Head of Mission

Première Urgence Internationale
  • Location
    Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Oct 08

Position description

As the crisis and armed conflict within the Syrian Arab Republic is into its seventh year, an economic recession has emerged along with international economic sanctions – all further exacerbated by the level of destruction across the country. The global situation of the country is alarming:

13.5 Million of people are in need of humanitarian assistance, 43% of them are children;

85% of the population of Syria is living under the poverty level;

Unemployment rate reached 53%;

Households spend up to 25% of their income to meet minimum daily water requirements;

4.3 Million are in need of shelter;

Over 13.8 Million people require early recovery and livelihood support;

1/3 of school age children are not in schools and 1/3 of schools are out of service;

2.7 Million Youth are in need of assistance.


The Head of Mission is responsible for the smooth functioning of the mission, the protection of PUI beneficiaries interest and Institutionnal interests.


Safety & Security: S/he is responsible for the safety & security of the mission.

Programmes: S/he coordinates the teams and ensures that the programmes implemented on the mission are properly carried out. S/he also monitors needs and suggests new operations and development tracks for the mission.

Human Resources: S/he ensures that the mission is adequately staffed and supervises the teams (defining objectives, follow-up).

Logistical, administrative and financial monitoring: S/he ensures that logistical and administrative practices in place respect PUI procedures and formats and are in compliance with donors’ rules and regulations.

Medical and technical monitoring: S/he ensures that medical and technical practices respect PUI’s procedures and formats and are in compliance with PUI’s operational framework and policy.

Representation: S/he represents the association in its relations with partners, donors,the media and different authorities.

Relations with Headquarters: S/he ensures that information is properly circulated between Headquarters and the field and ensures that due dates are respected.



Relevant academic education in social / scientific sciences.
Bachelor or Master’s degree related to a major field in strategic/program management.


Min. 3 years of humanitarian experience in project co-ordination.
Successful experience in expatriate team management and multi-sector programmes.


Excellent writing skills
Team management
Project management
Detailed knowledge of the donors (OFDA, ECHO, UN agencies, EuropeAid, AAP…)


English mandatory


Extensive travel may be required

Application instructions

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