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07 februari 2011

VACATURE: Education Project Manager Danish Refugee Council (DRC)

INGO, non-profit, support and aid to refugees and IDPs
Closing date: 13 Feb 2011
Location: Syrian Arab Republic (the) - Damascus

Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is advertising the position of Education Project Manager in Syria to manage its quality education component. DRC is looking for an Education expert who has been working as expatriate for displacement focused INGOs. It is crucial to DRC that that the applicant is able to draw on experience from different operational settings around the world and has concrete experience with all aspects of project cycle management, in a long-lasting displacement situation.


Unlike other Arab countries, Syria has maintained an open border policy since the outbreak of the Iraqi armed conflict in 2003 allowing Iraqis to enter Syria and enjoy the access to services. Since 2003, the long-lasting displacement has increased the vulnerability of a wide proportion of the Iraqi refugee population residing in Syria. Many are in need of medical, educational, social and psychological support. Their economical have been depleted and they are not granted legal access to the employment market. The visa restrictions imposed on Iraqis by Syrian authorities have weakened the legal status.

DRC was one of the 1st international NGOs accredited by the Syrian government to provide assistance to Iraqi refugees. Since 2008, DRC has engaged in the sectors of Protection, Education and Livelihood support. Seven community centres, managed by 200 volunteers, offer monthly to 5,000 refugees a wide range of social rehabilitation services. Other tailored projects empower specific groups like women at risk and out-of-school adolescents. Within the education sector, DRC has been supporting the Ministry of Education by rehabilitating, extending and equipping 31 primary and secondary schools affected by the Iraqi displacement, assisting as such more than 25,000 children. In 2009, a complementary component of soft education was added consisting of remedial education (for 6,500 children) and teachers’ training.


In 2011, supported by a team of 5 national staff members and in close coordination with the Ministry of Education, the Education Project Manager will be in charge of DRC activities within soft education:

• Ensure proper implementation and documentation of the non-formal education activities (remedial/literacy classes, extra-curricular activities, awareness campaign, training of teachers/social counsellors),
• Ensure that project cycle is carefully applied: needs assessment, planning, resources allocation, beneficiaries’ selection, monitoring, supervision, reporting and evaluation),
• Develop the activities in accordance with evolving needs and opportunities, as well as participate in strategic project development and fundraising for 2011 and 2012,
• Manage as well as perform continuous capacity building and mentoring of national staff,
• Improve the quality of services by developing and applying appropriate monitoring tools,
• To ensure proper financial management and control in coordination with the admin-finance,
• Perform continuous reporting to management and donors according to guidelines,

DRC is operating in close co-operation especially with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) funded by UNHCR, DANIDA, UNICEF, SDC and SIDA.


Applications should very concrete especially in terms of describing experiences within the following fields:
• Working experience with INGOs whose mandate focuses on displacement,
• Practical experience as Education Project Manager in remedial classes, accelerated-learning program, teachers’ training, awareness campaign and other educational support projects,
• Used to working in post-emergency (not development) settings,
• Ability to deal with and build the capacity of education duty-bearers such as ministries, local directorates and schools’ management,
• Capacity to properly manage the project cycle (undertaking assessment, planning, implementation, monitoring and documenting ones results) with monitoring-focused skills,
• Experience within humanitarian work in a sensitive, diverse and politicised environment.
• Good communication skills and team spirit.
• Full proficiency in spoken and written English. Proficiency in Arabic is considered an advantage.
• Experience with working in the Middle East,
• Working experience with UNHCR and UNICEF.


Starting date: As soon as possible (ideally during March 2011)
Duty station: Syria, Damascus with extensive field visits in rural Damascus,
Contract: 6 months (With a possibility of extension pending performance and funding available).

Salary and conditions are in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council “Terms of Employment for Expatriates” (available at under Vacancies/Current vacancies).The Project Manager will be employed at level B3.

For specific questions about the job, please contact:
Country Director for Syria - Mr. Olivier Beucher +963-991 794 285 or
Head of Middle-Eastern Desk – Mrs. Lone Bildsoe Lassen +45 33 73 50 49

The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a private, independent, humanitarian organization working on all aspects of the refugee cause in more than twenty five countries throughout the world. The aim of DRC is to protect refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) against persecution and to promote durable solutions to the problems of forced migration, on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. DRC works in accordance with the UN Conventions on Refugees and the Code of Conduct for the ICRC and NGOs in Disaster Relief.

The protection and assistance to conflict affected population is provided within a long-term, regional and rights-based approach in order to constitute a coherent and effective response to the challenges posed by today’s conflicts. Assistance consists of relief and other humanitarian aid, rehabilitation, support to return and repatriation as well as promotion of long-term solutions to displacement and its causes. In addition, support and capacity building of local and national authorities and NGOs form an integral part of DRC’s work.
How to apply
Only applications that address the stipulated duties and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Please forward the application and CV, in English and marked “Education - Syria”, no later than 13. FEBRUARY 2011.

DRC only accept applications sent via our online-application form on under Vacancies/Current Vacancies/Education Projects Manager – Syria. Please remember to upload both a letter of application and your CV and do not attach any written recommendations. CV-only applications will not be considered.

Should you have any questions about the application process problems or with the on-line application system, please contact Anne Oxholm at

Reference Code: RW_8DMB3L-32

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