Agriculture & Livelihoods Coordinator Iraq Nineveh

Job Overview


Role and responsibilities

Generic responsibilities

  1. Line management of the Agricultural component project field staff (officers/assistants) and transfer key technical skills to staff under your supervision.
  2. Adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures and awareness of NRC global and regional strategies.
  3. Contribute to the development of Country, Area and Livelihoods strategies, initiate and participate in the development of relevant livelihoods projects, and project proposals and provide input on needs and gaps, considering where appropriate the role of cash-based interventions and market-based programmes.
  4. Manage and implement project activities, budget and project documentation as delegated by the PM in line with proposals, strategies and donor requirements and ensure high technical quality.
  5. Provide regular progress reports to PM, APM, AM, Specialist and other AMAL project staff.
  6. Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need of protection, and explore and assess new and better ways to assist.
  7. Promote and share ideas for improvement and necessary changes in the activities.
  8. Ensure capacity building of project staff and transfer key skills.
  9. Liaise and collaborate with relevant local authorities and other key stakeholders.
  10. Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy.
  11. Promote and share ideas for improvement and necessary changes in the activities

Specific responsibilities

These responsibilities shall be adapted to the particularities of the job location and context, phase of operation, strategic focus and type of programme intervention. This section shall be revised whenever a new employee is hired or the context changes significantly.

    1. Budget management: Ensure budget management in cooperation with PM  and submit regular spending plans; develop work plans for the field teams and follow up with progress daily; budget holding when delegated this responsibility; develop procurement plan and ensure all procurements are done in time; contribute to providing monthly activity reports and donor reports; contribute to the proposal and budget development.
    2. Donor compliance: ensure donor rules and regulations are followed and all necessary documentation is uploaded in the SSD drive and responsible for the preparation of RODs for livelihoods projects.
    3. Responsible for the quality of the program: quality of data collection, business development, inputs supports schemes, skills training and distributions (cash/in-kind) are according to SoPs with correct accountability measures in place
    4. M&E: With support from the AMAL PM, Specialist and M&E, ensure that the following activities are implemented according to the workplan: market assessments; beneficiary assessments and verification; PDM surveys; and endline surveys. Ensures reporting tools are in place for daily tracking of activities/trainings/distributions.
    5. Overall coordination of beneficiary selection process; ensures there is a communication strategy with beneficiaries in place; ensures there is a functioning complaints mechanism.
    6. Support in identification and procurement of training service providers, while putting in place systems to ensure quality.
    7. Oversee the use of different aid modalities including market-based approaches. Make informed decisions over the implementation modality based on market assessments and price monitoring, according to technical direction and on protection mainstreaming as determined by the CCS and line manager (PM or AM), and  to ensure high technical quality of delegated project portfolio,
    8. Coordinate with the Logistics, Finance and Security departments to organize activities
    9. Represent NRC in external meetings as needed, primarily with MoA, MoLSA, and any governorate-level coordination mechanisms for agriculture and livelihoods.
    10. Cooperate closely with counterparts from other NRC core competencies to identify opportunities for integration/synergy of NRC services alongside agriculture and livelihoods.
    11. Apply NRC Community Engagement Approach ensuring farmers, farmer associations and business associations play an active role in the implementation of the project.
    12. Support identification of financial service provider(s) for cash grants distribution.
    13. Contribute to the design and implementation of business-focused and community-based soft-skills training programmes.
    14. Oversee value chain assessments and other market assessments, mapping, and contribute to the analysis.



Generic professional competencies for this position:

  • Minimum 2-3 years of experience working on agriculture (agronomy/agricultural extension/horticulture) and/or Livelihoods project implementation position in a humanitarian/recovery context.
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities.
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile.
  • Previous experience working in complex and volatile environments.
  • Fluency in English and Arabic both verbal and written.

Context related skills; knowledge and experience

  • Experience with market assessment approaches,
  • Experience with small-scale income-generation activities.
  • Experience with community-based projects/activities.
  • Experience working with vulnerable groups; able to demonstrate conflict-sensitivity, compassion, and discretion.
  • Skills in monitoring and evaluation would be beneficial.
  • Experience with multi-sectoral and integrated Cash and Livelihood programming.
  • Professional knowledge of cash transfer modalities/systems.
  • Experience with early recovery /reconstruction projects is an asset.
  • Familiarity with the UN Cluster system and response coordination mechanisms.
  • University degree or higher education relevant to the assignment (agriculture -agronomy/agricultural extension/horticulture/animal science)). Proven work experience will be considered as a substitute for formal education.
  • Familiar with the line management of staff and work plan coordination.
  • IT competencies including MS Office.

Other Information:

Contract Duration: 7 months ( with the possibility of extension)
Duty Station: Mosul-Nineveh- Iraq (With 50% travel percentage to other intervention areas)
Health Insurance is provided
Salary: G7/S1, According to NRC’s Iraq salary scale and terms and conditions.
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.
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About Us

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.


About the Team

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Geneva leads NRC’s representation with the IASC and UN agencies, and coordinates donor engagement with the UN and Swiss donors. NRC strives to assist and protect vulnerable and displaced people during crises, especially in situations of conflict. Established in 1946, NRC is an independent, humanitarian, non-profit, non-governmental organisation working in around 31 countries with approximately 14’000 staff. NRC employs a rights based approach, challenging those with responsibility to uphold the rights of displaced people set out within national and International Laws. NRC endeavors to secure the acceptance of local stakeholders for activities and is committed to the principles of humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality.

NRC seeks to engage with all relevant actors in order to promote the full respect for the rights of displaced and vulnerable people; secure and maintain access for humanitarian operations and promote the achievement of durable solutions. NRC Geneva, with the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC), are NRC’s primary presence in Geneva.

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