Head of Programmes

Damascus, Syria
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Head of Programmes

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Application closing date: 15th March 2019

About the role

DRC Syria is seeking a head of Programme (HoP) to support operations country-wide. As HoP you will play a leading role in ensuring overall program quality and impact. You will also ensure that programs are evidence and needs driven, monitored closely and funded appropriately. Reporting to the Country Director, you will be a member of the Syria Senior Management Team, and will be supervising a team of technical, program and monitoring and evaluation coordinators. In this role you will be given a freedom to make decisions and take actions with responsibility.


The HoP provides leadership in the design and delivery of the DRC Syria programme, including mobilization and stewardship of resources and program quality and accountability, while upholding the principles outlined in the Core Humanitarian Standards. The HoP is responsible for the quality of programme delivery, the development of in-country expertise in each sector, as well supporting the capacity development of national staff. S/he establishes clear communications and direction for all programme staff, participates actively in program management, coordination, and strategy meetings with other members of the senior management team. The HoP actively engages with partners, the INGO and donor community to ensure DRC’s views and humanitarian priorities are strongly represented.


Lead on overall programme strategy development through consultations with technical leads and country leadership staff to support strategic growth. Remain informed of humanitarian response and funding trends in country, and provide regular updates on these trends.


Lead on programme development with colleagues in country program, region and HQ to identify funding opportunities and develop competitive, responsive proposals that are in line with country strategy and compliant with donors; liaise with donors to discuss current and potential funding opportunities. Ensure that all internal and external reports are provided in a timely fashion in collaboration with relevant staff.


Support the development of appropriate MEAL tools and systems and ensure that programme management tools and systems are relevant. Develop internal mechanisms for institutional learning and memory. Improve the quality of services provided through supervision of key staff, analysis and dissemination of MEAL data and lessons learnt, and review of DRC and other best practice guidelines.


Coordinate with DRC’s support services to ensure that budgets are designed in accordance with needs. Ensure that expenditure are planned and properly managed. Manage DRC programme staff and ensure that all staff have relevant work plan, job description and that performance reviews take place. Ensure that DRC management principles are disseminated and adequately applied.


Attend coordination meeting in coordination with the CD; with Government partners, regional and local authorities; donors; national level working groups, local agencies etc. at all levels of project implementation as required.


Support the CD in the development of communication materials, including project and programme brochures, case studies as well as press releases.

Experience and technical competencies:

  • At least 7 years of international experience in an INGO Senior Management Position, with at least 5 years of experience in complex emergencies
  • At least 4 years management experience in large scale programmes
  • Proven experience in strategic development and program design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience in livelihoods, housing/infrastructure, protection, direct assistance and relief highly desired
  • Experience with range of donors including DfID, USAID/OFDA, UNHCR, EC, ECHO and UNICEF
  • Experience in working with national NGO partners and local/government authorities
  • Results-oriented management experience of a large, diverse and dynamic team, with strong leadership skills
  • Practical and proven skills in negotiation and conflict resolution with a wide range of stakeholders essential
  • Knowledge of refugee issues and related policies
  • Analytical and problem solving skills and an ability to work independently and with a team needed
  • University degree with advanced training/courses either in management, international relations, development studies, or other related field.
  • Fluent in English, spoken and written. Arabic speaking candidates are strongly desired

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process
  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback
  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation
  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly
  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values

We offer

DRC will offer the successful applicant a contract for 2 years. Position is based in Damascus, Syria and selected candidate should be able to start at the end of March – beginning of April, 2019.

We strongly encourage national and returning national candidates (Syrians located outside of home country) to apply for this position. The position is placed at management band E of DRC’s scale, and package for both expatriates and nationals includes competitive compensation and benefits.

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