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"Program Coordinator – Iraq"



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Country: Iraq – Location: Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq with regular travel to Ninewa and Baghdad in Federal Iraq.

Duration: 9 months, from october 2020 – (pending context evolution and funding validation)

Conditions: Salaried contract, gross monthly salary of €2300 to 2800, 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.

Family Duty Station: No

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.

Context

The regional conflict in Iraq and Syria started in 2011 and since then, it has torn families apart, displaced millions of people inside the country and pushed other millions to look for refuge in neighboring countries and in Europe.

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), hosting 97% of Syrian refugees within Iraq, also hosts around 700,000 internally displaced people. 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 currently leaving ground for reconstruction and IDPs’ slow and unplanned return to their home villages and cities. However, in places such as West Mosul and other large areas that underwent severe destruction and where services are lacking, returns face structural limits (absence of livelihood opportunities, lack of public services, shelter…) and Iraqi people continue to be displaced in camps in Ninewa or in the East bank of Mosul.

In this context, inter-community tensions are still present while 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 the country and conduct frequent attacks.

Starting from October 2019, anti-government protects started in Baghdad ad spread all over the country, in particular in the southern regions. In some cases, these led to violence against civilians, although this has not been reported in Ninewa, where TGH’s expatriate staffs are based. By the end of 2019, the then Prime Minister resigned and was not replaced until May 2020, leading to a protracted institutional crisis while the country was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. During this time, strong tensions between military and political actors exacerbated and attacks against US emissions in Iraq become more and more frequent.

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 implemented several projects in Erbil, while progressively specialized in Child Protection (with a focus on case management) and Livelihoods.

Currently, TGH provides psychosocial support to children and their families in the IDP camps of Khazer and Salamyiah (Salah Adin Governorate). TGH coordinates the care and response provided to cases of child protection requiring external support (medical NGOs, national child protection services, etc.) and ensure children receive the most appropriate support.  TGH also implements a long-term capacity development project for social services across Kurdish and Federal Iraq, and provides coaching and mentoring to DoSA (Department of Social Affairs), Government social workers in Ninewa, and National NGO LCN (Legal Clinic Network). 

Since 2018, TGH has also been implementing food security and livelihoods 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, which is crucial in rural Iraq, and encourage people to return to their home villages.

TGH have its main office in Erbil and sub-offices in Baghdad, Mosul, Sinjar, Dohuk, and Sulaymaniyah.

TGH’s ongoing and expected interventions

A note about TGH project management: While restrictions related to Covid-19 pandemic are slowly reducing, access to a number of locations controlled by the GoI continues to be restricted and there exist very limited options for INGOs to visit their projects or even implement them directly – leading e.g. to “forced” partnerships with local/national NGOs. This translated into a number of projects being managed at a distance with new arrangements and set-ups to put in place and no perspective for this situation to change any time soon.

Job description

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 Country Director, and has a direct collaboration with support Coordinators, including Field Coordinator for Ninewa. He/she also has functional links with FSL and Protection and Education Technical Advisors at HQ.  

The main responsibilities include:

A- Supervising the on-going 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 to the constant adaptation of the operational strategy to the evolutions of humanitarian context
C- Actively monitoring funding opportunities and coordinating proposals writing in line with donors guidelines, national response plans and sectorial guidelines
D- Ensuring project monitoring and evaluation, internal reporting and capitalization
E- Ensuring the relevance, integration and quality of interventions, in accordance with TGH’s best practices and with national and regional standards
F- Ensuring external reporting and coordination
G- Managing project management teams 

Main Tasks

A – Program supervision and support

B – Strategic programming

C – Program Development

D – Program monitoring

E – Program relevance and quality

F – External coordination

G – Team Management

Provide direct support to the Program team through training sessions and appraisals.

Profile required

Educational background and experiences

Skills

Personal Qualities