Head of Mission
|Funzione||Head of Mission|
|Esperienza richiesta||minimum 3 years|
|Data pubblicazione||25 gennaio 2018|
|Inizio della collaborazione||05 marzo 2018|
|Termine per le candidature||26 febbraio 2018|
COOPI Cooperazione Internazionale, is a humanitarian, non-confessional and independent organization founded in 1965 in Milan, Italy. For more than 50 years we have been dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty and to supporting populations affected by wars, socio-economic crises or natural disasters in their path to recovery and sustainable development, by making use of the professionalism of local and international operators, and through our partnerships with public and private bodies and civil society organizations.
The Occupied Palestinian Territories are marked by chronic extreme instability and operating in this particular context has become more and more problematic because of the precarious equilibrium and the volatile political situation.
In this fragile context, COOPI has been operating since 2002 implementing cash for work, food security, wash, protection and education projects funded by bilateral and multilateral donors as ECHO, European Union, Italian Cooperation and UN Agencies.
Although in the past the organization has worked in Gaza and West Bank, COOPI is currently present only in East Jerusalem, implementing an EU-funded program aimed at promoting Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) among Palestinian youth. In 2016, COOPI launched the third phase of the TVET program built around three main components:
- Increasing positive attitude towards TVET among primary and secondary school students, as well as parents and school staff;
- Supporting and strengthening the Palestinian Vocational Training Centres;
- Creating links between young graduates and the labour market.
Description of the position
The Head of Mission is responsible for the country coordination in its different aspects: staff, logistics, budget. He/she represents COOPI in its relations with the donors, institutions, NGOs, local authorities and international agencies. He/she cooperates with the Area Manager in the definition of the Country Strategy and the intervention priorities. He/she guarantees the correct project implementation and ensures the Country Regulation presence and respect. He/she guarantees the compliance with the organization and the donors’ procedures. The Head of Mission is also in charge of the direct operational and financial management of the EU-funded project.
- Strategy and planning: He/she verifies and proposes to the Area Manager the intervention priorities to consolidate the organization’s opportunity to be more involved in the country. He/she contributes to the definition of the Country Strategy and proposes the country planning (projects and coordination).
- Institutional relations: He/she manages relations with the main institutional donors and with potential ones.
He/she represents COOPI in the country/area by engaging in relations with institutions, NGOs, local and international organizations and partners. He/she also is responsible of the organization’s reputation in the country.
- Projects’ management: He/she coordinates and directly manages an EU-funded project, guaranteeing the correct implementation in conformity with the contractual obligations and donor’ procedures, and in line with COOPI’s procedures and management standards. He/she coordinates the identification, elaboration, drafting and documents’ preparation for presenting new projects, referring to the Area Manager and the headquarters support offices. He/she is responsible for the preparation of projects reports and all the monitoring documents requested by both the donor and the central headquarters. He/she ensures the transmission of all official and administrative project documents to the central headquarters.
- Country office management: He/she is responsible for all different aspects related to the country office management: economic and financial situation, local regulations, office organization charts, logistics, local and expatriate personnel management, in conformity with the organization’s guidelines. He/she guarantees the respect of the country’s legislation and administrative regulation.
- Staff management: He/she is responsible for the local staff management. He/she participates and supports the Area Manager and the Human Resources office in the selection of the expatriate staff. He/she coordinates and monitors the country’s expatriate staff management.
- Safety: He/she is responsible for the expatriate staff security, for the correct implementation and respect of the general security rules.
- Economic and financial management: He/she is responsible for the country’s economic result. He/she supervises the financial management and ensures – through the administrative function – that all financial reporting deadlines and donor/COOPI’s procedures are respected. He/she participates to the projects/coordination budget preparation. He/she has the signature for all COOPI’s bank accounts in the country.
- Visibility: He/she cooperates with the Communication and Fund-Raising office for all communication, awareness and fund raising activities implemented in and for the country.
- Minimum three years overseas work experience as a Project Manager with an International NGO;
- Knowledge of EU projects and of TVET is a strong asset;
- Knowledge of main development and humanitarian donors;
- Thorough knowledge of project cycle management and budget management;
- Ability to support, manage and develop national staff;
- Experience in working with local partners and communities;
- Excellent analytical and reporting skills;
- Excellent interpersonal skills including flexibility, adaption, communication, tact and diplomacy skills.
- Excellent knowledge of the Italian and English language, spoken and written;
- Computer literacy in Microsoft Office Programmes
- Driving license B
- Previous overseas work in Middle-East areas
- Good proposal writing skills
- Knowledge of Arabic language is an asset.