Project Director: Support to Syrian Civil Society

Mercy Corps, Ankara, Turkey

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme ManagementTraining and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th March, 2015

Job Description


Program Management

  • Oversee the successful implementation of program activities under the OFDA grant (and other smaller grants when they arise), ensuring that teams/partners are following work plans, that activities are on schedule, and that program deliverables are completed as promised;
  • Work closely with the M&E manager to conduct regular monitoring of project activities and project impact, per Mercy Corps Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning and in accordance with existing related guidelines; (HAP, SPHERE and donor regulations);
  • Actively participates in the capacity building of partners in close coordination with other members of the Mercy Corps team;
  • Write monthly reports and other donor based reports or organizational based notes;
  • Work closely with local partners and participate in partner assessment and selection;
  • Assist in proposal / concept note development and report writing as necessary;
  • Manage the project to adhere to Mercy Corps’ Project Management Minimum Standards to ensure that the project is managed on-scope, on-time and on-budget;
  • Inform communities about the program and what we do, are aware of their entitlements, are comfortable to give feedback and that feedback is used to improve the quality of our programs.

Capacity building:

  • Lead a collaborative community of practice team focused on development of Mercy Corps’ regional Syria partnership capacity building strategy;
  • Act as liaison point between Syria program teams and Mercy Corps’ Resilience, Governance and Partnerships (RGAP) Technical Support Unit to ensure that program activities working on partner capacity building in Syria are capitalizing on best practices and guidance available regionally and globally;
  • Participate as an active member in RGAP’s global cohort of partnership and governance practitioners;
  • Develop Mercy Corps’ knowledge and experience in civil society engagement and best practice in supporting the growth of civil society organizations in remote management contexts;
  • Produce journal articles or media pieces furthering learning and debate on civil society engagement in the Middle East.

Team Management

  • Provide technical direction and advice in emergency response in insecure environment, and develop work plans in collaboration with the team;
  • Hire, Supervise, train and mentor the national staff and local partners;
  • Work closely with the partnership Capacity Building Manager to develop and implement a comprehensive staff and local partner training series to build capacity to ensure quality programs and to scale up programs
  • Work with partners  to strengthen linkages with other actors to enhance organizational learning which directly impacts staff performance and productivity; 

Representation and Coordination

  • Develop and maintain working relationships and coordinate with relevant international and local agencies active in the Syria emergency response, including donors, other humanitarian and human rights organizations, local authorities and local partners,
  • Represent Mercy Corps at local coordination meetings (when requested)
  • Examine and pursue funding opportunities from donors and partners, in coordination with senior management (including developing and submitting concept papers, proposals, etc.)


  • BSc or Master’s Degree in a relevant subject; politics, local governance, development, history and or languages preferred.
  • 5-7 years of demonstrated expertise in project management and ideally implementation of remotely managed programs, in in emergency response program management in highly insecure environments.
  • Commitment to local capacity building and the ability to engage local stakeholders in project design and implementation.
  • Strong experience in civil society engagement and capacity building, preferably in a remote management emergency context.
  • Experience of coordination of joint activities with other organizations.
  • Familiarity and demonstrated ability to coordinate with international humanitarian operations, coordination structures, and the mandates of UN agencies, and other NGOs.
  • Good organizational and project management skills and the ability to anticipate project needs.
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively with colleagues of other departments in a team environment, and to lead a diverse group of national and international staff.
  • Understanding of participatory methodologies for project design, implementation and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of humanitarian standards and codes, including SPHERE, HAP.
  • Working understanding of procurement, administration and finance systems.
  • Must be able to strategically advise staff on program and office activities and security issues.
  • Fluent English essential; Arabic is preferred.


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