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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.
Employer:Norwegian Refugee Council
Title:Project Officer -Agriculture and training
Percentage of full-time:100
Project Officer -Agriculture and training Kirkuk,Hawija
The purpose of the officer position is to undertake day to day activities of NRC’s “Activating Markets and Agricultural Livelihoods” project (AMAL) relating to agricultural plant-based value chains (incl. horticulture) and trainings in Kirkuk and Salahadin governorates.
Role and Responsibilities:
- Initiate, promote and establish/strengthen linkages between key actors in the value chains targeted by the AMAL-project, such as Input Suppliers / Service Providers, producers / farmer organizations, processors and traders.
- Facilitate and oversee technology transfer from teaching / research institutions to farmers through different initiatives such as farmer field schools – while considering and following the seasonal calendar.
- Provide technical guidance and backstopping to all actors involved with AMAL’s identified plant-based value chain development activities (incl. horticulture).
- Take a lead in collection, analysis, storage and dissemination of value chain data such as for input supply, production, processing and trade.
- Assess training needs for project beneficiaries in all areas of targeted agriculture / horticulture value chains development such as agro-business development, agricultural livelihoods and quality management through regular consultations with relevant institutions and stakeholders.
- Organize Field Days / exposure visits and collaborate with district based government staff to ensure that there is effective delivery of extension services.
- Carries out vulnerability assessments and mapping as well as market assessments and give necessary recommendations to the Project Coordinator.
- Take the lead in community mobilization and targeting and monitor movement and distribution of in-kind assistance and grants maintaining a complete paper trail for all registrations, verifications and distributions for all agriculture and training related activities.
- Conduct regular field visits to project sites and update the project coordinator with the progress of project activities in the field.
- Establish strong working relationship with targeted communities, (including local leaders and identification of local focal points), relevant government departments as well as other agricultural actors in the operational areas.
- Implement NRC Community Engagement Approach.
- Conduct Focus Group Discussions, household surveys, and Key Informant Interviews, with assistants and enumerators
- Any other tasks required by the line manager
Our Ideal Candidate
- Experience from working as a Project Officer in a humanitarian/recovery / development context, preferably related to agriculture and livelihoods.
- University degree or higher education relevant to the assignment (Agronomy, Business Economics).
- Proven work experience might be considered as a substitute for formal education.
- Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
- Demonstrated results implementing and tracking field-based activities
- Experience conducting project inceptions with communities
- Experience conducting beneficiary identification, verification and registration
- Experience supporting referrals and/or identifying service providers
- Sound technical knowledge in the fields of 1. agriculture / farming / horticulture, 2. business economics / business development and 3. developing and overseeing trainings
- Strong communication, interpersonal, analytical and negotiation skills.
- Overall good knowledge of geography, local population and local language in the areas of operational interests.
- Ability to show leadership in a multi-cultural team.
- Fluency in Arabic both spoken and writing and medium-level fluency in English.
- Competencies in all computer related tasks including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
- Good understanding of community participation, and very good ability to communicate with beneficiaries.
- Ability to manage (sometimes) high workloads for a limited time and meet deadlines.
Contract Duration: 14 months Subject to Fund
Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions.
Duty station: Hawija City, or Kirkuk city with daily travel to Hawija
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
NRC is an equal opportunity employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.
For more detail about the position please click on Job Description
LocationKirkuk , 36001 Noor CityIraq
Badr MohammedHR / Admin Officer
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.