Renewed announcement: Livelihoods and Food Security Program Development Manager Syria Damascus AO2 – Syrian Arab Republic


Role and responsibilities

The objective of the LFS Project Development Manager is to deploy LFS core competencies in the Syria Country Office, building on existing strategy and activities. The ETF PDM will particularly focus on the design, development and implementation of primarily cash-based and market-based interventions.

Here is a brief description of the role.

Generic responsibilities

  • Develop LFS CC strategy, technical SOPs/guidelines and Macro LFAs
  • Compliance and adherence to NRC policies, CC tools, manuals and guidelines
  • Responsible for developing and managing funding proposals, project budgets and donor reports
  • Overall technical management of the project staff concerned
  • Coordinate and manage the implementation of the LFS program (activities, budget and project documentation) in accordance with donor proposals, strategies and requirements
  • Ensure capacity building of project staff and transfer key skills
  • Liaise and collaborate with relevant local and national authorities and stakeholders and represent NRC in relevant forums/clusters/working groups.
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in accordance with the advocacy strategy

Specific responsibilities

These responsibilities will be adapted to the particularities of the place and context of the work, the phase of operation, the strategic orientation and the type of intervention. This section will be reviewed each time a new employee is hired or the context changes significantly.

  • Responsible for the large-scale deployment of the LFS core competency, including cash and market-based interventions, across all SCO operations.
  • Identify funding opportunities and lead the proposal writing process.
  • Support the LFS staff recruitment and capacity building process and provide regular technical guidance.
  • Lead the process of drafting SoPs, related to cash and market interventions, among others. Support the design of market assessments, mapping and analysis;
  • Ensure timely and quality reporting, and provide regular inputs to indicator monitoring, status reports, annual reports, etc. in accordance with NRC procedures and guidelines;
  • Promote integration of LFS with other NRC core competencies (education, shelter, capacity building and WASH) and ensure application of cross-cutting issues in LFS and cash-based interventions.
  • Ensure strong donor compliance, ensure monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and quality control procedures are understood and embedded in all LFS and treasury projects;
  • Engage in the process of developing/revising the new NRC Livelihoods and Food Security Strategy and new tools and other technical materials as needed, in consultation with LFS Regional and Global Advisors and the Treasury ;
  • Participate in internal and external coordination meetings focusing on livelihoods, food security and cash, representing the NRC at regional and national level;
  • Support the consideration and inclusion of cash-based interventions and market-based approaches in (and between) NRC core competency responses, as appropriate;
  • Contribute to the institutionalization of cash-based interventions and market-based programs through capacity building and cross-departmental engagement;
  • Document program learning and incorporate analysis and lessons learned into future LFS strategy, proposals and planning, and in collaboration with M&E, ensure overall program quality

Critical Interfaces

By interfaces, NRC means processes and projects that are interconnected with other departments/units or people. The relevant interfaces for this position are:

  • Strategy and Project Planning: CC Advisors at Head Office
  • Zone Operations: Zone Managers, Zone Program Managers, CC LFS staff

Scale and scope of the position


No hierarchical responsibility


UN agencies, INGOs, local NGOs, civil society, relevant government bodies


All budget lines related to the LFS CC


The post holder will have direct access to the following sources of information: GORS, ​​​​Agresso, Webcruiter, Intranet

Legal or Compliance:

Compliance with NRC internal procedures and donor requirements


Skills are important for the employee and the organization to achieve the desired results. They concern all staff and are divided into the following two categories:

1. Professional skills

These are skills, knowledge and experience that are important for effective performance.

Generic professional skills:

  • Minimum 4 years of experience implementing livelihoods and food security projects from a senior level position in multiple humanitarian/recovery settings
  • Experience working in complex and volatile environments
  • Technical expertise in the design and implementation of high quality cash and market interventions
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and management skills
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken

Background/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:

  • A good overview of the humanitarian and socio-political context in the Middle East region in general and in Syria in particular will be considered an advantage;
  • Arabic language skills will be an asset;

2. Behavioral Competencies

These are personal qualities that influence people’s success in their work. The NRC Competency Framework outlines 12 behavioral competencies and the following are essential for this position:

  • Manage resources to optimize results
  • Performance and development management
  • Empower and build trust
  • Management of insecure environments

Performance Management

The employee will be accountable for responsibilities and competencies in accordance with NRC’s Performance Management Manual. The following documents will be used for performance reviews:

  • The job description
  • The work and development plan
  • The mid-term / end-of-trial performance evaluation model
  • The end-of-term performance appraisal template
  • The NRC Competency Framework

What we can offer

  • Duration of contract: 12 month employment contract
  • Salary/benefits: As per NRC salary scale and terms and conditions
  • Duty Station: Damascus, Syria
  • Travel: 50% Travel

How to register

Apply via this link

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