Area Programs Director for North-West Syria

Area Programs Director for North-West Syria

Country Program: Syrian Response
 Turkey, Gaziantep with travel inside North-West Syria
Line management:
 Area Director
Starting date: February 2023

About the mission:

PIN has been working in Turkey & Northwest Syria since 2012, providing emergency relief and early recovery support to conflict-affected communities and IDPs. PIN’s contribution to the overall Syria humanitarian response is amongst the largest, with an annual turnover of over $55 million. The major donors are: ECHO, BHA, ENI and SDC. In NW Syria the annual turnover is $40 million with offices in Gaziantep and 3 offices inside Syria and over 560 staff.

General position summary:

Under the supervision of the Area Director, the Area Programs Director will supervise and provide leadership for expanding, multi-sector program team. The Area Programs Director is responsible for ensuring high quality implementation of a wide range of programing across emergency to early recovery contexts for Syria and development context for Turkey:

Northwest Syria programs:

  • Food Security
  • Education & Protection
  • Livelihoods program
  • WASH program

Turkey program:

  • Protection, social work, education.

The Area Programs Director (Deputy Area Director) reports to the Area Director. He/she has delegated management responsibility for Programs and MEAL Managers.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Line Manage and support Program Managers;
  • Oversee the execution of PIN programmes portfolio in Northwest Syria including Food Security, Education & Protection, WASH, and Livelihoods programming.;
  • Ensure all programs are designed and managed in line with PIN and donors’ quality standards and guidelines on project management and MEAL and adhere to PIN policies and strategy;
  • Ensure tasks assigned to the Program Department in the Country Strategic Plan are implemented accordingly.
  • Working closely with the Area Director and grants department to develop high quality funding applications that are needs-based and evidence driven and include inputs from all relevant departments Ensure the integration of learning from past programming into new proposals;
  • Ensure protection, accountability and gender are mainstreamed through all programmes.
  • Facilitate the coordination within the organisation at programs and support levels, ensure close cooperation with other parts of the mission.
  • Share responsibilities with AD for representation with key partners, coordination fora, local authorities etc.
  • Promote synergies and ensure the overall coherence and relevance of multi-sectoral response;
  • Ensure that all programs properly retain program learning for future programming and that all key lessons and information are documented;
  • Ensure with the program managers that the capacity of national staff and team resilience, to changing context and subsequent changes in management arrangements.
  • Lead on regular programmatic meetings between programs and MEAL departments.

Suitable candidates for this position should possess:

  • At least 4 years of management experience of emergency projects in difficult and challenging environments
  • Experience with managing multisector projects as programme manager in at least two of the following sectors: Food security and Livelihoods, WASH, Shelter, Child protection and Education;
  • Proven experience with management and supervision of large teams and budgets in challenging and insecure environments, and interest in building the capacity of teams;
  • Excellent communication skills, including fluent spoken and written English; knowledge of Arabic language is beneficial.
  • Strong grasp of all stages of programme cycle management and quality standards in humanitarian programming, including safeguarding and accountability mechanisms;
  • Strong organizational, critical analysis and problem solving skills;
  • Previous experience with managing large teams and budgets;
  • Previous working experience from Middle East, particularly the Syrian crisis is advantage;

People in Need offers:

  • Salary as per PIN salary scale (subsistence allowance of and hardship allowance already included): 3800-4000 EUR;
  • Working environment in a well-established and growing humanitarian organization;
  • 25 days of paid leave annually;
  • Accommodation provided by PIN
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses with travel to the country of residence (or other selected country) once every 6 months of completed work;
  • Travel Health Insurance;
  • Pre-departure expenses - reimbursement of costs of visas and vaccinations;
  • Free medical helpdesk and psychological consultation available online;
  • Salary will be communicated to selected candidates.

How to apply:

Are you interested in this position? Send us your CV (no longer than 4 pages) and short cover letter via our application form. Please note only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on rolling basis and the vacancy will be closed when filled.

People in Need staff are expected to perform job duties and responsibilities in accordance with People in Need Code of conduct and key policies (available at:

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