Libya – Field Coordinator Benghazi in Tunis At Première Urgence Internationale

Starting Date : June 2021

Location : Based in Tunis, Tunisia

Duration of Mission : 12 months

Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. PUI teams are committed to support civilian victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars or economic collapse, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The Association leads in average 200 projects by year in the following sectors of intervention: food security, health, nutrition, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures; water, sanitation and hygiene, and economic recovery. PUI provides assistance to around 6 million people in 23 countries – in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.

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Libya, a mostly desert and oil-rich country with an ancient history, has more recently been known for the 42-year rule of the mercurial Colonel Muammar Gaddafi -and the chaos that has followed his departure (BBC, 2019). The country has splintered, and since 2014 has been divided into competing political and military factions based in Tripoli and the east. Among the key leaders are Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj, head of the internationally-recognized government in Tripoli, Khalifa Haftar; leader of the Libyan National Army, which controls much of eastern Libya; Aghila Saleh, speaker of the House of Representatives based in the eastern city of Tobruk; and Khaled Mishri, the elected head of the High State Council in Tripoli.

Humanitarian consequences:

Libya continues to struggle to cope with the effects of ongoing conflict and insecurity, an economic and governance crisis and the impacts of COVID-19. In 2020, around 2.5 million people have been the most affected, with 1.3 million people having the most severe needs and requiring humanitarian assistance. This is the result of a deterioration or partial collapse of living standards and basic services, an increased reliance on the use of negative coping strategies and widespread grave violations of human rights and significant impact on physical and mental wellbeing.

Despite the crisis, Libya remains an attractive destination for migrant workers due to an economy that relies on foreign labour, higher salaries and historical ties, as well as being a transitory route for people seeking opportunities or asylum in Europe. An estimated 655,000 refugees and migrants are in Libya, including 48,000 registered refugees and asylum seekers. However, refugees and migrants continue to be exposed to protection risks, human rights violations, exploitation and abuse (HNO, 2021).

PUI’s strategy/position in the country and current programs:

The main programmatic objectives of PUI can be synthetized as follows:

  • Enhance protection environment and access to essential services for conflict-affected communities in Libya.
  • Provide life-saving assistance by ensuring a safe and dignified access to health services as well as an access to clean water, basic sanitation facilities and hygiene items for the affected families in Detention Centers.
  • Improve the quality of the health services provided to the people through the national health facilities.

To note, due to the administrative context, the majority of the humanitarian intervention in Libya are being managed remotely from Tunis.

As part of our actions in Libya, we are looking for a A Field Coordinator Benghazi in Tunis.


The Field Coordinator (FC) is responsible for the proper functioning of the Benghazi base, and proper implementation of all programmes activities in the intervention areas.


  • Safety and Security: In collaboration with the head of mission and with the support of both the logistics coordinator and the Deputy Head of Mission, s/he is responsible for the safety of the staff and mission assets, and also monitors humanitarian access constraints.
  • Programmes: S/he is accountable for an adequate definition and efficient implementation of the projects. S/he ensures the coordination between the support teams (administration, information management and log), the implementation teams and the coordinators in order to timely and qualitatively guarantee that the objectives and results of the projects are reached. S/He preventively identifies issues, gaps and delays that may impede the correct implementation of the projects and proposes mitigation plan to the HoM.
  • Human Resources: S/he supervises all the teams in the base, composed of national and international staff (when they will have access to Benghazi base). S/he is responsible to coordinate and develop a capacity building plan to promote the development of the staff.
  • Logistical, administrative and financial support: S/he oversees the logistical, administrative and financial components of the base for the purpose of programme implementation, and ensures compliance with the relevant procedures, with substantive support from logistics coordinator, and the administrative coordinator of the mission.
  • Representation: S/he represents PUI towards the stakeholders of the area (such as donors, authorities, international/local NGOs).
  • Coordination: S/he centralises and disseminates information from/to the base, and consolidates the internal and external reporting activities implemented in the intervention areas before submitting them to the head of mission.
  • Assessment/ Strategy/development: S/he participates in strategy development and proposes new interventions in function of needs identified in the intervention areas.. S/he actively contributes to seek funding opportunities and leads the proposal development process at base level, in close cooperation with coordination.
  • Audit: S/he is responsible for the compliance with internal procedures of PUI, external donors’ rules, as well as the national law.



  • S/he ensures that the safety plan for the base is up-to-date, and that everyone knows and understands it (both expatriates and locals).
  • S/he ensures data collection relative to the safety on the projects implementation areas, provides analyses, and disseminates them to his/her immediate supervisor regularly or on an ad-hoc basis if urgent.
  • S/he verifies that the material and human resource means at his/her disposal are adequate to ensure the optimal safety of teams, materials and beneficiaries.
  • S/he alerts his/her immediate supervisor immediately in case of impending danger of teams or beneficiaries.
  • In the event of a security incident, (regardless of whether it took place or was avoided), he/she ensures that the information is transmitted to his/her immediate supervisor immediately, and reported upon in accordance with PUI


A_ Project Implementation

  • S/he monitors the humanitarian access by and to the populations in need in the Benghazi area.
  • S/he ensures the smooth running of ongoing programmes on the site (meeting of objectives, respecting deadlines, budgetary monitoring, contractual reporting…) and reports to his/her immediate supervisor.
  • S/he sets up a formal coordination system with the base programmes managers, follows it up (meetings, written reports…), and reports to his/her immediate supervisor.
  • S/he ensures proper filing of all documents produced in the context of the project(s), and ensures the availability of the verification sources mentioned in the proposals.
  • S/he in coordination with Deputy Field Coordinator Program establish a reporting plan to meet the donor deadlines. Additionally, s/he in direct communication with the Technical Coordinators to develop a balanced and efficient communication.

B_ Strategy and project development

  • S/he produces analysis of the humanitarian intervention based on gaps analysis, monitoring of the needs and launching needs based assessment
  • S/he proposes new interventions and discusses them with his/her immediate supervisor.
  • S/he is involved in identifying needs based on agreed TOR (Terms of Reference) and with endorsement from his/her immediate supervisor.
  • When defining new operational activities, s/he coordinates the work of the relevant technical departments and of the administrative and logistical support teams, with a view to preparing project proposals that are complete, and in line with the donors’ formats and internal rules of PUI.
  • S/he participates in the strategy development exercise of the mission.


  • S/he supervises all national and international teams on Benghazi base.
  • S/he constructs the organisational chart of the base, and has it endorsed by his/her immediate supervisor and the human administrative and financial coordinator.
  • S/he guides the work of the expatriates at the base, tracks the realisation of their objectives, and leads the mid-term and final evaluation exercises.
  • S/he participates in the hiring process, as well as in any decision related to the termination of employment contracts of local personnel on the base.
  • S/he ensures compliance with the HR internal regulations and code of conduct of PUI teams in the base.
  • S/he is in manages the HR and administrative team management of local personnel, in particular, payroll operations, monitoring absences, constructing, updating and archiving administrative files of personnel. This task is done in coordination with the HR officer of the base.
  • In coordination with the Finance Coordinator, S/he makes sure that all local employees are subject to a written evaluation at least once per contract period and per year.
  • S/he assumes or delegates responsibility for the integration of any new employee on the base, and ensures, in particular, that the context of programme implementation, safety and security rules, logistical, administrative, HR and financial procedures, as well as procedures for the use of communication and transportation are explained and understood.
  • S/he completes training programmes for expatriate and local staff (organisational support, methodology, technical support as the case may be organisation of training sessions…).
  • S/he prepares the job profiles of local staff under his/her immediate supervision, endorses job profiles of local staff drafted by the technical managers at his/her site, and forwards them for endorsement to the human resources coordinator, and to any other potentially relevant party, (depending on the position).
  • S/he handles the management of interpersonal conflicts that arise on his/her site, and refers the matter to his/her immediate supervisor in the event that he/she is not able to resolve dispute.
  • S/he is the guardian of the image of PUI in his/her area of operation, and in that capacity ensures that the entire staff under his/her authority displays behaviour consistent with the values upheld by the organisation, and with full respect for the local culture.


  • S/he represents the association with local actors, whether they are official or not, and ensures that good relations are maintained with each of them in compliance with PUI’s principles of neutrality and independence.
  • S/he attends clusters and coordination meetings when are organised, and participates actively.
  • S/he participates in the organisation and led the donor’s visits to the areas of the intervention.


  • S/he is responsible to coordinate the writing donor reports for programmes implemented on the intervention areas; reports which are partly or fully drafted by him/her (involving consolidation of technical sections drafted by the technical managers and/or resource persons on his/her site).
  • S/he is in charge to share the internal and external reports to his/her immediate supervisor while meeting the internal deadlines for endorsement (situation report, incident report) and external contractual deadlines (project reports).
  • S/he organises the two-way dissemination of information: from the base to the field coordination and from the field coordination to the base (regular and ad-hoc situation reporting).
  • S/he attends internal coordination meetings and participates actively.



  • MA/S or equivalent in social science, programme management, international development preferred
  • Experience in Safety and Security Management desirable


  • At least 1 year experience in a similar Field Co Position
  • At least 1 year experience in humanitarian context involving populations displacement
  • Experience working with a variety of donors;
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis methodologies required


  • Project Management skills
  • Team Management
  • Ability to represent PUI as per the recommendations of the HoM and ensure an efficient and proactive coordination with other actors.

Personal Characteristics:

  • Ability to work independently while taking initiatives and showing a sense of responsibility;
  • Ability to withstand pressure;
  • Sense of diplomacy;
  • Analytical skills;
  • Capacity to adapt and showing organisational flexibility;
  • Organisation, rigor and ability to meet deadlines;


  • English and Arabic mandatory
  • French desirable


  • Employed with a Fixed-Term Contract
  • Monthly gross income: from 2 200 up to 2 530 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI
  • Cost covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…
  • Insurance : including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation
  • Housing :in collective accommodation
  • Daily living Expenses (« Per diem »)
  • Break Policy : 5 working days at 3 and 9 months + break allowance
  • Paid Leaves Policy : 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

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