Iraq: Senior Program Manager

Organization: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Country: Iraq
Closing date: 21 Oct 2017

Titles: Senior Program Manager
Stabilizing Livelihoods in Nineveh (SLN)
Reports to: Project Manager (AV)
Location : Dohuk/ Zummar with frequent visits to other Sub-Districts in Nineveh (eg. Til Kaif/ Rabe’a/ Wana/ Sinuni)

A. Context
The northern Iraqi governorate Nineveh has been witnessing fierce fighting and displacement of its population in its very recent history. It follows that Nineveh can be characterised by its weak social and political fabric and is still affected by the Syrian crisis and internal armed conflicts. Since early 2014, the province of Nineveh has been subject to fighting between the terrorist group “Islamic State” (IS) and various other armed actors. As a result of these clashes and terrorism against the civilian population by the IS, more than 600,000 people fled, of an overall estimated 3.2 million inhabitants.

The province is also characterised by its diversity: Sunni Kurds and Sunni Arabs represent the majority of the population. Among the smaller groups are Yezidi, Shi’ite Turkmen, Christians and the Shi’a Shabak. The recent events have significantly contributed to the increasing divide between the aforementioned groups and further weakened the social and political fabric.

The local administrative structures in Nineveh province are deeply impacted by the political disputes between the central government in Baghdad, the government representatives of the KRI and the governorate government and administration in “exile” in the Kurdish autonomous region. Social services such as health care, income and inclusive education for all are only available rudimentarily. A social system, which is necessary for the reconstruction, and corresponding administrative structures, which intercept and support particularly vulnerable households haven been and still are destroyed by the conflict and no longer functional.

The aim of the project is to improve the social and economic livelihoods for returnees and the local population. The project contributes to restoring the livelihoods in the region most affected by the conflict. To this end, measures are taken to improve the framework conditions for the population and returnees at the level of the national state, the governorate government in exile and the local administration by means of a context-sensitive approach in 3 fields of action (1) support for the context-sensitive implementation through conflict monitoring and response mechanisms; (2) Cash for Work (CfW) – labor-intensive infrastructure measures and (3) Multi-Purpose Cash Transfers (unconditional social transfers, UCT)

B. Overall Purpose of Post
As a senior project manager your task is to facilitate the conflict sensitive implementation of the program. That includes close (data) monitoring and support to implementing partners of GIZ. Frequent visits to the sub-districts and meetings with the local authorities, local administration, civil society and other central stakeholders will provide the necessary insight for proactive action and possible redesign of the activities as well as planning of follow up measures.

C. Tasks and Responsibilities

  1. General Responsibilities

The Senior Program Manager

  • Oversees and manages the project from Dohuk/ Zummar on a day-to-day basis.
  • Manages the Zummar team and ensures timely implementation, results-orientation and accountability for project results.
  • Steers the development of the programme delivery targets and guides the team to achieve the targets.
  • Representation of the project to external and internal stakeholders.
  • Continuous exchange with internal and external actors in the same thematic field and continuous determination of further interfaces and synergies.
  • Briefs and consultation with head of program in Erbil on project progress and provision of information and advice as required.
  • Ensures regular assessment of strategic implementation of action plans identifying areas of emphasis to guide project improvements and future plans
  • and contributes to further strategic development of the program.
  • Ensuring good communication and flow of information within the SLN programme and with other GIZ units, departments and programs.
  • Takes full responsibility for operational decisions for activities implemented from Dohuk/ Zumar.
  • Monitors the progress on agreed results framework and performance indicators and takes action/ decision and/ or provide timely assessment.
  • Incorporates and applies approaches as well as addressing cross cutting themes (e.g. gender) in project design and activities.
  • Communicates progress, risks, expectations, timelines, milestones and other key project metrics to head of program.
  • The senior program manager performs the following tasks:

  • Conflict Monitoring and Management Mechanisms

  • Conflict sensitive implementation. Identifies conflicts at an early stage, intercepts their escalation and designs interventions.

  • Monitors closely the political developments in the fields and designs and implements measures to respond to tensions in the project area. Holds

  • meetings, introduces proactively sessions of Adequate Dispute Resolution (ADR).

  • Cooperates closely with SLN implementing partners.

  • Identifies actors relevant to mitigation of violence and conflict resolution.

  • Follows up on the systematic conflict monitoring and stakeholder mapping, guaranteeing a dynamic conflict analysis and adequate response mechanisms.

  • Contributes to development of a strategy to disseminate the findings of the conflict analysis and makes it accessible to relevant stakeholder at all levels.

  • Designs and implements activities to develop SOPs for local authorities, administration and local organisations in case of newly arising conflicts.

  • Creates a bi-monthly foresight analysis for the project areas.

  • Data Monitoring

  • Monitoring of Livelihoods (collection of households, villages, infrastructure and aid measures in the Project area) and strengthens the network to exchange on data/ information.

  • Stream line and continuous implementation of conflict sensitive monitoring.

  • Coordinates closely with GIZ Monitoring Units as well as the respective Departments of GIZ implementing partners.

  • Coordination and Liaison

  • Coordination with other donors and implementing organisations operating from Dohuk into Nineveh governorate. Particularly with activities in the field’s livelihood, stabilization, conflict management and social cohesion.

  • Participates in relevant coordination bodies, e.g. ‘Sinuni coordination meeting’ and keeps information flow with Erbil

  • Represents the program and liaises with local authorities and security bodies.

  • Keeps good contact with the other GIZ units, departments and programs in Dohuk und facilitates processes and information flow.

  • Creates, further develops and updates list of important contacts.

Administration and office management Zummar

  • Preparation and follow up of all administrative processes for procurement and employment for the SLN Dohuk and Zummar office, support if needed for SLN Erbil office
  • Operates the SLN Zummar office including the staff (1 project assistant/ support staff)
  • Actively contributes to the GIZ knowledge management system that includes filing documents in reference files or in DMS in line with GIZ’s filing rules.
  • Supporting the Erbil SLN office in all issues in Dohuk.

  • General tasks

  • Facilitates, supports and coordinates tasks of project staff and implementing partners

  • Prepares and provides material proactively and on request to GIZ HR department.

  • Coordinates movement of the vehicles coordination with fleet manager

  • Coordinates closely with GIZ RMO on developments and movements in the project area.

  • holds the responsibly of security focal point in and coordinates with RMO

  • performs other duties and tasks if needed to guarantee smooth implementation.

D. Required qualifications, competences and experience
General Qualifications

  • Degree in social science, political science, law, project management or related field of study.
  • At least 5 years professional experience in a field relevant to the position in a comparable position, preferably in an INGO or International Development Organization.
  • Very good knowledge of the local context in Nineveh and Dohuk.
  • good working knowledge of ITC technologies
  • excellent communication skills in English, Arabic and Kurdish

Specific Qualifications

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience with conflict sensitive data gathering, monitoring and conflict analysis.
  • Experience with developing SOPs for local authorities, administration and/or local organisations.
  • Experience in working with multi-cultural teams.
  • Experience in donor coordination.
  • Experience in Adequate Dispute Resolution.
  • Experience with Result Based Management.
  • Very good communication and networking skills.

How to apply:

Please send your CV/Resume to the following email address: