Deputy Chief of Party LEADERS Consortium
We are looking for a highly qualified professional with strong experience in livelihoods, local economic development and social cohesion programming for the position of Deputy Chief of Party, based in Lebanon. Successful candidates will possess high-level management and coordination skills, have a proven track record in leading Consortium programme design and implementation and show a clear ability to successfully manage and interface between Consortium partners, donors and other stakeholders.
Who are we?
The LEADERS consortium was established in Jordan and Lebanon by 5 major INGOs, including DRC, Oxfam, CARE, ACTED and Save the Children. The collective aim of the consortium is to improve the quantity and quality of the response and address the resilience and livelihood needs of Syrian refugees and host communities in Syria’s neighbouring countries, with a specific focus on Lebanon and Jordan. On the 1st of June 2016, the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis (the “Madad” Fund) awarded funding to the LEADERS consortium with DRC as lead applicant covering both Jordan and Lebanon. Makhzoumi Foundation joined as a co-applicant in Lebanon to support DRC with the vocational training component of the project, which is being carried out by Save the Children in Jordan. Additional funds were secured through the Regional Development and Protection Programme (RDPP) for Lebanon. RDPP objectives are aligned with the LEADERS consortium, albeit for different target areas and includes only DRC, Oxfam and Makhzoumi Foundation. In June, the LEADERS Steering Committee consolidated the management of both projects under the same consortium governance structure. As consortium lead, the DRC regional office hosts the Consortium Management Unit (CMU), consisting of a Chief of Party and Finance & Admin Coordinator based in Jordan, and a Deputy Chief of Party based in Lebanon.
About the position
Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Party, and in close coordination with DRC and Partner Regional and Country Offices’, the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) focuses on ensuring the functioning of the consortium with a primary focus on Lebanon. In Lebanon, the DCOP will act as the knowledge point, coordination lead, program quality lead and the Consortium Management Unit’s representational lead for LEADERS.
As the program is regional, the DCOP is expected to both act as LEADERS representative for Lebanon (approx. 70%) and where required contribute to building regional synergies between countries and programmatic approaches and disseminate lessons learned across the LEADERS Consortium (approx. 30%). The majority of responsibilities outlined below are specific to Lebanon for the DCOP, however, as and when required, the DCOP will contribute to the larger regional project, primarily in the areas of strategy development, program quality (MEL), reporting and business development. Other regional duties may be assigned to the DCOP as and when required by the LEADERS Consortium Management Unit.
Duties and Responsibilities (Lebanon 70%; Jordan 30%)
Coordination, Management and Oversight
- Ensure the effective implementation of project activities in Lebanon through coordination, oversight and monitoring of the various sub-components of the project;
- Ensure high-quality technical program monitoring through hands-on guidance and support grounded in the program’s strategic objectives and adherence to donor requirements;
Liaison, Representation & Advocacy
- Support the COP in liaising with donors, government and partners ensuring partners are informed and updated on meetings and representation activities;
- Maintain knowledge base of Lebanon based donors and ensure to keep COP and Country Directors appraised of relevant opportunities;
Program Quality and Strategy
- Provide support to the COP as required, collaborating closely with partner agencies to create and implement a strategic, long-term programmatic vision, in collaboration with project partners and MEL consultant;
- Work with the consortium partners and MEL consultant to develop and track the performance management tools and track progress for both Lebanon and Jordan;
Reporting & Communication
- Monitor program implementation and ensure regular reporting by consortium partners;
- Compile and edit inputs from consortium partners into reports to the donor and consolidate and draft intermediate (if required) and final donor reports
Establish and maintain clear lines of communication with project staff;
- Ensure the DRC Grant Management System is regularly updated and maintained;
- Maintain a cloud-based information sharing platform between partners;
Compliance & Support
- In Lebanon the DCOP will coordinate with the CMU finance staff to provide logistical oversight to consortium partners on contract inception, implementation, and closeout activities;
- Maintain project risk register for Lebanon, consolidating agency specific risks at the consortium level;
- Ensure DRC Code of Conduct is adhered to during project implementation;
- Provide support to the COP in rolling out a fund-raising strategy, engaging donors and ensure LEADERS branding is recognized among the donor community and livelihoods forums in Lebanon and Jordan;
- Under the guidance of the COP support the drafting of concepts, proposals, project briefings to donors;
To be successful in this role you must have:
- A post-graduate degree in international relations, business administration, management, human rights, social sciences or related field; - Minimum 5 year’s professional work experience in international humanitarian/ development work, including in the MENA region;
- Demonstrated experience in managing and leading Consortia;
- Demonstrated technical expertise and experience in local economic development, livelihoods and/or social cohesion programming;
- Proven analytical and strategic planning skills;
- High-level communications and people skills;
- Fluent in English. Arabic would be considered as an advantage;
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:
Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.
Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.
Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.
Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.
DRC will offer the successful applicant a 12 month renewable contract, conditional on secured funding. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to www.drc.ngo under Vacancies. This position will be placed at level A12 for expats or E+ for national staff. The position will be based in Beirut, Lebanon and report directly to the Consortium Chief of Party based in Amman, Jordan.
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All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. CV only applications will not be considered.
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, pleasecontact firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications close 11/10/2016. The interviews are expected to take place in the following week.
DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (http://www.drc.dk/HAF.4265.0.html).
Need further information?
For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website www.drc.ngo
Please note that applications sent directly to DRC staff will not be considered.
- Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
- Location: Beirut
- Grade: Mid/Senior
- Closing Date: 2016-10-11