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Safe Return Project Manager

Company Name
Heartland Alliance International (view profile)
Location Iraq and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region , Iraq
Date Posted June 7, 2018
Category Human Rights
Job Type Consultant
Duration 30 months
Closing date for applications 6 July 2018
Experience Required 5+ years


About You:

If you are a driven and passionate mid-career professional looking to work alongside an inspiring, dynamic team of leading human rights workers, then look no further. The candidate we seek will have exceptional project management skills and embrace a collaborative, team approach. Experienced living and working in challenging operating environments, the incumbent will be gain experience working on innovative human rights projects that support some of the most vulnerable people in Iraq and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR).

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Emergency Response Program Director and based in Erbil, Iraq, the Project Manager will have overall responsibility for program implementation, ensuring that all activities implemented are aligned with the project work plan and in accordance with HAI and the donor’s standards and requirements. S/he will be responsible for all technical aspects of the project, including oversight of partner NGOs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Implementation, Oversight, and Development

•Leads strategic planning, program development and evaluation;

•Continually assesses and evaluates project implementation against project work plan, in collaboration with HAI team members and partners; takes appropriate steps to ensure project is on track in meeting deliverables and spending;

•Monitors project goals and partner activities to ensure project success;

•Organizes and leads trainings, roundtables, workgroups, and other events;

•Develops and monitors work plans, budgets, and progress reports as required by HAI, donors, and partners;

•Manages, supports, and collaborates with the project partners; and

•Maintains relationships with current and potential funding sponsors and networks with other human rights non-governmental organizations (international and local).

Communication and Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E)
•Represents HAI to NGO partners, government officials, funding sources, other partners, beneficiaries, and at conferences, meetings, and other outreach opportunities;
•Fosters effective communication and teamwork with staff from a range of economic, cultural, ethnic, and social groups;
•Represents HAI to NGO partners, government officials, funding sources, other partners, beneficiaries, and at conferences, meetings, and other outreach opportunities;
•Ensures M&E activities and reporting meet HAI’s standards and are completed on schedule; and
•Develops, reviews, and finalizes program monthly, quarterly, and annual project reports in English.

Financial Management and Grant Oversight
•Responsible for implementing activities in accordance with project or activity budgets;
•Consults with Director of Finance regarding best practices for financial administration of project work;
•Monitors grant agreements and sub-agreements for project partners; and
•Works with Project team members and Director of Finance to monitor budget and revise budgets, as needed.

Relationship Management
•Collaborates closely with Project team members on a daily basis;
•Provides support and interacts with project partners in throughout Iraq and IKR, and in the Project’s geographical implementation sites of Qaraqosh, Bashiqa and Sinjar; and
•Communicates, as appropriate, with HAI Headquarters leadership and support staff.

Qualifications and Requirements:

•Undergraduate degree in International Relations, Political Science, Economics, Communication, Social Work or another relevant area of study. Graduate degree or JD preferred.

•A minimum of5 years’ relevant management experience with an international human rights organization.

•Superb project, financial, staff and partner management skills; program M&E systems and concepts; and report writing.

•Experience working with NGOs, the UN, USAID, or other U.S.-government agencies in developing countries and disaster/conflict environments, including diverse cultural and linguistic settings.

•Knowledge and understanding of the unique, complex operating environment in the Middle East, particularly in Iraq and the IKR.

•Experience with Windows platform, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.

•Excellent oral communication and persuasive skills in order to gain consensus among staff, project partners, and other key stakeholders.

•Excellent negotiation and relationship management skills with the ability to proactively problem-solve and find solutions.

•Self-driven with a high comfort-level working autonomously and collaboratively.

•Understands organizational and strategic implications of decisions.

•Must have excellent verbal and written English language skills. Solid knowledge of Arabic and/or Kurdish is a plus.

•Demonstrated commitment to addressing human rights for religious and ethnic minorities with cultural sensitivity, respect, and confidentiality.
•Ability to travel within the IKR, as site visits in Qaraqosh, Bashiqa and Sinjar are required.

Location: Heartland Alliance International’s Iraq program is headquartered in Sulaymaniyah, a city of nearly one million people in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. This position will be based in Erbil, and will require site visits in Qaraqosh, Bashiqa, and Sinjar.

About the Project:

This 30-month Heartland Alliance International (HAI) Safe Return pilot project (expected start date of September 2018) will reintegrate internally displaced persons (IDPs) from minority communities in the Ninewa Plains who are survivors of severe human rights abuses. This project will test the following theory of change: Successful return and reintegration of victims of severe human rights violations, combined with rapid reporting and response to current violations, and majority/minority participation in investigation and prosecution of crimes committed by ISIL; and reduce fear of violence and accelerate IDP return.

With an anticipated 800 survivors of severe human rights abuses and 4000 family members and dependents as primary beneficiaries of services, direct services will include medical, mental health and psychosocial services, livelihoods assistance, and legal support. This research and pilot project is intended to address barriers to return that are based on fear of communal or individual violence. IDPs consistently rank fear as the greatest barrier to return. IDPs define objective and subjective risk in a complicated threat environment differently. Most IDPs experience concern regarding possible ISIL resurgence, or human rights violations by other armed actors. Many IDP religious minorities express a generalized fear that their communities are “no longer safe,” as well as specific localized fears. In some cases, IDPs know specific individuals who committed crimes against them or their communities. This project seeks to combine research on the fears and security expectations of IDP communities, information flow through social networks, and the impact of successfully reintegrated survivors on decisions to return for remaining IDPs who are not victims of severe human rights abuses.

Application Process:

Please submit your resume and cover letter at

Please note, we do not consider resumes sent by fax or postal mail.

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