Lebanon - A Human Resources Coordinator

from Première Urgence Internationale
Closing date: 31 Jul 2018

Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians’ victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The association leads in average 190 projects by year in the following sectors of intervention: food security, health, nutrition, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures, water, sanitation, hygiene and economic recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 7 million people in 21 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.

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Humanitarian situation and needs:

Since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in April 2011, according to UN estimations, 6.6 million people have been internally displaced, while 4.8 million refugees have been registered in the neighboring countries as of June 2016. Lebanon is the second host country for Syrian refugees with over 1.049 million refugees registered as of March 2016 for an overall population of less than 4.5 million (representing more than 23% of the population). Prior to this crisis, Lebanon was already hosting half a million Palestinian refugees; the pressure on the Lebanese government and local population is very high.

In April 2015, the United Nations Security Council declared that the international community has to help Lebanon in its efforts to host more than 1 million refugees from neighboring Syria. Since the beginning of March 2015, the government of Lebanon, through the General Security Directorate, is enforcing entry regularization among refugees entering from Syria. The Lebanese government has also asked the UNHCR to temporary stop the registration process, hence new refugees and new born babies cannot be registered anymore and refugees that arrived after the 5th of January 2015 have been deregistered (around 11,319 individuals).

Humanitarian consequences:

While Palestinian refugees are settled in camps, there are no official camps for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. On a case by case basis, the government may authorize the establishment of formal tented settlements (FTS). However, Syrian refugees are mainly settled in small shelter units (SSU), collective shelters (CS) or informal settlements (IS). The spillover of the Syrian crisis into Lebanon compounded pre-existing vulnerabilities among the Lebanese society. Refugee populations have in many cases settled in areas inhabited by impoverished and vulnerable Lebanese communities further stretching limited or non-existent sources of income and public services at the local level. This situation will place an increased economic strain on the families, and in addition to the expected decrease in basic assistance due to low funding levels, an escalation in negative coping mechanisms (such as begging, child labor, child marriages, sexual services for food/accommodation, petty crime, etc.) might be witnessed.

Our actions in the field:

Present in the Middle East since 1983, PUI is operational in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq (including Kurdistan), the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Yemen. PUI has been present in Lebanon since 1996, when it launched an emergency response operation following the Lebanese-Israeli conflict and has since maintained a significant commitment to the country. During the last fifteen years, PUI has tackled the needs emerging from conflicts (2001, 2006 and 2007), protracted humanitarian crisis (Palestinian Refugees camps) and chronic underdevelopment (in the South and the North of Lebanon). Since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in April 2011, and in order to provide life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable conflict-affected population, PUI has developed a response to the refugee crisis.

Since 2012, PUI has been actively involved in the Lebanon emergency response to the Syrian crisis with presence in the North (Akkar), Mount Lebanon and South (Saida) of Lebanon. In 2016/2017, PUI´s strategy in the country is based on two programmatic axes:

  • Humanitarian Assistance Program: to provide a protection-based humanitarian assistance and services for the most vulnerable refugees and host communities affected by the Syrian crisis;
  • Resilience Program: to reinforce the self-resilience and resilience of the affected communities through the development and strengthening of community-based structures.

Click here for more information about our response to the crisis.

As part of our actions in Lebanon, we are looking for a Human Resources Coordinator.

The Human Resources Coordinator is responsible for the HR strategy, policies and procedures at mission level in addition to the good management of the human resources and the related administrative/legal records for PUI’s mission in Lebanon. He/she is responsible for the good HR management of national employees within the framework of the country legislation, HR policies of PUI and donors requirements. He/she is also responsible for the administrative HR management of expatriates.

Tasks and responsibilities:

Human resource management: s/he is responsible for the administrative management of local teams, in order to outline and update the HR management procedures and tools at mission level, in accordance with the employment legislation in the country of mission and the HR policies of PUI. (Recruitment, appraisals, training, salaries, end of contract, etc). S/he monitors any risks associated with HR management.

International staff administration: In collaboration with the HOM, S/he is responsible for the administrative management of international teams

Administration and legal management: s/he supervises the HR related administrative and legal records and guarantees that the status and functioning of the mission are in accordance with the legislation and requirements of the country of mission.

Representation: s/he will represent the organization before partners, authorities and all the local actors involved, in the areas of legal issues and human resources related to the mission.

Coordination: s/he distributes information concerning administrative, legal and human resources issues regarding the mission, both within the mission itself and to the headquarters.

Technical support: S/he will undertake the overall responsibility of the technical leadership of all HR aspects of base Admin, HR and Finance Managers.

Training and Experiences:

Training: University degree in Human Resources or a related field

Experiences: Minimum 2 years of experience in a similar position (NGOs and/or private companies)

Software: Good knowledge of the MS office software including Word, Outlook. Excellent in Excel.

Required Personal Characteristics (fitting into the team, suitability for the job and assignment):

Capacity to delegate and to supervise the work of a team;
Ability to guarantee effective and timely outputs;
Good communications kills for public presentations;
Ability to work on own initiative and collaboratively as part of a diverse team and manage a varied workload;
Self-motivated, flexible and adaptable to the needs of the team and organization;
Strong commitment to support/develop capacity of national staff and developing second layer of leadership; pedagogical skills;
Proven management ability and inter-personal skills;
Excellent communication and diplomacy skills to manage relationships in potentially tense situations;
Great sense of confidentiality.

Languages: English and French

Proposed Terms:

Fixed-Term contract

Starting Date: July 2018

Monthly Gross Income: from 2 200 euros up to 2 530 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI.

Cost Covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…

Insurance: including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation

Housing: in collective accommodation

Daily Living Expenses (« Per diem »)

Break Policy: 5 working days at 3 and 9 months

Paid Leaves Policy: 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

For more information, please look at the complete job description on our website!

How to apply:

Please send your application (Resume and Cover Letter) to Jean-Christophe Ouedraogo, Human Resources Officer for Expatriates, at recrutement@premiere-urgence.org