Programme Delegate: Emergency Response – Syria

Danish Red Cross

The Syria Country Office is recruiting! The country context has changed since the February 2023 earthquakes and we are looking for a strong Programme Delegate who can manage the implementation of the earthquake response project. The ideal candidate has worked with the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and has extensive experience in context analysis, concept note development, project planning and implementation of multisectoral programmes, has a strong grasp of financial management, excellent communication, coordination and negotiation skills, and has previously worked in culturally and political sensitive environments.

The overall purpose of this Programme Delegate position is to work with SARC to ensure effective, efficient, and timely implementation of the response plan of action in compliance with humanitarian standards and RCRC principles. The key components of the response plan include delivery of primary health care through clinics and mobile health units, MHPSS, CVA and procurement and distribution of NFIs. The position will require hands-on programme management through working with key counterparts at SARC, maintaining close coordination with other RCRC Movement Partners, as well as relevant DRC staff at Country Office, Regional Office and Headquarters levels.

Danish Red Cross has been present in Syria since 2006 and our primary partnership is with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). SARC bears a central role in supporting the most vulnerable people affected by conflict, across the frontlines and in hard-to-reach areas. Danish Red Cross is supporting SARC in becoming an effective and efficient organisation in the delivery of healthcare and psychosocial and livelihoods support to the Syrian population and in becoming more generally a stronger humanitarian actor in a post-conflict setting, with a focus on branch development.


The Programme Delegate reports directly to the Country Manager (CM) for Syria and works in close coordination with the DRC Programme Coordinator in Syria. The main areas of responsibility are:

  • Project development and implementation
  • Project monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and learning
  • Communication, coordination, partnership, and capacity development

Expected key results:

  • The project has been implemented effectively and efficiently and has been reported on in accordance with DRC procedures
  • The quality of project outputs has been assured through cooperation and coordination with SARC and other relevant stakeholders.
  • The partnership with SARC has been enhanced, alongside its capacity to implement and coordinate similar activities.
  • Technical experience and lessons are learned from the project, and shared with stakeholders in Syria, within DRC in the region and at HQ level

Required experience and qualifications

  • A university degree in Disaster Management or International Development or extensive professional experience
  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience working in operations management and coordination in the field
  • Solid experience in project cycle management with strong financial management skills
  • Ability to work independently and structured and your solid planning and organisational skills make you autonomous and effective on a daily basis.
  • Firm diplomacy and negotiation skills and understands that solid processes and ownership are key to achieving results in a culturally and politically sensitive environment.
  • Good cultural understanding and the ability to work in a challenging multicultural environment is essential.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Excellent communication, coordination and negotiation skills in culturally and politically sensitive environments
  • A high degree of proficiency in both written and spoken English language
  • Proven ability to live and work for long periods under restricted conditions within a conflict-affected environment, and you can handle stressful situations.
  • Proven experience in the capacity-building of local partners, ideally of Red Cross/Red Crescent National Societies and local branches, and in the Middle East, will be an advantage.

Employment condition

The starting date is 1 April 2023 and the project will run until 31 December 2023 – See JD for more information.
Damascus is currently a non-family duty station with a paid 7-day Rest & Recuperation break permitted after every 8 weeks in-country. Regular travel to programme areas within Syria is obligatory to the extent that the security situation permits.
Salary and benefits are in accordance with the DRC Terms and Conditions for Delegates on Long Term Missions.

How to apply

Apply at our web page.

Deadline: 17 Mar 2023