Country Director, Syria Response

Mines Advisory Group

Country Director – Syria, based in Hasakah, Northeast Syria

The starting salary package for this position is £66,246 GBP / approx. $84k USD per annum including all allowances

About MAG:

MAG saves lives and builds futures by working with others to reclaim land contaminated with the debris of conflict, to reduce the daily risk of death or injury for civilians, and to create safe and secure conditions for development. MAG shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize as a founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines for our work to ban landmines. Our vision is a safe and secure future for men, women and children affected by armed violence and conflict.

About the Syria Response programme:

MAG has been responding to the Syria crisis since 2013 working to support and protect conflict affected communities from explosive remnants of war, so that people can restore and pursue their livelihoods in a safe and secure environment, free from fear of death or injury.

About the role:

MAG is recruiting a Country Director to lead our Syria programme. This is an exciting time to join the MAG team, leading emergency response activities and working with relevant partners in a rapidly changing context. Reporting to the Regional Director, you will be responsible for the effective integration of strategic, programmatic and operational management and the development of new business, in compliance with contractual obligations and MAG’s mission and mandate. You will have a wide variety of strategic responsibilities including contract management, donor liaison, business development, people management, security management, capacity building and risk management. This position is based in Hasakah, with frequent travel in the region and to Erbil in Iraq, where MAG Syria also has an office.

About you:

Previous experience in the Mine Action sector is not essential, however, you will need extensive experience working overseas at a Senior Management level, managing large scale programmes. This should include extensive experience of managing multi-million and multi-funded projects, with experience developing new business and representation to the highest levels. You will also need a background leading programmes in volatile security environments, ideally in the Middle East with experience monitoring and analysing security information, assessing threats, managing critical incidents and the development of security procedures. We are looking for candidates with excellent people management skills given you will be leading across the HR, Administration, Logistics and Finance functions. Finally, you will have demonstrable experience of working in complex political and volatile security contexts and the tact, diplomacy and tenacity needed to lead this programme.

Please note that as part of MAG’s commitment to safeguarding, this post is subject to background checks before an offer of employment is confirmed. For more information on MAG’s approach to safeguarding and background checks, please click here. You can also find more information in the candidate information pack, available through the link below.

MAG is committed to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. If you think you would be suited to one of our roles we would welcome your application regardless of your background. We strive to provide an inclusive and supportive working environment where all employees feel respected and supported in fulfilling their potential.

How to apply

For the further information on the role, the application form and details of how to apply, please visit, the MAG website at **** by the closing deadline of 3rd July 2022.