Armenia – A Head of Mission in Yerevan
Armenia – A Head of Mission in Yerevan
Type of contract
Fixed Term Contract
Expected start date
Duration of mission
On 27 September 2020, heavy fighting broke out along the border in and around the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh —the most serious escalation since 2016. Civilian casualties have been reported on both sides, while many houses and public infrastructures in the conflict zone, such as schools, roads and communication networks, were also damaged. According to official statements, around 90.000 people – equivalent to two-thirds of the Nagorno-Karabakh population – have been displaced as a direct result of the conflict. Nearly 90% of the spontaneous arrivals were women and children, and the majority of them fled to the capital Yerevan as well as to the cities of Goris and Sisian. Following heavy clashes, the President of Azerbaijan, the Prime Minister of Armenia, and the President of Russia signed a 9-point statement on cessation of hostilities on 9 November 2020.
The massive influx of spontaneous arrivals is adding pressure on already limited resources in cities and localities where they seek safety. Moreover, the pandemic of COVID-19 and the post-conflict situation affect the capacity of the hosting communities to provide sustained support. While the health care system is stretched, MHPSS needs increased significantly.
PUI’s strategy/position in the country
Première Urgence Internationale is an NGO resulting from the merger of Aide Médicale Internationale (AMI) and Première Urgence (PU) in 2011. Following the conflict escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh at the end of September 2020, PUI decided in October to organize a first exploratory mission in order to meet state authorities and humanitarian actors in Armenia, and thus evaluate the support that the organization would bring to this response. In light of the fast evolution of the context and the ceasefire signed between Armenia and Azerbaijan, PUI decided to organize a second needs-assessment in December, in particular in MHPSS. Indeed, the conflict’s escalation is part of long-term tensions that had already impacted the mental and psychological health of Armenians, but the war has definitely exacerbated pre-existing MHPSS needs. Considering the results of these two assessments, PUI wants to contribute to the reduction of the suffering of host communities, spontaneous arrivals and returnees affected by the conflict both in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh through a MHPSS approach at first. Thus, PUI recently submitted a proposal to an institutional donor. The funding of this project should be confirmed soon.
For 2021, the major objective of PUI is to bring about strong sectoral improvements in MHPSS in Armenia and look into new PUI sectors to include in our mission strategy over 2021. In this context PUI is looking for a strong and experienced head of mission.
The Head of Mission is responsible for the opening of the mission, the registration of the NGO, the launch of the activities and the smooth run of the mission in general. Considering it is an opennning mission, it is expected that the HoM will have a major role to play regarding support (registration of the NGOs, purchases, choice of guest/office, national recruitment, pay scale etc.)
- Safety & Security: S/he is responsible for the safety & security of the mission.
- Programmes: S/he coordinates the teams and ensures that the programmes implemented on the mission are properly carried out. S/he also monitors needs and suggests new operations and development tracks for the mission.
- Human Resources: S/he ensures that the mission is adequately staffed and supervises the teams (defining objectives, follow-up).
- Logistical, administrative and financial monitoring: S/he ensures that logistical and administrative practices in place respect PUI procedures and formats and are in compliance with donors’ rules and regulations.
- Medical and technical monitoring: S/he ensures that medical and technical practices respect PUI’s procedures and formats and are in compliance with PUI’s operational framework and policy.
- Representation: S/he represents the association in its relations with partners, donors,the media and different authorities.
- Relations with Headquarters: S/he ensures that information is properly circulated between Headquarters and the field and ensures that due dates are respected.
ENSURING THE SAFETY & SECURITY OF GOODS AND PEOPLE
ENSURING PROGRAMMES ARE PROPERLY CARRIED OUT AND SUGGESTING NEW OPERATIONS
SUPERVISING LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL PERSONNEL TEAMS ON THE MISSION
ENSURING THE LOGISTICAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE MONITORING OF THE MISSION
ENSURING THE TECHNICAL AND MEDICAL MONITORING OF THE MISSION
ENSURING THE REPRESENTATION OF PUI
ENSURING THE SUPERVISION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE MISSION
ENSURING RELATIONS WITH THE HEADQUARTERS
Education in Public Health / Other
Human Resource Management
Logistics and Security
Minimum 3 years of humanitarian experience in project co-ordination.
Successful experience in expatriate team management and multi-sector programmes.
Excellent writing skills
Detailed knowledge of the donors (OFDA, ECHO, UN agencies, EuropeAid, AAP…)
Desirable: Russian (highly desirable) / Armenian / French
Leadership skills and the ability to make decisions
Trustworthiness and a sense of responsibility
Charisma and the ability to awake enthusiasm for the work the project involves
Ability to use authority, when necessary
Analysis and synthesis abilities (discenrment, pragmatism)
Ability to adapt
Organisational skills, ability to be thorough and respect due dates
Strong listening and negotiation skills
Good people and communication skills
Ability to remain calm and level-headed
General ability to resist stress and particularly in unstable circumstances
Respect of humanitarian principles
Employed with a Fixed-Term Contract
Monthly gross income: from 2 915 up to 3 245 Euros depending on your experience in International Solidarity + an additional €50 per semester of seniority with PUI.
Cost covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…
Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation
Housingin collective accommodation
Daily living Expenses (« Per diem »)
Break Policy: 5 working days at 3 and 9 months + break allowance
Paid Leaves Policy: 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months
Mobility: Extensive travel may be required
Person in charge of this offer
Romain Gautier, Recruitment & Career Manager