Posted on: 27/02/17
Desired start date: 01/06/2017 (subject to funding)**
Duration of the mission:** 11 months
Location: Peshawar, Islamabad, Hangu
About the mission:
SI entered Pakistan in 2005 after Bagh earthquake and then left the country. It came back in 2010 for the floods and stayed until end of 2014, in several Western/Central districts of the Sindh Province and sporadically in Peshawar, KPK/FATA Province. It got funded mainly by ECHO and by smaller funding sources such as ERF, RAPID and one Agence de l’Eau. Some programs were challenging and led to mitigated results, yet the last programs were successful. Launching significant operations in other parts of Pakistan, such as in the KP/FATA, has always been an ultimate objective. Due to lack of funding and difficulties in implementing one previous significant program, it was decided to stop our operations in Pakistan for some time, while keeping open the possibility to return. For 2 years, HQ and one national representative undertook the necessary steps to re-operate in Pakistan. Partnering with the Secours Islamique France (SIF) was identified as a relevant strategy to give a chance for re-operationalization in Pakistan. A joint proposition of Action to ECHO was submitted early February for highly needed humanitarian assistance to IDPs returning to their initial location in Orakzaï and Kurram Agencies of the FATA.
The mission is to be newly developed and structured on a cleaned basis. One key national Humanitarian Liaison Officer (HLO) is available to deal with most of the important issues related to government requirements and local networking. One small office/guest-house is available at Islamabad (can be moved or upgraded) while a proper setting is planned to be shared with SIF in Peshawar and in other locations closer to the FATA such as Hangu. Setting up a full team and implementing SI’s processes will be the first, and one the most interesting, objective of the management team. Global vision, experience and technical support will be provided by the well-staffed Afghanistan Mission of SI. While proactivity and decision-making abilities will be required to the management team, it will develop SI’s presence in Pakistan over a regional approach under the well-experienced, broadly and fully staffed Coordination Team in Kabul. The Desk Team in HQ is also experienced with Pakistan’s context and people and will provide a dedicated support to the re-opening of the Pakistan mission.
About the job:
The set-up of the international team shall be composed of the Field Coordinator, one LogAdmin and one PM. The national team set-up is to be finalized upon arrival.
The core interest of the position is the running of great added-value humanitarian activities responding to big issues faced by rural neglected populations who faced years of war and displacement. Providing WASH services to these families will help them cope with their loss of everything that made their previous life. Prospect for developing the mission on alternative basis will be part of the next strategic exercise.
Partnering with SIF and SRPS will provide administrative authorization and micro-local knowledge for the smooth implementation of the project. SI’s greater experience in running technical medium-scale program will be an added-value for the consortium. HQ to HQ working relationship is smooth and was already experienced in other missions.
SI is currently looking for 3 profiles:
- The Field Coordinator proposes a regional strategy according to the geopolitical and humanitarian context, and ensures its implementation once validated.
- He/she checks and ensures that projects are carried out in accordance with the Solidarités International charter, respecting all internal and contractual procedures.
- He/she mobilizes the material and financial resources necessary for programs to run smoothly, and supervises resource management.
- He/she coordinates the teams in place and is responsible for their security in his/her assigned zone.
He/she is the mission’s direct contact and representative.
The Program Manager WASH is responsible for implementing and achieving the objectives defined in the operation proposals.
He/she is responsible for overseeing operational teams assigned to the program.
He/she guarantees the good performance and the quality of the program(s) WASH implemented, and, where appropriate, proposes adjustments or developments to ensure relevance.
The Log – Admin carries out administrative, accounting, financial and logistics management, in compliance with donor and Solidarités International procedures.
He/she organizes logistics and administrative support to the programs and is charged with ensuring that Solidarités International’s Human Resources policy is properly implemented as well as of the supervision of all the logistics and administrative activities at the base level.
- He/she supports monitors and trains the members of his administrative team.
- He/she assists the base Manager or the Field Coordinator to implement the security procedures
The main challenges of the positions are:
The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of the Khyberpashtunkwa (KPK) Pronvince of Pakistan is mainly host of the Pashtun people who extend far beyond the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, also called the Duran Line. The FATA are made of “agencies”. The project intends to develop in Orakzaï and Kurram agencies.
Field Coo: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or equivalent in law, political science, international organization management, project management or a relevant field. Studies in development / humanitarian action are desirable but can be balanced by experience.
Wash PM: Academic and practical knowledge of water, sanitation and hygiene is essential (included construction, HP promotion). Advanced degree on community development or public health could be acceptable. Master’s degree is a minimum.
Log/Admin: Bachelor degree in accounting, administration, and/or logistic or related field and at least one year proven experience in administrative, financial and logistics management.
As access to the FATA is restricted by national authorities, only national staff will likely be entitled to run activities. These will be implemented through community mobilization, including local elders’ support and a local partner (SRSP), and with senior SI and SIF employees. If proven possible, international staff direct support to the implementation, if not for supervision, will be promoted.
The Pashtun culture is usually an unexpected positive discovery for those who come to interact with it. While rigorist in some part of their way of life, Pashtun people are bound by a code of conduct that makes the welcoming of foreigner an obligation. Made of many several tribes, the complexity of the interaction is never fully understandable for an outsider. However, things can develop in a smooth way even if the process is not mastered all through the way.
While the FATA/KPK Province is still at war in some part, the places of work are secured from open fighting. Yet, security is to be a daily matter of concern as changes of the context cannot be excluded. However, the law enforcement and intelligence agencies are in force in all places of work.
The position is of particular interest as it is a new start for SI in the region and in the country. The holder of the position will benefit from dedicated and experienced national senior staff as to build an operational set-up and relationships with partners and beneficiaries.
Minimum of one year at the same position with SI or similar humanitarian organization enabling applicants to demonstrate decision-making abilities, human resources management and robust humanitarian-driven thinking.
Technical skills and knowledge:
Field Coordinator :
- Ability to navigate into complex environment (stakeholders analysis, external representation)
- Ability to anticipate and propose solutions
- Ability to manage dedicated but to-be-driven national staff
- Ability to manage security
- Ability to connect with the rigorist but welcoming Pashtun culture
- Leadership, communication-prone, team building
- Good knowledge of SI processes
- Ability to follow-up, coach national staff and maintain a team spirit
- Ability to anticipate and plan
- Solution making
- Ability to supervise remotely
- Good technical knowledge of water points (engineering would be a plus)
- Ability to anticipate and plan
- Solution making
- Ability to supervise remotely
- Leadership, communication-prone
- Ability to train and coach national colleagues where/when necessary about SI’s processes and expectations for quality work
- Fluent and proven written and spoken English is required.
Other desirable qualities:
- Ability to discover, respect and develop into the Pashtun culture and to interact with several other Pakistani cultures.
SI will offer you:
A salaried post: according to experience from 1600 euros gross per month for the PM and the LogAdmin, from 2000 euros gross per month for the Field Coo plus 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly and a monthly Per Diem of 500 USD.
Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.
Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 3rd and the 9th month (with 500 euros allocated by Solidarités). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 14-day period after six months spent on the mission (Solidarités will cover travel costs)
For further information about Solidarités International, please consult our website: http://www.solidarites.org/en/
Contact : Anna FRANGI, Recruitment and Follow Up Officer
Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English specifying which of the three positions you are applying for. CV only applications will not be considered.
NB: The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension