The Deputy Director Cross Border Program is a critical role in CARE Turkey. The successful candidate will be joining an ambitious and growing Cross-Border Program that aims to deliver excellent programming in one of the most complex contexts currently facing humanitarian organizations globally.
CARE is working in Northwest Syria to support vulnerable women, men, girls and boys affected by the ongoing conflict. CARE works mainly through partners to achieve this goal but is also in the process of establishing direct programming. CARE’s Cross-Border Program reaches the most vulnerable families within the following sectors: Food Security, WASH, Shelter, Emergency Response, Protection, Sexual and Reproductive health as well as Livelihoods and Economic Recovery. CARE’s Cross Border Program reached more than 900,000 people in NW Syria throughout 2020 and is projected to have a portfolio beyond $50M for the coming year with a broad base of donors.
The overall purpose of this role is to ensure that CARE Turkey’s cross border program into North West Syria is well managed, coordinated and delivered on time/budget. Reporting to the Assistant Country Director - Humanitarian, who leads the Cross-Border Program, the Deputy Director Cross Border Program (DDP) will manage the Program Coordination Unit and also function as the deputy-head of the cross border program.
The Program Coordination Unit ensures that CARE’s growing portfolio is executed to the highest standard by delivering cross-cutting Project Cycle Management support to Program Managers and CARE’s Area Office, supports with Humanitarian Access analysis and advice and also hosts CARE’s two Cluster/Working Group co-leads. The responsibilities of the DDP therefore cuts across all aspects of the cross-border program and the DDP’s role is critical to tie together the program delivery through partners, CARE’s direct operation with internal and external stakeholders. Additionally, the DDP will be ensuring timely coordination and communication with CARE’s Member and donors.
The ability to lead and set direction for staff and departments that does not report to the role will be critical to achieve success. The ideal applicant is therefore a dynamic individual with excellent communication and coordination skills. Strong command of the humanitarian program cycle is a must and experience leading programs in protracted conflict settings, preferably Syria or wider Middle East is key.
The major functions of the role are:
1. Program Coordination and Management: Coordinating the delivery of a multi-sector, multi-area, multi-modality and multi-donor program requires excellent internal coordination and management to ensure the portfolio is not just implemented on time and according to budget but that CARE’s program achieves as much for the targeted population as possible.
2. Humanitarian Access and external coordination: Managing Humanitarian Access and CARE’s Cluster-/Working Group Co-Leads, the DDP will ensure that CARE’s programmatic priorities, excellent understanding of the context and our external leadership through the Co-Leads are all strategically aligned and informing each other.
3. Internal Coordination: Delivering on CARE’s ambitions to be a leading humanitarian responder in NW Syria requires that all departments across the Country Office is well-engaged in the Cross-Border Program and the DDP leads on this by ensuring that all supporting departments are fully engaged throughout the Project Cycle.
4. Donor and Member Communication: Ensuring that CARE Turkey communicates timely and strategically with donors and CARE members either by supporting the ACD or taking the responsibility directly.
5. Deputising for the Assistant Country Director - Humanitarian: The DDP will take on the role of formally deputising for the ACD Humanitarian who leads the Cross-Border Program.
To achieve this, the successful candidate will have 6-7 direct reports and it is expected that the role will include establishing further structures and mechanisms that can improve the day-to-day operation of the program.
Qualifications / Experience / Technical Skills:
- Advanced degree in relevant subjects (e.g. MSc in Int. Dev./IR/Humanitarian action or similar) or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
- Excellent interpersonal-, communications- and coordination skills.
- Min. 7 years development/humanitarian management experience in complex environments, preferably in the Middle East.
- Advanced managerial experience, including complex portfolios and multi-million dollar budgets
- Experience in complex decision making and leading a multi-disciplinary, multi national team under difficult circumstances
- High level of expertise in representation and negotiation with governments and donors
- Strong understanding of the humanitarian emergency operating context, including Sphere, the humanitarian system, donors, security, civil-military liaison and program management
- Fluency in written and spoken English
- Experience of working on the Syria Response is highly desired
Child Protection Policy
Child abuse in all forms is unacceptable to CARE Turkey, which recognizes its responsibility to protect children from harm in all areas of its work. CARE Turkey is committed to ensuring a child-safe environment and is applying a zero-tolerance approach towards any kind of child abuse and exploitation.
Discrimination, Abuse and Harassment Policy
CARE Turkey expressly prohibits and will not tolerate any form of discrimination, abuse, harassment (sexual or otherwise), based upon race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship status, disability, or military status. CARE employees and related personnel must under no circumstances take part in any form of discrimination, harassment, or abuse (physical, sexual or verbal), intimidation or exploitation, or in any other way infringe the rights of others inside or outside CARE.
Employment is subject to the possession of valid identification documents (passport, residency card, temporary protection card, etc.) and successfully obtaining permission to work by the Government of Turkey (work permit). CARE will submit the work permit application on behalf of the selected candidate after the job offer accepted. Candidate can start to work for CARE only after the work permit is received. Failure to provide the required documents or rejection of a work permit application by the Government of Turkey will result in your employment offer being rescinded.
HOW TO APPLY:
Interested candidates, please attach a Curriculum Vitae in English and a Cover letter (in a separate file of no more than one A4 page) describing how your skills and experience match the requirements of this post, following to provided link when you click on the apply button.
Applications in languages other than English will not be reviewed.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted
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