FSL Cluster Co-Coordinator – Gaziantep


General Description of the Programme:

GOAL an International Humanitarian Organisation has had a presence in Turkey since 2013 and has been contributing to the migrant response since 2016 with a focus on responding to needs in health service delivery, social safety nets and the protection of vulnerable and marginalised migrants in southern Turkey.

GOAL has been working in Syria since 2013, responding to the acute needs of conflict-affected communities. GOAL is working in Idleb Governate, both through direct implementation and through partners, delivering food, non-food programming to highly vulnerable populations, and provision of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) through support to Water units, as well as emergency support to recently displaced households.

GOAL has been working in North Aleppo Governate since 2019, through direct implementation and through partners, delivering food, non-food programming to highly vulnerable populations, as well as emergency support for recently displaced household.

GOAL has two projects (ECHO funded LINK and PRM funded GREEN) in Turkey, LINK program targets refugees from nomadic / semi-nomadic backgrounds and those engaged in seasonal agricultural labor. LINK has been designed to address and mitigate protection concerns of the vulnerable / marginalized refugees through provision of critical information and raising their awareness on their rights, obligations and services available in Turkey, by sensitization/advocacy (targeting key stakeholders and service providers, etc.) activities, and Individual Protection Assistance (IPA) services to enable highly vulnerable refugees to access to basic, social and protective services available under the provisions of Temporary and International Protection regulations in Turkey. On the other hand, Green program aims to improve socioeconomic inclusion, resilience and self-sufficiency of highly vulnerable/excluded women and girls from host and refugee communities (Syrians as well as those living in program locations under the international protection regulation) including nomadic communities and seasonal agriculture workers from both communities through integrated and market driven livelihood opportunities and protection services, including language courses and vocational skills training on greenhouse production and agriculture; case management (CM)/coaching services, establishment of a women cooperative, protection outreach, information provision and awareness raising; and provision of special needs and individual protection assistance services.

Job purpose:

The FSL Cluster Co-Coordinator is employed by GOAL, s/he is responsible for ensuring that the FSL Cluster is implementing proportionate, appropriate, and timely responses that are cost-efficient. The FSL Cluster Co- Coordinator works in close coordination and harmony with the other FSL Cluster Coordinator (FAO/WFP) and implementing partner organizations.

The Co-Coordinator liaises very closely with Cluster members, Donors, OCHA, the Inter-sector working group and relevant bodies/groups to ensure a direct link with the response and planning. The Cluster Co-Coordinator is based in Gaziantep and coordinates regularly with all coordination fora. In addition, the Co-Coordinator would also provide technical recommendations, best practices and quality standards in the areas of Food Security and Livelihoods, humanitarian principles, and market-based modalities including the use of cash and vouchers.

The Co-Coordinator will report directly to GAOL country directly and work align with the FSL Cluster Coordinator side by side.

Duties, objectives and competencies

  1. Ensure the inclusion of key humanitarian partners within the cluster coordination mechanism through:

» Identify key humanitarian partners for the FSL cluster, respecting their existing mandates and program priorities.

  • Ensure appropriate coordination with all humanitarian partners, especially with Syrian, Turkish and international NGOs, the UN agencies, the Red Crescent Movement, and other international organizations active in the sector, as well as with national authorities and local structures if applicable.
  • Support appropriate cluster coordination mechanisms, includin8 working groups at the national, international (WoS) and if necessary, local level in close collaboration with the other Cluster co- coordinators and Lead and co-lead agencies.

« Fully integrate the IASC’s agreed priority cross-cutting issues, namely human rights, HIV/AIDS, age, gender, and environment, utilizing participatory and community-based approaches into all relevant initiatives and responses. In line with this, promote gender equality by ensuring that the needs, contributions, and capacities of women and girls, as well as men and boys, are addressed.

  • Ensure the complementarity of the various stakeholder’s actions.
  • Support emergency response actions considering the need for early recovery planning as well as prevention and risk reduction concerns.
  • Support effective links with other clusters (also with OCHA support).
  • Represent the interests of the FSL cluster in discussions with the DRHC on prioritization, resource mobilization, and advocacy.
  • Act as focal point for inquiries on the cluster’s response plans and operations.

« Provide Arabic language translation during the cluster meetings and cluster communications and products.

  1. Co-lead emergency preparedness and contingency planning amongst Cluster member agencies.
  2. Support the Coordination of emergency funds (ERF, Pooled funds)
  • Advocate for FSL fund and partners’ priorities within the emergency fund.
  • Ensure that a neutral and inclusive Cluster review committee formed by FSC members is set up for proposal review and recommendation.
  1. Deliver sound coordination and information sharing during emergency responses within the cluster, including the identification of gaps and the updating of sector response plans,’ co-lead efforts to collect up-to-date information to provide an accurate picture of food security and livelihoods so that the cluster and member agencies can design appropriate and high-quality responses.
  2. Develop, revise, disseminate and apply technical standards and best practices.
  3. Ensure that adequate verification and reporting mechanisms are in place to measure progress against implementation plans and sector objectives. Specifically, this will include:
  • Support adequate monitoring mechanisms are in place to review impact of the sector and progress against implementation plans to include an analytical interpretation of best available information in order to benchmark progress of the emergency response over time; i.e. use of monitoring indicators (quantity, quality, coverage, continuity and cost) of interventions, which are derived from working towards meeting standards (mentioned in point 4);
  • Support regular and adequate reporting against cluster indicators of intervention progress and impact (quantity, quality, coverage, continuity, and cost), to include a sector gap analysis.
  • Ensure effective information sharing (with OCHA support), with due regard for age and gender desegregation.
  • Liaise with Cluster Chair agencies to develop a comprehensive gaps analysis for Syria based on the information collected by the Turkey Food Security and livelihoods Custer.
  1. Provide a forum for advocacy and resource mobilization which includes:
  • Advocate with donors to fund Cluster partners to carry out priority activities in the sector concerned, while at the same time encouraging cluster partners to mobilize resources for their activities through their usual channels.
  • Identify core advocacy concerns, including resource requirements, and contribute key messages to broader advocacy initiatives of the DRHC and other actors.
  1. Strengthen the capacity of humanitarian actors through training and capacity investment through:
  • Promote and support the training of humanitarian personnel and capacity building of humanitarian partners.

  • Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of the national/local partners and civil society. a Support the national/local partners with bilateral meetings.

  1. Supervision and coaching:

« Provide effective coaching, mentoring and support to the Information Management Officer

  • Ensure adherence to the Performance Management System, including high-quality Performance and Development plans, self-appraisals, and assessments.

Seek opportunities to support the professional development and advancement of direct reports through external and internal pieces of training, acting coverage, TDYs, on-the-job learning opportunities and other mechanisms.

Note: The above-mentioned key responsibilities/accountabilities are illustrative ones. Another future responsibilities/accountability may be assigned to the job depending on the department organizational chart.

Requirements (essential)

  • Academic background and an advanced degree in Humanitarian Studies, Agriculture, livestock, irrigation, food engineering, Community Development, Natural Resource Management, or closely related discipline.
  • At least two years of practical experience with a development organization, managing agricultural/livelihoods projects under complex operating environments like Syria (preferable MENA region).
  • Good/Excellent knowledge of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC) /Cluster system/IASC references/FSC guidelines.
  • Excellent technical understanding and experience in the FSL sector, particularly in emergency.
  • Proven coordination and relationship building skills.
  • Strong analytical, information management and presentation skills.
  • Good IT skills, including strong knowledge of MS Office applications
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and training skills, and a track record of building/developing cohesive teams.
  • Strong knowledge of household livelihood security framework, value chains methodology and
  • market-based approaches to working with poor populations.
  • Excellent English language skills (written and spoken), with good knowledge of Arabic (spoken and written) a distinct advantage.

Requirements (desired)

  • Experience coordinating Sector or multi-agency working groups.
  • Experience of working in Syria (MENA region).
  • Arabic speaker.

How to apply

Interested? Then apply for this position via clicking on the “apply now” button and fill out the application form. All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Application deadline is 06 October 2022.

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General terms and conditions


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Accountability within GOAL

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  • Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, Code of Conduct, health and safety, data protection and confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behavior protocols.
  • Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.
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This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document. Any published closing dates are estimated. Due to the nature of GOAL’s work we aim to fill vacancies as quickly as possible. This means that we will close adverts as soon as we have found the right candidate, and this may be before the published closing date. We would therefore advise interested applicants to submit an application as early as possible.

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Closing date: 6-Oct-22