Program Director, Occupied Palestinian Territories - American Friends Service Committee, East Jerusalem or Ramallah

TITLE: Program Director, Occupied Palestinian Territories

STATUS: Exempt

SUPERVISOR: Regional Director, Middle East

LOCATION: East Jerusalem or Ramallah, occupied Palestinian territories

The Program Director has responsibility for the overall development, management, reporting, and stewardship of AFSC human and financial resources, for the program in the occupied Palestinian territories The Program Director occupied Palestinian territories also deputizes for the Country Representative (a role filled by the Regional Director) as the official representative of AFSC in the occupied Palestinian territories. The Program Director consults and collaborates with Philadelphia based staff and others as appropriate.

Compensation: Competitive compensation and benefits package. Additional details are available.

Period of Appointment: A period not to exceed five years in the same position with a 6 month probationary period in the first year.

The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

AFSC has been working in Palestine since 1948 when it began providing relief services to the Palestinian refugees in Gaza and at the same time seeking ways of building a just peace with Israel.

The current strategy for the occupied Palestinian territories has been to work in partnership with Palestinian civil society organizations to promote civic engagement among the 14-25 age group with the aim of highlighting the positive potential of young people to contribute to their society. This strategy is part of a joint US Israel Palestine program designed to advocate for US policy support for a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians based on equal rights.

In 2012 AFSC Middle East will review its regional plan and the post holder will contribute to this process.

Reporting to the Regional Director for the Middle East, who also fulfills the role of Country Representative for the Palestinian territories.

Supervising the Palestine Youth Program staff with three direct reports: the West Bank and Gaza Program Directors and the East Jerusalem Youth Program Coordinator.

The AFSC Program Director occupied Palestinian territories will be based in either East Jerusalem or Ramallah.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The key responsibilities of the Program Director, Occupied Palestinian Territories include the following:

Program Planning and Management
1.Plan, develop and provide overall management and coordination for AFSC’s program in the occupied Palestinian territories, within the context of the AFSC, International Programs and Middle East strategic plans for peace and conflict transformation in Israel and Palestine.

2.Ensure programs are developed and implemented adhering to AFSC principles and internationally accepted program quality standards.

3.Incorporate and adapt regional strategies into program approaches and contribute to regional and organizational learning.

4.Build on the program experience of participatory approaches and youth-centered programming.

5.Participate in regional strategic planning activities and other joint planning and program review meetings as required.

6.Establish regular program monitoring and evaluation procedures in close collaboration with the Regional Director and the International Programs Program Support unit.

7.Ensure timely and accurate annual and semi-annual narrative reports, reports to appropriate Palestinian authorities and regular correspondence and written reports to the Middle East Regional Director.

Representation and Networking
1.Develop, strengthen, and expand AFSC contacts in the occupied Palestinian territories. Articulate AFSC’s basic philosophical and faith-based commitments as appropriate, including the organization’s commitment to a nonviolent approach to conflict and long-term strategy for peacebuilding.

2.Establish and strengthen institutional relationship and partnerships with Palestinian institutions, government ministries, international NGOs, coordinating bodies, and UN agency officials.

3.Develop familiarity with government and civil society plans. Participate in INGO coordinating meetings as appropriate and relevant.

4.Provide to Middle East Regional Director timely information on changes in the national/regional context, program locations, and policies that affect AFSC work.

5.Act as the Representative of AFSC in the occupied Palestinian territories when required.

Stewardship of Resources
1.Ensure sound fiscal management of supervised programs including oversight of budgeting and accounting procedures defined by AFSC and donor partners; preparation and timely processing of monthly financial reports; oversight of contracts, equipment and materials.

2.With the guidance of the Middle East Regional Director , the Philadelphia based regional staff, and the Development Department, contribute to the planning and implementation of fundraising and communication strategies including preparation of materials, periodic donor visits/speaking tours in occupied Palestinian Territories, U.S. and Europe as agreed upon.

Administration and Supervision
1.Recruit, hire, and supervise national program staff, including staff development, performance planning and review in accordance with Middle East regional personnel procedures. Ensure that all staff are familiar with and work toward the long-term vision and strategic goals of AFSC and incorporate the organization’s values and principles in their work.

2.Following the guidelines of AFSC’s security policies, develop security protocol, manage emergency situations as they arise, and make recommendations to the Middle East Regional Director regarding security and emergency response.

Education: Master’s degree, with a specialization in social studies, peace-building, or international affairs desirable, or bachelor’s degree with significant relevant experience.

1.Six years’ experience in international positions working in the global south with increasing responsibility in planning and managing humanitarian assistance, recovery and development programs, preferably in the Middle East.

2.Fluency in written and spoken English; demonstrated ability to report orally and in writing; ability to write and edit materials for publication in English. Knowledge of Arabic very desirable.

Other Required Skills and Abilities:
1.Commitment to the faith-based principles and guidelines that define the work of AFSC, including a commitment to nonviolence, equality, and the belief in the intrinsic worth of every individual and to the considerations of AFSC in regard to issues of race, class, nationality, religion, age, gender and sexual orientation, and disabilities.

2.Proven ability to work with diverse staff and to reach out collaboratively to individuals, groups and organizations.

3.Track record of managing complex programs, ideally with an emphasis in conflict settings. Demonstrated experience in strategic thinking, fundraising, grant writing, program planning and implementation.

4.Deep understanding of issues related to non-violence, and conflict transformation in the Middle East. Capacity to plan, organize and train others through participatory approaches

5.Ability to work independently in an unstructured setting and program, yet within a framework of long-distance communication, consultation, and decision making.

6.Capacity for coping in situations of high risk and in compliance with security measures, to work under pressure, and to organize time effectively.

7.Demonstrated administrative ability, including experience with staff supervision, financial management, narrative and financial reporting, and budgeting.

8.Understanding of macroeconomic and political developments in the world and the ability to interpret their impact within the context of regional issues and concerns.

9.Ability to travel regularly, nationally and internationally, and to attend frequent evening and weekend meetings, working overtime as needed.

10. Excellent computer skills.
How to apply: 
Please apply on-line

The resume submission deadline is Friday, January 20, 2012.