Established in 1990, Relief International (RI) is a leading global humanitarian and development, nonprofit organization that partners with some of the world’s most vulnerable communities to relieve poverty, ensure the well-being and advance dignity. We work in 18 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East on four key sectors: Economic Opportunity, Education, WASH and Health.
RI has been present in Iraq since 2003, primarily focused on hard to reach areas run from primary offices in Erbil and Baghdad with staff located in field sites. RI has implemented multi-sector programming in 18 governorates across Iraq and proven expertise in the provision of economic opportunities/livelihoods, health, WASH, education programming and microfinance.
RI Iraq programming provides opportunities for households to provide for immediate needs while building longer-term resilience of households to cope with shocks and stresses. Anticipated programming activities will support WASH education in schools, agricultural livelihoods through canal rehabilitation through a cash for work modality and support of household-level food security through practical hands-on-training courses on household livestock and food production.
The Program Manager will be responsible for overall project management and for ensuring that project objectives are on track, which will require him/her to work constructively with colleagues across his/her country team. The Manager will provide direction to project staff and partners according to the projects’ activities, and provide recommendation for improvements. In addition, the Manager will, on an on-going basis, assess current WASH and Livelihoods needs and assist in program development to secure funding for new projects from a range of donors. This position requires an individual who is accustomed to the high pace of activities, and does not require close supervision or direction, and is flexible and highly responsive.
Under the direct supervision of the Head of Office, the Program Manager will be responsible for the oversight of focused on the delivery of high-quality WASH, cash, food security and livelihoods programming to be implemented Al Anbar governorate. S/he will coordinate with major stakeholders to ensure project activities are implemented as planned and for monitoring the achievement of the results set by the project in his/her area of responsibility. S/he will ensure that the interventions are of the highest technical quality, that monitoring processes are in place, that reporting is high-quality and timely, that the activities performance and progress is continually assessed and tailor-made solutions are quickly put in place for any changes in local context. The PM will play a key role in representing RI at key cluster meetings, workshops and technical working groups. Working with Head of Office and the support team, s/he will ensure effective implementation and communication on the progress of the program to local authorities and other humanitarians actors in Anbar governorate.
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY
- Overall management of WASH, cash, food security and livelihoods projects in Anbar including planning and mobilization, financial planning, and tracking, procurement planning, supervision of staff, technical guidance, reporting in coordination with support departments under the guidance of the Head of Office.
- In close consultation with Program Advisor and Economic Opportunities Advisors, contribute to the design and implementation of livelihoods activities
- Contribute to the tailoring of livestock and agriculture training modules to be applicable to local context and audience
- Lead, manage and motivate program team and ensure they have clear objectives and receive meaningful feedback on their performance.
- Draft implementation and procurement plans for the program and oversee weekly, monthly and quarterly work plans in line with program/project mobilization plans.
- Set up in coordination with other departments (finance, operation, M&E) Standard Operating procedures (SoPs) for a safe, qualitative and accountable implementation of the program
- Regularly liaise with local communities and ensure community participation especially women in projects’ cycles.
- Participate in training of program’ staff to ensure they have a solid understanding of key program documents and tools.
- Coordinate with Finance to monitor budget/expenditure based on the implementation plans and analyze Budget-Versus- Actual (BVA) reports to assess discrepancies and ensure timely expenditure.
- Participate in program kick-off meetings, program design, grant review meetings and grant closeout meetings.
- Work closely with the Head of Office to ensure compliance with donor requirements at all stages of the program lifecycle.
- Coordinate with logistics/procurement to ensure timely procurement of goods and services for the implementation of program activities.
- Work with MEAL team to develop and operationalize ongoing monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for the program, to ensure programs include market assessments, beneficiary assessments and verification, post distribution monitoring, community accountability and response mechanisms, regular project site visits and end-line surveys are implemented.
- Work with finance to develop and operationalize processes to monitor and reconcile the effective payment of cash to the beneficiaries.
- Analyze and evaluate monitoring data to understand the impact of the program and identify lessons learned for future programming.
- Ensure that adequate internal control systems are in place at all levels to ensure data integrity for both qualitative and quantitative reporting
- Lead local market assessments and cash feasibility study in line with RI’s cash toolkit to determine the supply of essential goods for cash programming, or appropriate interventions for skills development/income-generation and creation of economic opportunities.
- Develop long-term goals and objectives to achieve the successful outcomes and to contribute to the development of economic opportunities sector strategy.
- Lead systems and markets mapping to identify gaps and accordingly propose interventions that best meets the assessed needs of target communities.
Communication and Coordination
- Represent RI in coordination meetings such as the WASH and Food Security Cluster, discussion groups, workshops and other relevant technical working
- Establish and maintain strategic links with key stakeholders such as governmental bodies, UN agencies, INGOs and other local NGOs, identify opportunities and ensure RI’s participation in key livelihoods activities at the national and regional level.
- Identify areas for coordination and collaboration; Networking and bilateral meeting that are key to success in the context.
- Maintain effective communication with the senior management, other department heads, and with RI’s Regional Office RSO regarding program implementation as required.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- Demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast-paced environment. Strategic thinking, creativity, flexibility and strong work ethics are highly valued.
- Bachelor’s degree with commensurate work experience and technical experience in WASH, food security, livelihoods and/or community development.
- Minimum of 3- years professional WASH and/or livelihoods program implementation; including program implementation, monitoring and reporting
- At least one year experience in cash and/or voucher programming
- Experience being a team leader or team member in WASH, nutrition, food security, livelihoods and/or enterprise development.
- Willingness and capacity to have flexible working hours to accommodate overseeing manual labour requirements during the summer months
- Ability and willingness to frequently travel and stay at field base.
- Commitment to and understanding of the humanitarian values and principles.
- Computer literacy.
- Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic.
Application Submission Guidelines: To be considered for this recruitment, please submit a resume, salary history, 3 professional supervisory references (whom we may contact after the interview) with the date of availability to Iraq.email@example.com Incomplete applications will not be considered. The email subject line MUST include the following to be considered: “Position Title”, noting that (the position is contingent on funding)