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 apply that experience working on innovative human rights projects that support some of the most vulnerable people in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).
About Heartland Alliance International: Heartland Alliance International’s (HAI) mission is to secure the rights and well-being of marginalized people and communities. HAI envisions a world in which those whose rights have been violated are safe and empowered to actively engage in their communities and be at the forefront of social change. In Iraq, HAI provides holistic services focusing on psychosocial support, legal aid, violence prevention, and social cohesion to diverse vulnerable populations.
The Project: Safer Passage: Securing Justice and Healing for Iraqi IDPs is a 12 month emergency protection project to be implemented in Ninewa, Salahaddin, Diyala, Dohuk, Anbar, and Sulaymaniyah. Through this project, HAI will identify and prioritize the protection needs of vulnerable populations, specializing in women and youth survivors of trauma and human rights abuses. The project will provide general protection, legal assistance, psycho-social support (PSS), and community awareness and advocacy through 8 mobile teams and 3 static teams. The project will also facilitate PSS trainings for Department of Health staff and teachers in project locations.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The project manager will be based in Baghdad, Iraq with frequent travel to project target locations if security allows, and will work directly under the supervision of the deputy country director to oversee program implementation. The project manager will ensure that all program activities will be implemented in line with the project work plan and in accordance with HAI and the donor’s standards and requirements. The project manager will also provide technical oversight and management of the project staff as well as working closely with local implementing partner to ensure successful project implementation.
Project Technical Support:
Project implementation, oversight and development
- Lead project implementation and monitoring
- Supervise and direct team members’ tasks and ensure the project activities are implemented according to international protection guiding principles.
- Provide technical support to team members and train staff and implementing partners as necessary.
- Continually assess and evaluate project implementation against project work plan, in collaboration with the project team and the implementing partner; takes appropriate steps to ensure project is on track in meeting deliverables and spending
- Effectively participate in cluster and coordination meetings, identifying key issues for advocacy and follow up to ensure the protection of IDPs in targeted areas.
- Develop and monitor work plans, budgets, and progress reports HAI, donors and partners require
- Manage, support and collaborate with the implementing partner.
- Responsibly manage the project budget and organizational resources
Communication and monitoring and evaluation
- Collaborates closely with project coordinator to continuously assess status of implementation against project work plan and implement appropriate steps to ensure project is on track in meeting deliverables.
- Work with implementing partners to ensure that M&E processes are managed in accordance with HAI and donor standards.
- Foster effective communication and teamwork with staff from a range of economic, cultural, ethnic and social groups
- Represent HAI to NGO partners, government officials, funding sources, other partners, beneficiaries, and at conferences, meetings and other outreach opportunities
- Ensure monitoring and evaluation activities and reporting meet HAI’s standards, and are completed on schedule
- Develop, reviews, and finalizes monthly, quarterly, and final project reports in English
Other duties, as assigned by the deputy country director and country director
Financial management and grant oversight
- Oversee implementation of activities in accordance with project and activity budget
- Consult with director of finance regarding best practices for financial administration of the workplan.
- Monitor project expenditures, and with the director of finance and administration develop monthly expenditure projections.
- Monitor sub-agreements with implementing partners.
- Work with the project coordinator and director of finance to monitor and revise budgets, as needed.
Bachelor degree in social work, international relations or law.
- Minimum 5-7 years of relevant experience in implementing protection programs in humanitarian or emergency setting.
- Demonstrated understanding of protection principles and international guidelines.
- Demonstrated experience in prevention and response to protection cases.
- Strong project and staff management experience in humanitarian settings.
- Demonstrated success in project, financial, staff and partner management, program monitoring and evaluation, report writing (in English)
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Iraqi and Kurdistan Region of Iraq’s (KRI) legal systems.
- Proven ability to calmly, professionally, and successfully manage multiple priorities
- Experience working with international and local NGOs, the UN, cluster system, and government security departments.
- Knowledge and understanding of M&E concepts
- Experience with Windows platform, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.
- Excellent oral communication skills
- 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 in Baghdad and travel within the KRI and Iraq.
- Required – Fluent in English (read, write and communicate), fluent in Arabic.
- Preferred – Working knowledge of Kurdish
Personal Competencies: Collaborative spirit and ability to work independently as well as in a team; commitment to knowledge sharing and teamwork; positive attitude and ability to see through challenges to find solutions; and strong interpersonal skills and an ability to clearly communicate, including complex concepts into layperson language.
Resilience: This project will address sensitive issues. Interested applicants should have a strong commitment to addressing the issues with cultural sensitivity, respect, and confidentiality. Candidates should be flexible, have a sense of humor and patience.
To Apply: Please send cover letter (1 page maximum) explaining your interest and how your experience meets the qualifications required and a CV, to email@example.com. 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.