Program Coordinator

Solidarités International

Turkey 🇹🇷

Humanitarian situation and SI intervention

At the end of 2016 it was estimated that 312,000 people (between 31,200 and 437,000, based on SORH data) have died because of the conflict in Syria. 6.3 million people are internally displaced, many of them driven from place to place as the frontlines shift,  and 4,8 million are displaced in the surrounding countries, while 1,2 million people are seeking for asylum in other countries. Inside the country, 13,5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance (5,8 of which are children) and 6,3 million people have moved inside Syria, where 69% of the population is now living in condition of extreme poverty. In most areas, displaced and local populations are virtually deprived of income sources at a time when their savings and coping mechanisms are exhausted, and when basic commodities such as fuel, gas, warm clothes, water and food have become unaffordable. Significant gaps remain in the fields of WASH, livelihoods, access to healthcare and shelter.

Since 2012, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has been supporting the most vulnerable population (IDP and host populations) in northern Syria through wash, livelihoods and food security programs to support the most vulnerable population in northern Syria. Currently SI is providing comprehensive WASH support in two IDP settlements in A’zaz sub-district (water, solid waste management, sanitation and hygiene promotion and kits. Via a local partner SI supports a local partner in the implementation, supervision and monitoring of 3 health facilities. The mission has also a rapid response capacity to cover WaSH needs (emergency water supply, distribution of hygiene kits and emergency sanitation) and SI frequently carries out with IOM kits distribution to newly displaced population. Food Security and Livelihoods needs are addressed through a pilot garden bags project within one IDP settlement in order to provide support to households with limited physical space for growing vegetables with necessary inputs and technical support to grow their own food.  Most of these are looking to expand in the coming months with additional projects to launch (Mobile veterinary clinic and vaccination campaign; IGA and Cash-for-Work activities in A’zaz District ; WASH and Health services in A’zaz District).

About the mission:

The mission is composed of a Head of Mission, a Logistic Coordinator and an Admin Coordinator.  In addition, there are WASH and FSL Program managers, a Health Advisor and a Partnerships and Capacity Building Manager who are also expatriate positions. The MEAL coordinator position is envisaged but conditionned to funding. The activities are implemented in remote management for the time being, due to the closure of the border, as well as security concerns. Daily contacts with the Syrian team ( 25 staffs) are organized by phone and by skype.

About the job:

The Program Coordinator will work with as objective to reinforce the mission and to support implementation of the strategy, program development and proposal writing. S/he will be in charge of the assessment of the needs and humanitarian access and to design programs in accordance with these key challenges.

The Program Coordinator will support the WASH, FSL and MEAL (depending on the recruitment of a MEAL coordinator) PM’s in the implementation of the project, its adjustments, the monitoring and the reporting.

In close link with the HoM and the PM’s, the Program Coordinator will be in charge of representing SI in external coordination mechanisms to ensure SI visibility and development and to ensure smooth coordination with other actors

One of the main challenges of the context is to ensure the quality of the programs in an extremely volatile security and remote context, while staying in line with SI’s values and mandate.

Specific tasks of the positions:

  • To support the Country Director in developing the programs strategy and department
  • To support the Program teams in developing and improving remote management processes and the intervention strategy.
  • To support the Program teams (WASH, FSL and Health) and the Country Director in designing programs in accordance with the humanitarian needs and access
  • To support the MEAL Manager in ensuring accountability and transparency throughout all implemented programs(depending on the recruitment of a MEAL coordinator)

Key priorities:

  • To support the Program teams in launching new activities and ensuring the successful implementation of those ongoing.
  • To work with the Country Director in the development of the 2017-2018 intervention strategy for the coming year based on needs and access issues, and on the experience of the current activities.
  • To drive development of the mission based on the findings of the humanitarian needs assessments
  • To participate to the different coordination mechanisms to better understand the needs and access issues
  • To support the Country Director in representation with other donors than those currently supporting the mission to investigate future funding opportunities.

Your profile

  • Masters’ degree or equivalent in international organization management or project management or in a relevant technical field as Wash or FSL.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience as, Program Coordinator or equivalent, developing and managing sustainable relief programs in conflict, with specific skills in strategic planning, assessment, program design and development, and monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience in a complex and volatile context.
  • Proven experience in conflict contexts and insecure environments, with consequent experience in supporting emergency response
  • Experience in remote program management/ coordination would be an asset


  • Excellent communication, organizational and prioritization skills
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills
  • High management abilities, and particularly team management skills and capacities to provide distance technical support ; interest in capacity building
  • Significant knowledge and experience of grant writing and management for major institutional donors, including: ECHO, DFID, OFDA, UN Agencies, etc.
  • Ability, acquired through experience, to professionally and appropriately represent the organization with a diverse range of civil society organizations, clusters and other international organizations


  • Fluent English: speaking, reading and writing skills
  • Arabic is an asset

Application process

Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English. CV only applications will not be considered.

NB : The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension

We offer

A salaried post: according to your experience starting from 2000 euros gross per month, plus 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly, and a monthly Per Diem of 700 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.

Break: 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 International will cover travel costs).

For further information about SI, please consult our website:

Contact: Corinne LORIN, Recruitment & Follow Up Officer