AFSC: Palestine Program Manager

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is a Quaker Organization which works with people from various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. AFSC’s work in Palestine dates back to the year 1949 when the AFSC offered support and help for Palestinians seeking refuge in Gaza after 1948. Since 1950 AFSC has also
conducted work in Israel. Today AFSC’s work for a just and lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis is based on the principle of equal rights, including self-determination; ending the Israeli military occupation of the 1967 Palestinian territories; and the recognition of the right of return of refugees. AFSC advocates for these principles in the US. In order to maintain its independence AFSC does not accept any US government funding for its work in the Middle East.

Job Title:                   Palestine Program Manager Reporting to:            Country Representative Location:                   Jerusalem
Main job purpose:

The purpose of the job is to lead AFSC’s work to implement the identified strategic priorities in the Palestine Program. The Program Manager is the overall responsible for the implementation of the projects and the achievement of the planned results. Activities within the Palestine Program will be implemented in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), Gaza and inside 48 whenever activities include Palestinian from 48.

Job relationships:

The Palestine Program Manager reports to the Country Representative, is member of the country team (based in Jerusalem and in Gaza) and interacts in specific tasks with regional staff (based in Amman). It has a collegial relationship with the Program Director Middle East based in Philadelphia and the Middle East QIAR.

S/he supervises the Palestine Program Coordinator based in Gaza.

1.        Program development and delivery

Strategic development
•    Effectively develop and implement AFSC’s strategy in Palestine according to the priorities established by the country office.
•    Ensure that  we are appropriately accountable to  partners,  young  people  and  other participants that take part in the activities. 

•   Participate in strategic planning exercises with country and other relevant regional and/or
US planning exercises.

Commitment to learning, monitoring and evaluation
•    Ensure learning by the Palestine program from relevant best practice internally and externally
•    Monitor and evaluate regularly the performance of projects and partners against agreed program objectives and indicators.
•    Be a source of technical support to partners in order to improve their projects and optimize change/impact.
•    Develop  both  planning  and  monitoring  reports  in  colaboration  with  the  Program Coordinator  based  in Gaza.  Those  reports  will  include:  quarterly  reports  about  the progress of the Palestine Program, donor reports and other type of reporting that may be required by the governance structures of AFSC in the Central Office (i.e. IPEC).

Partnership development
•    Assess, develop and expand AFSC partnerships in  support  of the AFSC Palestine program.
•   Negotiate and maintain relationships with other organizations working to promote AFSC’s
•    Reach  out  collaboratively  to  other  relevant  agencies;  encourage  development  fo partnership with organizaitons that are not specifically youth-serving.

2.        Program Representation

In close cooperation with relevant staff in the country offices and US based staff

•    In cooperation with other staff in the region, plan activities to deliver outcomes on top priority advocacy issues for the program, including media profile where appropriate.
•    Ensure that the voices of Palestine program partners are heard by US audiences, and in particular AFSC global staff and constituents.
•    Ensure  that  the  program  is  represented  through  accurate,  compelling  and  timely information on the AFSC website and other communication and media.
•    When requested, facilitate visits from the Palestine Program to the US and the visits of international delegations to the Palestine Program.
•    In consultation with the Country Representative, develop close links with key donors with shared interests in the program, to understand and influence their changing interests and priorities.
•    Develop and maintain good and productive relations with Palestinian organizations in general, making sure that such relation represents accurately the values of AFSC.
•   Ensure that the program is known and coordinated with olther Programs in the country.

3.        People management and development

Interns, fellows and volunteers:
•   Manage interns/fellows and volunteers working with the Palestine Program. 

The Palestine Program Manager manages  the Program Coordinator based in Gaza, concretely:

•    Provides support, guidance and direction in the articulation of the priorities for the Program in Gaza.
•   Supports the Coordinator in Gaza in selecting partners and interventions.
•    Supports the Coordinator in Gaza in implementing monitoring tools in order to provide updates and reports to donors and AFSC.
•   Ensures coherence between the activities in Gaza and those in the WB and inside 48.
•   Supports the day to day operations in Gaza either remotely or by periodic visits to Gaza.
•    Develops workplans with the Program Coordinator and sets up professional goals for his carreer development.

4.        Financial, legal and risk management

•    Develop the program budget in cooperation with the Palestine Program Coordinator based in Gaza .
•    In cooperation with the AFSC Regional Administration and Finance Coordinator and the Finance and Administration Manager based Gaza, monitor and report on the program’s budget.
•   Follow  donor  and  AFSC’s  financial  regulations  and  support  the  Palestine  Program
Coordinator in Gaza to follow those regulations.
•   Provide when needed updated financial reports on the status of the Program’s budget.

Legal compliance and risk management
•   Follow on legislative changes that may take place and notify accordingly to the Country
•    Identify and effectively manage all key risks related to delivering the program in Palestine and its impact.

5.        Other duties

As required by the Country Representative. 

Experience and Skills Required:

•    Project Management: Five years or more experience working with responsibility for design and delivery of projects preferably in civil society sector. Ability to think strategically and make analysis required for project development.
•    Financial Management: Experience of developing and managing a budget; experience of external grant management.
•   Partnership development: Proven ability to negotiate and maintain relationships.
Evidence of a facilitative style of leadership and ability to create an environment which encourages teamwork.
•    Donor relationships: The entrepreneurial skills to assess interests of donors, identify common interests and think strategically. Proven ability to present work to donors and to win their support. Reliablility in monitoring and reporting on commitments.
•    Communication Skills: Excellent fluent written and verbal Arabic and English. communication skills. High ability to communicate sensitively and assertively with a wide range of stakeholders and to connect with diverse audiences.
•   Work with Youth: Previous experience of work with young adults and knowledge of the
Palestinian youth sector. (Desirable)
•    Networking skills: Proven ability to network effectively with a broad range of stakeholders, including media, government agencies, international and national non- governmental organizations and community based organizations, and to raise AFSC profile.
•    Practical commitment to Quaker values: including demonstrated cross cultural sensitivity and commitment to diversity
•    Organisation, administration and time management skills: to successfully manage and administer a complex workload within the deadlines needed.
•   IT proficiency: Demonstrated familiarity with MS Office
•    Team working, interpersonal and relationship building skills: as a member of the country team and in representational roles with various stakeholders and with volunteers
•   Creative/Innovative
•   Ability to be flexible and manage ambiguity.

Submission of Applications

Interested candidates should send by email an updated CV and a letter of interest to before August 20th 2017 close of business indicating in the subject “Palestine Program Manager” .  Late applications will not be accepted.

It is expected that the selected candidate will start working with AFSC by October 1st 2017.

The American Friends Service Committee is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified persons are encouraged to apply regardless of their religious affiliation, nationality, race, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability