Programme Assistant, Syria – NATIONAL STAFF


Armadilla is an Italian non-profit organization founded in 1985 with working experience in development cooperation in the Middle East, Africa and Central America. Armadilla has been working in Syria since February 2006, mainly developing and implementing projects for the assistance and rehabilitation of children and youngsters with disability, in strict collaboration with the Syrian association Zahret Al Madan (ZAM). Since the beginning of the Conflict in March 2011, Armadilla supported ZAM in implementing activities at the ZAM Social Centre in Hajar al Aswad (now, due to the security situation, relocated in the Midan) to give a prompt reply to the emerging needs of the local community as a consequence of the impact of the on-going crisis.

Currently, Armadilla is developing and implementing both emergency and support to resilience activities in three main sectors:

  1. Protection activities for women, disabled children and children in need
  2. Rehabilitation assistance for the most vulnerable (disabled children and youngsters), through the provision of supplies and training to health workers
  3. Enhance the capacity of Syrian actors in the Social, Protection and Health Sector

Armadilla is member of Health and Protection Clusters in Syria, as well as of the following sub-working groups: Disability, Protection, Child Protection and GBV.

Work summary

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Country Director (CD), the Programme Assistant (PA) will provide support to the effective and efficient management of the Programme developed in Syria by Armadilla. The PA will work in close collaboration with the ZAM responsible and ZAM staff for effective achievement of expected results, and in informing the CD in his absence of all the Programme related issues.

The PA it’s a member of the decision-making team of Armadilla in Syria, giving its contribution in developing and implementing the activities foreseen in the Strategic Programme.

The incumbent is expected to exercise full compliance with Armadilla rules, regulations, policies and strategy.

Main responsibilities and tasks

  • Support the CD in the organisation of the activities for the projects to be implemented.
  • Assist the CD in daily works and report all relevant issues and problems regarding the activities in the Country of operation.
  • Support the local partners in the implementation of activities.
  • Under the strict guidance of the CD, participate in internal and external coordination meetings with relevant stakeholders.
  • Support the CD in communication issues with local stakeholders, partners and other relevant actors.
  • Act as official translator (English-Arabic-English) for the CD and other senior staff of Armadilla, if required by the circumstances
  • Support the CD in the preparation of narrative progress and final reports, ensuring the collection of relevant data on the projects’ activities and translating them in English when required by International Donors.
  •  Support the CD in the development of new proposals to be submitted to International Donors.


  • High school diploma is mandatory.
  • Preferable University degree in Social Sciences or Political Sciences.


  • Fluent knowledge of Arabic and English, both oral and written, is mandatory.
  • Knowledge of Italian will be considered as an asset.

Desired professional experience

  • Working experience in one of the following sector: health, disability, social protection of vulnerable groups/individuals
  • Working experience in I-NGOs or NGOs or similar (communities, associations) will be considered as an asset.

Professional requirements

  • IT skills: good knowledge of MS Office package.
  • Strategic vision
  • Planning skills
  • Teamwork

Personal requirements

  • Proactive
  • Independent, yet respectful of hierarchy
  • Flexible
  • Nice behaviour

To apply for the position candidates are required to send a cv and a motivation letter in English to the following email address:, quoting in the subject: Position 2019-SYR-#01.

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