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Area Team Leader – West Libya ( 8 months (RENEWABLE) - Handicap International


Job Description

PRESENTATION OF THE ORGANISATION

 

Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity.

 

Handicap International is an independent and impartial aid and development organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

Since the organisation was first founded in 1982, we have set up development programmes in 62 countries and responded to many emergencies. Today we have a budget of around 150 million euros, with 3500 employees worldwide.

Handicap International / Humanity & Inclusion approach to inclusion: HI strives to include everyone, focusing on the most vulnerable and including people and groups discriminated against or at high risk of discrimination, and champion each person’s fundamental rights. HI advocates inclusion and meaningful participation of all, upholding diversity, fairness and individual choice. Furthermore, HI value difference. In situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster the HI network responds, with people with disabilities and vulnerable groups, to their essential needs, improving living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. In its actions, HI pays specific attention to nine factors generating inequalities: disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, geographical location, ethnic origin, religion, political opinion.

For further information about the association: www.hi.org

 

 

COUNTRY CONTEXT AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT

 

Today, Libya is a complex environment in which vulnerability emerges in “pockets”, depending on the condition of the each person and family, their geographical and socio-economic situation and other, more cultural factors. Many actors are making tangible efforts to include the most vulnerable and isolated persons and families, but these efforts should be more concerted and stronger links could be established with Libyan institutions. For the most part, positive outcomes for better inclusiveness are deeply depending on each actor’s willingness and commitment.

 

HI is currently implementing several programmes in Tripoli, Misrata and Benghazi, supporting vulnerable persons and their families such as people with disabilities (including people living with mental health problems), people with chronic diseases, older persons, displaced persons and families, migrants and refugees. Activities include provision of comprehensive rehabilitation services including physical therapy and psychosocial support, provision of assistive & mobility devices as per needed; capacity building, technical support and donations of assistive devices and/or materials and equipment to health partners; training on inclusion principles to other humanitarian actors and health workers;

 

Since early 2019 HI is implementing a three-year project entitled ‘Action for Mental Health Assistance in Libya’ (AMAL) as part of wider initiatives to improve the access and quality of health care services in Libya. Implemented in partnership with the Libyan Ministry of Health and a Tunisian NGO, the overall objective of the project is to allow the most vulnerable people in Libya from host communities, those internally displaced and returnees and migrants, suffering from mental health disorders/psychosocial disabilities to regain or to preserve good mental health by accessing quality interventions at community level, primary health care level, and secondary and tertiary level.

 

From July 2020, HI also started a one-year project in partnership with UNDP, which aims to enhance the development of a culture of peace, cooperation and responsibility – with a focus on youth (male and female) – through improved provision of MHPSS services at community level. This project will strongly rely on Libyan Civil Society Organisations.

 

HI is also involved in Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) activities, HI supports the Libyan Mine Action Centre (LibMAC), UNMAS and other ministries in developing a victim assistance strategy and action plan. Given the recent events and increase in EO related accidents, HI has also resumed its EORE activities in greater Tripoli since end of 2020.

 

Finally, HI is getting engaged in Inclusive Humanitarian Action (IHA), through a modest but essential small scale projet. Inclusive Humanitarian Action (IHA) is a transversal approach by essence, concerning all sectors of humanitarian intervention and which deepens protection mainstreaming efforts. It applies to all phases of a humanitarian crisis and all types of emergency contexts, such as armed conflict, and protracted crises. This project aims to lay the groundwork for a more robust and collectively embraced approach to a more inclusive humanitarian response in Libya.

 

The post holder will be expected to travel regularly between the field offices in the area s/he is in charge of (Tripoli & Misrata), as well as to Tunis, where is based HI Maghreb regional office & Senior Country Team. Yet, at present stage, important challenges exist to move in and out of the country. Indeed, since March 2020, heavy sanitary measures have been enforced both in Libya and Tunisia, such as border closures and travel restrictions, disruption of supply chain, lockdown, curfews, movement’s restrictions and social distancing. As a result, the expatriates working for HI Libya mission are currently operating on a remote management mode and the senior country team and adapted management style, communication and support / control mechanisms will continue to be in place as long as this situation pertains.

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE MISSION/PROJECT

Type of activity, volume, main internal and external contacts (especially partners) and the nature of relationships, potential challenges.

 

From operational bases located in Tripoli and Misrata, and Benghazi, HI is currently implementing a humanitarian and development programme, with the following activities:

  • Provision of comprehensive rehabilitation services including physical therapy and psychosocial support for persons with disabilities or injuries, and provision of assistive devices as per need;
  • Capacity building, technical support and provision of assistive & mobility devices and materials and equipment to health partners (hospitals, health centers and rehabilitation centres);
  • Training on inclusion principles to other humanitarian actors and health workers;
  • Provision of Risk Education to conflict affected communities on the risks and effects caused by mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW);
  • Provision of specialised MHPSS services at community level, primary health care level, and secondary and tertiary level and support to the Libyan Ministry of Health, in partnership with Nebras, a Tunisian NGO

 

OBJECTIVES OF THE POSITION

 

Based in Tripoli, under the direct responsibility of the Libya Country Manager, the Area Team Leader is responsible for ensuring smooth internal coordination between all departments (support services, project) at field offices level and with HI Libya’s Country office, in view of facilitating the appropriate functioning of HI’s operations in West Libya.  She/he also acts as an ambassador for HI through external representation and liaison work with relevant local stakeholders (e.g; national authorities, institutions, partners organisations and other stakeholders) in West Libya, and finally ensures a sound oversight of the security and safety of HI’s staff and assets in Western Libya.

 

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

 

General mission:

 

 

  • To contribute to a smooth and timely functioning of HI’s operations in West Libya, by ensuring smooth internal coordination between departments (support services, operations, information management) at field offices level (Misrata and Tripoli bases) and by maintaining a strong line of communication between HI’s Area offices and HI Libya Coordination team based in Tunis, by raising awareness about and facilitating the resolution of key operational, finance, HR, logistics, or security-related issues that may arise in the field;
  • To ensure external representation of HI at area level vis à vis local and national stakeholders, such as authorities, institutions, donors, sectoral coordination, technical working groups, other agencies and INGOs, CSOs, , traditional authorities and leaders, as well as with beneficiaries.
  • To monitor and analyse context developments in his/her geographical area, in order to identify operational risks and opportunities, and proposes actions to the country director.
  • By delegation from the Country Director and in close collaboration with the Safety Advisor, to follow-up closely the security and safety management in west Libya, and – to a certain extent – take accurate decisions for the safety and protection of the base staff

 

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Responsibility 1: Ensure internal coordination of HI teams and departments in West Libya

  • Build and maintain a team dynamic which enables the objectives of HI to be carried out in his/her area of intervention.
  • Facilitate the planning and follow-up of daily activities at field office level in key common areas of work between the various department (support services, operations, information management), provide routine guidance to respective teams and setting-up appropriate internal coordination tools/mechanisms in this aim;
  • Organize weekly internal coordination meetings at base level and ensure minutes are documented and disseminated. Organize additional ad hoc meetings at base level, as per needs. Contribute to the monthly sitrep for the matters related to his / her area.
  • Analyse and timely resolve issues such as inappropriate planning, procurement, procedural mismanagement, that have the potential to jeopardize performance and/or ability to meet agreed upon programme deliverables
  • contribute to issues/conflict resolution arising through liaising with appropriate team members between HI’s field and Country offices, by providing awareness on challenges faced and by supporting identification of solutions and priorities setting

 

Responsibility 2: Ensure the external representation of HI towards local and national stakeholders

  • Represent Handicap International within your area of intervention with relevant stakeholders; local, national and international partners and local authorities in order to facilitate the implementation of project activities. Provide leadership in identifying and facilitating opportunities for relationship building with these key stakeholders.
  • Regularly present the mandate, actions and activities of Handicap International in West Libya to the relevant authorities.
  • Negotiate the necessary authorisations and access to intervention areas in order to ensure smooth implementation of activities. Contribute and coordinate the compilation of regular external reporting (e.g. to Commission for Civil Society – CCS) in West Libya.
  • In good coordination with the project managers / officers and support staff, actively participate as per needed in the different coordination fora in your area of intervention when activated (coordination meetings, clusters, working groups, etc.).
  • Ensure key outcomes of attended meetings, workshops etc. are recorded and circulated to relevant team members at base and coordination levels.
  • Convey messages of HI global advocacy to all relevant external parties.

 

Responsibility 3: Support operational implementation and development of projects

  • In coordination with the project managers / officer, contribute to the negotiation and implementation of local partnerships in your area.
  • Context analysis: Ensure HI has an up-to-date understanding of political, cultural, socio-economic and humanitarian situation in the designated Area (including trends, needs and gaps, and who does what and where (3W) and feed project/strategic development process with relevant information in this regard upon request
  • Perform regular field visits and keep yourself up to date on all the activities carried out by the project team in the area of intervention.

 

Responsibility 4: Oversee safety and security of the base (under delegation from the Country manager)

  • As the security focal point for the area, in close coordination with the Country manager and Safety Advisor, ensure the implementation and respect of internal safety and security guidelines at base level (including specific temporary regulations such as COVID-19 SOPs).
  • Report to the Country manager & Security Advisor any breaches in security guidelines in a timely manner.
  • Monitor the security situation in your area of intervention and ensure internal incident reporting if necessary.
  • At the request of the Country manager, ensure training to base staff on internal safety and security guidelines.
  • Develop and maintain a network of contacts with security/context staff of fellow INGOs, represent HI in access, security and safety meetings (at the request of the Country Manager and safety advisor)
  • Provide feedback and advice on security risks, as well as on security management resources, such as SOPs, and proposals
  • In collaboration with the Country Manager, safety advisor and Senior Management Team, update the security and contingency plans according to the evolution of the context
  • Support the Country Manager on exploratory mission assessments, identification of office/guesthouses, and the opening of new areas
  • Assist the Country Manager and safety advisor in sensitizing HI staff (national and international) to security risks and ensuring the understanding and implementation of security documents

 

 

Note that this job description must remain flexible and may evolve according to the project’s needs and to additional tasks or changes as identified by the line manager.

As the position is involved in sensitive topics such as security or strategy, he/ she must observe absolute discretion within and outside HI. 

Job Requirements

  1.   Essential Preferable
    Qualification(s):

     

    ·      University Degree in a relevant field such as International Relations, Development studies, sociology, Management, Logistics and/or Administration

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    ·      Master Degree in a relevant field such as International Relations, Development studies, sociology, Management, Logistics and/or Administration

     

    Experience (type and amount of experience):

     

     

    ·      At least 4 years of professional experience, preferably in humanitarian contexts;

    ·      Previous coordination experience with local partners, INGOs and Clusters

    ·      Proven managerial and representation experience

    ·      Previous experience in security & safety monitoring and management;

    ·      Sound Knowledge and analysis of the context in west Libya

    ·      Previous project coordination experience;

    ·      Experience in the field of vulnerability/disability

    ·      Experience in the field of mine action;

    Skills (knowledge, abilities required for the position, refer to skills repository document) :

     

    ·  Strong team building and coordination skills.

    ·   Strong communication and diplomacy skills; strong capacity to negotiate.

    ·  Good networking capacities to contribute building constructive relationships with humanitarian actors and institutional partners.

    ·  Good writing and reporting skills;

    ·  Fluency in oral and written Arabic and English

    · Good computer skills (use of MS Word, Excel, Outlook and other relevant software)

    ·      Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

     

    Personal qualities:

     

     

    ·      High level of autonomy and initiative;

    ·      Strong organizational skills

    ·      Strong interpersonal and intercultural

    skills;

    ·      Ability to work under pressure;

    ·      Ability to work in a tensed and volatile context with strict security measures

How To Apply

Please send your CV and cover letter by email, with the subject reference

 “Area_Team_Leader_West-Libya” to: recruitment@libya.hi.org

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