Early Recovery, Livelihood and Ecology Coordinator
Position name: Early Recovery, Livelihood and Ecology Coordinator
Duration: 11 months with possibility of renewal
Starting from: March 2023
Duty Station: North-East Syria
Closing date of the vacancy: 15th January 2023 (applications on a rolling basis)
Un Ponte Per (UPP) is an Italian NGO established in 1991. It started its activities as “Un ponte per Baghdad”, in the aftermath of the first Gulf war, with the aim of organizing solidarity initiatives in support of the Iraqi civilian population. In subsequent years, UPP missions expanded to include Serbia and other Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries. The NGO aims at preventing armed conflicts, protecting human rights and supporting local civil society, especially in the Middle East, by promoting the nexus between its humanitarian, peacebuilding and development programs.
Since 2015, UPP has been one of the leading INGOs in the North East Syria (NES) response. Providing humanitarian aid and capacity building of local actors in Health and Protection as well as environmental health, including waste management. In partnership with local partners, UPP has been able to develop a comprehensive system of health services delivered in 26 facilities, including mobile units, hospitals, primary health care centres, and an ambulance network. For further information please refer to our website: www.unponteper.it/en/
Entering year 10 of the Syria crisis, conflict continues to expose civilians to acute humanitarian needs in Livelihood, health, WASH, Shelter, NFI and protection. In North East Syria (NES) widespread displacement, destruction of basic services and increased exposure to protection risks is on-going. In response, UPP and its local partners are running since 2015 a humanitarian action focused on providing timely and quality essential assistance in different sectors, mainly focusing on health, protection and early recovery for the most vulnerable population affected by the conflict (camps and out of camps). UPP is currently one of the main health actors in NES with a portfolio of donors such as BHA, ECHO, CDCS, AMB, DGNEAR and others. Under the early recovery component, from 2019 UPP supports local authorities, and in particular municipalities, in the improvement of the services offered to the population, with a strong focus on solid waste management sector and a particular attention to ecology, environmental protection and sustainability (e.g. First INGO to promote the first waste recycling project in NES). Since 2021, the early recovery program includes also a livelihood intervention aimed at the restoration and creation of livelihood opportunities, through the support to micro and small businesses development and the promotion of women employment and cooperatives. The program includes the distribution of grants as well as the provision of tailored business support.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
The Early Recovery, Livelihood and Ecology Coordinator will be the Head of the Early Recovery, Livelihood and WASH (ERLW) UPP department in NES, that includes both Livelihood and WASH activities. What brings these interventions under one sole department is the strong early recovery perspective that characterizes both, with the livelihood intervention aimed at the improvement of the economic conditions of the target population and the WASH initiatives mainly aimed at the support to Local Authorities – especially Municipalities – and partners in the improvement of the basic services offered to citizens – with special attention to Solid Waste Management and environment protection – with the general aim to build resilience and favor the passage from emergency situation to middle and long term development. The ERLE Coordinator will be in charge of the general supervision and management of the department as well as of its strategic development. He/she will be supported from a technical point of view by a WASH Specialist – who coordinates the WASH technical team – while he/she will be responsible of the direct management and technical support of the livelihood team.
Roles and responsibilities
Management and soft skills requirements
UPP requires criminal background check certificate (released max 3 months before the date of job offer) to confirm a job offer. We are aware that in some countries the release of criminal background certificate by the competent authorities might require several weeks. However, UPP runs selections to deploy staff in emergency programs and time-lapse between job offer and field deployment is often very short. Thus, we kindly ask all candidates to get prepared on time and be able to submit their certificate promptly in case of success in the selection.
Un Ponte Per is an International NGO committed to diversity and inclusion within its teams, in line with the principle of non-discrimination. UPP encourages all candidates irrespective of gender, religion and ethnicity including persons with disabilities to apply and become part of the organization.
UPP upholds all the minimum standards in terms of Ethical Conduct and strives to increase its standards over the minimum. Zero tolerance is reserved to Sexual Abuse and Exploitation and to Child Abuse, Violence, Harm, Injury and Negligence. By applying, any candidate assures that s/he has never breached any standard in terms of SEA and Child Safeguarding and that s/he will not in the future. For the protection of beneficiaries, communities and partners, UPP will conduct extensive reference check and vetting on shortlisted candidates, also over the contacts indicated by the candidate. Candidates are alerted that the required background check might compromise their privacy. Shortlisted candidates shall promptly provide an up-to-date criminal background check.
Interested candidates are invited to submit a detailed CV (PDF format) with the authorization to use and process data on the base of the EU Regulation 2016/679 – GDPR and a brief cover letter (PDF format) that includes the contact information for three Professional References (relevant and recent) to: email@example.com.
The CV need to contain also the following authorization: “I, the undersigned Name and Surname authorize Un Ponte Per to use my data for the vetting procedure.”
Please reference “ERLW Coordinator- Name Surname” in the subject line of your email application and name the files attached to your application as surname_name_CV, surname_name_CL, etc.
Be informed that UPP screens prospective colleagues through anti-terrorism/anti-money-laundering/anti-corruption/anti-fraud sanctions lists before job offer. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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