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.
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
- Since the beginning of the military operations to liberate Mosul and surrounding ISIS-occupied areas (2017), TGH has been conducting emergency Child Protection interventions in several IDP camps of Hamdaniyah district (Khazer M1, Salamiyah 1, Salamiyah 2 and Nimrud camps) in Ninewa governorate. Due to IDPs’ returns to their home places and to political interests, camp consolidation has been implemented which results in the current existence of only two camps – Khazer M1 and Salamiyah 2. While there have been ongoing discussions about further camp closures, TGH expects these camps to remain open in 2020 and 2021, and as such intends to continue its intervention;
- TGH is implementing a 3-year (2019-2021) food security and livelihood project in consortium with two partners in Hamdaniyah district. This project is currently working with farmers, exploring value chains, supporting 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 of the 3 Directorates of Social Affairs of Erbil, Dohuk and Sulaymaniyah governorates. In 2019 this project expanded to Ninewa and to the center and south of Federal Iraq, where it is also implemented in 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 has been extended up to the end of October 2020.
- Since August 2020, TGH is implementing a project in Sinjar area with the support of the French MoFA (CDCS) aiming at improving the livelihoods of vulnerable rural and peri-urban families by strengthening food security and boosting agricultural income generating activities
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.
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
A – Program supervision and support
- Supervise project implementation and coordination in close co-operation with Project Managers;
- Provide 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;
- Work in close collaboration with the different support departments (administration, logistic, etc.);
- Designs and implements relevant project management tools;
- Supervises and contributes to donor reporting, in accordance with deadlines;
B – Strategic programming
- Collect and analyzes information about the humanitarian situation in TGH’s areas of intervention and elsewhere Iraq;
- Propose and organizes needs assessment and scoping missions;
- Propose strategies and methodologies of intervention that would match with the Iraqi context;
- Participate in the identification of new intervention areas and sectors;
- Proactively participate in the design of TGH Iraq’s operational strategy (annual process);
C – Program Development
- Monitor and identifie funding opportunities available in country, in line with the mission strategy;
- In direct link with the Country Director, contribute to securing donor funding for the development of new interventions.
- Contribute to the writing of proposals, in collaboration with the Country Director, Field Coordinator, Grants and Reporting Officer, Support Coordination team and HQ.
D – Program monitoring
- In collaboration with the Project Managers and Technical Advisors, contribute to the design of monitoring tools and processes and ensures their relevance with each intervention areas and sector requirements;
- Control the achievement of program expected results through regular visits to project sites;
- Analyze and capitalizes project data;
- Compile and analyzes internal monthly reporting tools (MFU, SitRep).
E – Program relevance and quality
- Ensure the quality of project implementation, in coherence with TGH’s strategy and donor requirements;
- Organize monitoring assessments to verify project quality;
- Provide guidance on the adaptation of project implementation as relevant;
- Support project managers in their negotiation with local authorities and organizations to ensure the sustainability and relevance of TGH projects within the national policies;
- Capitalize lessons learnt, methodologies and tools.
F – External coordination
- Maintain and develop TGH’s good working relationship and visibility with local authorities, donors, UN agencies and NGOs;
- Represent TGH in external coordination meetings (clusters, technical working groups, etc.);
- Ensure proactive coordination with NGOs present in Iraq;
- Develops adequate partnerships with international and local organizations or public services (upon validation of the CD).
- Contribute to maintaining and developing current and future partnerships with international and national NGOs as well as with local authorities and technical departments.
G – Team Management
- Line-manage Project Managers and other team members as required.
- Adapt tasks and responsibilities allocation within the Program team to accommodate program requirements or specific situations (including proposing changes to the organigram for further discussion with the Country Director, the Field Coordinator and the Support coordination team).
- Identify capacity building needs for staff and partners involved in the response. Take the lead on coordinating any formal or informal training for the Program Team and partners.
Provide direct support to the Program team through training sessions and appraisals.
Educational background and experiences
- Generalist educational background: master’s degree in humanitarian field, project management, politics.
- Technical knowledge about Protection (particularly child protection) - Education is an asset;
- Technical knowledge about Agricultural Development 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