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Community Engagement Project Manager

Tel Afar District

  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Tel Afar District
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-10

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Community Engagement Project Manager 
Tel Afar District, Ninewa Governorate and Tikrit / Baiji Districts, Salah al Din Governorates

The Danish Refugee Council assists refugees and internally displaced persons across the globe: we provide emergency aid, fight for their rights, and strengthen their opportunity for a brighter future. We work in conflict-affected areas, along the displacement routes, and in the countries where refugees settle. In cooperation with local communities, we strive for responsible and sustainable solutions. We work toward successful integration and – whenever possible – for the fulfilment of the wish to return home. 
The Danish Refugee Council was founded in Denmark in 1956, and has since grown to become an international humanitarian organization with more than 7,000 staff and 8,000 volunteers. Our vision is a dignified life for all displaced. 
All of our efforts are based on our value compass: humanity, respect, independence and neutrality, participation, and honesty and transparency.
In 2003, following the start of foreign military operations in Iraq, DRC became one of the first organisations to provide humanitarian assistance in the country, and now operates in 11 governorates, including Anbar, Baghdad, Babel, Diyala, Duhok, Erbil, Karbala, Kirkuk, Najaf, Ninewa and Salah-al-Din.

About the job
The CEPM is responsible for the implementation of all aspects of the Community Engagement programme in Iraq, which delivers activities focused on social cohesion and conflict sensitivity outcomes. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring; planning and implementation of project activities, development and management of project budgets; timely and high quality narrative and financial reporting, preparing funding proposals in order to sustain and grow the project; management of project staff, adherence to DDG’s security procedures and regulations, representation of DDG in Iraq; adherence to/fulfilment of DDG’s standard regulations and operational procedures (including the Code of Conduct, the DRC/DDG Programme Manual and administrative regulations), approved programme documents, donor contracts and national laws. Your main duties and responsibilities will be:

About you
To be successful in this role we expect the following: 


Strategic planning:  

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of DRC’s internal strategies for Iraq
  • Working with DRC Technical Coordinators to identify and develop technical approaches for integrated programming, particularly in the areas of Protection and Economic Recovery. 

Project management:

  • Prepare annual work plans for the Community Safety programme in Iraq in accordance with annual planning cycle;
  • Ensure the proper and timely implementation of project activities according to agreed policies and donor requirements;
  • Develop M&E plan and ensure its implementation;
  • Provide regular internal reports and other relevant information on general policy matters, project activities and external relations to the DDG Head of Programme, based on agreed formats and schedules
  • Develop and maintain programme tools, manuals and guidelines for DRC Iraq Community Safety activities, to be used by project staff and other DRC departments as required. 

Organisational and people management: 

  • Develop an effective working relationship with the Iraq programme team based on a clear understanding of respective roles, as well as a collaborative approach;
  • Provide quality assurance and regular input to training packages and approaches, as developed / delivered by the Community Safety Project Officer 
  • Line management of project staff:
  • Provision of initial programme induction training for new project staff (tailored to position functions)
  • Ensuring delivery by them of timely and high quality outputs;
  • Developing performance plans and holding performance appraisals for all project staffs;

Finance and fundraising:

  • Ensure the development of project budgets and spending projections;
  • Monitor expenditure against budgets;
  • Together with the DDG Head of Programme identify opportunities for new projects and funding;
  • Contribute to development of funding proposals;

External representation and advocacy: 

  • Ensure good and constructive relations with local government at Country, District and sub-district levels;
  • Strengthen DRC’s contacts and coordination with other NGO/CBOs operating in Iraq;
  • Represent DRC in external meetings;
  • Ensure good relations with DDG’s partner organisations;
  • Represent DRC towards donors.


  • A minimum of 5 years of working experience at senior management level with humanitarian NGOs or similar international bodies out of which 3 years must have been within the peacebuilding, conflict management or similar sectors, preferably in challenging security environments. 
  • Extensive understanding of working on issues related to conflict management, community based approaches, awareness raising, and development of policy recommendations;
  • Excellent command of project management activities, with proven record of achievements
  • The ability to translate strategic plans into programming
  • Experience with programme management, staff management, monitoring and evaluation is highly desirable;
  • Working experience from MENA is deemed an asset;
  • Successful experience with fundraising and managing large grants;
  • Experience in managing the safety of personnel and assets is desired;
  • Experience with the liaison with donors and Government authorities is highly desirable;
  • Fluency in verbal and written English with excellent writing skills is required. Knowledge of Arabic or Kurdish will be an asset;
  • Experience in working in complex and politically-sensitive contexts
  • A team player – able to demonstrate a constructive, cooperative and problem-solving approach
  • Experience in working in insecure environments
  • Strong administration and organizational ability
  • Excellent management and personnel skills – a calm and diplomatic disposition will be preferred
  • Ability and flexibility to understand the cultural and political environment and to work well with the local authorities 
  • Ability to work independently and still be a good team player
  • English (fluent)


  • Working experience in Iraq, or in a similar challenging work environment.
  • A background in training
  • Arabic (preferred)

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:   
Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.   
Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.   
Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.   
Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly.   
Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.     

We offer
Contract length: 6 Months
Level: Management- F 
Designation of Duty Station: Unacccompanied 
Start date: 1st January 2020

Salary and conditions will be in accordance with Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Expatriates/ Nationals; please refer to under Vacancies. For questions regarding the vacancy, please contact .

Application process
All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered. 

Closing date for applications: 15th november 2019

Application will be reviewed on a rolling basis

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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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