Delegation of the European Union to Myanmar

Vacancy Announcement - ECHO Syria - Programme Assistant

12/05/2020 - 19:07
National positions

Interested candidates MUST submit a cover letter, a detailed CV (EUROPASS), academic and employment certificates on website, until 09/06/2020 midnight Local Time Damascus at the latest.

Directorate General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations of the European Commission (ECHO), funds relief operations for victims of natural disasters and conflicts outside the European Union. For humanitarian aid, the Commission works with about 200 operational partners, including United Nation agencies, the Red Cross/Crescent movement and non­governmental organizations (NGOs). Aid is channelled impartially, straight to victims, regardless of their race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality or political affiliation.

The ECHO Syria is seeking to recruit ONE National Staff to be based in Damascus for the following positions:

Programme Assistant
Reference: PA 2020-01

The candidate needs to demonstrate the following criteria:

  • Proof of higher education. University degree from a recognized university preferably in International Relations / Political Science / Economics & Development studies is an advantage.
  • Minimum Five years of relevant experience at national or international level in supporting programme/project operations, preferable including at least two years of experience with an NGO's, donor or national/international organization;
  • Ability to travel on regular project monitoring visits or to respond to an emergency in an unsecure setting, when needed
  • Ability and willingness to work in a multi-cultural environment
  • Proficiency in Arabic and English and ability to communicate and draft reports in both languages;
  • Good knowledge of any other European languages is an asset
  • Proficiency in Computer application (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook)
  • Good knowledge of Programme Cycle Management (PCM) or experience in project management
  • Ability to work in the field with implementing partners and to communicate with beneficiaries.
  • Ability to work under pressure, autonomy, initiative, and to set-up priorities.
  • Extensive knowledge and professional experience in Syria is an asset.
  • Must be a Syrian national or hold a valid residence/work permit or other proof that he/she is eligible to live and work in Syria.

The national staff members observe the NS Code of Conduct as published on network en.

As a part of a small but dynamic team, the Assistant will carry out activities such as:

  • Situation analysis and assessments related to humanitarian and disaster risk reduction issues
  • Analysis of DG ECHO-partners’ project proposals
  • Monitoring, evaluation and coordination of ECHO-funded projects
  • Reporting and programme administration
  • Assisting in all programme related activities of DG ECHO
  • Liaising with partners in an advisory capacity, local authority and institutions
  • Actively participate in meetings

This is a local position opened to nationals and other residents of Syria with valid work and residence permits. The contract is initially for one year with the possibility of renewal subject to a 3 months’ probationary period. As an indication, the monthly basic salary is on average approximately EURO 2,008 which corresponds to 5 years relevant work experience. The salary will be adapted according to the exact duration of relevant provisional experience supported by a work certificate. In addition to this, the employee will also receive disability/retirement allowance, 13th month salary, family allowance as well as a medical coverage.

Interested candidates MUST submit a cover letter, a detailed CV (EUROPASS), academic and employment certificates on  website, until 09/06/2020 midnight Local Time Damascus at the latest will be considered. The vacancy reference must be clearly indicated in the subject line.

The EUROPASS application, detailed Terms of Reference are available on the EU Delegation’s websites as of 13/05/2020:  &

Only the short-listed candidates will be contacted. Candidates who will not have been contacted by 09/07/2020 should consider that they have not been selected.

DG ECHO applies a policy of equal opportunities. Our recruitment policy is based on respect for diversity, maintaining the gender balance, as well as the balance between professional and private life, and support for training and development opportunities.

Any processing of your personal data will be done in accordance with the applicable EU legislation (Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data.

Any form of canvassing, soliciting or influencing will be treated as grounds for disqualification



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