Head of Programmes – Multi-Sector North East Syria

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Last update: 4 days ago Last update: May 13, 2022


Deadline: May 29, 2022
Location: Iraq Iraq
Organization: arche noVa (HQ)
Sectors: Programme & Resource Management Programme & Resource Management
Job type: Contract, 12 months +
English English
Work experience: From 6 years
Date posted: May 13, 2022
Expected starting date: As soon as possible


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arche noVa - Initiative for People in Need is an independent, non-religious, non-profit and non-governmental organisation (NGO) from Germany working in the fields of humanitarian aid, rehabilitation and development. The primary focus of activities lies in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Disaster Risk Reduction and Livelihoods as well as informal Education in the Middle East region.

Since 2012 arche noVa has been active in North Syria, implementing projects focusing on access to water, non-food item and food distribution as well as on informal education. We are currently expanding our activities in rural Ar-Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor to food security by improving access to agriculture and appropriate, innovative agricultural methods on small scale and for home gardens, improving irrigation, diversifying crops and reducing post-harvest loss while livelihood opportunities for IDPs and host communities are improved through vocational training.

For the implementation and coordination of this multisector project we are looking for a highly experienced professional:

Head of Programmes – Multi-Sector North East Syria (m/f/d) based in Erbil

The responsibilities of the Head of Programmes include project and operational management, financial management and communication. The Head of Programmes is based in Erbil, with frequent travel and stay at field offices in NES. The position reports to the Head of Mission and oversees the programme team, as well as the technical teams in the field offices.

Position to be filled: as soon as possible

Duration: 12 months contract with a 6 months probationary period, extension is desired.
The contract is subject to the project approval by the donor.


Planning, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation of project activities in line with donor requirements and policies of the organization
Leading local teams for project implementation
Communicating and networking with project stakeholders in collaboration with the Head of Mission
Ensuring effective, cost efficient and impact oriented project implementation
Ensure proper budget controlling, spending and reporting in cooperation with Finance Manager
Supervising and monitoring compliance to regulations by donor and the organization of all procurement within the project in coordination with the Logistician
Provide accurate and timely project-related reports according to donor requirements in coordination with the Head of Mission
Develop implementation plan for all project components, irrigation, agriculture and livestock activities, vocational training centers, small business support and short term trainings and capacity building
Collaborate with the MEAL team to further improve indicators, Food Security Index, develop and implement baseline studies, annual surveys, end-line surveys as well as evaluations to keep activities adjusted to needs
Collaborate with PR department at HQ and make relevant material available for the visibility of the project and the organization
Coordinate and link with partners, donors, stakeholders; proactively seek potential collaborations and funding opportunities in close cooperation with the Head of Mission
Maintain regular contact with local working partners/working groups and stakeholders
Provide in cooperation with Human Resource Manager on-the-job coaching and capacity building for the teams
Collaborate with Human Resource Manager to recruit, brief, supervise and perform evaluations of local staff when needed/requested
Continuously further improve activities, schedules, structures and processes and facilitate the work of the local team on various levels
Participate in organizational development as well as contribute to the arche noVa regional strategy as part of the country’s Senior Management Team
Close collaboration with the Regional Food Security and Livelihood Advisor


· Relevant degree in a specific field of study, showing a strong thematic background in FSL/agriculture or livelihoods, Humanitarian/Development Studies, International Relations
At least 6 years of demonstrated experience in similar position in international humanitarian and/or transitional assistance (> 2 years in a leading position)
Hands on experience in sector of agriculture. Experiences in livelihood and vocational trainings and WASH are considered as advantage
Experiences in managing intercultural teams and remote management
Solid professional experiences in the region, working in insecure / volatile environments
Experiences with German donors (BMZ, GFFO), funding and operation mechanisms especially on country level (like ECHO, UN OCHA CBPF, UNDP, DFID, Unicef)
Excellent donor reporting skills
Experiences in proposal writing
Excellent communication and networking capacities
Excellent in English (written & oral)
Motivated, proactive team member with high frustration tolerance and pro-active working attitude
Willingness to travel frequently to field locations
Flexibility, ability to work under stress and capacity to meet tight deadlines

Nice to have:

Knowledge of German, Arabic or Kurdish
Knowledge on cross-cutting issues (such as gender, inclusion and climate change) and related best practices

We offer:

Competitive salary according to internal salary scale, including per diems based on country context
Accommodation and abroad package
Hardship Allowance on quarterly basis
Opportunity to implement your own ideas and to bring in experiences
Working with a highly motivated team dedicated to improving the lives of people in need
Possibilities for further personal and professional development
Possibility to balance work and life through flexible working hours

arche noVa is committed to creating an inclusive working environment, promoting and providing equal opportunities in employment. Female applicants are given preference in the case of equal suitability.

Any employment with AN will be subject to the following checks prior to your start date:

receipt of satisfactory references
proof of eligibility to work in the national location for this position

Please note: This position is a non-family duty station. Accommodation is only possible in the AN guesthouse. Full COVID-19 vaccination required
How to apply

Application Deadline: 29.05.2022 and as long as it is published

Please send your application documents (cover letter, motivation, CV, supporting documents and references) as well as your salary expectations in one pdf-document to Ms. Richter: bewerbung@arche-nova.org. Please describe your motivation of working for arche noVa as Multi-sector Head of Project Syria and tell us why you think you are suitable for this position.

Subject:** HoP Multi-Sector NES