The structure of the Association is a light, agile and organic one oriented towards building legitimacy, mobilizing displaced communities, and perform effective advocacy. While the structure helps to push for a unified vision and narrative for the entire Association, it does recognize the particularities of each region and province in Syria, and provides space and mechanisms for the personality and heritage of each part of Syria to shine and to contribute towards building an authentic bottom-top legitimacy to support a national goal.
The main building blocks of the Association:
Local Assembly: a congregation of some of the most influential social figures in the province that meet the Association individual standards:
- Clear track-record of adherence to civil-rights advocacy values
- Impeccable reputation in their communities
- Free of any accusation or perception of corruption
- Influential in their communities
- Distinction in their professional fields.
The “Local Assembly” is the basic constituency within the association builds legitimacy, spreads the vision and narrative, and it is an open forum for discussion and decision influencing the course of action of the Association.
Local Trustees: The are members of the “Local Assembly” that are elected by their peers to devise strategies and lead the efforts and actives to implement such strategies, and to represent the Association where needed, always in consultation with the “Local Assembly” members. Trustees are volunteers.
Board of General Trustees: The “Board” is composed by a defined number of “Local Trustees” from each province (currently 2 from each province). They are elected by their local peers. The “Board” is responsible for devising the overall strategy of the association and monitoring its execution. The “Board” is also responsible for the decision-making process in the Association in consultation with “Local Assemblies”. Members of the “Board” are entrusted to officially represent the Association.
Program Management Team: The professional delivery team within the Association. It includes the following units and tracks:
- Communications Unit
- Legal Unit
- Data Collection & Analysis Unit
- Partnership Program Track
- Youth Track
Regional & International Advocacy Teams: Specialized advocacy teams composed by members of the Association in the hosting countries. With the support of the “Program Management Team” and the rest of the Associations these teams execute the advocacy strategy individually tailored for each country and international organizations.