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Agriculture and Livelihoods Program Manager

Iraq (Iraq)

  • Organization: SP - Samaritan's Purse
  • Location: Iraq (Iraq)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Nutrition
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-15

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A day in the life of an Agriculture and Livelihoods Program Manager, Iraq

At Samaritan’s Purse, the Gospel really is the center of all we do! We start each day with a time of devotions and prayer. We hear from members of our staff, both from IHQ and our global offices, as well as special guest speakers who encourage us in God’s word. We then join together to pray for one another, as well as praying for staff and volunteers who serve around the globe. We get paid to start each day this way!

Unaccompanied position.

2021 contract with the potential for renewal.

Subject to availability of funding.

Job Duties

  • Implement an externally funded livelihood and agriculture program, as the project’s main field operator for Samaritan’s Purse.
  • Provide overall strategy and vision for the project while meeting project goals and objectives.
  • Lead and manage successfully the implementation of the agriculture and livelihood activities, including agriculture trainings, cash for work activities, women’s livelihoods creation, and market linkages.
  • Write timely, quality monthly reports, assessment reports, quarterly reports, and final reports.
  • Closely monitor project implementation activities and ensure that all activities are conducted in accordance with the agreed work-plans, proposals, guidelines and SOPs.
  • Manage a diverse staff including delegating tasks, building their capacity, appraising and addressing performance, and handling staff conflict.
  • Assess, manage, and report critical physical, emotional, or spiritual concerns of supervised staff.
  • Supervise or delegate the supervision of contractors and employees/temporary laborers to ensure equity and quality standards are met.
  • Coordinate with local authorities, government agencies, and the participants to ensure the timely completion of activities to the maximum benefit of those involved. Attend relevant Cluster meetings.
  • Advise in the negotiation of terms of contracts with private and governmental agencies.
  • Identify and design ideas for further livelihood and agricultural programming in the area.
  • Coordinate with logistics for procurement, warehousing, and delivery.
  • Steward the budget faithfully in accordance with SP and external donor finance protocol, working with leadership on forecasting expenditure surpluses and deficits.
  • Follow policies and procedures of Samaritan’s Purse as set forth in the Policy Manual.
  • Attend daily morning devotions and participates in prayer support for the ministry, donors and volunteers.
  • Maintain a strong Christian witness to colleagues, vendors, charitable beneficiaries, and the general public.
  • Other duties may be assigned that are not specifically identified within the content of the job description.

In the role of Agriculture and Livelihoods Program Manager, you will manage a large externally funded project focusing on livelihoods, agriculture, cash programming, and market linkages. You will be responsible for supporting activities to be implemented in that area of Iraq. With the defeat of ISIS in Iraq, Samaritan’s Purse is engaged in the work of trying to rebuild resiliency among impacted communities in returnee areas by restoring livelihoods especially in the agricultural sector, especially among vulnerable women. This position will help demonstrate the love of Christ in a tangible way in Iraq. This grant funded program will run until the end of 2021 with a potential for renewal.

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Qualifications & Experience

  • A personal, vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ and desire to continue being an active, consistent witness for Him.
  • Bachelor’s degree from a 4-year college or university in Agriculture, Development, Business, Economics, or related field of study.
  • 2-4+ years of technical working experience in development projects management in agriculture/livelihoods or cash projects (required).
  • Strong knowledge of agriculture, food processing, or cash distributions.
  • Experience in project management in various sectors including proposal writing, program development, implementation, and monitoring/evaluating methodologies.
  • Experience managing a team of staff. Proven management and leadership experience.
  • Strong project management, financial management, organizational, and relational skills. A strong team player and adept at creating a strong team spirit.
  • Experience working and living overseas (preferred), with ability to be flexible and adaptable. Experience living and working in Middle Eastern cultures (a plus).
  • Ability to communicate and interact well with people of different educational, linguistic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Ability to travel and work in difficult conditions under pressure.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Excel.
  • Language: Fluency in English (required). Strong English language writing and oral communication skills, and demonstrated ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
  • Language: Arabic skills (preferred).

Job Location: Qaraqosh, Iraq

Type (Full-Time/Part-Time/Associate): Full-Time

Restrictions (Accompanied/Non-Accompanied): Non-Accompanied

Language Requirement: Fluency in English (required) / Arabic (preferred)

Travel Expectations: Ability to travel to field sites to monitor projects.


Career with purpose!

  • Medical, prescription, dental & vision coverage
  • Disability insurance
  • Term Life insurance
  • Retirement savings plan (after 1 year)
  • 10 paid holidays (holiday observance will depend on the host country)
  • 12 vacation days per year
  • Annual home leave

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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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