Syria – A Deputy Head of Mission for Programs in Damascus

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Job title

Syria – A Deputy Head of Mission for Programs in Damascus



Place (town/region)


Employee status


Type of contract

Fixed Term Contract

Expected start date


Duration of mission

12 months

Position summary


Humanitarian Context

The worsening of the situation in Syria over the past 10 years has led to massive population displacement inside and outside Syria. Continued humanitarian assistance is required in terms of health, food, NFIs, shelter, WaSH, education and livelihoods in order to improve the living conditions of the estimated 13.5 million people in need in Syria (OCHA, 2018). The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), RC/RC movement, UN Agencies, national NGOs and INGOs are providing relief to the crisis-affected Syrian population all over the 14 Governorates.

PUI’s strategy/position in the country

The current operational strategy for Premiere Urgence Internationale (PUI) in Syria is to alleviate the human suffering of the Syrian people in Syria by delivering sound, needs-based humanitarian assistance, while promoting a life-sustaining response. PUI’s positioning on, shelter, education, livelihoods, and WaSH sectors remain a priority.


Based on the evolution of the structure, the Deputy Head of Mission – Programs ensures the effective, efficient implementation of all activities from a comprehensive project cycle management perspective (identification of needs, proposal making, planning, implementation, monitoring, reporting and communication). He/She supports the HoM in representation activities linked to programs.

Main activities

The Deputy HOM for Programs is responsible for the implementation strategy and supports operational management and integration of all technical areas. This includes the primary responsibilities of projects planning/design, programs quality assurance, donor compliance on reporting/documentation, but also to ensure timely, effective and compliant programming in accordance with internal and external principles/requirements. As an implementing organization, PUI places great importance on operational results, beneficiaries well-being and impact evaluation. Thus, the Deputy HOM for Programs plays a key role in overseeing monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning.

Focus on 3 priority activities related to the context of the mission:

  • Ensure the stability and continuity of the PUI Syria mission program team
  • In line with the PUI Syria mission strategy ensure the independence of the response (beneficiary focused)
  • Ensure the MEAL and impact evaluation of the PUI Syria mission multiyear strategy

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Required profile


Project Management;

Donor Rules & Regulations


5 years managing humanitarian projects in multi-sectors (among which at least 2 years in coordination role)

Strong experience in donor project management (proposal, reporting, guidelines…)

Extensive knowledge in donors including (OFDA, ECHO, SIDA, DFID, UN Agencies)

Demonstrated experience in budget development and programs design, implementation & evaluation

Experience in successfully managing institutional partnerships with national and international stakeholders

Experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relations with donors and government counterparts

3 years managing team of international and national staff

and skills

Leadership skills and an ability to make decisions

General ability to resist stress and in unstable circumstances particularly

Ability to show authority, if necessary

Analysis (discernment, pragmatism) and synthesis abilities


Organization, rigor and respect of due dates

Great ability to listen and to negotiate

Good people person and good communication skills

Ability to remain calm and level-headed


English mendatory

Proposed terms


Employed with a Fixed-Term Contract

Monthly gross income: from 2 420 Euros up to 2 750 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester 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

Housing in individual accommodation

Daily living Expenses (« Per diem »)


Break Policy: 5 working days at 2, 4 and 8 months of mission + break allowance

Paid Leaves Policy: 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

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Person in charge of this offer

In charge

Emmanuelle Gracia, Human Resources Officer for expatriates

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