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Cash and Markets Adviser

Erbil (Iraq)

  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Erbil (Iraq)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Cash-Based Interventions
    • Refugee rights and well-being
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-31

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NRC in Iraq

Since the Government of Iraq declared that combat operations against the Islamic State Group (IS) had ended in 2017, Iraq has been recovering from the significant damage and destruction caused by the armed conflict. Of the more than six million Iraqis who fled their homes since 2014, 4.5 million Iraqis have returned to their area of origin and 1.4 million remain internally displaced. Many Iraqis have returned to areas that lack basic infrastructure, services and livelihood opportunities, or where explosive devices have not been cleared. Other challenges returnees and secondarily displaced people face include the lack of security, community acceptance, housing, property and civil documentation issues as well as critical educational and health service gaps. Throughout this, Iraq continues to host over a quarter of a million Syrian refugees.

The UN estimates that more than 4.1 million Iraqis will need assistance in 2020, 1.77 million of them in acute need. 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, returnees, and host communities in Ninewa, Dohuk, Erbil, Kirkuk, Basra, Salahdeen and Anbar Governorates.  

We focus on assisting the newly displaced, those experiencing protracted displacement in camps, and people returning to and living in hard-to-reach places by improving their chance of obtaining a durable solution.  NRC runs integrated programmes across Iraq to respond to people in need using our shelter and settlements, education, camp management, legal assistance, livelihoods, and cash activities.

Duties and responsibilities

The Cash & Markets Adviser role will support market assessments to inform project design decisions, representation of NRC is different forums at the national level, development of systems and tools to enhance the quality, efficiency, monitoring, reporting and risk management of cash and market based interventions within NRC Iraq.

The following is a brief description of the role. Further information can be found in Job Description.

Generic responsibilities

  • Compliance and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures.  
  • Contribute to the development of country and area cash & markets strategies; initiate and participate in the development of relevant proposals. 
  • Responsible for ensuring programme support to cash & markets focused programming, coordination and technical quality in programme and support.
  • Compliance to donor standards, and grant management and regular reporting to donor in country programme to cash & markets related matters.
  • Ensure compliance with contractual commitments and extracting and implementing key learnings from project implementation.   
  • Develop training materials and provide cash & markets -related technical learning or/and training for project staff.
  • Ensure capacity building of all technical and support staff in cash and livelihoods programming.   
  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need of protection, explore and asses new and better ways to assist.  
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy.

Generic professional competencies for this position:

  • Advanced degree in Agriculture, Social Sciences or Business Studies preferred.
  • Documented technical competences related to the position’s responsibilities, with a minimum of 3 years’ relevant experience in a similar role.   
  • Specific knowledge from the humanitarian sector.   
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts.        
  • Additional documented experience and expertise as technical specialist or programme implementation related to NRC’s Core Competencies/sectors will be preferred.   
  • Strong coordination skills.   
  • Ability to multitask.   
  • Experience working with vulnerable communities and people (displaced people, women, youth).   
  • Strong computer skills - proficiency in Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel and is mandatory ·Fluency in English, both written and verbal. Arabic language skills are an advantage.

Context related skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Experience with cash and markets programming in the development/ humanitarian field in the Middle East or similar contexts.   
  • Experience with market analysis in the humanitarian sector.   
  • Experience with inter-agency coordination in the development/ humanitarian field.
  • Very strong analytical skills (experience in collecting and large sizes of analysing data).   
  • Excellent facilitation and presentation skills.  
Personal qualities
  • Working with people: strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative attitude and willingness to work in a team.   
  • Strategic thinking.   
  • Planning and delivering results.   
  • Communicating with impact and respect.   
  • Analytical Handling insecure environments.   
  • Empowering others/enabling others to deliver.  
Additional Information
  • Contract period: 12 months.
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions.
  • Duty station: Erbil, Iraq, with 40% travel within Iraq. The position holder will be expected to travel to all areas of Iraq where NRC is operational.

Female candidates encouraged to apply

Please download Job Description of the position here.

We will review applications on an ongoing basis, interested candidates are encouraged to apply early.


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee.

We work in crises across more than 30 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights.

NORCAP is a global provider of expertise that contributes to solving challenges in the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors. Our ultimate goal is to strengthen the resilience, and protect the lives, rights and livelihoods of vulnerable people and communities

NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.


We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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