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Health and Protection Portfolio Manager (pending fund approval

Job Description

Position Title: Health and Protection Portfolio Manager (pending fund approval)


  • World Vision is seeking a portfolio manager to lead our growing portfolio of health, nutrition and protection projects in South Syria. The portfolio manager will be the grant manager for a major OFDA grant covering health and protection. They will supervise project staff (project assistant, Senior Nutrition Officer) responsible for the implementation of health, nutrition and protection programming funded by other donors to ensure strong grant implementation.

  • The portfolio manager will provide leadership in project development, planning, implementation and monitoring. They will provide day-to-day management to achieve high quality results in line with acceptable project norms relevant to the established goals, objectives and operating policies. They will supervise the financial management of the grant/portfolio in relation to projects’ goals and objectives, monthly activity schedule, timing of expenditures, budgets, etc.

  • The portfolio manager will work with World Vision’s Cross Border Monitoring Manager, Procurement staff and field monitors inside Syria to develop and implement remote monitoring standards, systems and processes to ensure the highest standards of risk management.

Major Responsibilities:


  1. Provide overall leadership and supervision of the team assigned under portfolio;

  2. Assure that portfolio has sectorial alignment where possible;

  3. Assure that assigned projects are properly planned and implemented to meet agreed upon results, timelines and budgets;

  4. Assure that assigned projects are adequately resourced and staffed to ensure effective implementation;

  5. Facilitate reporting on progress of portfolio implementation;

  6. Analyze effectiveness and efficiency of portfolio implementation and introduce corrective measures where needed.


  1. Determine staffing requirements and facilitate hiring and orientation;

  2. Facilitate staff training and development;

  3. Set objectives for staff, monitor their performance and provide feedback;

  4. In collaboration with the South Syria Area Manager and Partner Capacity Building Coordinator identify areas for staff/partner development;

  5. Ensure staff wellbeing;

  6. Engage with partners in a constructive manner to facilitate effective partnership on projects under portfolio;

  7. Work with the partnership coordinator in the Syria Country Office to ensure the agency maintains an understanding of partnership challenges and opportunities across Syria


  1. Identify challenges emerging in coordination with other functions (Finance, Procurement, Admin and Security) and partners and introduce corrective measures where appropriate (focus on individual problem solving);

  2. Coordinate interventions with other agencies, working groups and clusters;

  3. Engage with technical advisers to ensure the program is delivered to a high technical standard;

  4. Conduct regular meetings with South Syria-based and Jordan based staff who fall under portfolio;

  5. Participate in external coordination meetings (Clusters, WGs).


  1. Work with the Cross Border Monitoring Manager to review, design and refine remote monitoring protocols and ensure they are being applied to the project portfolios;

  2. Review and update risk and contingency plans to account for changes in the operating context

  3. Ensure strong systems are in place to detect and deter fraud, waste and diversion and to rapidly report incidents to senior management;

  4. Ensure that systems are in place for all portfolio projects to ensure end-to-end verification of the delivery of supplies and to monitor partner procurement;

  5. Train and mentor portfolio staff and partner staff on risk management and risk mitigation.


Bachelor or Post Graduate University degree in International Development or other related majors

Experience:Minimum of 5 years operational humanitarian experience with minimum of 3 years in a leadership role in an emergency context;

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, Refugee Law, the relevant positions of the UN, ICRC and major NGOs on protection of civilians in particular of IDPs and refugees, women and children, the codes of conduct, the Humanitarian Charter, The Sphere Project, etc.;

  • Strong English communication skills (oral and written);

  • Cultural sensitivity and adaptability;

  • Strong communication skills with ability to express ideas and concepts clearly and persuasively with senior members of the humanitarian community as well as with field practitioners;

  • Excellent networking skills;

  • High degree of negotiation and persuasion skills;

  • Ability to work with a reasonably level of comfort in high tension and high security risk situations;

  • Ability to maintain performance expectations in diverse cultural contexts, psychologically stressful environs and physical hardships;

  • Ability to facilitate the creation of cross-functional project teams and the development of national strategies;

  • Understands work from a process point of view and uses measurement and accountability systems effectively;

  • Demonstrates openness and transparency;

  • Knowledge of Syria specific context and cross-border assistance.

  • Experience in remote management;

  • Proven experience in training, including development of training materials

  • Knowledge of Arabic

  • Full adherence to World Vision Child Protection, Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies.

  • Position requires willingness and ability to continue to function in unpredictable and potentially hostile environments