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Livelihoods Project Coordinator - (National Position), Re-advertisement - Iraq

Al Başrah (Iraq)

  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Al Başrah (Iraq)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Transport and Distribution
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-09-17

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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

Rights Respected, People Protected

NRC in Iraq

Iraq, with a long history of displacement, has seen an unprecedented rise in recent years. Of the more than 5.8 million Iraqis who fled their homes since 2014, two million remain displaced. Over four million Iraqis have returned to their area of origin. Many Iraqis have returned to areas that lack basic infrastructure, utility services and livelihood opportunities, or where explosive devices have not been cleared. Other challenges include: lack of security, community rejection, housing, property and civil documentation issues and lack of educational opportunities.

The UN estimates that more than 8 million Iraqis will need assistance in 2019, and 3.2 million children attend schools irregularly or not at all. Humanitarian agencies are asking for 569 million USD to deliver basic assistance to Iraqis  (HRP 2018). With military operations against IS group having ended, the Iraqi government faces new challenges to ensure an inclusive reconstruction and reconciliation that will sustain peace.

Since 2010,NRC Iraq has been assisting internally displaced Iraqis, Syrian refugees, and host communities in Ninewa, Dohuk, Erbil, Kirkuk, Basra and Anbar. We focus on assisting the newly displaced, those in lengthy displacement in camps and those in hard-to-reach places. In 2018, NRC scaled-up programmes across Iraq to respond to the large-scale displacements and returns, especially in Anbar governorate, around Kirkuk and in Ninewa using our water and sanitation, education, camp management, legal assistance, livelihoods, camp management, and cash activities.

                                                                 Livelihoods Project Coordinator - Basra

The purpose of the Livelihoods Coordinator position is to implement delegated aspects of the Livelihoods CC project portfolio for NRC’s Basra OfficeLine management of livelihood project field staff (officers and assistants) and transfer key technical skills to staff under your supervision, oversee market assessments, mapping, and contribute to analysis. Contribute to design and implementation of business-focused and community-based soft-skills training programmes. Support identification of financial service provider(s) for cash grants distribution


  1. Adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
  2. Contribute to the development of Country, Area and Livelihoods strategis, initiate and participate in the development of relevant livelihoods projects.
  3. Provide input/analysis on livelihoods needs and gaps; contribute to proposal development
  4. Coordinate and implement Livelihoods project implementation (activities, budget and project documentation) as delegated by Livelihoods PM in line with proposals, strategies and donor requirements.
  5. Implement technical direction and ensure high technical quality of projects.
  6. Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need of protection, explore and assess new and better ways to assist.
  7. Manage project budget (in cooperation with Livelihoods Project Manager) and coordinate across other Core Competencies.
  8. Ensure capacity building of project staff and transfer key skills.
  9. Liaise and collaborate with relevant local authorities and other key stakeholders.
  10. Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy.
  11. Provide regular progress reports to PM and Livelihoods Specialist     
  12. Promote and share ideas for improvement and necessary changes in the activities
  13. Budget management: ensure budget management and submit regular spending plans; develop workplans for the field teams and follow up with progress on a daily basis; budget holding when delegated this responsibility; develop procurement plan and ensure all procurements are done in time; contribute to provide monthly activity reports and donor reports; contribute to proposal and budget development.
  14. Donor compliance: ensure donor rules and regulations are followed and all necessary documentation is uploaded in the SSD drive and responsible for preparation of RODs for livelihoods projects.
  15. Responsible for the quality of the program: quality of data collection and distributions are according to SoPs with correct accountability measures in place
  16. M&E: With support from the Livelihoods PM, PDM and M&E, ensure that the following activities are implemented according to the workplan: market assessments; beneficiary assessments and verification; PDM surveys; and endline surveys. Ensures reporting tools are in place for daily tracking of activities/trainings/distributions.
  17. Overall coordination of beneficiary selection process; ensures there is a communication strategy with beneficiaries in place; ensures there is a functioning complaints mechanism.
  18. Support in identification and procurement of training service providers, while putting in place systems to ensure quality
  19. Oversee the use of different aid modalities in the emergency response including market based approaches. Take informed decisions over the implementation modality based on market assessments and price monitoring.
  20. Coordinate with the Logistics, Finance and Security departments to organize activities
  21. Represent NRC in external meetings as needed, primarily with MoA, MoLSA, and any governorate level coordination mechanisms for Livelihoods.
  22. Cooperate closely with counterparts from other NRC core competencies to identify opportunities for integration/synergy of NRC services alongside livelihoods.
  23. Apply NRC Community Engagement Approach and hold staff to account.

Our Ideal Candidate 

University degree or higher education relevant to the assignment (social services, agriculture, relevant engineering). Proven work experience will be considered as a substitute for formal education with minimum (3) years of experience working on Cash and/or Livelihoods project implementation position in a humanitarian/recovery context. IT competencies including MS Office. Fluency in English and Arabic both verbal and written is a must.

Additional Information:

Contract period: seven (7) months

Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions

Duty station: Basra,

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information, please find attached the job description

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