Programme Development Advisor

Programme Development Advisor

Starting date: April-May 2023

Contract duration: 12-18 months

Country Program: Syria Response

Base: Erbil or Beirut or other relevant location within the region, with regional travel (30%)

Line Manager: Programme Development and Grants Coordinator, Syria


About the mission:

PIN has been working in Northern Syria since 2012, providing support to conflict-affected communities and IDPs. PIN’s contribution to the overall Syria humanitarian response is amongst the largest, with more than 560 staff and annual turnover of over $62 million. The major donors are the UNOCHA, ECHO, EC, USAID/BHA and SDC.

General position summary:

The purpose of this role is to develop the country team specific sectoral capacities that will enable the country team to successfully transition to long-term development programming. These capacitates will in effect lead to the diversification of funding from institutional donors through the development of relations with, and funding proposals to non-traditional humanitarian grants to complement PIN’s existing and significant humanitarian interventions inside Syria. This will enable PIN to be dynamic in its response, continuing to respond to the humanitarian needs where they are greatest but also seeking to demonstrate a more sustainable and long-lasting positive impact, sustainability and regional resilience.

The Programme Development Advisor (PDA) reports to the Programme Development and Grants Coordinator (PDGC), who has overall management of cross-hub functions of Grants and MEAL. The PDA will liaise closely with the Syria Grants Manager (managing ongoing grants and humanitarian donor proposals/reporting/relationships) and Country Directors (CDs – who manage the response at a hub level) and Hub level Programme Directors to ensure a coordinated approach. The PDA will also need to work with colleagues in finance, HR and compliance when exploring new potential donors and funding mechanisms.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Support the Country Management team in the strategic transition from Emergency programming to recovery and development, primarily focusing on following sectors:
  • Climate resilience and adaptation (including disaster risk reduction)
  • Food system, nutrition and resilience
  • Climate-smart agriculture and environment
  • Water access and management
  • Livelihoods, including financial products creation (loans, micro-loans, etc.) and market system development
  • Transfer of organisations’ know-how to target different Syria hubs with occasional regional aspect where relevant; assist in building of the respective capacity among local teams and partner institutions (assessing whether the staffing structures are “fit for purpose” and/or identifying gaps)
  • Provide support to implementing team in quality project development and impact evaluation


  • Work with Programme Directors and Country Directors to identify contextual developments, programmatic needs and opportunities for intervention not covered by existing humanitarian donors.
  • Conduct stakeholder analysis and donors mapping to identify prospective new donors with which to build relationships and seek funding.
  • Conduct desk research of prospective donors and partners, identifying suitability and alignment with PINs strategy and approach.
  • Develop the localization agenda, identifying national partners and creating a capacity building plan
  • Lead on proposal development of stabilization or other non-traditional humanitarian grants in coordination with the PDGC, Regional Representative and Grants Manager.
  • Contribute to the development of the Syria Strategy in collaboration with other Hub and Country Management staff.
  • Represent PIN to donors, fora, and networks as appropriate.


  • Work with technical leads in hubs and HQ to strengthen technical approaches (including design of relevant assessments and analytical outcomes of these)
  • Coordinate with Whole of Syria MEAL team to identify and share learning opportunities and relevant best practice; support the efforts for evidence-based programming
  • Ensure mainstreaming the relevant mainstreaming approaches including:
  • Market systems development
  • Innovative livelihoods and interventions (skills development and youth engagement inclusive)
  • Environmental Screening and Impact Assessment
  • Social cohesion in post-conflict settings
  • Cross-cutting topics: gender, protection and environmental mainstreaming

Other duties and tasks as assigned by the line manager, based on current needs and opportunities

Suitable candidates for this position should possess:

  • At least 5-years´experience of working within a humanitarian and/or development organisation;
  • Education relevant to following sectors:
  • International development, agriculture development, environment, rural/urban development, good governance, business development, and development finance.
  • Proven skill in leading of analytical teams, reporting of research results
  • Experience with team development, training, mentoring and capacity building
  • Demonstrated experience in 1) programming linked to the above-mentioned sectors, 2) leading the coordination of successful large-scale proposals to key institutional donors with humanitarian and/or development focus;
  • Experience of working in complex and volatile context (familiarity with the humanitarian context in Syria is an advantage);
  • Strong organizational, critical analysis and problem-solving skills;
  • Excellent communication and coordination skills, including fluent spoken and written English, with strong editing skills;

People in Need offers:

  • Working environment in a well-established and growing humanitarian organization;
  • Salary and benefits according to PIN salary scale and HR policies, expected salary 3850-4050 EUR (including per diem)
  • Accommodation in PIN’s guesthouse on PIN’s expenses;
  • 25 days of paid leave annually;
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses with travel to the country of residence once per every 6 months of completed work; plus, regional travel benefits according to PIN´s policy; -
  • Reimbursement of costs of visas and vaccinations; assistance with visa application procedure;
  • Free medical helpdesk and psychological consultation available online; travel health insurance.

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: