PURPOSE OF POSITION
World Vision seeks a Rapid Response Advisor (RRA) (based in Gaziantep, Turkey) for the proposed USAID-funded two-year, multi-sector humanitarian program in northern Syria. Through a consortium approach, the programme will provide gender-sensitive, coordinated assistance in order to limit the loss of life and mitigate human suffering in conflict-affected communities. To achieve this goal, this project will technically implement Health and Nutrition, WASH, Shelter, and Non-Food Item activities through both fixed and mobile locations, including the programme’s Rapid Response Mechanism.
The Rapid Response Advisor (RRA) will be responsible for coordinating the five-organisation consortium’s emergency programming across multiple locations and sectors within northern Syria. This programming will serve as the consortium’s ability to rapidly response in a coordinate manner to the fluid political, security and humanitarian environments in northern Syria response.
The Syria context is ever changing. This RRA will be required to adapt program activities to ensure effective and efficient implementation and achievement of consortium’s program goals across Syria. At times of immediate large spikes in the conflict in northern Syria, s/he will support consortium organisation teams with scale-up efforts and assist with the deployments to cover gaps and support management. The RRA will be responsible for providing multi-level leadership and technical input for the consortium’s Rapid Response Mechanism. She/He will support organisations to develop, harmonize and conduct regular contextual and technical assessments and support the presentation of assessment findings, while ensuring effective program integration to facilitate a multi-sector emergency response.
Finally, the RRA will support and harmonize CARE's program strategies for rapid response to spikes in the crisis across multiple organisations, sectors, and field sites. She/He will building capacity of teams in RRM (rapid response mechanism) methodologies, coordinating program planning, design, budgets and reporting; and liaising with donors particularly OFDA.
Provide strategic leadership for the consortium’s Rapid Response Mechanism. Serve as focal point internally/externally for coordinating the five-organisation consortium’s emergency programming across multiple locations and sectors within northern Syria. Ensure that consortium’s rapid response activities are conducted in coordination with the broader humanitarian response.
When immediate need for rapid response, lead inter-organisation teams with scale-up, mobile efforts. Assist with the deployments to cover gaps and support management. Develop, harmonize and conduct regular contextual and technical assessments and support the presentation of assessment findings, while ensuring effective program integration to facilitate a multi-sector emergency response. Adapt program activities to ensure effective and efficient implementation and achievement of consortium’s program rapid response goals.
Provide technical support for the Rapid Response Mechanism. Provide programmatic and technical leadership on Rapid Response Mechanism. With advisors, ensure gender sensitivity and protection are fully considered throughout the Rapid Response project cycle
In the absence of an activated Rapid Response Mechanism, increase the consortium’s preparedness capacity to rapidly respond. Adapt and refine strategies, protocols, and systems to effectively conduct whole-of-consortium rapid response activities. Liaise with consortium field teams and monitoring and evaluation colleagues on RRM procedures.
Coordinate with Programmes departement on RRM activities. Compile program logistical frameworks, progress reports, and budget projections. Provide technical support for the informal coordination mechanisms of emergency response programming. Serve as consortium’s primary liaison for donors and government counterparts, including during monitoring field visits and audits.
Build capacity of consortium staff and partners. Train key staff on the different emergency strategies, partner systems, donor requirements, approaches, and tools. Organize after-action reviews and evaluations to investigate the effectiveness of the program strategies. Work with MEAL to organize learning events around emergency program strategies/focus areas. Coordinate capacity building efforts for the emergency response implementing partners.
Serve on the consortium’s Programme Management Unit. Comprised of the consortium’s senior leadership, provide strategic counsel and RRM perspectives in order to guide the consortium’s programmatic direction and impact.
Provide matrix management to a consortium team of rapid response field colleagues. Ensure proper capacity of staff to report and respond to rapid onset events in the field. Conduct regular coaching and feed into the Performance Development Management (PDM) system.
Knowledge and embodiment of international humanitarian as well as World Vision’s core values, WV’s vision, and mission. Model by all staff in the assigned Area.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Minimum education, training and experience requirements to qualify for the position:
Master’s degree or equivalent experience in Community Development, Social Sciences, International Studies/Development, Business Administration or relevant field.
3-5 years of experience in working in field operations, large grants and/or consortia.
Turkish nationals will be considered for this role.
Experience in with humanitarian operations (manager or director level)
Experience with the remote management of a team
Excellent abilities in organisational management, systems building, creating procedures and protocols.
Strong leadership, coaching, and capacity building abilities
Skilled in negotiation, donor engagement, diplomacy, networking and external engagement.
Demonstrates well-developed interpersonal skills, excellent communication skills, both verbal and written in English
Familiarity with MEAL, IM, Accountability systems
Familiarity with adverse and conflict security standards and protocols.
Ability to apply and promote gender-sensitive and protection-focused approach to the work
Excellence with Microsoft Office computer programs including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Flexibility in work culture based on changing dynamics within the programme
Very good Turkish and Arabic language skills
Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:
Experience in leadership role within an international INGO consortium.
Ability to speak Arabic preferred.
Citizens from Turkey are strongly preferred.
5 years of professional work experience in humanitarian settings in fragile or middle income settings.
Familiarity with OFDA grant management regulations is an advantage
Ability to travel for up to 30% of the time to Jordan or other countries as required.
Must be in sympathy with World Vision values and able to work in an interfaith manner with those of other faiths and none.
Position requires willingness, flexibility with the level and schedule of work related to the consortium’s Rapid Response activities.
Full adherence to World Vision Child Protection, Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies.