Home Web system SYR-CMU – HEAD OF PARTY LEARN CONSORTIUM (M/F) – AMMAN – Syrian Arab Republic



Desired start date: as soon as possible

Duration of the mission : 12 months

Location: Amman, with a trip to northeast Syria


The LEARN consortium is a partnership between four (4) international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) and two (2) national partners. Created in 2018, it draws on the respective expertise of I/NGO partners to deliver health, shelter, cash assistance (MPCA), protection, humanitarian coordination, livelihoods and of WASH to the most vulnerable communities in northeast Syria (NES). The main activities implemented are related to the rehabilitation and operation of Primary Health Centers (CSP), emergency WASH (water distribution and rehabilitation of water infrastructure), repair of private institutional shelters and distribution of essential kits (new arrivals, hygiene, repair shelters, wintering), vocational training and business start-up and restoration activities, and MPCA to cover basic needs. The program incorporates a rapid response mechanism.

LEARN Partners are based and implement throughout the NES. The Consortium Management Unit (CMU) is the program oversight structure that aims to facilitate smooth coordination, oversee program delivery, lead donor communications, ensure compliance and manage risk . The CMU is headed by the Chief of Party (Jordan) and the Deputy Chief of Party (NES), together with a team of specialists.


Main objective:

The Team Leader (CoP) will be responsible for providing overall vision, leadership and guidance to the LEARN Consortium.

Serving as a key liaison with donors, consortium partners and other stakeholders, the CoP will maintain an integrated view among the various actors while ensuring compliance with all project objectives, performance requirements and donor regulations.

In keeping with the spirit of the consortium, the CoP facilitates collaborative partnerships between donors, consortium members and other relevant stakeholders

The main challenges:

  • Large-scale, multi-sector and multi-year project implemented in different contexts within the NES
  • Security conditions are volatile in the areas of intervention with potential significant changes during project implementation

Priorities for the first 2/3 months:

  • Allow the project to adapt to possible significant changes in the geopolitical/conflict environment
  • Guide and support strategic discussions on the continuation of LEARN
  • Regular review of CMU’s strategic direction starting in October
  • Provision of ongoing institutional knowledge building/learning activities in support of LEARN and the wider humanitarian community

Main responsibilities and activities:

Consortium leadership and strategic vision

  • In coordination with the Steering Committee, oversee LEARN’s strategic vision and program-wide strategy to guide coordination and integrated programming
  • Develop and deliver institutional knowledge building/learning activities in support of the LEARN program as a whole
  • Guide and support discussions on the strategic pursuit of LEARN
  • Maintain the internal governance and collaborative partnership of LEARN
  • Provide leadership to continue strong coordination, collaboration, communication and integration of consortium programming and operations
  • Facilitate strong internal communication within the CMU team and ensure the management of the CMU team (direct management of 6 people)
  • Promote strong and transparent communication between and towards consortium partners; promote the flow of communication within the consortium
  • Coordinate closely with steering committee members and other senior members of LEARN partners to make decisions for the project on strategy, governance and risks

Representation and Coordination

  • Lead donor representation as focal point for LEARN
  • Assume responsibility for LEARN communications; ensure that financial and narrative reports are submitted in a timely manner and that deadlines are met
  • In coordination with the steering committee, engage in strong external representation of the consortium to other external stakeholders
  • Contribute more broadly to the wider humanitarian community through consortium lessons
  • Act as secretariat of the LEARN steering committee
  • Remain accountable to the steering committee and the Prime (grant holder)

Project delivery

  • Support compliance and manage risk of the entire consortium to support the delivery of programming as a representative of the Prime
  • Maintain oversight of support services and programming, overseeing the overall programmatic, logistical and financial performance of the consortium
  • Provide oversight to ensure the consortium is able to meet internal and donor obligations and regulations
  • Manage contractual agreements with LEARN and SI partners
  • Coordinate achievement of project objectives and accountability to consortium partners and donor
  • Safeguard program strategy focus and ensure project consistency, ensuring the consortium is moving in one direction
  • Facilitate sharing and learning within the consortium to embed project learning
  • Responsible for strong monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning that stays in place
  • Maintain systems to ensure efficient and transparent data capture for decision-making and management reporting, and for technical consistency and integration across sectors and partners
  • Anticipate overall strategic issues related to the award and ensure that major risks and obstacles are identified and corrective measures are taken with the agreement of consortium partners
  • Allow the project to adapt to possible significant changes in the geopolitical/conflict environment and retain its agility to pivot to large-scale emergency programming when needed


Specific skills and experience:

  • At least ten (10) years of relevant experience leading programs focused on WASH, Shelter, Livelihoods, MPCA, Protection and/or Health. Previous experience as a party leader, deputy party leader or senior manager required.
  • Demonstrated exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of major international donor-supported programs, with skills in strategic planning and thinking, management, oversight and budgeting, and a experience in managing complex activities involving coordination with several program partner institutions.
  • Demonstrated skills in building and maintaining relationships with authorities, donors, stakeholders, local organizations and partners.
  • Excellent Organizational Skills: The ability to multi-task, learn quickly, and work independently and productively in a fast-paced, detail-oriented environment.
  • Proven track record in developing a project vision, aligning key stakeholders to that vision, and ensuring that vision translates into actionable strategies.
  • Experience in recruiting, developing and leading multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, managing complex programs and ensuring that project staff meet the highest standards of quality, relevance and delivery in time limit.
  • Experience in managing programmatic and financial reporting requirements. Experience in M&E is a plus.
  • Demonstrated skills in adapting team and project scope to rapidly changing context.
  • Demonstrated commitment to gender equity.
  • Proven experience in managing risk and compliance in a partnership setup; prior experience with BHA regulations is a plus.

General skills :

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: the ability to effectively liaise with and motivate a variety of people in a multicultural environment and across different time zones.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; demonstrated excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Strong initiatives and improvisation skills.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines, and work independently and collaboratively with team members
  • Good stress management.
  • Previous experience in the Middle East an asset
  • Ability and willingness to travel as needed.


  • Fluent English (written, spoken and read) is mandatory
  • Speaking Levantine Arabic would be an asset


A salaried position: We offer a competitive CoP salary within the context of the industry.

This role also offers competitive international terms in line with SI policies, e.g. SI covers accommodation costs and travel costs between the expatriate’s home country and duty station.

Holidays: During the mission, a system of alternating between work and rest is set up at the rate of 7 working days after each period of three months. For a one-year mission, the expatriate will benefit from three R&R breaks (with 850 USD allocated by Solidarités for each break).

During these break periods, 1 additional day off per month worked is granted, i.e. 12 days on a one-year contract**.**

Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from a set of insurances reimbursing all health expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a provident system including war risks. The essential costs of vaccination and antimalarial treatment are reimbursed.


Living conditions in Amman are very comfortable and you have access to a wide choice of restaurants/shops/tourist activities. The country is also safe and accessible for weekend trips and activities.

Security inside the NES is volatile and justifies specific arrangements for accommodation and circulation in the intervention zones. Compliance with strict security procedures is necessary, while security levels may vary according to different geographical locations and changing contexts.

How to register

Does this description match you? Please send us your CV and cover letter in English via the following link: https://emea3.recruitmentplatform.com/syndicated/private/syd_apply.cfm?id=PULFK026203F3VBQB6G8N8NX4&nPostingTargetID=76030

CV-only applications will not be considered.

NB: Interviews will take place continuously and therefore the vacancy may close before the deadline if a person is identified.

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