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"Project Manager – Child Protection – Iraq"



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Fonction: Project Manager – Child Protection

Country: Iraq – Location: Mosul, with regular trips to Rabia and Til Keif – Ninewa & Sulaymaniyah - KRI

Duration: 10 months – from August 2021

Conditions: : Salaried contract, gross monthly salary from €1’900 to €2’600 depending on experience, 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. More information on www.trianglegh.org, under "JOBS".

Position in the org. Chart: Under the direct supervision of the field coordinator and the functional supervision of the Program Coordinator.

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 11 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 4.4% (245,952 persons) of Syrian refugees within Iraq, also hosts around 600 000 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 the planned return of IDPs 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 Ninewa.

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.

The new government, established in August 2020, has inherited a country characterized by high levels of corruption, a worsening of Covid-19 pandemic in spite of a prolonged lockdown, significant consequences of this pandemic on the country’s health system and economy, powerful militias and third-countries’ influence (e.g. Iran, US).

Presentation of TGH mission

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 Kurdistan and conducted several projects in Erbil: WASH in schools, Winterization distribution, Education and psychosocial support. From 2016 to 2020, TGH has deployed an emergency response supporting Iraqi IDPs in three camps of Ninewa Governorate (Khazer M1 and Nimrud, Salamiyah 1 and more recently Salamiyah 2 camps) with child protection services and education in emergencies. TGH has also been conducting and still developing livelihood activities towards vulnerable returnee households in rural Tilkaif / Hamdaniya districts. More recently TGH has opened offices in Baghdad, Mosul, Sinjar, and is developing programs in these areas of Federal Iraq. 

Ongoing 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 might continue to be restricted and could translate into a number of activities being managed at a distance with new arrangements and set-ups to put in place.

Presentation of the project

The project aims at providing child protection (CP) and legal services (General Protection) to conflict affected communities, while strengthening community-based mechanisms of risks prevention and response. Both immediate responses and long-term solutions will be implemented, notably by building on existing systems, and continuing to build capacities of local communities. TGH will work along with two local partners to implement such services, one specialized in CP in Kurdistan and one in legal assistance in Ninewa area (including in detention centers).

The project will build on each partners’ expertise to provide a comprehensive response to protection concerns affecting children, women and men’s access to their rights, development, resilience and well-being in Sulaymaniyah district, Til Keif (district center), Rabia sub-district (Tel Afar) and Mosul informal sites.

The project directly targets children, adolescents, men and women and to a larger extent communities that will be supported in becoming actors of protective environment promotion for their peers. By combining static approaches and mobile teams (providing outreach services), the 3 partners will ensure that vulnerable IDPs and returnees can access services even when living far from the centers ran by the project and lacking of mobility means.

TGH and the local CP partner will respond to CP issues in identified locations by providing full CP activities package. Both organizations will run centers in their respective locations where case management, PSS, parenting sessions, CP trainings and community-based CP activities will be provided. Both organizations will also have mobile teams providing the same activities in further locations including villages surrounding covered urban areas. They will comply to CP minimum standards as well as cluster guidelines ensuring activities are adapted to the sanitary context. CP activities will be adapted to age, gender and specific needs by taking into each group’s specificities. TGH will support its partner in building the capacity of their project teams by providing relevant CP trainings and mentoring sessions to CP workers. TGH (lead) will thus provide CP services in Til Keif and Rabia, and the partner will provide CP services in Sulaymaniyah.

TGH legal partner will be in charge of the legal component of the project in Ninewa. Lawyers will work in detention settings by coordinating with local police offices as well as Til Keif and Al-Faysaliah (in Mosul) detention centers where they are already operating. They will also work in out-of-camp settings through outreach service provision. They will work closely with TGH CP teams operating in the same areas (Til Keif and Rabia in Tel Afar) to ensure referrals.

Capacity building of both local partners by TGH is also a strong component of the proposed intervention aiming at strengthening local capacities in line with the strategy of localization of aid and sustainability of the action. Capacity building will aim at developing their capacity in protection services provision as well as supporting their structural development and capacity.

Job description

The overall objective of the Project Manager is to ensure, under the direct responsibility of the Field Coordinator and the functional supervision of the Program Coordinator, the implementation of activities in order to deliver essential services in the sector of Child protection and Legal Assistance in the Governorate of Ninewa and in Sulaymaniyah (KRI)

The Project Manager will have the responsibility of the overall supervision of a national team of 23 people.  In addition, she/he will provide coaching and support to two National NGO teams on Humanitarian standards, Project Cycle Management and child protection related issues. At the technical and programmatic level, the Project Manager will work with the Field Coordinator, the Program Coordinator and the Protection Unit in collaboration with the education and protection technical advisor based in HQ.

She/he ensures the good and quality implementation and monitoring of the project and the achievements of all results and activities

The main responsibilities include:

Project Management

Human Resources

Logistics and administration

Internal coordination

Representation and external coordination

Communication and visibility

Reporting

Security

Strategy

This list of responsibilities could be modified according to the needs in the field.

Security, working and living conditions

There are two main bases/offices on the mission, located in Erbil and Mosul . In April 2019, TGH opened a sub-base in Sinjar linked to Mosul base.
In Ninewa Governorate, the area of operation (Mosul) is located approximately 80 kilometers west of Erbil. Although the situation in terms of security is considered safe enough to physically operate directly, security risks and constraints have been identified and security incidents happen regularly. Staff movement are always monitored and tracked. In terms of working and living conditions in Mosul city, an office/guesthouse is newly operational with strict security measures in place (TGH security plan) with limitation of movement. Curfew is set up at 10PM for all staff and some authorized restaurants have been identified.

TGH coordination team is located between Mosul (Irak) and Kurdistan Region in Erbil. Concerning security, despite the dynamic context in Iraq, the region of KRI is currently safe. Security rules are regularly updated according to the change in context. In Erbil city, there are few restrictions of movement and expatriate staff can easily go out to bazaars, restaurants, sport centers, parks, shopping centers, supermarkets. Trips to the countryside are possible at weekends.

In Baghdad, due to the security environment, international staff movements are strictly limited and under tracking. Curfew is set up at 5PM for all staff.

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