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CESVI – Head of Mission / Project Coordinator – Iran

Cesvi Fondazione Onlus sta selezionando un/a Head of Mission / Project Coordinator da inserire nella sua operatività in Iran. Durata 6 mesi rinnovabili. Scadenza candidature 11/04/2022

Head of Mission / Project Coordinator – Iran


Cesvi intends to start-up its operational presence in Iran.

Cesvi’s strategy in the Country aims at providing support to Afghan refugees and vulnerable host communities, with specific focus on the livelihood sector.

In this context, Cesvi is recruiting a Head of Mission/Project Coordinator to coordinate start-up of Cesvi presence in the Country with regards to both programmatic and administrative issues.


The collaboration is expected to start in mid-May 2022.

The main duty station will be Teheran (Iran), with possibility of field visits country-wide.

The Head of Mission/Project Coordinator will report to the Emergency Area Manager at HQ-level.

The main tasks are:

Set-up of Cesvi presence in the Country

  • Set-up of Cesvi presence in the Country, including the application of procedures to establish Cesvi office, open of bank account and other administrative topics required by the local legislation
  • Recruitment of local staff, ensuring compliance with national legislation and Cesvi HR Policy
  • Represent Cesvi in front of the relevant local authorities

Act in accordance with national legislations

  • Check and monitor the respect of national legislation regarding registration of Cesvi in Iran and any other legal provision affecting NGOs’ work
  • Ensure compliance to local regulations and local labour law

Coordination and representation with stakeholders

  • Represent Cesvi in front of the national authorities, ensuring coordination and compliance of all Cesvi activities with local legislation
  • Management and coordination of relations with local and international partners
  • Participating in networking meetings on behalf of Cesvi
  • Promoting and organizing meeting with donors, institutions, NGOs, local government and international agencies

Management of the project

  • In coordination with the local authorities and consortium partners, identify project locations and specific activities under the assigned outcome, design and respect detailed workplan and implementation plan
  • Ensure that all project activities are in line with the international standards and the requirements of the local authorities
  • Define and implement the strategy and implementation modalities of the project’s expected outcome under Cesvi responsibility
  • Participate to regular coordination meetings with consortium’ partners
  • Ensure the proper application of Donor and Cesvi’s procedures
  • Develop and maintain track records of project’s outputs, supervise the activities, prepare reports to the Donor and Cesvi HQ
  • Ensure the proper administrative-financial management of the activities
  • Work in close coordination with other NGOs member of the consortium

Lead in the definition and development of programme Country strategy and Donors acquisition

  • Contributing to the definition of a Country Strategy Paper in collaboration with the Emergency Area Manager
  • Identifying the main intervention sectors, needs and opportunities in the Country
  • Develop, in coordination with the Area Manager, new programme initiatives (Donors’ relations, liaising with potential donors, writing and submitting new proposals)

Capacity Building of national resources

  • Coordinate the activities of capacity building of national partners, to improve and strengthen their capabilities, to increase their effectiveness and impact, and achieve their goals and sustainability over time
  • Supervise mentoring and on-the-job coaching as well as support to the definition of structural policies and documentation if needed

Implementation of Safeguarding policies –Adult at risk/Child Safeguarding/PSEA:

  • Ensuring Safeguarding measures are implemented within his area of responsibility
  • Ensuring safeguarding measures are in place and staff, associates and other key stakeholders are made aware of and supported in implementing these measures
  • Ensuring Safeguarding measures are integrated with existing processes and systems (strategic planning, budgeting, recruitment, programme cycle management, performance management, procurement, partner agreements etc.)
  • Follow up and address Safeguarding issues appropriately

Security Management

  • Develop, in close collaboration with the Security Advisor, Cesvi Security Plan and other rules and regulations on security
  • Participating actively in security coordination mechanisms present in the Country
  • Setting, in coordination with HQ and the Security Advisor, potential rules and regulations to strengthen security for Cesvi staff, means and goods
  • Keep communication with key informants, in coordination with Security Advisor


  • University degree or post-graduate degree, preferably in International Development/Humanitarian sector, Economics or other related field
  • 6 to 8 years’ relevant experience in the NGO environment in management, administration and implementation of programs as international staff
  • Extensive experience of working in a senior management role within a complex country programme in fragile states or protracted crises
  • Experience of managing multi-donor and multi-site programmes
  • Knowledge of main Donors (EU – UN – ECHO and in particular DG International Partnership-INTPA)
  • Familiarity with the development interventions in the livelihoods sector
  • Knowledge of effective financial and budgetary planning and control, review and evaluation
  • Experience in building personal networks at a senior level, resulting in securing new opportunities for the organization
  • Excellent project writing skills and capacity to develop policies, plans, and strategies for implementation, if needed
  • Ability to produce timely project proposals and high-quality narrative reports
  • Prior experience in Country / mission Security management
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken)


  • Post degree specialization in livelihood / agriculture and/or protection / human rights
  • Previous working experience in Iran or Middle East Region
  • Previous experience in start-up of INGOs in new Countries
  • Previous experience in implementation of humanitarian projects in partnership with local and international NGOs
  • Knowledge of Farsi


Cesvi has a zero-tolerance approach to any harm to, or exploitation of, a child or a vulnerable adult by any of our staff, related persons or partners.

Cesvi commitment to being a safe organization begins with the staff recruitment process which includes meticulous checks, such as criminal records checks or check disclosure of previous convictions, to ensure children and vulnerable people are safeguarded and abuse is prevented. Safeguarding checks are part of the selection process performance.


Cesvi pays particular attention to safeguarding the health of all the human resources of the Organisation. Therefore, in order to protect its staff, an assessment of their suitability for the position in each mission is carried out before departure. Such assessment is done by the Occupational Doctor of the Organisation, who will also examine the vaccination coverage, including the anti-Covid19 vaccination.

Please note: due to the high number of applications we receive we are unable to provide feedback if unsuccessful at applicant stage. Only short-listed candidates will be updated on the status of their application.


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