The Center for Civil Society and Democracy seeks a Program Director for an anticipated USAID-funded project supporting work in Syria.

The Program Director shall provide overall team management, technical direction, administrative coordination, operations oversight, and client relations. The Program Director will report to CCSD’s Co-Directors.

This position is contingent upon donor funding.

Annual Program Statement (APS) Number: SOL-276-17-000001 Supporting Livelihoods in Syria
The overall objective of this three-year program, if funded, is to strengthen resiliency at the household and community levels in several provinces of Syria through improved food security and livelihood opportunities. This goal will be achieved through a focus on developing and strengthening the dairy value chain in target locations in order to address immediate- and long-term needs while also supporting household agriculture in besieged and hard-to-reach areas in order to address short-term urgent needs. The data collected throughout this program will be used to inform policy and programs on food security and livelihoods in Syria. Program design is rooted in a capacity-building approach in which the knowledge and expertise of local Syrian partner organizations and communities’ will be enhanced and developed. It builds on the Center for Civil Society and Democracy’s (CCSD) more than five years of implementing community-based programming in nearly every province of Syria.

Title: Program Director
(known by USAID as Chief of Party)

The Center for Civil Society and Democracy (CCSD) seeks a Program Director to be based in Turkey or Iraqi Kurdistan.
Key responsibilities of this position include: The Program Director shall provide overall team management, technical direction, administrative coordination, and operations oversight. The Program Director will be responsible for the technical and strategic leadership and in-country management of the project. S/he will oversee the expatriate and local staff as well as short-term experts. The Program Director will ensure compliance with all terms of the project contract and all relevant USAID and USG rules and regulations.
We look forward to adding a detail-oriented and thorough member to our team, who has the ability to meticulously oversee a number of ongoing projects while maintaining a collaborative and communicative approach. The Program Director must be flexible and adaptable, responding to needs as they arise while still meeting all deadlines. S/he also must be capable of creating and running user-friendly systems and must have excellent knowledge of U.S. government donor requirements and standards.
CCSD promotes Syrian-led solutions from the grassroots up by empowering community leaders, both female and male; supporting local conflict resolution efforts; encouraging transparent local governance and citizen engagement; and supporting independent media. CCSD connects grassroots leaders with high level international decision-makers to strengthen the peace process and Syria’s future.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Team management;
  • Technical direction;
  • Administrative coordination; and
  • Operations oversight.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the humanitarian, development, or transition field. Within the 10 years of experiences, the Program Director must have at least five years of experience managing teams and at least three years of experience working in conflict zones.
  • Experience managing USAID grants and/or other U.S. government grants.
  • Strong experience with ensuring organizations’ compliance with donor guidelines and regulations.
  • Ability to travel internationally.
  • Be supportive of CCSD’s mission and highly dedicated to contributing to our efforts to achieve it.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, analytic skills, interpersonal skills, and team management skills.

Desired Skills:

  • A solid understanding of specific agricultural, livelihood, and environmental challenges/opportunities in the area; conflict dynamics; political shifts; governance structures and policies; intra-household dynamics; notable protection concerns; and other concerns in non-regime controlled territories in Syria.
  • Previous experience working on programs implemented in Syria is highly desirable.
  • Fluency in Arabic.


  • The Program Director must hold a master’s degree in international affairs, social science, or a related field.

What we offer
Employment may begin as soon as funding is secured and continue for a period of up to one year with possible extension for a longer period. Salary will be commensurate with experience, based on a 35-hour work week. The Program Director will work closely with staff throughout the region, and must be comfortable conducting meetings and work remotely. Travel throughout the region may be required.

To Apply
Please apply before March 6, 2018 (midnight, local time, Washington, D.C.). Both a letter of motivation and resume must be submitted in English to CCSD via e-mail to Please use subject line “Vacancy: Program Director”.

About the Center for Civil Society and Democracy: CCSD offers a stimulating professional environment and the opportunity to work with a network of dedicated and committed professionals. CCSD is an independent, non-governmental Syrian non-profit organization with a mission to support and strengthen civil society and democracy and promote the values of freedom, justice and coexistence. CCSD was founded in December 2011 by a group of Syrian civil society activists with the aim of supporting sustainable and long term Syrian-led movements for peace, justice and democracy in Syria. CCSD’s work takes place across the region, including locations Syria, Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq. Nearly 30 percent of CCSD’s more than 80 staff members are women, and women are included at the highest levels of decision-making.

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