Première Urgence - Aide Médicale Internationale Vacancy: A Deputy Head of Mission in Occupied Palestinian Territory - Ramallah

Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilian victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. PUI relies on 30 years of field experience in 50 countries in crisis, as well as on the complementarity of its medical and non-medical expertise, to adapt its programs to each context and to the real needs of the most vulnerable populations.

The association leads in average 180 projects each year in the sectors of food security, health, nutrition, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures, water, sanitation, hygiene and economic recovery. PUI is currently providing assistance to about 4 million people in 21 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and France.

Humanitarian Situation and Needs
Since 1967, occupation and political stagnation have directly affected the socio-economic situation of the Palestinian population in the West Bank. The movement restrictions policy is severely limiting Palestinians’ access to essential services and markets, and leading to serious and negative impact upon all aspects of their lives, and mainly their livelihoods. The Oslo agreement in 1993 created some hope to bring peace to the region but it quickly showed impossible to achieve for a number of reasons. In 2000, following a visit of Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, on Aram al Sharif, the second Intifada started putting the Palestinian population under heavy pressure. In 2006, following elections won by Hamas but not accepted by the international community and Fatah, Hamas and Fatah clashed in the West Bank and Gaza which resulted in a substantial division of the Palestinian society. A civil war occurred in Gaza for a few days following which Fatah leader in Gaza had to escape the strip. Hamas took over the Gaza strip becoming the de facto authority in charge of that part of Palestine while the PA controls the West Bank.

Since then, three wars between Hamas and Israel occurred (2008-9, 2012 and 2014), the latest – Protective Edge Operation – being the most devastating one with about 2,500 persons killed on the Palestinian side (while about 70 persons were killed on the Israeli side) and more than 18,500 houses destroyed in the Gaza strip generating 100,000 IDPs. As of today, reconstruction hardly started due to political issues mainly including disagreement between PA and Hamas over the reconstruction.

The main features of the Israeli occupation remain in place since 2000 and consequently the humanitarian needs in the oPt have not fundamentally changed for the last decade. Israel continues to impose a blockade on Gaza, amounting to collective punishment of the population and affecting every aspect of life in the Gaza Strip. Livelihoods remained severely constrained by policies that restricted access to the areas with the most viable agricultural and fishing prospects. Access restriction, blockade and the internal divisions result in a limited access to essential services and entrenched levels of food insecurity faced by many Gazans in their day-to-day lives. On the other hand, the WB faces development issues (some people peak about “de-development”) and an increased pressure on the communities in Area C of the West Bank – rise in demolitions, settlers’ violence, no easing on movement restrictions and no progress on the planning and zoning regime. Bedouin and herder communities in particular are affected. East-Jerusalem is also deeply affected by demolitions and restrictions of movement.

Our Action in the Field
As of today, the oPt mission is recognized in the following areas of work:
  • emergency and emergency preparedness in Access Restricted Area (Gaza)
  • settler violence and area C activities (WB)
  • economic recovery development (WB and Gaza)
PUI will keep the same positioning in the three years to come (i.e. having protection at the heart of most of our activities) but will also need to look at opening up to new areas of work such as WASH and Health (Gaza), sustainable development (WB and Gaza to some extend) in order to provide and integrated support to our beneficiaries.

As part of ourc activities in Occupied Palestinian Territory, we are looking for a Deputy Head of Mission.

As Head of the Quality Department, the DHoM’s main objective is to ensure the accountability of PUI’s programs in the oPt. The DHoM is expected to contribute to the quality assurance of program implementation across all grants.

The DHoM is responsible for cross-cutting programmatic information management, sound design of and overseeing assessments, monitoring and evaluation, and ensuring that information collected is reflected upon, used to improve ongoing projects, and is incorporated into consistently high quality grant proposals and reports. She/he must ensure that policies, systems and staff are continuously and accurately working in coordinated manner in order to ensure that a coherent and comprehensive program is designed and implemented, lessons are learnt and experiences shared across the various sectors and program teams.

Working under the supervision of the Head of Mission and in close collaboration with the Field Coordinators, she/he will be responsible for developing a global Quality Management Policy, coordinating, computerizing, maintaining and constantly improving the M&E system, ensuring that grant proposals, donors’ reports and internal reports are timely and of a high quality, stimulating a constant learning and capacity building process specifically to strengthen national staff capacities.

Finally, she/he will be a key player in the strategy elaboration upon the Head of Mission leadership and in collaboration with the Field Coordinators, both on programmatic and organizational aspects.

She/he will directly manage a team of monitoring and evaluation officers/managers and collaborate closely with the Field Coordinators.
  • She/he develops and monitors the quality process on the mission (including Assessment, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning process).
  • She/he coordinates the writing of grant proposals and any kind of narrative reports (intermediate & final reports, assessment reports, impact evaluation report etc.).
  • She/he contributes to the development/review of the Mission’s strategy.
  • She/he represent PUI in a number of foras.
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Training and Experience
  • Bachelor’s or Master degree in a field related to Project Management, international development and/or business school
  • At least 2 years’ experience in project management / M&E process or a similar position in an international context
  • Experience in working in Arab/muslim countries will be an added value
  • Experience in donor requirements and expectations, particularly ECHO, EuropeAid, OCHA
  • Good analytical skills and capacity to present data in a clear & structured manner
  • Good competence in planning and prioritizing multiple tasks
  • Good command in methodology of assessment, evaluation and lessons learned
  • Strong and proven capacity in diplomatically working among an integrated multi-cultural project team
  • Prior knowledge of the country/region is an asset
  • Strong computer skills l, including ability to operate Microsoft Word, Excel (advanced), Power-Point.
Excellent in English
Good in French
Arabic is a plus 

Proposed Terms
Employed with a Fixed-Term Contract (12 months)

Starting Date : February 15th, 2016

Monthly gross income: from 2 090 up to 2 420 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI

Cost covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…

Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation

Housing in collective accommodation

Daily living Expenses (« Per diem ») of 600 Euros

Break Policy : 5 working days at 3 and 9 months

Paid Leaves Policy : 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

How to apply:
Please, send your application (Resume and Cover letter) to the adress below with the following subject : “DHoM – OPT” William Mc Cready, Human Resources Officer for Expatriates -

Closing date: 29 Feb 2016