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Senior Field Coordinator

Turkey (Turkey)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Turkey (Turkey)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:

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Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee ( is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation, protection, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression or natural disaster.

The IRC has been working in Syria since 2013; it works in coordination with the humanitarian community. The Syria crisis is often described as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the end of the Cold War. Inside Syria, 6.2 million people are internally displaced and 11.7 million need humanitarian assistance. There are 5.6 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. This is no short-term humanitarian episode. The devastating human consequences to huge numbers of people will endure for decades. The destruction of relationships, communities, livelihoods, homes, and infrastructure will take years to repair and has a profound impact on the neighboring countries which are hosting most Syrian refugees and find themselves under increasing strain.

Job Overview/Summary

The Senior Field Coordinator for Northwest Syria (NWS) will report to the Deputy Director of Operations (DDO) of Syria Country Program (SCP) and will oversee all field management of IRC’s work in NWS and managing in partnership senior operations staff. He/she will work closely with the SCP team to ensure that the field operations are operationally functional, and programs are of a consistently high quality. In close coordination with the DDO, he/she will actively participate in the design of IRC programs in Syria from an operational and feasibility perspective and lead the implementation of the programs in an integrated approach during regular and emergency implementation. He/she will represent IRC in cluster and working group meetings held in Turkey and promote coordination among field-based staff and colleagues based in the Amman and Turkey offices.


Operational Support and Finance:
In close cooperation with the Deputy Director of Operations, relevant support departments and input from the Field manager:

·Actively participates in the development of local policies related to Supply Chain, Admin and IT and adaption of IRC global policies to local context and ensures cohesion in policies and practices between different regions of Syria with consideration for context differences.

·Ensures that all policies, procedures, and practices comply with IRC, donor, and national requirements.

·Manage the operational field budgets (OADF) for all Syria grants, including liaising closely with Finance department to develop field support budgets, monitoring cash flow, reviewing BVAs and tracking program spending as per guidance from the DDO.

·Oversees large procurements inside Syria as part of the tender committee in close cooperation with Supply Chain staff.

·Promotes team spirit, cohesion, respect, and the IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct among staff in Syria in close cooperation with Human Resources.

·Partners in investigations of misconduct when required and actively collaborates with DDO and Human Resources Director if disciplinary measures are required, taking into consideration safety and security of IRC staff, programs, and assets in Syria.

·In close cooperation with the Humanitarian Access department and DDO, promotes safety and security practices and adherence to IRC global security principles; supports in development and review of Field Security Management Plan for each region in NW Syria.

·In close cooperation with the security department, advises and oversees security and humanitarian access assessments for new areas of program implementation and IRC response.

·In close cooperation with IT department, promotes and ensures compliant use of IRC equipment and communication resources, including adherence to BIS licenses, confidentiality, and storage of data and similar.

·In coordination with Finance, oversee the development and submission of the consolidated monthly spending plan for the field activities.

·In coordination with Finance, Supply Chain, and programs, leads the communications with the Hawala service provider to secure the required liquidity for covering IRC activities in the field.

·Oversees the processing of the field payments among the supply chain and the finance departments to ensure smooth and timely delivery of payments.

Program support

·Serves as point person for operational support to programs inside NW Syria and in coordination with the DDO, provides strategic leadership to overall programming in the designated area of operations in Syria.

·Oversees the field managers and the work of the relevant field teams during the preparatory work, assessments, technical requirements, and selection of external entities in support of the specific projects/program.

·In coordination with the DDO, ensures full compliance with project/grant agreements and with statutory and technical legislation issued by appropriate government authorities.

·In coordination with the DDO, supports the work of the Technical and M&E teams using appropriate IRC-developed tools and resources to maximize project impact on beneficiaries.

·Works closely with Program Technical Coordinators to identify programming technical needs and take the lead in implementation and follow up as appropriate and in close coordination with the program sector leads and guidance from the DDO.

·Promotes strong linkages and exchange between operations and program teams, including in the field, Turkey, and other offices, to ensure the sharing of best practices and expertise.

·Closely monitors events in current and potential operational areas within Syria (humanitarian situation, politics, and security, etc.), to identify other possible programming areas and supports in identifying new (strategic) partners for IRC in close coordination with the DDO.

·Advises the DDO about strategic programming directions, opportunities, and issues affecting project implementation, or key local issues affecting future grants/projects developments.

Emergency Response Support:

·Closely monitors the context developments in the field to identify any significant movement of the IDPs in the areas of IRC operations.

·Supports SMT decision to initiate an emergency response when the situation requires.

·Collaborates with program focal points to tailor the IRC emergency response plan.

·Co-lead the emergency response meetings.

·Leads the coordination with the field emergency response team and ensures that clear plans are set and communicated to the field team and supports the field team in addressing any implementation challenges.

·Collaborates with program focal points to issue Situational Reports.

·Support the DDO in updating and revising the emergency and contingency plans.

Coordination and Representation


  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with all stakeholders - including community leaders, NGOs, government ministries/authorities and UN agencies, to enhance cooperation and coordination between organizations. (remotely and in person)
  • In coordination with IRC Turkey representative, participates in various camp and field working group meetings.


·Ensures various sector teams are integrated and there is collaboration and coordination amongst the teams.

·Supports the DDO in the coordination of timely and accurate reporting to donors, government and IRC headquarters as needed.

·Supports the DDO in providing critical input for the Grants Unit for use in developing proposals and preparing consolidated reporting.

Staff Performance Management, Learning & Development

·Hire, supervise, and build the capacity of team members in relevant technical and management competencies.

·Develop and implement remote management capacity building approaches to build the strengths of Field Management teams in NW Syria.

·Coach, train, supervise and mentor direct-report staff, including communicating clear expectations, setting annual performance objectives, providing regular and timely positive and constructive performance feedback, and providing documented semi-annual performance reviews.

·Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.

·Approve and manage time, attendance and leave requests to ensure adequate departmental coverage; ensure monthly, accurate timesheet submission and carry out probationary reviews.

·Regularly conducts one-to-one meetings with direct reports, to assess work environment and provide support where appropriate, minimally monthly.

·Provide a measurable development plan including on-the-job learning with the aim of strengthening technical capacity, exchanging knowledge within the team, and providing guidance on career paths.

·As required, identify staff performance issues and work with Human Resources to document and address these in accordance with the National Staff Employment Policies.

·Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.

·Promote and monitor staff care and well-being. Model healthy work-life balance practices. Support appropriate interventions in response to identified staff care needs of both national and international staff.

·Look for opportunities to support staff in their career growth, where appropriate. As part of succession plan and nationalization goals, identify, train, and develop capability and capacity of national staff to successfully transition role and responsibilities, by the end of assignment.

·Adhere to and act in accordance with the IRC Global HR Policies and Procedures and communicates through word and example a high standard of compliance with all applicable policies and regulations.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Deputy Director of Operations (DDO)

Position directly Supervises: Field Managers

Key Internal Contacts: Country Program:Extended Senior Management Team members across programs, HR, Finance, Humanitarian Access, and policy, advocacy, and communication

Key External Contacts:Community leaders, International and national NGOs, UN agencies

Active forums and working groups that cover NWS.

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