Head of the Syria Regional Response Hub - P5

  • Level: P-5
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 08 Apr 2023 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Amman, Jordan

Job Description

1.         Organizational Location

Under the overall supervision of the ASRO Regional Director, the Head of the Syria Regional Response Hub assumes leadership of the Syria Regional Humanitarian Response Hub, which is the coordinating mechanism for UNFPA’s humanitarian actions in response to the crisis in Syria and the influx of refugees into neighbouring countries. The post is based in Amman, Jordan.

As the crisis in Syria worsened, affecting countries[1] in the Arab States region and Türkiye, the United Nations increased its humanitarian response efforts from its beginnings in 2011.  Inter-agency coordination mechanisms have been concentrated in Amman, Jordan.  As UNFPA reinforced its response capacity in 2013, a Syria Regional Response Hub, “the Hub”, was created in Amman.  The Hub has improved coordination of work by the various UNFPA country offices as well as strengthening the visibility of UNFPA and mobilizing significant donor resources. 

With the development of the “Whole of Syria” approach, the Hub has served as the link between the different offices providing assistance inside Syria, including through cross-border modalities. The Hub has taken on the additional role of developing, managing and reporting on several large multi-country donor programs both for the Whole of Syria and the refugee response.  As a result, the Hub staff has grown to include a GBV Coordinator, a humanitarian data specialist, a regional grants coordinator, a CVA specialist, a Communications Officer, and an admin/finance officer all of whom report to the Head of the Syria Regional Response Hub

The regional evaluation of the Syria Regional Response Hub found that the hub generated high returns in terms of: mobilizing significant multi-year funding; advocacy and representation, increasing the credibility of UNFPA as a humanitarian actor; raising the profile of gender-based violence programming as a life-saving intervention; and coordination for the Whole of Syria approach.
However, it also found that the hub should invest further in knowledge sharing of lessons learned and in the region.

As a result, the hub has been leading on humanitarian knowledge management for the region. UNFPA Knowledge Series products aim to provide all stakeholders in the humanitarian community with simple, effective, and replicable information or approaches that can aid humanitarian responses. These are based on lessons learned from UNFPA operations in the Arab States Region and are meant to serve as practical tools to inform responses or enable actors to adapt successful approaches to suit their contexts.

2.         Job Purpose

The Head of the Syria Regional Response Hub      represents UNFPA at WOS / Regional Syria response related      humanitarian forums at the regional level and will help coordinate UNFPA’s response efforts by the humanitarian units in all the country offices involved in the Syria crisis response.  The Head of the Syria Regional Response Hub will assist the heads of the other offices responding to the Syria crisis in working closely with authorities, humanitarian agencies, donors, civil society and local counterparts.  He/she will help to mobilize donor resources and keep donor representatives well informed on both progress and problems faced by UNFPA in the implementation of these funds.  In all actions, the Head of the Syria Regional Response Hub will consult with and report to the      Regional Director of the Arab States Regional Office (ASRO) and will coordinate his/her work with the ASRO Regional Humanitarian Advisor as relevant,      the concerned Headquarters divisions, especially the      Humanitarian Response Division and the Resource Mobilization and Partnership Branch.  As such, he/she will supervise the team at the Syria Regional Response Hub.  He/she will have overall responsibility and accountability for UNFPA’s WoS and regional Syria crisis humanitarian programme development, communication and resource mobilization, working closely with Headquarters, ASRO and the relevant Country Offices. 

Key activities include:

  • Coordination of UNFPA humanitarian response in relation to the United Nations system-wide Whole of Syria (WoS) and regional Syria crisis response mechanisms
  • Management of resources, mobilization of resources and donor relations for the Whole of Syria and regional Syria crisis response

The Syria Regional Response Hub plays a leading role in protecting the priorities and mandate of the organization at the national and regional level specifically as it relates to organization of humanitarian response and planning of resilience-related and early recovery programs for countries affected by the Syria crisis. The Head of the Syria Regional Response Hub will be the lead in managing the Hub to effectively position UNFPA to be the visible centre of humanitarian operations of the United Nations system in the Syria crisis through innovation and excellence as they relate to issues of population and development, sexual and reproductive health and rights, youth, and gender-based violence.  Placing the UNFPA mandate issues at the center of the overall United Nations humanitarian efforts in the region, the incumbent plays a significant part in ensuring a coordinated and comprehensive UNFPA engagement across the humanitarian coordination system and with bilateral donors and civil society, with national counterparts and other partners

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