Yemen - A Deputy Head Of Mission For Programs in Sanaa
Starting date : January 2020
Duration of Mission : 6 months
Localisation : Sanaa Yemen
Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilian victims of marginalization and exclusion, or those hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapse 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 on average 200 projects a 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 6 million people in 22 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.
Humanitarian situation and needs
Yemen is one of the 30 poorest countries in the world with 54% of the population (2014 est.) living below the poverty line on less than two dollars a day. In parallel, since 2011 and the Yemeni revolution, the State is facing major humanitarian challenges. The transitional process failed to provide sustainable peace in the region. The country is now divided in two, with northern Yemen being under severe stress to provide for its population. In March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition began airstrikes in support of southern based pro-government forces, leading to a very unstable situation and dire humanitarian needs.
The armed conflict has spread rapidly throughout much of Yemen since mid-March 2015, with devastating consequences for civilians. Two years of violence has led one of the world’s poorest countries into chaos. Around 70% of the population, or 18.8 million people, now depend on humanitarian aid (OCHA); 2.8 million people are displaced; Dozens of schools and hospitals were the target of attacks; 17 million Yemenis are food insecure and 3 million children and pregnant or lactating women are acutely malnourished. The lack of access to safe drinking water and sanitation also affects 14 million people. 14.8 million people have no access to health care. A generation of Yemeni children is at risk, as nearly 2 million children do not have access to education because of conflict, poverty and discrimination. Yemen has turned into the number one humanitarian crisis in absolute numbers of people in need.
Our action in the field
In terms of nutrition, PUI ensures the following: screening by CHVs at community level and by nurses at HF level in order to manage both cases of Moderate Acute Malnourished (MAM) of Children Under 5 (CU5) and Pregnant and Lactating Women (PLW) as well as Severe Acute Malnourished (SAM) CU5; distribution of Food Baskets (FB) to HHs with at least one SAM case enrolled in Outpatient Therapeutic Program (OTP); Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) promotion by midwives at HF level and by CHVs at community level.
Cases of SAM CU5 with complications are referred to Stabilization Centers (SC) either supported by PUI or by any other organization/institution. The children can therefore benefit from in-patient treatment, including the provision of 3 meals a day for their caretakers as well as the food basket distribution.
In terms of food security, PUI has been involved in activities consisting in seeds, seedlings and tools distributions to beneficiaries in order for them to cultivate their own vegetable garden; this activity is accompanied by the delivery of sensitization sessions and training to improve the nutritional knowledge of the target population as well as their skills in home gardening in order to contribute to the fight against malnutrition.
In terms of WASH, PUI implements: hygiene promotion activities, through the delivery of hygiene kits to all SAM cases as well as awareness campaigns; water supply and sanitation, by supporting the health structures through the rehabilitation and improvement of water supply systems as well as by conducting beneficiary satisfaction surveys on WASH.
PUI also ensures coordination with other key stakeholders, through effective participation to clusters and sub-clusters (health, nutrition; food security and livelihoods; WASH) and by working closely with relevant government departments and local authorities
As part of our activities in Yemen, we are looking for a A Deputy Head Of Mission For Programs
Under the supervision of the Head of Mission, the Deputy HOM for Programs will lead the Program Department (Technical Coordinators, Monitoring and Evaluation Teams, Grants & Reporting Officer) in order to coordinate the tactical and strategic programming aspects of the mission for ensuring the implementation of high quality Programs and helping in strengthening the PUI Yemen Mission development. S/He will operate these duties in line with the global PUI’ Strategic framework and the agreed Country Strategy for Yemen.
The DHoM is responsible for cross-cutting programmatic information management, sound design of assessments, monitoring and evaluation, and ensuring that information collected is reflected upon, used to improve ongoing projects, and incorporated into high quality grant proposals and reports. He/She must ensure that policies, systems and staff are continuously and accurately working in coordinated manner in order to ensure that a coherent and comprehensive program is designed and implemented, lessons are learnt and experiences shared across the various sectors and program teams.
He/She ensures that the programs’ objectives fixed with the stakeholders’s are reach by the program team with high standards and quality. He/She supports the HoM in representation activities linked to programs and provide interim coverage in his/her absence. He/She reports to the HOM and liaise at HQ level with the Program Officer.
He/She gives a support to the Program teams as well as the MEAL (Monitroing, Evaluation, Accountability and learning) department based in Hodeida and Mokha.
- Programmes and MEAL: He/She gives support to the Field Coordinators and the program teams and ensures the operational and qualitative aspects of programmes are put into practice properly (monitoring of objectives and workplans, respecting due dates, budget monitoring , quality control). He/She support the MEAL department in its activities.
- Mission Strategy: He/She participates in creating an operational strategy and suggests new operations according to needs identified in the country and the area of the current interventions , with the support of the medical coordinator and the program teams (health/nutrition; food security/Livelihood).
- Human resources: He/She supports (functional link) the Program teams (defining objectives, setting performance goals, appraisal and staff development). He/She can give support for the technical recruitment with the medical co. He/She can organize technical trainings for specific needs identified inside the program team. He/She will directly supervise the Grants & Reporting officer.
- Safety and Security: He/She ensures compliance to safety and security procedures in the program operation. He/She shares information regarding security on the ground with the HoM. He/She participates in the updating security plan.
- Representation: By delegation from the Head of Mission, he/She ensures and coordinates PUI’s sectorial representation among partners, donors and different stakeholders.
- Coordination: He/She ensures that information is efficiently communicated between PUI and the key stakeholders; within the team, between the teams and coordination and between coordination and HQ. He/She also ensures that the program teams are properly liaising with the support team.
- Logistical, administrative and financial monitoring: He/She makes sure that logistical and administrative procedure is supporting effectively programme implementation and alerts/relays this information to the logistical and administrative coordination team. He/She also informs them of potential operational needs. He / She guarantees that the implementation of all activities is done while respecting all internal and external logistics and administrative frames.
Training and Experiences
- Required: Master or equivalent in Social Science, Political Science, Program Management, International Development or related field.
- Desirable: Training in public health/ Nutrition, agriculture, WASH, others
- 3 years as a manager of humanitarian/and or development projects (among which at least 2 years in coordination role)
- Successful experience in expatriate team management and the management of multisectorial programs
- Knowledge of public health, nutrition, food distribution programmes and integrated approach
- Project management, coordination
Knowledge and skills:
- Excellent english writing and speaking skills
- Knowledge of project management
- Team management
- Detailed knowledge of donors (WFP, UNICEF, OFDA, ECHO, CDC, UN agencies, etc)
- English is mandatory
- Leadership skills and an ability to make decisions
- Coordination skills
- Analysis (discernment, pragmatism) and synthesis abilities
- Organization, rigor and respect of due dates
- Great ability to listen and to negotiate
- Good people person and good communication skills
- Ability to remain calm and level-headed
- General ability to resist stress and in unstable circumstances particularly
- Team work and ability to work with others effectively
- Mobility: Position currently based in Sana’a, Yemen. Frequent travels to Hodeida and Raymah are expected
- Regular trips to Jordan possible
- Employed with a Fixed-Term Contract of 6 months.
- Starting Date: January 2020
- Monthly Gross Income: from 2 420 up to 2 750 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI
- Cost Coverde 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 every 2 months + break allowance
Paid Leaves Policy : 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months
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