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.

Among the many problems the community resilience, housing, land and property issues are increasingly creating challenges for the immediate operational work of humanitarian actors. Moreover, there is a growing recognition that HLP issues will be a critical challenge for the future stability and recovery of a post-agreement Syria. Therefore, UNDP is implementing a project to contribute towards offering viable solutions to the community resilience and HLP issues. In order to ensure effective and efficient management of the project, UNDP is recruiting a National Project Technical Officer. The incumbent will be responsible for the overall management of the project activities and achievements of planned project results.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Social Cohesion and Local Development Team Leader (SCLDTL), and in close cooperation with the International Project Specialist, the Project Technical Officer will be part of the Social Cohesion and Local Development Unit (SCLDU) of UNDP Syria Country Office. S/he will be assigned to support the design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of Project activities, both in the office and field. The Project Officer will be responsible and accountable for the day-to-day management and delivery of the project outputs, including use of project funds, and will also be responsible for provision of technical advice on community resilience and HLP issues. S/he shall be responsible for, but not limited to, the followings:

Project Implementation & Strategic Management:

Undertake financial oversight and monitoring of the project in order to ensure that the project delivery is made in accordance with the UNDP rule and regulations;
Provide leadership and oversight to ensure that quality services are provided to the national counterparts and beneficiaries including fair and transparent procurement process and efficient operational support.

Partnerships and Resource Mobilization:

Together with the international programme specialist, ensure coherence, complementarities and coordination with other relevant actors, particularly Joint Project partners;
Support international programme specialist in advocacy for and substantial contribution to UN and multi-partner joint planning and/or programming initiatives;
Support international programme specialist in building partnerships with local and international organisations throughout project implementation;
Support SCLDTL and international programme specialist in identification of funding opportunities and project resource mobilization efforts with donor partners, including the development of advocacy/communication tools for the purpose.