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We World | GVC – Rappresentante Paese – Siria

We World – GVC sta selezionando un/a Rappresentante Paese da inserire nella sua operatività in Siria. Durata 12 mesi. Scadenza candidature 26/07/2020

Rappresentante Paese – Siria

Location: Syria, Damascus

Job Title: Country Representative

Starting date: September 2020

Monthly net salary range: To be defined according to the candidate’s profile

Expected duration: 12 months renewable (with 3 months as probation period)

Application deadline: 26th of July 2020

Application procedure: Send your CV and Cover Letter applying here with reference SI4. 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 is an Italian secular and independent organization working since 1971 in international cooperation and humanitarian aid. Present in 30 countries, GVC operates in the following areas of assistance: human rights (gender equality, prevention and combating violence against children and women, migration), humanitarian aid (prevention, emergency relief and rehabilitation), food security, access to water, health and hygiene, education, global citizenship education, quality teaching and international volunteering. GVC works mostly with girls, boys, women and youth, actors of change in every community for a fairer and more inclusive world. Supports people overcoming emergencies and guarantees a life with dignity, opportunities and a better future through human and economic development programs, in the framework of the 2030 Agenda. Joining GVC team means being part of the development of a dynamic organisation where the contribution of each staff member is promoted and valued, working together towards the collective achievement of shared goals and vision.

Working context

GVC, has been working in Syria since 2011 and is currently carrying emergency projects in WASH and Education sectors funded by ECHO, AICS, and UN. Within this framework, GVC recruits a Country Representative with strong experience in promoting and managing emergency programmes and disaster/development linkages with specific experience in remote management capacities and tools.

Job Description

The Country Representative purpose is to lead and supervise existing projects, develop new programs and coordinate operations in Syria for GVC within Emergency and LRRD. He/she must be willing to travel extensively among Lebanon and Syria, develop new working opportunities, development of sound relations with key players.

Main tasks and Responsibilities

Country office leadership (25%)

  • Lead the elaboration and implementation of the Country strategy
  • Recommend and/or determine priorities and supervise the implementation of project work plans as well as supervise and ensure quality of project reporting to donors
  • In collaboration with the relevant staff in GVC Syria organigram, establish annual objectives and targets, performance measurements, standards and results expected to ensure timely and partner oriented deliverables
  • Operate within the defined limits of authority on matters of Finance, Procurement and Human Resources and subject to any limits or conditions that may be imposed as per delegated authority
  • Support HQ in planning, recruiting, managing and developing a flexible workforce with the skills and competencies needed to ensure optimum performance, and ensure gender and geographical diversity.
  • Foster a positive work environment, respectful of both men and women, and ensure that the highest standards of conduct are observed
  • In consultation with the Security Officer support the duties on security as outlined in the GVC Security manual

Partnership development (25%)

  • Keep abreast of and assess the needs of the national government and other GVC partners operating in the Country, to identify and plan with them areas for leveraging GVC services/competencies in project delivery
  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships in the Country through active networking, advocacy and effective communication of GVC competencies in project service delivery and management to develop opportunities and engagements with new partners
  • Develop a comprehensive partnership and programme plan in line with GVC Country Strategic Plan and Regional Strategies to grow the pipeline opportunities in Syria
  • Examine risks and opportunities presented by the strategic positioning of GVC in Syria and propose appropriate responses to ensure sustainable operations
  • Lead the identification, design, formulation and negotiation of new projects and programs and draft concept notes and project document briefs for discussion with partners
  • Assist the HQ to maintain public/media/donor relations to actively engage their interest/support in promoting and communicating GVC achievements, competencies and interest at global level.

Programme Management (25%)

  • Manage and oversee the preparation of programme documents (including business cases/strategies, policy briefs, programme plans and risk assessments)
  • Implement internal performance and quality control systems for in-country programmes including tracking, monitoring and reporting on project delivery and financials
  • Evaluate performance to measure efficacy and alignment of the country with the organizational/regional/country strategies and compliance with GVC standards of accuracy, transparency and accountability and to ensure that service delivery reinforces business development objectives

Representation and advocacy (15%)

  • Represent GVC in Syria and be responsible for the management of host country relations and GVC interests in dealing with government, international and local organizations, networks and media in the Area Programme
  • Represent GVC in strategic meetings, conferences, forums and other public events and contribute towards consolidating and raising the profile of GVC
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with local organizations and networks and establish national and regional strategic relations and alliances with partners and civil society working in common cause with GVC objectives
  • Maintain good partnerships relations at National and International levels
  • Promote GVC’s organizational identity and capacity to all stakeholders and partners in Syria and ensure GVC remains relevant to the changing needs of disadvantaged people in the Country

Knowledge management and innovation (10%)

  • Contribute to the development and introduction of innovation to ensure GVC is continually incorporating best practices approaches in the delivery of regional portfolio
  • Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for corporate development planning and knowledge building
  • Contribute to the planning, implementation and organization of strategic capacity building of personnel, partners and stakeholders
  • Establish priorities, in consultation with the Regional Coordinator, for targeted investments in growth and innovation, contribute to identification and implementation of innovation and continuous improvement in support of organizational excellence and world-class performance


Qualifications and Knowledge:

  • An advanced university degree or equivalent in the field of Social or Political Science, Development Studies, International relations, Project Management
  • Knowledge of main donors’ policy and procedures (UN Agencies, ECHO, Europeaid, Italian Cooperation)
  • Project Development and proposal writing
  • Project Management Cycle
  • Valid and clean driving license
  • Fluent in written and spoken English

Professional experience:

  • Minimum 8 years’ of relevant experience in working with NGO or International Organization with increasing responsibility
  • At least 2 years of previous experience in the same position

Skills and Abilities

  • Good communication and leadership skills
  • Ability to perform under stress condition
  • Capacity to autonomously work and in problems prevention/resolution
  • 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 effectively manage 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
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the NGO values and ethical standards.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Computer skills, in particular MS Word, MS Excel, MS Outlook, MS Project


  • Previous experience in Middle East countries would be considered an asset
  • Knowledge of Arabic and Italian would be considered an asset
  • Previous experience  in working in the sector of Education, Protection or WASH would be considered an asset

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