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Opportunity

Vacancy: Manager Syria Regional Desk

16 December 2021

We are looking for an outstanding legal mind with management skills and the ambition to strengthen international humanitarian law in one of the world’s most complex regions. Join us. Together we work for more humanity in conflict.

About us

The Diakonia International Humanitarian Law Centre is a leading provider of legal and policy advice for the humanitarian community: innovative and inclusive, independent but not indifferent.

The Diakonia International Humanitarian Law Centre is a global legal centre of excellence set up to share knowledge about and promote the laws of war. We are driven by the belief that law is a tool to increase protection in armed conflict and improve lives. We are independent and develop our interventions based on the greatest needs for protection. We use innovative and inclusive ways to share knowledge of the law and promote new ideas to ensure the strongest possible humanitarian protection for every person effected by armed conflict. The Diakonia International Humanitarian Law Centre serves the humanitarian community as knowledge hub and independent advisory group on the laws of war. We provide practical legal and policy advice to the humanitarian sector. We carry out trainings and advocacy to raise awareness with the aim of creating lasting change in the behaviour of armed actors.

We are looking for a passionate, innovative and dynamic international lawyer to join our Centre, leading our Syria Regional Desk into the next phase of the Desk and Centre’s development as we start our next three-year grant cycle. If you see yourself as a humanitarian first, and lawyer second, you could be a perfect fit.

Main responsibilities

  • Oversee and lead the implementation of the work of the Syria Regional Desk, including ensuring high quality of legal analysis, financial management, and ensuring monitoring and evaluation of all projects.
  • Provide dynamic, motivational and inspiring leadership to your colleagues
  • Ensure the delivery of internal reporting and approval processes
  • Ensure the implementation of the Desk’ Action Plan related to operationalising the Centre’s commitment to work based on feminist principles
  • Lead regional and national fundraising initiatives to support the movement towards greater donor diversification
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of the Diakonia International Humanitarian Law Centre
  • Support Diakonia Country and Regional strategic processes

Qualifications and Experience

  • Law degree, international law expertise and prior working experience of a minimum of ten years, including IHL and advocacy
  • Five years’ experience of similar assignments
  • Commitment to work based on feminist principles
  • Demonstrated excellence within the sector, including publications and high-level panel engagements
  • Strong planning and programme management skills
  • Experience and excellent knowledge of donor relations, and frameworks for humanitarian and development programming
  • Very good communications and people skills
  • Very good analytical and drafting skills
  • Fluency in English, additional languages are an asset (in particular Arabic)

Location: Flexible (Beirut/Stockholm/Possible Europe-wide mobility)

Duration: 1 year with the possibility of extension. The position is open to both Lebanese and non-Lebanese nationals. Diakonia offers a competitive benefits package.

Diversity and inclusion reflect the world we want to see. We also know that different perspectives, experiences, and competences are key for Diakonia to be a relevant, capable and successful organisation. We therefore strive to recruit staff with different ethnic and socio-economic background, gender, gender identity and/or expression, religion, age, disability and sexual orientation.

Interviews may start before the end of the application period.

Application details

Please submit a CV/Resume and a cover letter of no more than 2 pages outlining your suitability for the post, to Eliana Aoun (eliana.aoun@diakonia.se) with the subject line "Application-Syria Desk Manager" no later than 16 January 2022.

If you have questions regarding the position or the recruitment process, please contact Stephen Wilkinson stephen.wilkinson@diakonia.se (available until December 21st, and then from the 5th of January).