Closing Date : 2017-01-15
Duty Station : Baghdad, Iraq
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Organization: INTERSOS
Country: Iraq
Closing date: 15 Jan 2017

INTERSOS is an independent humanitarian organization that assists the victims of natural disasters, armed conflicts and exclusion. Its activities are based on the principles of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equality of rights and opportunities, respect for diversity and coexistence, paying special attention to the most vulnerable people.

1.Terms of reference

Job title: Protection Project Manager

Location: Erbil with regular visits to the project locations in Ninewa Governorate depending on the security situation, as well as ad hocmissions to Bagdad and other Iraqi Governorates, when necessary.

Reporting to:

-Head of Mission for the project management-related responsibilities and tasks

-Protection Coordinator and Emergency Coordinator for the project protection and security aspects.

Starting date: As soon as possible

Duration of contract: 5 months

Supervision of:22 National Staffs employed directly by INTERSOS (3 Psychologists; 1 Protection Officer; 6 Social workers: 3 Case Managers; 3 Legal Advisors; 1 Data Manager Officer; 1 Logistic Officer and 1 Liaison Officer and 3 Outreach workers)

Dependents:No

General context of the project

INTERSOS had been working in Iraq from 2003 till 2010 with programs aimed at responding to urgent material safety needs and enhancing access to basic social services for vulnerable individuals and communities in Central and Southern Iraq, Baghdad and Kurdistan. Over the years, INTERSOS operations developed encompassing activities in health care, legal protection and assistance, warehousing and distribution of essential goods, mine/UXO clearance, shelter, water and sanitation, psychosocial support and education targeting internally displaced people and voluntary returnees, as well as host communities, with special focus on most vulnerable groups (children, women, elderly and persons with special needs).

Following the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation which is negatively affecting also the neighboring countries, in November 2013 INTERSOS has resumed the operations in the area to contribute towards ensuring emergency relief and social protection assistance for the Syrian refugees fleeing their home in search of safety. Furthermore, since the surge in violence between armed groups and government forces with fighting spreading into Central and Northern Iraq, in July 2014 INTERSOS has extended its operations in the Kurdistan Region and is currently providing services and activities aimed at assisting both Syrian refugees and Iraqi IDPs in camp and non-camp settings, with interventions mainly concentrated on the Community Services, Protection, Food Security and Education Sectors. INTERSOS is now planning to further contribute towards assisting vulnerable conflict-affected civil population in the whole of Iraq by expanding the on-going activities in terms of geographical target areas and sectors of expertise to properly respond to unmet needs and detected gaps. Within the framework of the current Contingency Plan for the Mosul humanitarian operation, INTERSOS is directly engaged in preparedness and pre-positioning, specifically in Ninewa and Salah al-Din Governorates, concentrating in protection, health, NFIs and shelter activities. The overall objective of the intervention is to contribute towards enhancing the emergency protection response capacity through the deployment of 3 specialized mobile teams composed of psychologists, social workers, case workers and legal advisors, for increased identification of protection risks and people with special needs and service delivery. A liaison officer will also be appointed to actively collect constant information on the situation and facilitate safe access to the areas of intervention. He will be in charge of establishing meaningful engagement with the target communities, promote information dissemination and mobilize resources. Specifically, the intervention aims at increasing the knowledge and understanding of critical protection needs, as well as mitigating the impact and effects of conflict among all conflict affected individuals. Target beneficiaries will include: women, men, girls and boys among displaced, including newly displaced people and/or newly accessible people, returnees, receiving community members. The guiding strategy will be twofold: combining collection, analysis and dissemination of relevant information and direct support of identified cases through comprehensive case management (including internal/external referral), legal assistance and distribution of protection-driven NFIs.

The identification of the beneficiaries will be guided by criteria established within the INTERSOS neighboring missions that will be adapted to the new context of Iraq. INTERSOS has recently developed and updated a number of tools (identification forms at individual and community level, referral forms, key informant interview etc.) that will guide the development of specific tools and guidelines for a proper identification of vulnerabilities in this country. INTERSOS has also developed SoPs on the treatment of confidential data of beneficiaries; distribution of services in volatile settings and management of referrals that will also guide the development of similar SoPs for the intervention planned in Iraq. Disabilities, minorities, age and gender are always mainstreamed in INTERSOS programs and activities, and will be taken into consideration throughout this proposed intervention from the phase of the identification till its monitoring and evaluation components.

2.Tasks and responsibilities:

Full managerial and technical responsibility of the project implementation, including procurement, selection of staff, monitoring and financial supervision of expenditures against target activities. S/he will support trainings and will supervise all the activities in the field locations. S/he is responsible of regular donor reporting and attends technical coordination meetings.

3.Required profile/experience:

Advanced university degree in social science related fields such as Political Science, International Relations, International Development Cooperation, Sociology, Psychology, Law, Human Rights or similar subjects. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Good/In-depth knowledge and understanding of Humanitarian Principles and Protection frameworks, tools, and minimum standards.

Knowledge of the cluster system

Proven experience in management of UN funds.

Proven experience in management of large staff teams.

Good communication skills, both oral and written

Mastery of IT tools (MS Office package, internet, e-mail, etc.)

Previous experience in training and capacity building on protection

Experience with participatory approaches and working with vulnerable groups, including gender mainstreaming and with persons with disabilities.

Previous experience in working in IDP camp and non-camp settings

Previous experience in working in Middle East and specifically in Iraq (desirable)

Previous experience in developing and implementing M&E activities (desirable)

Previous experience in volatile environments / conflict settings (desirable)

Proficient knowledge of English is required. Knowledge of Arabic will be an asset.

Personal requirements:

Strong organizational and problem-solving skills with analytic approach

Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to establish effective working relations with staff, beneficiaries and other stakeholders

Ability to take initiative and work autonomously and to achieve results effectively, considering the need for speed, scale and quality

Ability to integrate and work well within multiethnic and multicultural teams, developing and maintain collaborative relationships

Willigness to work in austere and hostile environments, sharing accommodation when required

Holder of a driving license (desirable)


How to apply:

Qualified applicants are requested to submit their curriculum vitae, motivation letter and 2 references to: Recruitment@intersos.org

with subject line: " IHPF Project Manager Iraq

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the first interview

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