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Job Title
Partnership Development Officer

To work for
ZOA International



Field of Work

Job Type
Full time

Military service
Finished or Exempted (For male)

Minimum Education Level
Bachelor/ License Degree

The Partnerships Development Officer will be a full-time employee of ZOA Syria Response. They will support the identification of new strategic or implementing partners, informed by ZOA’s international strategy to deliver relief and recovery interventions through local partners. This is in line with Grand bargain commitments for our humanitarian response to be as ‘local as possible’. They will work with senior staff to assess opportunities and capacities, assist with assessments and administration of partnership agreements and capacity building, and form a crucial communication link between ZOA and its partners.

The successful candidate will be required to work with their own initiative, to be motivated and passionate about improving the lives of vulnerable communities and to developing and improving innovative approaches.

1. Scoping for New Implementing Partners:

- Maintain an excellent understanding of partnership approaches in Syria and the wider region.
- Research and document existing NGOs and CBOs implementing humanitarian or recovery programming.
- Document potential partnership organisations using a desk analysis.
- Following approval by senior staff make contact and investigate opportunities and capacities for collaboration, including sectors and geographical areas of operation, and ability to meet compliance requirements.

2. Assessing New Partners:

- In coordination with senior staff, visit NGOs and CBOs and assist with partnership assessments, including visits outside of Damascus where required.
- Assist with the completion of documentation associated with new partnerships, liaising closely with ZOA’s programme manager and the prospective partner organisation.
- To translate documentation into Arabic and communicate clearly in both Arabic and English in both spoken and written forms.
To assist with Programme Manager in drafting partnership agreements, and to assist the partner in meeting any compliance or reporting requirements.

3. Act as a Focal Point for Existing Partners:

- Help to ensure ZOAs values and key humanitarian standards, including values of transparency, impartiality and neutrality are upheld at all times.
- To maintain a database of partners and relevant project information.
- To record and document learning within ZOA’s file management system.
- To deliver training to ZOA/partner staff on Project Cycle Management, technical approaches, humanitarian values and approaches (such as the Red Cross Code of Conduct) as well as ZOA’s own values and protection policies.
- To assist with practical and logistical arrangements for partner or project visits or training, venue hire, materials, transport, schedules and necessary permissions.

4. Representation:

- To promote ZOA and its partner-based work to government and non-government stakeholders, communicating ZOAs partnerships clearly and effectively.
- To liaise with other national and International NGOs to establish existing networks to avoid duplication and overlap.

5. Other Duties as Required in Support of Project Deliverables.


Knowledge & Experience:
- A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.
- Experience working with a local/national NGO or Community Based Organisation.
- An excellent understanding of project cycle management, experience implementing livelihood projects a plus.
- A good understanding of donor compliance requirements, including financial and procurement procedures.
- Familiarity with the socio-economic and cultural context in Syria.
- Very Good spoken and written English.
- Excellent spoken and written Arabic.
- Computer literate with good working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook.

- Initiative and independent.
- Organised and structured.
- Communicative, open and decisive.
- Result-oriented in a team approach.

- Flexibility and adaptability;
- Service and participatory attitude;
- Interpersonal and cross-cultural sensitivity;
- Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
- Able to work in a sometimes fluid and insecure environment.

Specific Vacancy Requirements
ZOA operates with an equal opportunities policy and is committed to diversity in the workplace. Qualified women and men, people of all nationalities, and cultural backgrounds, and candidates with disabilities are welcome to apply.

CV's of no more than 5 pages in length are appreciated.

Please provide at least 3 references related to your previous employment listed in the application. References of previous positions held should not be older than five years.

Only selected candidates will be contacted and invited to participate in the process of recruitment. Documents that do not match the profile above will not be considered. Internal candidates will have priority, in case of similar results.

Please note that ZOA have may not choose to appoint this position on completion of interviews if a suitable candidate is not found and / or if needs change and the position is no longer necessary.

Regular travel to the field can be required.

Duration of Position: 1 year renewable subject to performance and funding, (first three months are probation period).

Starting Date: First of January 2020.

Vacancy Closing Date: 18 December 2019.

Salary and Benefits
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with ZOA Terms of Employment for National staff and relevant experience.

About us
ZOA is an international NGO, which offers RELIEF to people who are affected by conflict or natural disasters. ZOA wants to contribute to a new perspective of HOPE in which people work together for a promising future in dignity and mutual trust. Together with the affected communities, we work on the RECOVERY until they can provide to take care of their livelihoods. The work of ZOA is coordinated from the Netherlands. From there ZOA operates in seventeen countries in Africa, Middle East Region and Asia. ZOA works approximately with 900 employees worldwide.

ZOA has provided emergency relief to Syrians in Syria and neighbouring countries since 2014. In 2018, ZOA became registered to operate from Damascus. ZOA works alongside local partners in Syria to implement our projects and we are also strengthening our capacity to implement projects directly. Creating and strengthening of local capacity is an important element of the programme. We aim to expand our activities in livelihoods, primary education, WASH and shelter.

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Posted On
Dec 04, 2019

Expiry Date
Jan 03, 2020


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