Job Summary

    This senior position has overall responsibility for the direction and coordination of the WATAN development portfolio donor relation team, playing a lead role in mobilizing resources to meet the needs of shifting from emergency response to recovery through WATAN portfolio. S/he will work with program teams to identify and follow up on linkages between donor strategies, member interests and Syria office priorities and will play a key role in facilitating smooth communication between all stakeholders. The incumbent will be responsible for the formulation of the funding strategy for Syria response development portfolio and be responsible for identifying funding opportunities and matching them to reviving community needs. S/he will be accountable for reaching portfolio funding targets, ensuring the development and timely submission of high-quality project proposals as well as working in close collaboration with thematic area technical teams and other departments.

Position Requirements


    Essential Skills:

    • Understanding of donor proposal requirements (EC/USAID/DFID, corporates, etc).
    • Proven track record in developing winning concept notes and project proposals.
    • Highly skilled in program design, including development of log frames, results frameworks, and budgeting.
    • Excellent writing and presentation skills, particularly in English.
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching, as well as the ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
    • Proficient understanding of humanitarian situation in Syria.
    • Ability to present complex information in a concise and compelling manner.
      • Leading and inspiring others,
      • Delivering results,
      • Developing self and others,
      • Problem solving and decision making,
      • Innovating and adapting


    Academic relevant field: Master degree in social since/international development or other relevant

    Desired skills:

    • Good facilitation and cross-functional leadership skills
    • Good research and analytical skills.
    • Management experience
    • Advanced computer proficiency


    • To work in team
    • To be committed for positive change
    • To be non-discriminatory and gender sensitive


    Child Protection Policy
    Child abuse in all forms is unacceptable to WATAN, which recognizes its responsibility to protect children from harm in all areas of its work. WATAN is committed to ensuring a child-safe environment and is applying a zero-tolerance approach towards any kind of child abuse and exploitation.

    Discrimination, Abuse and Harassment Policy
    WATAN expressly prohibits and will not tolerate any form of discrimination, abuse, harassment (sexual or otherwise), based upon race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship status, disability, or military status. WATAN employees and related personnel must under no circumstances take part in any form of discrimination, harassment, or abuse (physical, sexual or verbal), intimidation or exploitation, or in any other way infringe the rights of others inside or outside WATAN.


    Duties and Responsibilities:

    Strategic Planning and External Engagement

    1.  Under the guidance of the head of Syria mission and in consultation with the SMT, provide support to the overall strategic planning process by revisiting and ensuring the up-to-date of WATAN portfolio funding strategy.
    2. Participate in external networking events and donor receptions as required.
    3. Engage with WATAN members and promote opportunities that align with Syria portfolio Response and member priorities.
    4. Identify and facilitate dialogue between the portfolio members and key donors to ensure their knowledge of our programming in Syria, sharing concepts and other opportunities for collaboration.

    Resource Mobilization

    1.  Working closely with WATAN account managers and other stakeholders, collect donor intelligence and undertake a donor mapping focused sectors.
    2. Maintain relevant trackers and planners to monitor portfolio performance and submit regular updates to the head of Syria mission.
    3. Carry out in-depth reviews of unsuccessful proposals to identify reasons and any lessons learned. Document, share and develop plans to address identified weaknesses.
    4. Work with media and advocacy teams to develop marketing materials and presentations for Syria response for external use.
    5. Work with program teams to identify gaps in the funding portfolio for out years and work closely with members to support the development of proactive concept papers that are marketable to donors.
    6. Supervise and ensure proper facilitation of project design workshops, developing concept papers, full proposals, and budgets, ensuring that high quality standards are met and that proposals meet donor and member requirements.
    7. Clearly identify roles and responsibilities and key actions for proposal development for WATAN portfolio and ensure that there is a robust internal review process in place to ensure quality proposals are submitted.


    1.  Ensure that all relevant portfolio response Programs, Operations and Support teams such as HR, Awards, Procurement, IT, Finance are fully and proactively involved in the development of new proposals.
    2. Oversee the coordination of Go/No-Go to evaluate opportunities for Syria Response with key portfolio staff.
    3. Oversee the maintenance and upgrading of the donor database, proposal tracking system, and resources roster in the team.

    BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


    • Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling WATAN values
    • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


    • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
    • Widely shares their personal vision for WATAN, engages and motivates others
    • Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


    • Builds and maintains effective relationships with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters.
    • Values diversity sees it as a source of competitive strength.
    • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


    • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions.
    • willing to take disciplined risks.


    • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity.

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Work Place

Gaziantep, Istanbul