Transform the lives of the most marginalized and vulnerable communities and be at the forefront of social change.
About You: A driven and passionate mid-career professional looking to work alongside an inspiring, dynamic team of leading human rights workers. The candidate will have exceptional project management skills and embrace a collaborative, team approach to the work they do. This person has experience living and working in challenging operating environments and is eager to gain experience working on innovative human rights projects that support some of the most vulnerable people in Iraq and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR). The candidate must also have an interest in, understanding of, and appreciation for religious and ethnic minority communities in Iraq and the IKR.
The Project: Safe Return is a pilot project that will assist internally displaced persons (IDPs) from minority communities in the Ninewa Plains who are survivors of severe human rights abuses to return and reintegrate into their communities of origin. There are three target communities of this project: Sinjar, Bashiqa, and Qaraqosh, and territories adjacent to these towns. Iraqi religious and ethnic minorities make up a majority in all three towns and their hinterlands, which are also host to numerous culturally and religiously significant sites. This project will test the following theory of change: Successful return and reintegration of victims of severe human rights violations, combined with rapid reporting and response to current violations, and majority/minority participation in investigation and prosecution of crimes committed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), will reduce fear of violence and accelerate IDP return. This project anticipates that approximately 800 primary survivors of severe human rights abuses and 4000 family members and dependents will be primary participants of services. Family members and dependents will either receive direct services, such as primary health care, or will indirectly benefit from income generation activities targeting primary participants.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Under the direct line management of the Project Manager the Livelihoods Officer will work on developing tools, matrices, methodologies and guides to support the livelihoods component of Safe Return. Overall responsibilities include but are not limited to the following.
- Ensure the implementation of the livelihoods component of the program against annual work-plan, targets, time-plans and result indicators;
- Develop internal monitoring and operational plans that help program implementation;
- Coordinate program-operations actions, including identifying appropriate implementation modalities, initiating procurement, grant and Human Resources actions, including formulation of scopes of works, managing procurement and recruitment processes including selection, contract and grant management;
- Monitor field-based implementation of livelihoods program activities, including providing guidance to area-based staff on field implementation and monitoring;
- Monitor program implementation of partners in accordance with agreements, work-plans, deliverables and timelines;
- Attend either in person or remotely the Emergency Livelihoods Coordination cluster meetings on a monthly basis;
- Review partner work plans as they relate to project activities and ensure quality and effective implementation of activities.
- Support the development and implementation of all livelihood and training related components of Safe Return centers, including through assessment, design and stakeholder consultation;
- Collect information and analyze information on context for livelihoods;
- Identify opportunities for developing HAI’s profile in livelihoods and recommend actions to make use of these opportunities;
- Develop new livelihood initiatives that are in line with the program strategy for using livelihoods to strengthen social cohesion;
- Draft, or provide technical inputs and feedback to concept papers and proposals;
- Maintain regular interaction with national and local stakeholders in the livelihoods sector with the objective collecting information on ongoing and planned activities.
- Provide inputs and feedback to reporting;
- Ensure systematic documentation and filing by utilizing the Safe Return MS SharePoint database. Verify and validate all livelihood and training data on a monthly basis with M&E team and project partners.
Communication and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E):
- Has an ability to foster effective communication and teamwork with HAI staff and partner from a range of economic, cultural, ethnic, and social groups
- Develops, reviews, and finalizes regular internal reports in English.
- Ensure consistent communication with partner staff and HAI staff.
- Ensure coordination with HAI’s project managers, finance team and senior management team with regards to all livelihoods activities under the Safe Return project.
- Reports to the Safe Return Project Manager
- Collaborates closely with Project team members and HAI senior management team on a daily basis
- Provides support and interacts with project partners in throughout Iraq and IKR.
- Communicates, as needed, with HAI Headquarters leadership and support staff
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in International Development or related field preferred, plus 5 years of relevant organization development experience with an international or national organizations
- Demonstrated success in livehoods, emergency stabilization, business management and project management
- Excellent communication, business, writing and financial management skills.
- Good understanding of project management cycle (project design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation).
- Proven ability to calmly, professionally, and successfully manage multiple priorities
- Knowledge and understanding of the unique, complex operating environment in the in Iraq and the IKR
- Experience with Windows platform, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.
- Excellent oral communication skills and ability to mediate to gain consensus among staff, project partners, and other key stakeholders
- Excellent negotiation and relationship management skills, with the ability to proactively problem solve and find solutions
- Demonstrates initiative and is comfortable working in a group, as well as independently
- Ability to reside and travel within the IKR; ability to provide clear direction and management for remote staff throughout Iraq
Language: English fluency, including reading, writing, and speaking required. Arabic and/or Kurdish reading, writing and speaking ability required.
Location: Heartland Alliance International’s Iraq program is headquartered in Sulaymaniyah, a city of nearly one million people in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. This position will be based in Erbil, and will require site visits throughout north, central and south Iraq.
Please send cover letter (1 page maximum) explaining your interest and how your experience meets the qualifications required and a CV, to below link
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you do not hear back from us within 2 weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful.