Iraq: Liaison Manager

Organization: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Country: Iraq
Closing date: 10 Jan 2018

Title: Liaison Manager

Reports to: GIZ Representative Iraq
Location: Erbil, Iraq
Languages Required: English, Kurdish, Arabic

As a member of the GIZ Office KRI/Northern Iraq in Erbil, the Liaison manager reports to the Country Representative (CR) and support GIZ managers and their deputies on programatic and operational issues
In the fields of responsibility set out below, the Liaison manager shall act under delegated authority from the CR and be accountable to the CR, and through the CR, to the Country Office in Ankara and its members. For the fulfilment of these responsibilities, the Liaison manager shall receive instructions, guidance and support from the CR. In terms of programmatic and operational support, the Liaison manager will liaise with key program and operational bodies in particular the Heads of programs – and

the Risk Management Team (RMO).

  1. Duties and Responsibilities:
    A) Summary of the Key functions:
     As regards the CR’s representational role, the Liaison manager shall facilitate communication between the CR and the KRI/Northern Iraq authorities. In so doing, the Liaison manager shall analyze and advise on emerging political, socio-economic and security developments and advocate for joint positions, based on the GIZ’s purposes and principles.
     The Liaison manager shall act under the authority of the CR to coordinate and control the security arrangements for operations in his / her area of responsibility.
     In matters pertaining to GIZ program implementation for Iraq, the Liaison manager shall support existing arrangements enabling a coherent GIZ response on relevant programming and policy issues, ensuring compliance with the agreed organizational, planning, monitoring and reporting requirements of the GIZ.
     The Liaison manager will support the smooth running of GIZ programming in KRI/Northern Iraq, inter alia through maintenance of a constructive and inclusive working atmosphere among concerned GIZ staff members, including representatives of GIZ headquarter and consultants, where relevant.
     The Liaison manager will support strategic partnerships arrangements with national stakeholders, including government and non-state actors. The Liaison manager shall ensure the provision of top quality advisory services facilitate effective knowledge management and
    provide assistance to CR in regard of planning, monitoring and reporting, aid management
    coordination etc.
     The Liaison manager shall support inter-agency cooperation on communication activities in
    KRI/Northern Iraq, including identification of high-visibility, results-oriented communication
     Liaising with the PR Unit of GIZ, the Liaison manager will engage with the media and other
    key partners to ensure effective communication messaging under One GIZ Voice in
    KRI/Northern Iraq.
     The Liaison manager shall liaise with the local bodies like e.g. JCC’s and BORHA to ensure:
    regular coverage of developments on KRI/Northern Iraq in GIZ KRI/Northern Iraq
    information platforms.
     The Liaison manager shall act as an interpreter (writing/speaking) for the CR and shall
    accompany or represent him on high level meetings and talks with local authorities.
  2. Functions/Key Results Expected:
    A) Provide strategic policy and political analytical support to the CR:
     Advise the CR on any political, social or economic developments in the relevant areas of
    responsibility of this function.
     Maintain and develop day-to-day contacts with key government authorities and ensure the
    prompt sharing of information, conclusions or messages with the CR and concerned GIZ
    Head of Programs, or GIZ program staff, as appropriate.
     Support the development and maintenance of existing joint consultation processes within
    government authorities and other stakeholders in the area of responsibility.
     Act as a point of referral and advice for communications between the GIZ and the local
     Act as the Area Security Advisor for the CR in liaison with KRI/Northern Iraq RMO and stay
    abreast of local security related issues and/or concerns.
    B) Provide strategic coordination for GIZ implementation in KRI/Northern Iraq:
     Advise the CR on the need for adjustments to the GIZ results framework for KRI/Northern
    Iraq, and related programmatic or operational developments.
     Support KRI/Northern Iraq key persons within the government and the governorate offices to
    comply with the agreed planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements of the
    GIZ during program implementation, ensuring a results orientation and the application of
    lessons learned.
     Working closely with JCC, OCHA, IOM and other relevant bodies support the overall
    coherence and harmonization of GIZ activities in KRI/Northern Iraq, in particular during
    planning, reviews and implementation.
     Supervise the implementation of the GIZ Letter of Intent in KRI/Northern Iraq and
    implementation of the memorandums, recommendations and agreements which were
     Liaise with the GIZ RMO, in case of any emergency
    C) Maintains strategic partnerships and support the resource mobilization in
    cooperation with other agencies:
     Support the development of partnerships with government institutions, bi-lateral and multilateral
    donors, private sector, civil society etc.
     Provide support to joint GIZ resource mobilisation efforts, in accordance with the agreed GIZ
    Principles and Strategy and other relevant instruments defined by the GIZ.
    D) Ensures provision of policy advisory services and facilitation of knowledge
    building and management:
     Contribute to the analysis of the political, social and economic situation in the country and
    preparation/revision of GIZ support documents.
     Identify sources of information related to policy-driven issues, synthesis of best practices
    and lessons learned directly linked to GIZ program goals.
     Support the production of CR reports to demonstrate development results.
     Coordinate development of policies and institutions that will address the country problems
    and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners.
    E) Ensures administrative procedures for the GIZ Office
     General administrative tasks with the authorities like e.g. vehicle registration, Asayish focal
    point, correspondence with the local authorities like governorate, ministries, directorates.
     Facilitate day to day non-administrative work between GIZ and national as well as
    international partners.
     Processing of residency (ID) card and visa issues for international GIZ staff.
     Supervision and cooperation with the Office manager in all relevant matters.
     Management responsibility for liaison support staff in Erbil, Dohuk, Suleymania and
    Baghdad (e.g. liaison officer, liaison assistant, logistics assistant
  3. Competencies
    A) Corporate Competencies:
     Demonstrates integrity by modeling the GIZ values and ethical standards.
     Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the GIZ.
     Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
    B) Required Competencies:
  4. Management and Leadership / political analysis skills
     Ability to conduct sound political analysis, judgment, and decision making in a complex
    socio-political environment.
     Ability to analyze and understand complex political issues and environment and provide
    options or advice to senior management.
     Builds strong relationships within political and social networks, focuses on impact and result
    for the GIZ and responds positively to feedback.
     Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
     Ability to lead, build and work in a team.
     Capacity to work under pressure.
     Demonstrated negotiating, cultural sensitivity and diplomatic skills.
     Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills.
     Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
  5. Development and Operational Effectiveness
     Ability to support strategic planning, results-based management and reporting.
     Ability to support monitoring and evaluation of development programs and projects, mobilize
     Ability to implement new systems and positively affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change.
     High intellectual capacity to understand and interpret national development issues.
     Promotes knowledge management in the GIZ family through networking and personal
  6. Required Skills and Experience
    A) Education:
     Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Economics, Public Policy, Political Science, Public
    Administration, Business Administration, Development Studies, International Development
    or related field.
    B) Experience:
     Minimum 5 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing
    strategic political policy and program/project advisory services, hands-on experience in
    policy and program design, monitoring and evaluation of development interventions and
    results, or related fields. Also, candidates will require experience on security matters and
    skills in facilities management.
     Proven ability to establish and manage inter-relationships among international
    organizations, national governments and civil society. Experience in the usage of computers
    and office software packages and good IT skills desirable.
    C) Language:
     Fluent in English, Kurdish, Arabic, spoken and written. Knowledge of the German language
    would support the application.

How to apply:

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