Field Coordinator

Field Coordinator

Solidarites International

Al Mokha, Yemen

ABOUT THE JOB

General objective:

The Field Coordinator leads the base in Al Mokha (with sub-base in Al Khawkhah). In coordination with the Technical Coordinators and under the leadership of the Country Director, he/she develops the response strategy of the mission. He/she supports and oversees the implementation of programs across the different areas of intervention. He/she actively coordinates with humanitarian partners and the community to identify emergency needs, gaps in response, and proposes appropriate response as part of the mandate of SI. With the support of the Field Coordinator Assistant, he/she maintains close monitoring of the security situation in its areas of operation, and negotiates access to hard-to-reach areas with relevant stakeholders. He/she oversees support department and ensure adherence to SI procedures.

The main challenges:

  • Volatile security context and access constraints: the West Coast is located on one of the frontlines of the conflict, south of Hodeidah city, which was until late 2018 one of the most active battlefield. While the frontline has since the Stockholm agreement froze on the West Coast, renewed fighting remains a possible scenario in the next 6 to 9 months. Security and access constraints today on the West Coast relate to landmines, and regular shelling of villages/cities (that are very far from SI base but close from our areas of operation) by one party to the conflict;
  • Structuration of the base: Al Mokha base was opened late 2018, hence remains a new operational base for SI, with associated challenges in terms of structuration (HR setup, inter-department work, development of context-specific SoPs, etc.). The unattractiveness of Al Mokha for national teams adds to this challenge, with low retention of skilled staff, and need to strengthen capacity of locally-recruited teams. While a lot has already been done, the structuring of the base, which has gone in 2019 through a substantial scale up, remains a challenge for the next 9 months.

Priorities for the 2/3 first months:

  • Support Program Teams to finalize ongoing projects (ending first quarter 2020);
  • Structure the base and reinforce departments through capacity building;
  • Improve inter-departmental work;
  • Close security follow-up and pursue the access strategy.

Responsibilities:

Mokha team is composed of 37 staffs. The Field Coordinator will directly line-manage a team of 5 expatriates (1 WASH Program Manager, 1 Base Logistician, 1 Base Administrator, 1 FSL Program Manager) and two national staffs (1 Field Coo Assistant, 1 MEAL Supervisor). The Field Coordinator directly reports to the Country Director and has strong interaction with the others coordination staffs.

YOUR PROFILE

The application must have a strong context mixing emergency programming and early recovery response, and have significant prior experience in implementing or overseeing such projects in complex humanitarian environment.

Education and experience:

  • Post-graduate with at least 5 years’ experience as humanitarian worker;
  • Prior substantial experience in unstable environment (conflict/post conflict country);
  • Experience in working in tense security context with strict security rules;
  • Experience in implementing/supervision emergency projects;
  • Prior substantial experience in security management;
  • Knowledge of the sub-region/prior experience in Yemen is an asset.

Knowledge and technical skills:

  • Good and proven writing and spoken English are required;
  • Knowledge of emergency programing;
  • Knowledge of Arabic is an asset;
  • Knowledge and experience of the Yemen or Middle-eastern countries is an asset.

Transferable skills:

  • Advanced leadership and management skills;
  • Good analytical and writing skills;
  • Advanced communication and negotiation skills;
  • Ability to work under stress/pressure and meet tight deadlines;
  • Excellent prioritization and organization skills;
  • Proactivity, flexibility, autonomy, pragmatism, solutions-oriented mindset;
  • Capacity to work under pressure, solve problems and decide quickly on contingency actions.

Qualities:

  • Skill transfer ability highly appreciated;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Anticipation and self-organization capacities;
  • Willingness to work in complex and volatile environments.

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