INGO Coordination Advisor

Mercy Corps, Dohuk, Iraq

Skill Required:, Training and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
27th November, 2015

Job Description


Coordination & Reporting

  • Provide appropriate and efficient coordination between humanitarian partners in North-East Syria
  • Ensure that partners work collectively, towards complementarity, coherence and harmonization of assistance delivery.
  • Convene and facilitate regular field level coordination meetings and ensure that they are well-managed, action and results-oriented and documented, with decisions/action points clearly communicated to the partners.
  • Establish/maintain appropriate coordination mechanisms between field level and regional Syria Response structures.
  • Ensuring effective information sharing both within the N-East Syria partners and between N-East Syria working INGOs and regional Syria Response clusters (WoS, clusters/hubs and NGO Forums). Disseminate relevant materials, reports, documentations, meeting minutes etc. Ensure all the partners are informed about field level and regional level coordination meetings and events.
  • Consolidate INGO coverage reports, provide coverage mapping and gaps analysis for N-East Syria, and provide regular feedback to the INGO community.
  • Assess coordination/communication gaps and priorities, gather lessons learned/feedback from other Syria Response coordination structures (regional or hub level, clusters, fora) and recommend the most effective coordination model for N-East Syria.
  • Assess and advise INGOs on coordination funding.
  • Submit monthly workplans and activity reports to INGOs representation in N-East Syria.
  • Maintain contact database, as well as collaborative working platform for the partners.


  • In coordination/communication with all other partners attend regional level cluster/sector coordination meetings.
  • Network and conduct outreach to regional coordination structure representatives.
  • Act as entry/focal point for any new INGO planning expansion for the area.

Preparedness and Capacity Building

  • Coordinate emergency preparedness and contingency planning among INGOs.
  • Promote and support training of humanitarian personnel and capacity building of humanitarian partners.
  • Advise on training opportunities.
  • Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of the national/local partners and civil society.


  • Bachelor degree or equivalent in related field; international relationship, economics or related field preferred. Masters preferred.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in humanitarian response including, work experience within Syria Response context is a must.
  • Previous experience in coordination role, ideally in Syria Response context – highly preferred.
  • Understanding of the international humanitarian response architecture, including coordination mechanisms, humanitarian reform and action, and funding mechanisms (e.g. Consolidated Appeals Process, Central Emergency Response Fund and Flash Appeals).
  • Experience of chairing/facilitating meetings.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of stakeholders and develop consensus and harmonized approaches.
  • Sectoral (food, security, livelihoods, etc.) technical background will be an asset.
  • Ability to work productively in a pressurized environment and to maintain visibly high levels of morale in difficult circumstances.
  • Fluent spoken and written English is required. Good command of Arabic is an advantage


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