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Program Manager - NORTH SYRIA - DAH - Handicap International

Damascus | Ankara (Syria)

Handicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.
Handicap International is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious or political affiliation. It operates as a federation made up of a network of associations that provide it with human and financial resources, manage its projects and implement its actions and social mission.
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Handicap International has 2 Directions:

  • The Humanitarian Action Direction (DAH)
  • The Developpement Action Direction (DAD)

According to UN latest figures about 11 million people are affected by the crisis within Syria (with about 6.5 million IDPs) and about 3 million have sought refuge in neighboring countries . The current humanitarian response is far from answering to most urgent needs, growing by the day, with a partial coverage only.
More than 4 years after the initial starting of the crisis, number of injured within Syria and neighboring countries is still rising, with a patent lack of immediate rehabilitation and psychosocial relief.
Inclusion of vulnerability in the global humanitarian response remains a major concern. The lack of follow-up of the most vulnerable persons, having often experienced 2 or 3 displacements may generate discrepancies in the provided relief, and – in neighboring countries - could even create tensions between refugees and host populations.
Voluntary returns and pendulum movements (i.e: Turkish borders) are hurrying the need for risk education dissemination.

After a first round of assessment on March 2012, HI Humanitarian Action Division is implementing since May 15th an emergency intervention for the most vulnerable people affected by the Syrian crisis in peripheral counties and in Syria aiming at supporting vulnerable groups (including persons with disabilities and/or injuries).

HI decided to develop and strengthen a regional strategy along 5 central points:

  1. Disability and Vulnerability Focal Point
  2. Physical rehabilitation & Psychosocial Support
  3. Basic Needs
  4. Inclusion
  5. Mine Action Activities

Context of the position:
While the position is based in Turkey (safe security context and comfortable living conditions), the activities are carried out by HI teams in Syria. This is a remote management position, with no possibility for the PM to go inside Syria to monitor activities and no possibility to meet the teams inside Syria face to face.
Under the responsibility of the Field Coordinator and with the support of the Technical Advisors and HQ, he/she will be in charge:

-Ensure the appropriate and timely implementation of all activities in line with the expected results and target indicators, while paying attention to any new developments that might result in possible discrepancies between the actual situation and the designed intervention

  • Ensure the beneficiaries are properly targeted and their needs responded to (persons with disabilities/injuries/chronic diseases, older persons and other vulnerabilities assessed on the field)
    -Ensure that programme operates to the highest possible standard in line with primary objectives and the guidance of the Organisation
    -Manage HI intervention in HI rehabilitation centres, at hospitals/care house level and at camp and community level;
    -Ensure the continuous monitoring of these activities;
    -Guarantee the quality of the intervention;
    -Ensure smooth coordination with health NGOs and other medical stakeholders;
    -In coordination with the logistic and administrative department, ensure a correct follow-up of the administrative and logistic aspects of the project;
    -Monitor the project budget and to follow-up the expenses;
    -Regularly report on the above activities (statistic, review monthly objectives, etc.) as per requested by the Field Co, the HoM or HQ.


1-Representation and external coordination
2-Project intervention strategy set-up and project management
3-Activities’ implementation
With the support of the Technical Advisors
4-Team management

Profil Required.

  • At least 3 year of experience of managing project and teams in high level of security constraints
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • English mandatory (oral and written), Arabic and/or French would be an asset
  • Strong project management skills are compulsory, especially organisational and team management skills
  • Experience in emergency humanitarian context
  • Strong reporting skills


  • 1 years of professional experience in the field of vulnerability / disability
  • 1 year of professional experience in remote management
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt quickly to any change/constraint
  • Ability to work under high pressure, without constant supervision and to respect important security constraints
  • High level of motivation and proactivity

    Job conditions.

  • Status: voluntary or salaried contract according to experience

    • Remuneration: According to HI salary scale
    • Start: 01/12/2015
    • Duration: 6 months (minimum)
    • Living conditions: guesthouse shared with other expatriates (no charges)
    • Security conditions: low to medium level of insecurity
    • Social insurance: 100% covered

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: Handicap International
  • Location: Damascus | Ankara (Syria)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2015-12-18

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