AMAL Project Technical Assistant – Agriculture

Job Overview

1.      Role and responsibilities

Generic responsibilities:

  • Ensure adherence with NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
  • Implement delegated Livelihoods project portfolio related to agricultural value chains according to work plans
  • Prepare and develop status reports as required by management
  • Ensure proper filling of documents
  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need, and explore and asses new and better ways to assist
  • Promote and share ideas for technical improvement
  • Support with referrals to other NRC sectors or through external referral mechanisms

Specific responsibilities:

  • Support AMAL’s Project Officer for Markets and Skills in selected villages in Hawija District:
    1. Follow NRC’s beneficiary selection SOP to identify and select beneficiaries for AMAL
    2. Closely oversee, visit, mentor, coach and monitor directly and in person the development of agro-livelihoods and agro-businesses (small and medium size) which are receiving grants from NRC under the AMAL-project
    3. Organize and oversee the training sessions to receivers of livelihood- / business grants (e.g., on business development, basics in business economics, marketing strategies) and pass on requested needs and preferences for additional training topics AMAL’s PO or PC Agriculture and Livelihoods
    4. Provide regular reports and feed-backs on progress and potential as well as constraints and weaknesses for each business receiving a grant under AMAL
    5. Closely oversee and monitor job placements, internships, newly created employments
    6. Search actively for employment opportunities directly and indirectly linked to agriculture to which beneficiaries could be linked to
  • Contribute with information, quality data, reports and success stories to Monthly, Quarterly and Annual Reports and NRC’s M&E department
  • Support AMAL’s staff Agriculture / Livelihoods / Infrastructure / Community Mobilization in the field – in case of access problems to Hawija district. But as well NRC’s departments Security, Logistic, Finance and M&E as appropriate


2.    Our Idea Candidate:

  • Graduated in Business Economics and / or Agriculture (business economics, plant production, livestock husbandry). Proven work experience might be considered as a substitute for formal education
  • 2-3 years’ experience of working in Livelihood Projects in a humanitarian/recovery context preferably related to agriculture.
  • Demonstrated practical experience in business development, employment promotion and overseeing / coaching of businesses
  • Previous experience 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

3.      Other information:

Contract Duration: 11 months

Duty Station: Kirkuk-Hawija- Iraq

Health Insurance is provided

Salary: G4/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.

For more information, please read the Job Description


About Us

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across 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. 

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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