Regional Strategy and Programme Development Advisor (MENA) (f/m/d)

Job Description

arche noVa e.V. - Initiative for People in Need (AN) is an independent non-profit and non-governmental organisation (NGO) from Germany working primarily in the field of humanitarian aid, rehabilitation and development. Our main focus is on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

arche noVa is implementing projects for IDPs and host communities in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. For the support of arche noVa’s humanitarian aid projects and transitional assistance in North Syria, Iraq and Lebanon in the fields of education, livelihood, food security and WASH, we are looking for a

Regional Strategy and Programme Development Advisor (MENA) (f/m/d)

The Regional Strategy and Programme Development Advisor supports the arche noVa Country Offices for Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to develop sustainable funding strategies and contributes to the expansion of our programme and quality improvement at country and regional level.

The position is optionally based in Erbil (Iraq) or Tripoli (Lebanon).
Start: as soon as possible
Contract duration: initial 6 months with a 3 months probationary period. An extension is strongly desired but depends on available funds

Your responsibilities

Developing sustainable funding strategies

  • Leading the regional strategy development for the MENA region in close collaboration and support to country offices and AN Headquarters (HQ)
  • Contributing to funding diversification by identifying relevant funding opportunities and developing donor selection criteria
  • Supporting strategic partnership assessments in the region around AN response in Northern Syria, Iraq and Lebanon

Program Development

  • Contributing to project and program development processes and compliance with donor requirements in considerations of crosscutting topics including gender equality, inclusion and greening
  • Enhancing synergies between programs and relevant projects by developing joint performance indicators, monitoring and evaluation frameworks and plans.
  • Regular monitoring and internal dissemination of best practices and sector evidence on mainstreaming innovation in sectors relevant to AN program, including WASH, livelihood, education, as well as protection and civil society engagement
  • Exploring innovative research approaches and collaboration opportunities with research institutions

Supporting proposal development and reporting

  • Support the Country Offices in high qualitative and evidence-based reporting for donors, clusters, professional bodies.
  • Developing relevant country-level meta-analyses on cross-sectional topics such as gender, inclusion, protection, climate change, environmental protection, regional demography and migration
  • Developing formats documenting the impact of AN interventions such as best practices, case studies, successful innovations
Your competences
  • University degree in a relevant field of study
  • At least 5 years of practical experience in international humanitarian and/or transitional assistance
  • An excellent understanding and professional experience in the Middle East region
  • Sound knowledge of institutional donors (e.g. EU, ECHO, BMZ, GFFO, CBPF, etc.)
  • Experience in networking, strategic development and representation
  • Strong analytical skills, excellent written / reporting and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in proposal development, donor engagement and reporting
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity building
  • Professional command of English, German is considered a strong advantage
  • Motivated, proactive, flexible team member with and pro-active working attitude
  • Readiness to frequently travel to field locations in the MENA region
We offer
  • Competitive salary according to internal salary scale, including per diems based on country context
  • International health and hazard insurance
  • Housing Allowance
  • 2.5 days leave per month (30 days per year) in addition to up to 20 public holidays
  • Opportunity to bring in your own ideas and experience
  • Working with a highly motivated team dedicated to improving the lives of people in need
  • Opportunities for further personal and professional development

Attention: this is no family duty station.
However, arche noVa is a family friendly employer and allows for flexibility regarding children or care work.

Lebanon (Tripoli) or Iraq (Erbil)
Application deadline

People with disabilities are given preferential treatment if they are of the same suitability and ability. arche noVa e.V. promotes equality and a non-discriminatory environment.
arche noVa is committed to creating an inclusive working environment, promoting and providing equal opportunities in employment.

Deadline for application: 31.03.2024; as long as it is published

Applications are screened continuously and interviews can already take place before the deadline.
Please send your application documents (cover letter, motivation, CV, supporting documents and references) as well as your salary expectations in one pdf-document to Ms. Richter: bewerbung [at] Please describe your motivation of working for arche noVa as Regional Strategy and Programme Development Advisor and tell us your salary expectations.

Subject: Regional Strategy and Programme Development Advisor (MENA)

Further information:


Susann Richter
HR Manager
+49 351 271832-33
susann.richter [at]
We look forward to receiving your application.