Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Specialist Iraq-Iraq Nationals Only

Danish Refugee Council (DRC)



The goal of the NRC Iraq livelihoods programme is “displacement affected people in Iraq have improved their economic resilience and their ability to navigate barriers and identify opportunities to strengthen their livelihoods to achieve self-reliance and durable solutions.” NRC implements livelihoods activities designed to contribute to self-reliance, community resilience, and durable solutions for displacement affected  and at-risk populations, initially in Anbar, Baghdad, Basra, Dohuk, Kirkuk, Ninewa, Salah Al-Din and Thi-qar governorates. The livelihoods programme targets both conflict displacement affected and at-risk populations including: refugees, internally displaced Persons (IDPs) out of camps, non-displaced (host communities/remainees) and returnees. Within these target groups, NRC prioritizes (A). Vulnerable youth (18-35) who are not engaged in formal education and have expressed interest/need to pursue an income-generation pathway, (B). Women, C). adults of working age without consistent sources of income (D). People with disabilities (PWD). (E). Micro, small and medium enterprises.

The Specialist will be responsible for mentoring, training, and building the capacity of the relevant programme staff. If you are an influential people leader with a passion for livelihoods, durable solutions programming and capacity building for staff then this is the role for you.

What You Will Do

  • Overall technical lead of the CC portfolio in Iraq including the country CC strategy development in line with regional and global strategies.
  • Lead the process of developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), technical tools and guidance notes related to the LEI program ensuring standardization of approaches across NRC.
  • Ensure program quality within the LEI program in line with global technical standards.
  • Lead on country assessments including market analysis, needs assessments, agriculture value chains analysis, climate change related assessment, Seed System Security Assessment (SSSA) in coordination with Area Programme Managers to inform LEI programming.
  • Regular analysis of LEI funding opportunities/donor priorities and lead high quality technical proposal development.
  • Ensure timely and quality donor reporting and provide regular inputs to country level reports in line with NRC and donor procedures and guidelines.
  • Engage with project teams at CO and AO levels to monitor progress and revise project’s approaches and implementation strategies.
  • Lead the establishment of strategic partnerships at national level (ministries, universities, UN, INGOs, private sector actors) in line with core competency global and regional priorities.
  • Ensure the development of integrated LEI approaches securing the inclusion of IDPs, returnees, refugees and other vulnerable to displacement affected communities.
  • Support the process of recruitment and capacity building of LEI staff across area offices in approaches including cash-based intervention, market system development (MSD) and financial inclusion and provide technical guidance regularly.
  • Document and disseminate key learnings from LEI projects implementation in coordination with M&E department across AOs and among regional specialists and support to replicate such learnings including piloting innovation in other project locations.
  • Lead CC quality assessment and external evaluations in line with NRC global guidelines and revise/adopt CC strategy, Micro-log-frame and SOPs.
  • Represent NRC in relevant coordination fora at national level including Area Based Coordination on water and agriculture and establish a good working relationship with UN, INGOs, ministries and technical focal points of donor representatives.
  • Take the lead in Identifying potential market actors and business development service providers at national level and connect with farmers’ groups/alliances for creation of market linkages.

What You Will Bring

  • Minimum 4 years of international experience withintechnical expertise area ina humanitarian/development context
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Knowledge and skills in market analysis, cash-based interventions, and market-based programmes
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal
  • Experience acrossboth Humanitarian and Development work
  • Experience working in Economic Securityand Recovery programming
  • Experience in the design and implementation of climate change adaption program, agriculture value chain, market linkages, or agricultural recovery programmes and seed system development
  • Sound understanding of global agricultural standards including LEGs, SEADS, agriculture research & development, climate smart agriculture, greenhouse and hydroponic system and extension systems/approaches (e.g. FFS, APFS, farmer-to-farmer extension)
  • Experience in designing and implementing innovative market-driven income-generation activities in both urban and rural contexts
  • Experience working with the private sector, business associations (i.e. Chamber of Commerce), financial serviceproviders, development actors,local governments and building the capacity of these partners
  • Experience establishing innovative partnerships with externalactors.
  • Experience working with “community drivenrecovery and development” methodologies
  • Experience with privatesector development approaches
  • Knowledge of the context in Iraq, advantageous
  • Knowledge of Arabic is advantageous

What We Offer

  • Erbil, Iraq duty station.
  • 12-months contract duration
  • 40 % travel, approximately to areas of Operation
  • Senior  Grade 9 in NRC’s Salary Scale. NRC offers a competitive compensation and benefits package.
  • Female candidates are strongly encouraged to join our work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility.
  • NRC is committed to our localisation strategy including with respect to our workforce in Iraq, whenever possible NRC will recruit new staff from the local area of the programme operations.
  • NRC will endeavour to hire staff that together represent the balance of diversity in the governorate of operations
  • NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, and physical ability.
  • We think outside the box, encourage ideas, and give responsibility to all employees at all levels. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative.

Key Information – Please Take Note When Applying

  • We highly encourage you to learn more about the role: please review the full Job Description here.
  • Learn more about NRC’s operation in Iraq here.
  • To apply as an internal candidate, click on the suitcase icon “I am an employee on the top right of the page to be redirected to NRC’s internal career site.
  • Apply by completing all the system-required fields of your employment history, experience, responsibilities, and education in your application.
  • Ensure to attach your latest CV.
  • Submit your application and CV in English.
  • When creating your profile, include your full name as per your passport.
  • Unsolicited applications not related to this specific job advertisement will not be considered.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We receive many applicants for each vacant position. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to give detailed feedback to applicants who have not been shortlisted.
  • For any queries, please email us at [email protected] with “Livelihoods and Economic Inclusion Specialist -Iraq” as the subject line.
The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 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, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. 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.
Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks.
NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.

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