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Project Development and Support Officer


Who are we? 
Danish Refugee Council is a leading protection agency pursuing our mandate to protect and promote durable solutions to displacement-affected populations on the basis of humanitarian principles and human rights. In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), DRC apply a regional approach with operational presence in Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Iraq. 
Present in Iraq since 2003, DRC is today operational in the Kurdish governorates, in and around Baghdad and in several South-Central governorates. Focused both on the influx of Syrian refugees and the current IDP crisis, DRC is providing assistance in a range of sectors including Camp Coordination and Camp Management, Protection, Livelihoods, Emergency Response (including food security, cash, and NFIs), WASH, Shelter and Mine Action. The Iraq programme presently employs some 450 national staff and 45 international staff, and is growing to meet new, emerging needs associated with ongoing and recent conflict in multiple locations. 
About the job 
Project Development and Support Officer supports the Programme Development Department and the DRC country team to carry out its mission in Iraq. 
Duties and Responsibilities 
Project Development 
• Act as the lead writer/coordinator/editor for concept notes and proposals, as needed. These will be designed in collaboration with programme staff and technical advisors, ensuring that DRC’s programme handbook guidelines are incorporated into proposal design.  
• Ensure communication between all departments (finance, program, and operations) in drafting of budgets.  
• Contribute to the development of strong data collection and monitoring & evaluation plans within each proposal, including well-designed log-frames and indicators. 
• Maintain up-to-date information on donor priorities and funding opportunities. 
Research, Analysis and Capacity Building 
• Assist in conducting needs assessments and background research to guide DRC programming. 
• Map donors and projects in Iraq relevant to DRC’s focus sectors. 
• Conduct visits to field locations as possible/needed. 
• Undertake training for programme and operation staff on grants management and processes to enhance quality within DRC programming. This will include quality reporting, M&E practices, project cycle management, and data collection. Also provide one-on-one support in report writing, proposal development, indicator tracking, DRC-specific tools, and other topics, as needed. 
• Facilitate new-grant start-up and quarterly review meetings to ensure donor compliance, operation/program integration, logistics support, etc.  
• Manage internal and external reporting, ensuring high-quality, well-written and timely reports meeting donor and DRC requirements, with support from the country director and programme managers. 
• Consolidate monthly internal programme progress reports based on input from programme managers, including tracking progress on programme indicators and reporting on key programme highlights/issues. 
• Maintain grant files, including regular updating within DRC’s Grants Monitoring System (GMS). 
• Maintain the grants and report tracking system to ensure all grant files are organized and well managed for planning and preparation of donor reports and project monitoring. Maintain grants and sub-grant management system, including grant files, project and financial reporting documentation, and monitoring systems and tools to ensure grant compliance.  
• Write and edit communication pieces, press releases and success stories and follow up with media for coordination of communication pieces. 
• Provide support to project specialists to produce outreach material for publication 
• Supporting communication between HQ, Regional and Country Team offices 
About you 
To be successful in this role you must have: 
Essential qualifications and experience:  
• Bachelor’s degree in relevant field, with master’s degree strongly preferred. 
• At least two years of INGO field experience in a similar position that includes proposal development, reporting and grants management. 
• Knowledge of key donor (UN, EC, USG, etc.) regulations, procedures and requirements. 
• Proven ability to develop winning proposals for public and private-sector donors. 
• Strong networking, interpersonal and presentation skills. 
• Excellent organizational skills, with ability to determine priorities and pay attention to detail. 
• Ability to work in a multicultural context as a flexible and respectful team player. 
• High-level knowledge and practice with Word, Excel, Outlook, etc. 
• Ability/willingness to work with extremely tight deadlines and multiple tasks. 
• Excellent written and spoken English required / Arabic or Kurdish preferred. 
• Willingness to follow security policies and procedures. 
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’ five core competencies:  
• Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.  
• Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.  
• Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.  
• Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.  
• Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.  
We offer 
DRC will offer the successful applicant a 6 month contract subject to extension based on performance and funding. You must be available to start work in July 2017 and be willing to live and work in Iraq. 
Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates; please refer to under Vacancies. This position will be placed at A18 of DRC’s salary scale, depending on qualifications and experience. The R&R cycle for this position is every 12 weeks.  
Application process 
Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on the apply button. All applications must include a cover letter explaining your motivation for applying for this position and an updated CV (no longer than four pages). Both must be in English. Applications without a cover/motivation letter will not be considered. 
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact  
Applications close 25 May 2017.  
Need further information? 
For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website 
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.
  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Erbil
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2017-05-25

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