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MRT Project Coordinator (National Position), Kirkuk - Iraq


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, and emergency food security, legal assistance, and water, sanitation and hygiene sectors. NRC is operating in Iraq since 2010 to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable people affected by on-going conflict in the region. It has its country office in Erbil, KR-I and has area offices in Baghdad, Dohuk, Erbil and Kirkuk.

NRC national program strategy for 2016 takes a whole of Iraq approach focusing on CCCM, WASH, Shelter, Education, Emergency Cash modalities, housing and land property (HLP) and Information Counseling and Legal Assistance (ICLA). In 2016, NRC will continue to consolidate operations in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) by providing care and maintenance facilities in IDPs camps, strengthening the relevant government authorities and building systems more at community levels as opposed to household level for successful exit, while also considerably scaling up operations in the South-Central regions of Iraq (with focus on the Anbar and Baghdad Governorates). A further priority will be to reach populations in harder to access areas through working with implementing national partners, established community network contacts and UN-led Rapid Response Mechanisms (RRM). Target caseload will be people affected by displacement including IDPs in camps, IDPs outside of camps, host communities, returnees and refugees.

The purpose of the MRT Coordinator position is to implement projects in which the Camps situation of vulnerable displaced families living in severely inadequate Camps is improved through an integrated approach. The MRT Coordinator will lead the teams that will improve the Camps.

Job description

  • Line management of MRT Officers
  • Ensure adherence with NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines as well Government rules and regulations
  • Contribute to MRT strategy development, concept notes, project proposals, budgets and provide input on needs and gaps
  • Manage and implement delegated portfolio of MRT projects (activities, budget, plan of Action, and project documentation) as delegated from PM in line with proposals, objectives, strategies and donor requirements while ensuring high technical quality
  • Provide regular progress reports to PM (AM and MRT Specialist if no PM) and input into Donor reports as requested
  • Assist PM in the development of data management tools and Standard Operating Procedures and ensure proper filing of documents in both hard and soft copies
  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need of protection, explore and asses new and better ways to assist
  • Promote and share ideas for technical improvement in relation to both the “hard” and “soft” components of MRT programming
  • Participate in the recruitment of MRT Officers and Assistants and provide on the job training as planned to increase the capacity of project staff and transfer key skills; Actively participate in capacity building trainings, workshops and seminars organized by NRC.
  • Assist PM in the development of work plans for MRT project activities and ensure that work plans are adhered to throughout implementation
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy; Ensure that gender and protection mainstreaming are carried out at the field level by all MRT staff
  • Collaborate with teams from other CC’s to ensure that project beneficiaries are provided with the full packages of services available through NRC’s programming according to the beneficiaries specific and self-identified needs.
  • PC will be responsible for the implementation of the integrated MRT activities.
  • Ensure that activities are carried out in accordance with the allocated budget
  • Assist in the development of assessment (Social and Technical) and Focus Group Discussion Tools. Plan and supervise community meetings and other community mobilization activities
  • Assist in developing beneficiary selection criteria and Standard Operating Procedures, and ensure that beneficiaries are selected in accordance with set criteria.
  • In collaboration with PM and MRT Specialist develop minimum technical standards for construction/upgrades/rehabilitation.
  • Liaise and collaborate with relevant local authorities, local and international NGOs/Agencies and other key stakeholders at community and area level .
  • Supervise and document information related to follow up carried out by the staff relating to any project beneficiary information requests and complaints as directed by PM and M&E unit. Directly carry out follow up on sensitive cases.


  • Experience managing all aspects of MRT project implementation position in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic. Knowledge of additional local dialects is a plus.
  • Post-secondary (Bachelor) degree or higher in (civil) engineering, architecture, humanitarian assistance/development project management, or related subject;
  • At least two years in project management in an emergency setting or development work, in MRT and/or CCCM projects;
  • Strong experience in financial, asset and human resources management, budgeting and administration;
  • Strong experience in planning, design, management and implementation of emergency MRT and/or CCCM projects camp setting in Iraq, including distributions and assessments.
  • Experience in leading development BoQs, BoQ Amendments, Scope of Work, Technical specifications of materials and construction activities
  • Ability to prioritize needs and carry out multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Experience in coordinating with NGOs, community organizations, community leaders, UN Agencies and government officials.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal, analytical and negotiation skills
  • Proven skills and experience in (contributing to) concept note, proposal and report writing
  • Valid driving license (incl. manual gearbox)
  • Advanced computer skills, especially in Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint. Knowledge of Microsoft Project and CAD is a plus.

Education field

  • Architect / Design
  • Civil engineering / construction

Education level

  • College / University, Bachelor's degree

Personal qualities

  • Handling insecure environments
  • Managing resources to optimize results
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Managing performance and development
  • Planning and delivering results
  • Flexible and creative
  • Pro-active, goal-oriented and results driven


  • English
  • Arabic
  • Kurdish

We offer

  • The post will be for 12 months contract duration (with possible extension). The salary starts from IQD 3,374,200 with health insurance.
  • Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Miscellaneous info

  • Travel: Some travelling must be expected
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Kirkuk
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Emergency Aid
    • Engineering
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Public Administration - Restructuring
  • Closing Date: 2017-01-19

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