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Head of Education and Protection Department for Northeast Syria – Syrian Arab Republic – ReliefWeb | Gmx Pharm

Country program: Syrian Response, Northeast Syria (NES)

Location: Raqqa, Northeast Syria and field trips within Northeast Syria

Superior: NES Area Program Director

General summary of the position:

Under the supervision of the Area Programs Director and technical support from PIN’s Knowledge and Learning Department, the Head of Education and Protection is responsible for:

  1. Overseeing the project management and implementation of all activities of PINs education and protection projects;
  2. Provide supervision, technical support, quality assurance and line management for the Education Program Manager and Protection Team Leader;
  3. acts as focal point for two multisectoral projects (under ENI and SDC funding) and leads the internal coordination between different thematic sectors (education, protection, shelter, WASH, livelihood) in terms of planning, activity coordination, budget forecasting, reporting and responding to the unexpected challenges and
  4. coordinate with other sectoral projects to ensure protection mainstreaming;
  5. PIN represented to relevant external parties; including but not limited to the MENA region and coordinating mechanisms (working groups) for education, protection, PSEA or HLP.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Project management:

  • Leading regular monthly project review meetings and coordinating between programs and support departments to ensure program implementation is well linked to financial, procurement, workforce and catering planning
  • Control over total project expenses (budget holders), financial forecasts and updated work plans in relation to the project timeline
  • Tracking the progress of the project: indicators and project goals (to be) achieved
  • Internal project approval processes, monitoring of archiving and existing project records
  • Ensuring protection, accountability, security, conflict sensitivity and gender is taken into account in all projects
  • Ensure cross-sector engagement with other programs such as WASH, Shelter, Livelihood, FSE where applicable

Cooperation with the scholarship department:

  • Consolidate/review program reports per project to ensure accuracy of inputs
  • Creation of the technical design for new proposals/concepts in education and protection
  • Providing additional information or clarification requested by the grants department or donor

Program development:

  • Pursuing the objectives of existing sectoral strategies and conducting regular strategy reviews related to – Identifying potential new geographic areas, implementation opportunities, sub-sectors and potential partnerships, innovative program designs
  • Develop and implement technical guidance for the program and focus on quality aspects such as improved safe learning environment for children in temporary learning centers and schools, increased capacity of education and protection team on site, monitoring tools are developed/updated and used, analysis of the data received and provide guidance on Improving the areas with gaps
  • Contribution to the development of relevant tools and technical standards of SOPs
  • Identifying lessons learned for further inclusion in programming, proposing relevant changes and reviewing PDM and assessment results are used to improve implementation
  • Identify potential areas for study and research to develop further proposals and activities based on evidence of impact
  • Work with technical advisors in HQ on strategy development, capacity building, offering development, etc.

team management:

  • Management of senior program staff within proven technical expertise and coordination with other senior program staff relevant to the project
  • Assess the training and development needs needed for the program team to achieve the project and its individual goals, and ensure high-quality programming

External representation:

  • Coordination with relevant working groups/clusters
  • Update AD/APD about project specific activity updates for donors.

Suitable candidates for this position should have:

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in a humanitarian and/or development organization;
  • Proven practical experience in Programming Education in Emergencies (EiE) (minimum 3 years);
  • Experience in implementing child protection activities
  • Experience designing, implementing and providing technical support for integrating protection mainstreaming into humanitarian programming; especially for sectors such as Livelihood, WASH, Shelter, ERMS
  • Experience managing a large team of national staff; between 70 – 100
  • experience in national team capacity building;
  • Experience representing an organization in strategic meetings and coordinating with working groups/clusters
  • Strong project management skills with extensive experience with US and European donors
  • Excellent communication and moderation skills;
  • Very good knowledge of English, knowledge of Arabic would be an advantage;
  • Strong understanding of program quality management, including assurance and accountability mechanisms;
  • Strong organizational, critical analysis and problem solving skills
  • Desirable: Experience working in complex and volatile contexts, including familiarity with Syria or the Middle East.

PIN offers:

  • Salary and additional benefits according to the PIN salary table and personnel guidelines, salary EUR 2,100 per month + EUR 1,200 per month per diem;
  • Comprehensive R&R package awarded for every 10 weeks spent within NES, including 10 days of R&R vacation per year in addition to the 5 weeks of regular vacation granted annually. Additional $500 vacation pay for every 10 weeks spent within NES.
  • accommodation in the guest house of PIN at the expense of PIN;
  • 25 days paid vacation per year;
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses for trips to the country of residence once every 6 months after the activity has been performed;
  • Regional flights twice a year. International staff are assisted by PIN to leave the base every 3 months.
  • Reimbursement of visa and vaccination costs; assistance with the visa application process;
  • Free 24/7 medical helpdesk and psychological counseling available online;
  • Reimbursement of the medical examination before and after the assignment;
  • travel medical insurance;
  • Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT);
  • E-learning platform, frequent webinars and other capacity building opportunities;
  • In addition, a team of committed colleagues who promote a friendly and fair working atmosphere.

How to apply

Are you interested in this position? Send us your CV and a short cover letter (no longer than 4 pages in total) via our application form.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis and the position will be closed if filled.

People in Need employees are expected to carry out their duties and responsibilities in accordance with the People in Need Code of Conduct and key policies (available at:

Updated: September 17, 2022 — 12:32 am

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