Project Technical Officer, Damascus, Syria

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Syria

City: Damascus, Syria

Office: UNDP Damascus

Job ID: 23525

Practice Area - Job Family: Crisis Prevention and Recovery

Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 30/05/2019

Duty Station: Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic

Education & Work Experience: G-Bachelor’s Level Degree - 4 year(s) experience, I-Master’s Level Degree - 2 year(s) experience

Languages: Arabic, English

Grade: SB4

Vacancy Type: Service Contract (SC)

Posting Type: External

Bureau: Crisis Prevention & Recovery

Contract Duration: 1 year with possibility for extension

Open for Syrian Nationality only

Background

The conflict in Syria has raged for more than eight years with no political solution in sight, although the situation on the ground has substantively evolved, mainly due to military actions. Protracted violence as well as the overall impact of the long crisis continues to hit daily lives and exacerbate the vulnerability of both Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and host communities, particularly children, women, the elderly, youth and the disabled. The conflict has resulted in widespread displacement and deterioration of security conditions. In addition, it has torn apart the unique social and economic fabric of Syria, compounding immediate suffering, and compromising country’s long-term future. The conflict is estimated to have claimed over 450,000 lives and over half of the population is estimated to have been displaced either inside or outside the country, while the number of persons of concern inside Syria is estimated to be 13.1 million. The increasingly complex political situation has also added to the plight of the Syrian people and dimmed prospects for peace.

UNDP in its efforts to provide critical support to the Syrian people has initiated its Resilience Project supporting affected Syrians through assistance to rehabilitation of basic social infrastructure, emergency employment and other livelihood assistance in 11 governorates. UNDP has placed its country programme document based on resilience-based approach that is integral and complements humanitarian response. This is because resilience-based approach is critical to strengthen communities coping mechanisms and promote early recovery through addressing immediate needs of the affected people through rehabilitation of basic services, infrastructure, livelihoods and socio-economic recovery. However, and equally important, a resilience approach also seeks to maintain the social fabric of communities against defragmentation, increase communities‘ ability to manage internal conflict peacefully and mitigate community security threats and violence. Resilience is also strengthened by ensuring solidarity through bringing communities together, sharing experiences and fostering ownership for solutions and a vision of a joint future.