Deputy Chief Operating Officer - KfW Trust Fund

Project Title: Partnership Fund for Assistance to Syrian Refugees and Host Communities in Jordan, Iraq (North), Lebanon and Turkey
Location of the position: Amman (Jordan), or Istanbul (Turkey)
Position Title: Deputy Chief Operating Officer
Project Summary
This project is intended to establish a very large multi-donor trust fund to improve the general prospects of Syrian refugees currently residing in Jordan, Iraq (North), Lebanon and Turkey as well as their host communities by means of creating employment, stabilizing income and improving livelihoods. The primary focus will be on the creation of (better) income opportunities and enabling vocational (re-)training, with the latter also catering to post conflict and reconstruction needs.
As the target group comprises refugees and host communities, the approach will aim at improving the socio-economic perspectives of refugees and cushioning the burden of immigration for host communities. The support for host communities will follow two principal goals:
  • To ease the additional strain put on host communities with respect to public, specifically communal, service provision,
  • To mitigate already existing potentials for tension between local communities and refugees stemming from increasing economic competition in the (informal) labor market, the housing market, the education sector, etc. This can only be achieved if the local population benefits not only indirectly (e.g. through improvement or rehabilitation of overburdened public infrastructure) but also directly from the projects/programs financed through the Fund.
While the focus will be on income generation and qualification, the Fund will also serve to support other relevant interventions which cater to the principal goals of stabilization and resilience, e.g. the provision of housing, municipal infrastructure and - where required - social protection schemes such as cash for work and cash transfer schemes.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Oversee the implementation and management of the Fund within the 3 different office locations (Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon).
  • Be responsible for meeting the targets and objectives set forth in the logical framework and delivery of annual reports and work plans.
  • Provide technical inputs in programme decision making, particularly on sectors, schemes, and interventions relating to the Fund.
  • Assist in the delivery of the programme activities in an effective and efficient manner, close collaboration with the Chief Operations Officer, Programme Manager and other colleagues as required.
  • Manage the technical inputs of staff and ensure work is of high quality. In collaboration with the Programme Manager take remedial measures with underperforming team members.
  • Develop and manage effective working relationships with key stakeholders
  • Deputise for the COO in his/her absence. Required Skills:
    Key Skills & Competences
  • Minimum of 10 years in labour market, technical and vocational education and training (TVET), job creation, social protection and/or livelihoods development programmes, or in fund management, or a combination of the two.
  • Minimum of 3 years' experience on managing of complex and high value development programmes. Previous management of a multi-donor trust fund is an asset.
  • Experience in managing KfW programmes is an asset.
  • Possess a deep understanding of the Near East region, and have knowledge of the underlying socio-economic, political and cultural contexts in each of the targeted countries.
  • Fluency in English is required, Arabic, Turkish is a plus.
  • Near East experience (Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and/or Jordan).
  • Experience working in fragile, conflict-affected, and/or post-conflict states.
  • Master's Degree in International Development, Economics, Conflict Resolution, Education or a discipline relevant to the scope of the assignment.