Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe (DKH), – with headquarters in Germany and a regional program hub in Amman, Jordan, – is a humanitarian agency providing funds for emergency aid worldwide. The focus countries of DKH in West and Central Asia includes Afghanistan, Pakistan, Gaza, Iraq and Turkey, furthermore, in relation to the current Syria crisis, it covers now also Lebanon, Jordan as well as Syria itself.
DKH provides technical and other backstopping support to all partner organizations within its area of responsibility. It also continuously aims at increasing and further strengthening relations with local partners on the ground and building their capacities.
DKH is now looking for a Country Program Coordinator who will be responsible for overseeing DKH funded project portfolio in some countries of Middle East/ Central Asia (to be specified).
Location: Amman, Jordan with frequent travels to focus countries in the region.
Starting date: As soon as the Covid-19 situation allows
Working under the supervision of the Regional Coordinator of Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe- Regional Office West and Central Asia, the contracted Country Program Coordinator is responsible to fulfil the following tasks:
Program Management Support
· Support and advise local partners throughout all stages of the PCM, from design and planning to implementation and closure;
· Monitoring and Evaluation of projects through field visits and remotely;
· Ensure all projects are implemented according to logframe, work plans and budget;
· Ensuring that reports are prepared in accordance with the requirements and regulations of third party donors and DKH.
· Overseeing reporting schedules and supervising the development of narrative and financial reports;
· Advising or supporting the partner in managing records, files, folders, and other project documentations, as necessary.
· Identifying gaps and challenges in the management of projects and actively supporting or advising local partners in undertaking action for their improvement.
· Ensuring that cooperation agreements are signed upon approval of proposals and all relevant documentation (admin/finance, logistics, etc.) are obtained from the donor and adequately filed.
· Support in developing and revising finance plans;
Strategic Planning and Coordination
· Supporting the development of country strategies and annual action plans for focus countries and the region of West and Central Asia, where appropriate
· Representing DKH in relevant networks, donor and partner meetings, towards media and other stakeholders whenever needed.
· Liaise with DKH HQ and, whenever needed, third party donors regarding project matters
· Promoting collaboration of all stakeholders of DKH in the field, from staff of DKH and local partners to target communities and other aid agencies and institutions active in the same area of operation.
· Attending coordination meetings in sectors that are relevant to DKH sectors of operation, when possible.
· Establishing and maintaining good contact with the ACT Alliance members and Forum in each focus country, if available.
· Monitoring the political, economic, social and humanitarian context in the focus countries and changes in the security situation in assigned focus countries and beyond;
· In close cooperation with the DKH RO Capacity Building Program Coordinator, assessing organizational capacity of local partners and identifying their capacity building needs in accordance with the partners
· Designing and managing capacity building programs, where needed.
· Preparing and updating training modules for PCM and delivering or supporting the delivery of trainings if needed.
Emergency preparedness and response
Supporting the development of DKH’s emergency preparedness plan for the region
Where needed, carrying out one or more of the following tasks in the aftermath of a disaster in Asia:
· needs assessments
· designing emergency relief and recovery operations and writing project proposals
· setting up and staffing of field offices in a disaster zone
· identifying local partners and involving them in the relief and recovery operation
· establishing and reviewing institutional structures in field offices
· conducting impact evaluation studies of relief and recovery programs
Other tasks, as necessary
DKH reserves the right to alter the responsibilities according to programmatic demands and needs in line with the objectives of the office.
QUALIFICATION, EXPERTISE AND SKILLS
At least 5 years of experience in managing and/or coordinating projects in the field of humanitarian assistance;
University degree (or comparable education/ work experience) in a relevant field;
Sound knowledge of and skills in project cycle management, needs assessment, project planning, proposal writing, and monitoring & evaluation; incl. extensive experience in grant management, especially the revision and control of budgets and financial reports
Experience in emergency relief/early recovery, with special emphasis on the following sectors: Cash Based Assistance, Livelihoods, WASH, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)
Knowledge of and experience in rules and regulations as well as implementation of back donor funded projects, especially ECHO and German Federal Foreign Office, or ‘BMZ.’
Experience in working through local partner organizations based on equal partnership principle and in providing them technical and other backstopping support
Good understanding of humanitarian principles and other key principles of international NGOs including accountability, impartiality, neutrality, independence
Languages: Fluent in written and spoken English. German is a strong asset;
Excellent training, coaching and mentoring skills with the ability to multitask.
Experience working in different cultural work environments & ability to perform tasks with sensitivity to the local culture, to interact effectively and professionally with persons from diverse cultural, socio-economic, educational, racial, ethnic and professional backgrounds;
Experience in working in fast changing contexts of sensitive political nature
Excellent problem solving and analytical skills
Excellent listening and communication skills: ability to organize and present information, views and concepts in a concise, understandable and interesting way for a variety of audiences, both written and oral;
Highly organized, detail oriented, and able to work under pressure with minimal supervision,
Proactive, able to come up with initiatives or undertake actions with minimal supervision
Energetic, independent yet excellent team player
Outstanding personal attitude: especially sense of responsibility, diplomacy, concern for quality, result orientation;
Outstanding personal values: integrity, commitment, respect for diversity, patience, excellent interpersonal skills, and nonetheless sense of humor.
How to apply
Interested persons should send their application consisting of the following (all in English language):
· Scanned and signed cover letter outlining experience relevant to the advertised position and motivation (not more than 2 pages);
· Updated detailed C.V. (Pdf format) including three professional references.**
Applications should be submitted by 28 May 2020 to the following address: [email protected]
Please put in subject line: Application Program Coordinator – Central Asia/ Middle East
Please note that we may contact suitable candidates for an interview prior to the application deadline.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.