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Background Information


Closing Date: 12 February 2019

Contract type: Temporary Appointment 

Duration: one year renewable (*)


(*) No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulations 4.5 


Main Tasks & Responsibilities

The primary roles and responsibilities of the Head of Field Operations Unit include: supporting the implementation of UNFPA mandate issues, in particular RH and GBV needs for the area, also Humanitarian Needs Overview  in Deir ezzor governorate and the surrounding areas, including: AL-Rekkah, Hasakeh;  to develop and maintain partnerships with State/local authorities, UN system organizations, multi and bilateral international development agencies, civil society and local communities, and ensure availability of efficient and effective operations management services.

You would be responsible for:

  1. Management and Technical Leadership
  • Manages and oversees day-to-day operations of field office.
  • Oversees and manages the humanitarian, early recovery and development components of the UNFPA Programme operations in Deir ezzor.
  • Promotes and facilitates inclusion of UNFPA mandate issues, in particular RH and GBV needs for the area, into Humanitarian Needs Overview, Syria Humanitarian Response Plan and other appeal processes and documents.
  • Continuously conducts environmental scanning and analyses the situation to brief the UNFPA Representative and management team on the socio-economic and political conditions in the area and their implications for UNFPA-supported programs and activities.
  • Provides technical and substantive support to implementing partners and state/local officials to facilitate achievement of UNFPA goals in the area.
  • Supports and gives input to proposals for resource mobilization.
  • Represents UNFPA in Area SMT, Area HCT and other UN forums.
  • Supports GBV Sub-cluster’s operations in Deir ezzor.
  • Works with local media agencies to help publicize UNFPA’s work through press releases, radio, articles, documentaries, and contributes to preparation of communication materials.
  • Contributes in documenting of the best practices and approaches


  1. Partnerships and Coordination:
  • Initiates evidence-based advocacy and policy dialogue with relevant authorities, and pertinent institutions and agencies and advance UNFPA’s policy-oriented agenda, including the inclusion of issues relating to reproductive health, youth and gender/ GBV.
  • Conducts an inventory of humanitarian/development partners in the area, including national and international NGOs, and in cooperation with Damascus program units ensures that required actions are taken for the delivery of UNFPA humanitarian- and/or development-oriented assistance to the affected population.
  • Works closely and systematically with key UN and other international stakeholders, to take into account reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, youth and gender/ GBV issues in their plans, programmes and projects.
  • Maintains solid working relationship and constantly shares information with UN agencies/partners, such as WHO, UNDP, UNICEF, WFP, OCHA and others.


  1. Office Operations:
  • Manages the Deir ezzor Field Operations Unit staff and in cooperation with CO operation units maintains oversight for the financial and administrative implementation of projects, in line with UNFPA policies and procedures.
  • Monitors and analyzes on a continuous basis, substantive, administrative and financial aspects of programmes/projects and organizes and participates in regular evaluation exercises.
  • Supports in tracking and monitoring UNFPA’s reproductive health (RH) commodities, dignity kits etc., by establishing a monitoring mechanism/system that takes into account warehouse capacity, access, utilization rate, coverage and distribution.
  • Provides to the CO management team monthly work plans, monthly reports and other reports as needed or requested.
  1. Carries out any other duties as may be assigned by Supervisor and management.


Qualifications and Experience


Advanced degree in social work or other social sciences, public health, community health, international relations, international law, human rights or related field;

Knowledge and Experience:

  •  A minimum of 5 years of experience in social sciences and program management, experience in reproductive health   gender issues is an asset and their application in international humanitarian or development settings;

  • Experience in humanitarian coordination;

  • Knowledge of thehumanitarian reform process and roles/responsibilities of humanitarian actors;

  • Demonstrable knowledge of reproductive health issues and/or protection issues in humanitarian settings, and of humanitarian emergency operations and roles/responsibilities of humanitarian actors;

  •  Experience in program management;



Fluency in English and Arabic is required


Required Competencies

Core Competencies: 

  • Achieving results,
  • Being accountable,
  • Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen,
  • Thinking analytically and strategically,
  • Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships,
  • Communicating for impact

Functional Competencies:

  • Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda
  • Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships
  • Delivering results-based Programme
  • Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization

Managerial Competencies:

  • Providing strategic focus
  • Engaging in internal/external partners and stakeholders
  • Leading, developing and empowering people, creating a culture of performance


  • Exemplifying integrity
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system,
  • Embracing cultural diversity,
  • Embracing change


UNFPA Work Environment

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, Embracing diversity in all its forms, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities for all including persons with disabilities.

Compensation and Benefits

This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus cost of living adjustment, rental subsidy, education grant, home leave, health insurance and other benefits as applicable.



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