DanChurchAid (DCA) is looking for a Country Director for its Syria Country Programme
DCA , Dar'a, Syria
Are you looking for an opportunity to lead a team of humanitarian and mine action professionals in one of the world’s most challenging contexts? Can you lead an established programme to excellence and growth, and ensure quality and accountability?
As our new Country Director, you will lead the DCA country team of 130 national and 14 international staff. You will inspire and lead the strategic direction and organizational development of the programme, and be responsible for nurturing relations with national authorities, donors and other stakeholders, as well as for identifying fundraising opportunities and ensuring a strong focus on security management and duty of care for staff.
DCA Syria Programme
DCA currently focuses its humanitarian intervention in western parts of North East Syria (NES), as the humanitarian needs are high and, due to remoteness of the locations, response from other humanitarian actors is limited. In this regard, DCA aims to protect vulnerable communities in NES, and to contribute to efforts to improve stability and social cohesion by addressing and mitigating the consequences of conflict and displacement. Specifically, DCA Syria provides life-saving assistance to IDPs, returnees and host communities in areas of intervention (including but not limited to risk education, mine action/clearance, cash grants, shelter support, psychosocial support) while supporting self-reliance and longer-term livelihoods opportunities in stabilized areas, with a focus on protection. We utilize multi-sector expertise to support change through integrated programming, applying a people-centered approach to tackle interlinked humanitarian and security needs. At the center of our work is our belief that local communities are the best agents of change.
Key responsibilities of the Country Director include:
- Overall leadership and management of the country programme
- To define and implement DCA’s country strategy and develop the country programme
- To resource the vision and strategy and pave the way for growth
- To ensure delivery with relevance, effectiveness, transparency, and accountability in all areas of work including all relevant country office performance indicators
- To lead and mentor our team of dedicated international and national staff
- To represent DCA in Syria towards national and local authorities, international and national humanitarian stakeholders and communities
- To manage donor, grant and stakeholder relationships
We are looking for the following qualifications and experience:
- Minimum 5 years leadership experience at a similar level, preferably in complex humanitarian environments**
- Strong programme implementation experience and the ability to make things happen under trying circumstances
- Strong communications skills, both spoken and written. Arabic would be an advantage**
- Strong ability to plan, coordinate and lead processes that include multiple stakeholders and interests
- Proven ability to mentor, coach and develop staff, and create a conducive working environment
- Experience with fundraising, networking, donor liaison and coordination.
- Strong analytical skills and capacity
- Good command and interest in grants and financial management and compliance**
- Cultural sensitivity, strong communication and diplomatic skills, with the ability to build relations both within and outside DCA
- A relevant academic qualification**
- Experience from the country or near region is an added advantage**
Prior work experience from the humanitarian mine action sector is an added advantage, as is experience and understanding of working in conflict environments and fragile states.
- A one-year renewable contract
- Non-family posting based in Erbil with frequent in-country travel
- A competitive salary package, including hardship allowance, to be negotiated based on experience level
- 6 weeks of paid vacation and a generous R&R package
- Insurance as per industry standards
- An opportunity to make a difference in a challenging environment and improve the lives of people living in conflict and poverty