility

Cross cultural sensitivity, good sense of humor and great team member



The position is based in Damascus.

The position will require frequent travel to the areas of intervention, where Tdh Italy  teams are working in community resources centres, IDP camps, health facilities and the communities in  Governmental Controlled Areas: Rural Damascus; Homs; Aleppo; Latakia; other new working area will be identified.   The security context remains fluid and movement restrictions are related with the Syrian Authorities authorizations.



English mandatory (oral and written)

Working knowledge of Arabic   is an asset.

Advanced university degree. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;

Proven experience in management of UN, Italian Cooperation and/or ECHO funds.

Mastery of IT tools (MS Office package, internet, e-mail, etc.)


Personal qualities:

Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills;

Ability to work under high pressure and without constant supervision;

Keen on developing links and continuum between relief activities and development oriented projects;

Motivated by constant programme adaptation to an evolving context and set up of partnerships with local and international partners;

Excellent organisational skills, co-ordination and transfer of knowledge;

Excellent communication skills and commitment to team work;

Ability to work in a tensed and volatile context with strict security measures;

Proven experience in negotiations with institutional donors, project writing and reporting.



Starting date: January  2019

Length of the contract: 12 months

Salary: According the  experience of the candidate and Tdh Italy salary scale;

Insurances. Travel ticket;  Guest House : Collective or individual depending on the status;

Qualified applicants are requested to submit their curriculum vitae, motivation letter and 2 references to: , specifying in the subject ‘CR Syria. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the first interview


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