About Mercy Corps
Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.
In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future. Mercy Corps works in places of transition, where conflict, disaster, political upheaval, or economic collapse present opportunities to build more secure, productive, and just
communities. Providing emergency relief in times of crisis, we move quickly to help communities recover and build resilience to future shocks and promote sustainable change by supporting community-led and market-driven initiatives. Recognizing both the great potential and the complex challenges faced by the Middle East, since 1989 Mercy Corps has been implementing a range of humanitarian assistance and development programs tailored to the specific needs of the region and of those communities where we work. Mercy Corps has worked across Iraq’s 18 governorates since 2003, implementing relief and development programming, more than a third of which has focused on the specific needs of refugees and displaced persons. Mercy Corps Iraq current goal is to work with new and existing civil society, public and private sector partners to meet immediate and long-term needs by strengthening communities’ ability to rebuild amidst increasing crisis. Mercy Corps Iraq focuses on (1) a relief-to-resilience pathway to meet the needs of conflict-affected communities leveraging agency expertise in conflict management and civil society development (2) a humanitarian response that empowers conflict-affected populations to meet their own needs (3) partnering with conflict-affected adolescents to address their diverse needs, promoting leadership and linkages with civil society.
Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps Education program is a three-year program that operates within pockets of vulnerability in Salah Al-Din, Anbar, Kirkuk and Ninewa governorates. The program aims to enable IDP, returnee and vulnerable host community out-of-school youth to re-enter education through the Ministry of Education programs. This is achieved through direct assistance offered to out-of-school youth and an Advocacy and Media campaigns designed to improve access to education.
The main objectives of the program are:
- Access to and quality of formal education is improved.
- Learning environments are safer and more inclusive.
- Children and youth have increased capacity and opportunity for engagement in education and community
General Position Summary
The Program Officer will work closely with the Senior Program Officer in Ninawa/Hadhar and Qayara with provide support in Tilkaif to enable out-of-school IDP and vulnerable host community youth to access education through direct assistance. Such assistance is provided through psychosocial and administrative support, social mediation support, access to Ministry of Education accelerated learning primary education programs, access to preparatory courses with quality secondary education curriculum, and awareness sessions. Direct assistance is delivered in coordination with parents, school administrators and officials from the Ministry of Education. In addition, the Program Officer will assist the Advocacy Advisor in the distribution of brochures and posters and in the establishment of Community Education Action Groups in the operation area.
Essential Job Responsibilities
- The Program Officer will be responsible for implementation all program activities in Hadhar District and Qayara with provide support in Tilkaif District.
- Responsible for follow up with related official governorates in Hadhar District and Qayara,Directorate of Education, Provincial council, Mayors ……etc.
- Responsible for preparation of workshops, meetings, awareness sessions in terms of inviting participants, venue, electricity, stationery and refreshment, if any.
- Responsible for the management and coordination of case files of direct beneficiaries and supervise the work of Ministry of Education Counselors, Supervisors, and Mediators in Hadhar District and Qayara with provide support in Tilkaif District.
- Supervise the alternative education centers for primary education based on Accelerated learning curriculum in the area he / she based (HFT centers).
- Weekly follow up and visit Accelerated Learning centers during Friday and Saturday.
- Supervise the preparatory courses centers for intermediate and secondary education in the area he / she based.
- Responsible for advocacy activities such as establishment the CEAGs, facilitating the meetings and training in Hadhar District and Qayara with provide support in Tilkaif,work closely to support the Senior program officer and Advocacy Advisor regarding advocacy matters.
- Responsible for the distribution of brochures and posters among IDP communities, schools, health centers and local government buildings.
- Ensure documentation of all activities implemented including meeting minutes, photos, case studies as well as progress reports.
- Responsible for the weekly progress reports for Hadhar District and Qayara with provide support in Tilkaif.
- Responsible for the submission weekly progress reports to the Senior Program Officer and work closely with him on Semi-monthly and achievements reports.
- Work with the Senior Program Officer to follow program work plans.
- Prepare additional reports, presentations and statistics as needed.
- Attend bi-weekly meetings with the Senior Program Officer.
- Attend monthly meetings with the education team and related meetings and trainings.
- Work closely with M&E team to ensure proper monitoring and evaluation process is in place to keep track of program outputs as well as evaluating outcomes.
- Work with the Senior Program Officer and Admin team to facilitate implementation of procurement, financial and logistics processes.
- Abide by all security and operation protocols.
- Conduct all the tasks/work directed by the supervisor.
- Conduct him/herself professionally and in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and not to jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
Accountable to position description, MC HR Manual
Reports Directly To: Senior Program Officer
ORGANIZATIONAL LEARNING: As part of Mercy Corps' agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Program team and other departments.
EXTERNAL CONTACTS: Ministry of Education staff, NGOs and local community leaders.
Knowledge and Experience
- Bachelor's degree in related fields is preferred.
- Fluency in Arabic and English.
- Minimum 2 years' experience working with an international NGO.
- Minimum 2 years' experience managing resources and understanding the need for regular support and follow- up to ensure that project objectives are met.
- High level computer and internet skills are required.
- Strong leadership and negotiation skills are required.
- Sense of creativity.
- Strong multi-tasking, organizational, prioritization skills are necessary.
- Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members is required.
- Excellent writing and reporting skills.
- Commitment to working with vulnerable groups regardless of race, religion or gender.
- Demonstrated ability to lead and communicate effectively with team members of varied work styles, follow procedures, and meet deadlines.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills (email communications, regular updates and internal and external reports).
- Demonstrated flexibility and creativity in planning and problem solving.
- Proven ability to learn quickly, takes initiative, and be accountable for results.
- Ability to understand the larger picture while remaining focused on the details.
- Ability to work with diverse groups of people.
- Conscientious with an excellent sense of judgment.
- Understanding of the long-term implications of development work.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCES:
Successful candidates should meet the education and experience requirements in the position descriptions for this vacancy.
S/he must be self- motivated, creative, tolerant, and able to work in difficult, stressful environments and follow Mercy Corps procedures. S/he must respect diversity and gender equality at the workplace.
Interested candidates should submit their CVs to the email address email@example.com before the deadline indicated below.
Please indicate on the subject of the email the title of the position you are applying for, for full position description for the noted posts, please visit websites NCCI.
Mercy Corps Iraq offers a variety of arrangements that enable women to excel in their careers. Mercy Corps Iraq ensures a safe and inclusive working environment for women and men through field security training and measures to provide secure working arrangements on-site and in the office.
ALL APPLICATIONS/ CVs SHOULD BE RECEIVED BY October 5, 2022, at 4:00PM
Female Candidates are encouraged to apply for this position, Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global Impact.
Potential candidates for the post will be contacted for an interview and processed according to Mercy Corps Human Resources policies and procedures. Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for potential interview.
Any documents submitted will remain with Mercy Corps and will not be returned to candidates.
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer. Females are highly encouraged to apply.