Country: Iraq – Location: Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq with regular travel to Ninewa and Baghdad in Federal Iraq.
Location: Position currently based in Erbil, with upcoming shift of the duty station to Baghdad, with frequent travel to Erbil and Mosul offices
Duration: 12 months, from June 2020– (pending context evolution and funding validation)
Conditions: Salaried contract, gross monthly salary of €1800 to 2300, monthly per diem 650 USD, medical coverage of 100% + repatriation insurance + provident fund, accommodation, international and local transportation as part of the mission, break every 3 months.
Presentation of TGH
"Actor in a sustainable and shared solidarity"
Founded in 1994, TGH is a French international solidarity organization based in Lyon. The association designs and implements emergency, rehabilitation and development programs in the following sectors: water, hygiene and sanitation, civil engineering, food security and rural development, socio-educational and psychosocial. TGH is currently operating in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
The regional conflict in Iraq and Syria, started in 2011, has torn apart families, displacing millions of people inside the country and pushed other millions to look for refuge in the neighboring countries and Europe.
The Kurdistan Region of Iraq, hosting 97% of the Syrian refugees within Iraq, also hosts around 700 000 internally displaced persons. Furthermore, the KR-I faces a budgetary crisis which presents serious challenges in the access to services (e.g. education) for displaced and host community populations.
The defeat of ISIS’s last remaining strongholds in Iraq is now leaving ground for reconstruction and IDPs return. However, in places such as West Mosul and other vast portions of territories that have seen severe destruction where services are lacking, returns face structural limits (absence of livelihood opportunities, lack of public services, shelter…) and Iraqi people are still displaced in IDP camps of Ninewa or the East bank of Mosul.
Inter-community tensions are still present in this context, as military groups contribute to the political shaping of the areas retaken from ISIS. Despite the loss of the territories it used to control; ISIS cells are still present and active across Iraq, conducting frequent attacks.
The serious institutional crisis that the country is going through with the absence of a government is leading to numerous tensions between the military and political actors. These tensions are extremely high in Baghdad and in the south of the country and provoke violence against civil society and the US presence. In Ninewa, these tensions do not translate into violence, demonstrations are currently non-existent.
Presentation of the mission and project
TGH worked in Kurdistan from 1995 to 1999 in the education and agriculture sectors to support refugees from Turkey. In 2013, TGH reopened a mission in Iraqi Kurdistan and conducted several projects in Erbil: WASH in schools, Winterization distribution and progressively specialized in Child Protection and Livelihood sectors.
TGH provides psychosocial support to thousands of children and their families in the IDP camps of Khazer and Salamyiah as well as in the Balad area (Salah Adin Governorate). TGH coordinates the care and response provided to child protection cases requiring external support (medical NGOs, national child protection services, etc.) to ensure children receive the most appropriate care. TGH continues to undertake large Capacity Development project for government social services across Kurdish region and Federal Iraq, providing coaching and mentoring to DoSA (Department of Social Affairs), Government social workers in Ninewa, and National NGO LCN (Legal Clinic Network).
The organisation is also implementing food security and livelihood programmes focusing on water resource management, rehabilitation of agricultural infrastructure, veterinary care, economic recovery and population empowerment. These programmes help to revive agricultural economic activity, a crucial sector in rural Iraq, and encourage people to return to the villages where they belong.
TGH have opened sub-offices in Baghdad, Mosul, Sinjar, Dohuk, and Sulaymaniyah.
TGH’s ongoing and expected interventions
- Since the beginning of the military operations to retake Mosul and surrounding ISIS-occupied areas, TGH has been providing emergency Child Protection interventions in several IDP camps of Hamdaniyah district (Khazer M1, Salamiyah 1, Salamiyah 2 and Nimrud camps) in Ninewa governorate. Since the commencement of the project we have seen significant camp consolidation, resulting in streamlining of implementation to two camps – Khazer M1 and Salamiyah 2. While there has been ongoing discussions about further camp closures, TGH expects several camps to remain open during 2020, and as such intends to continue its intervention;
- TGH is implementing a 3-year food security and livelihood project in consortium with two partners in Hamdaniyah district. This project is in its second year, working with farmers, exploring value chains, animal health programs, and microfinance (through implementing partner).
- In the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, TGH is involved since 2017 in an institutional support program aiming to build the capacities of KRI’s Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, and the 3 Directorates of Social Affairs of Erbil, Dohuk and Sulaymaniyah governorates. In 2019 this project expanded to Ninewa, and the center and south of Federal Iraq. These projects continue during 2020.
- In Salah al-Din TGH is implementing Child Protection and Legal Support activities with local implementing partner Justice Centre. This project is funded by Iraq Humanitarian Fund, and due to cease 30 June 2020. TGH is in negotiations to amend to add an additional local partner, and review implementation to ensure continued implementation beyond June 2020.
- During 2019 TGH implemented Food Security and Livelihoods project in Sinjar, Ninewa. TGH is currently in discussion to extend and continue this project in 2020.
The Program Coordinator ensures the coordination of projects implemented in Ninewa, Baghdad, Najaf, Karbala, Diyala, Salah al-Din, Dohuk, Erbil and Suleymaniyah governorates, in the field of Child Protection, Education, Food Security and Livelihood. He/she ensures the quality of interventions.
He/she directly supervises 3 to 7 Project Managers, a Grants and Reporting Officer, a Monitoring and Evaluation officer, as well as a Protection Technical Advisor. He/she works under the direct supervision of the Head of Mission, and has a direct collaboration with support Coordinators, including Field Coordinator for Ninewa. He/she also has functional links with TGH HQ FSL and Education and Protection Technical Advisors.
The main responsibilities include:
A- Supervising the current projects and their implementations on the field in accordance with TGH’s general strategy as well as the one defined for Iraq programs.
B- Proactively contributing to the strategic programming and constant adaptation of the operational strategy regarding the evolutions of humanitarian situation
C- Ensuring the relevance, integration and quality of interventions, in accordance to TGH, national and regional standards.
D- Ensuring project monitoring and evaluation, internal reporting and capitalization.
E- Ensuring external reporting and coordination
F- Managing project management teams,
G- Contributing to maintain and develop current and future partnerships with international and national NGOs, as well as local authorities and technical departments.
Supervision and support of the Program Department
- Supervises projects implementation and coordination in close co-operation with projects managers;
- Provides technical and methodological support on project launching, implementation and follow-up to the project team through the supervision of the Protection Technical Advisor, and in collaboration with TGH HQ Technical Advisors;
- Works in close collaboration with the different support departments (administration, logistic, etc.);
- Designs and implements relevant project management tools;
- Supports project managers in their negotiation with local authorities and organizations to ensure the continuity and relevance of TGH projects within the national policies;
- Proposes relevant adaptations to the organizational chart and participate to its implementation (job description and so on) in link with HoM, Field Coordinator and Support coordination team;
- Identifies capacity-building needs among project teams and partners, and facilitates internal and/or external training sessions according to available means.
Program quality and monitoring
- Ensures the quality of project implementation, in coherence with TGH’s strategy and donor requirements;
- In collaboration with the Project Manager and Technical Advisor, contributes to the design of monitoring tools and processes and ensures their relevance to each intervention areas and sector requirements;
- Analyses and capitalizes project data;
- Controls the achievement of programs through regular visits to project sites;
- Organizes monitoring assessments to follow-up project quality;
- Provides guidance on the adaptation of project implementation if deemed relevant;
- Capitalizes of lessons learnt, methodologies and tools;
- Compiles and analyzes monthly reporting tools (MFU, SitRep);
- Collects and analyzes information about the humanitarian situation in TGH’s area of intervention and other areas of Iraq;
- Proposes and organizes monitoring and evaluation missions;
- Proposes strategies and methodologies of intervention that would match with Iraqi context;
- Participates to the development of new intervention areas and sectors;
- Proactively participates to the design of TGH Iraq’s operational strategy;
- In direct link with the Head of Mission, contributes to secure donor funding for the development of new interventions.
- Supervises and contributes to donor reporting, in accordance with deadlines;
- Contributes to the writing of proposals and technical reports for donors, in collaboration with the HoM, Field Co, Grants and Reporting Officer, Support Coordination team and HQ.
- Maintains and develops’ TGH good working relationship and visibility with local authorities, donors, UN agencies and NGOs;
- Represents TGH in external coordination meetings (clusters, technical working groups, etc.);
- Ensures proactive coordination with NGOs present in Iraq;
- Develops adequate partnership with international and local organization or public services (upon validation of the HoM).
Educational background and experiences
- Generalist educational background: master in humanitarian field, project management, politics.
- Technical knowledge about Protection (particularly child protection) - Education is an asset;
- Technical knowledge about livelihoods programming is an asset;
- Minimum 4 years in the management of emergency humanitarian programs
- Experience in emergency and post-emergency contexts
- Strong communication, analysis and reporting skills
- Knowledge of project cycle management and tools
- Management qualities
- Strong organizational capacities
- English mandatory (oral and written); Arabic would be a plus
- Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills;
- Pro activity and flexibility
- Autonomy and sense of team working