To contribute to a paradigm shift in the response to the protracted crisis in Syria, UNDP/RBAS established the Sub-regional Response Facility (SRF) in November 2013. As a result of this investment, UNDP/RBAS introduced the Resilience Development Approach as a central programming and financing component of the new generation of response to the Syria crisis, operationalized through the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), which constituted the first UN regional crisis response mechanism co-led by UNDP and UNHCR; and the Syria Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP – prepared by the Syria UN Country Team).
Since its establishment, the SRF has offered a flexible modality for both substantive and coordination support at the sub-regional level. As the Syria crisis continues to evolve and the response of the global community also adapts, UNDP/RBAS is furthering integrating the role and functions of the SRF within the Regional Programme in the Amman Regional Hub. The SRF will be led by a Coordinator, who will be based in the UNDP/RBAS Regional Programme and will work under the direct supervision of the Manager of the Amman Regional Hub. The Coordinator will manage the SRF Data Analyst and additional support capacities within the SRF Team; will engage closely with the technical and policy capacities within the Amman Regional Hub to respond to priorities and needs emerging from the relevant Country Offices and sub-regional considerations; and will ensure close coordination and planning with and support to Country Offices through a wider network of SRF Country-Office based team members in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq and Turkey.
Through this approach, the SRF Coordinator will provide and/or coordinate substantive policy and strategic advice to the Country Offices and RBAS, through the Regional Hub Manager, on issues related to resilience as it relates to the Syria crisis and its multi-dimensional impact related primarily to issues related to refugees and host communities. He/she will coordinate the work planning of the SRF in close coordination and consultation with the Country Offices and Regional Hub management; and will lead and/or contribute to the work plan’s implementation. Working with the Country Offices and drawing on the technical expertise from the Country Offices, the Amman Regional Hub and the broader GPN network, he/she will coordinate the development of policy guidance, programmatic interventions, strategic frameworks, partnership building, and the identification of innovative approaches.
The Coordinator will continue to oversee the ongoing relationship with UNHCR in the management of the Joint Secretariat of the 3RP and ensure timely delivery of the results outlined in the joint workplan between UNDP and UNHCR. In addition, he/she will regularly liaise with regional UN and non-UN organisations and international stakeholder to effectively foster strong partnerships, knowledge sharing, advocacy, and resource mobilization for strengthening and evolving the resilience response to the protracted Syria crisis, and their impact on neighboring countries. He/she will represent UNDP in meetings and international fora related to the 3RP and overall resilience agenda. He/she will also contribute UNDP’s experience and knowledge from the context of the Syria sub-regional crisis to UNDP’s regional and global work as it relates to the resilience and humanitarian-development nexus in a crisis/protracted/post-crisis context, including experience stemming from the work with UNHCR, national/local partners, civil society, and the private sector.
The Coordinator will report to the RBAS Hub Manager within the wider setup of the regional programme and will closely coordinate planning and achievements of results with the relevant COs and regional policy advisors. He/she will provide regular updates on his/her work to ensure proper communication and coordination.
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Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension