Area Coordinator – Kirk&Salahdin

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Job Overview



In 2014 and 2015 respectively UNDP in Iraq designed and initiated the Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) and the Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) – the two primary and largest Project platforms through which to support the Government of Iraq to respond to the crisis that had broken out in the country and to stabilize the areas that were formerly under the control of ISIL. Both Project platforms were anchored under the Stabilization Pillar of UNDP Iraq’s Country Programme framework.
The Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) which was set up at the end of 2014 promotes the recovery and resilience of communities vulnerable to multi-dimensional shocks associated with large-scale returns and the protracted displacement of Iraqis and Syrian refugees. This is achieved through immediate crisis response and medium-term programming, integrating crisis management capacity building, rehabilitating basic service infrastructure, livelihood recovery and social cohesion. ICRRP activities have been implemented in 11 Governorates in Iraq. While initially set-up to provide immediate support to IDPs, Syrian refugees and host communities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), the increasing number of returnees to newly liberated areas (NLAs) and the protracted displacement of individuals facing security challenges or a lack of livelihoods opportunities, resulted in a geographic and strategic shift, shaped by a need for greater self-reliance amongst target communities. ICRRP activities are implemented through Responsible Parties spanning government, civil society and private sector entities.
The Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS) was set up in June 2015, with UNDP Iraq taking the Programmatic lead at the request of the Government of Iraq and the DSRSG/RC/HC to support the newly liberated areas that were freed from ISIL. FFS supports stabilization activities in Anbar, Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa and Salah al-Din. The FFS Steering Committee, which is co-chaired by the Secretary- General of the Council of Ministers (CoM), the DSRSG/RC/HC and the UNDP Resident Representative (RR), provides strategic direction to the FFS. All stabilization activities are decided in agreement with the local authorities (Governor’s office and mayors), based on priorities identified at the local level through consultations. Given the sensitive nature of stabilization and the fragile conditions prevailing in many newly liberated areas, concerns relating to human rights, protection, gender and inclusion are taken into account during the prioritization and sequencing of activities. FFS has four windows listed below.
Window One: Public Works and Light Infrastructure Rehabilitation;
Window Two: Livelihoods;
Window Three: Capacity Support; and
Window Four: Social Cohesion.
The different windows of FFS are implemented by government entities, NGOs/CBOs and other UN agencies, where relevant. However, ownership by and the leading role of the Iraqi Government (particularly at governorate level) are critical and include decision-making power on project-funding and priority setting through consultative processes with the international partners and other stakeholders. Where feasible, the contracting/implementation/monitoring of activities is coordinated with Government technical implementation entities to ensure maximum ownership.
Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Stabilisation Specialist, the Area Coordinator Kirkuk and North Salah Al Din is responsible for effective delivery of project implementation support services ensuring effective operational management of project, transparent utilization of financial resources. The Area Coordinator Kirkuk and North Salah Al Din promotes a collaborative, client-oriented approach consistent with UNDP rules and regulations.
The Area Coordinator Kirkuk and North Salah Al Din works in close collaboration with the respective CO Programme and Operations teams ensuring successful CO performance and compliance in programme management and finance.


Duties and Responsibilities


Build partnership and capacities of Government counterparts for stabilisation planning and implementation at the subnational level in assigned regions focusing on:

  • Identify critical gaps and needs with Government counterparts’ stabilisation team, and build capacity of counterparts to address those needs;
  • Work with counterparts to develop a stabilisation plan for the assigned areas;
  • Work with counterparts to operationalize the stabilisation plan for the assigned areas, leveraging the UN family and other Government entities as required;
  • Conduct regular site visits to monitor stabilisation planning and implementation, liaise with local officials and civilians, prepare site visit reports and advise the Stabilisation Specialist on any local response.
Ensure planning, coordination and facilitation focusing on achieving the following results:
  • Liaise with relevant government and non-government partners as well as the international community and UN partners as part of overall relationship management for stabilisation in the assigned areas;
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with UN colleagues and counterparts, Government representatives, civil society actor’s, enhancing relation with military and law enforcement actors, and other national and international partners on information sharing, policy and coordination matters, as well as transitional measures from stabilisation to long term recovery;
  • Consult and cooperate with partners to develop strategies and plans of action to address political changes;
  • Support preparations for official meetings, events and visits;
  • Participate in fact finding missions and drafting written reports on findings.
Effectively manage assigned stabilisation portfolio focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Develop, oversee and monitor work plans and budgets for the assigned areas and engineers;
  • Identify risks and challenges to the ongoing operations of the projects and provide advice to the Stabilisation Specialist on mitigation strategies;
  • Manage day to day administrative matters for the assigned portfolio with support from the programme team and the Stabilisation Specialist;
  • Identify, analyse and monitor political developments, trends and emerging issues regarding returnees in newly liberated areas.
Ensure timely reporting and information management, focusing in achieving the following results:
  • Prepare summary and analytical reports including, but not limited to situation reports, briefing notes, weekly reports, and inputs for narrative reports for the Stabilisation Specialist;
  • Prepare contextual information materials such as background notes, political profiles for the areas of Kirkuk and North Salah Al Din;
  • Continuous analysis and monitoring of the situation in the liberated areas, to support planning for FFS activities and preparation of presentation to FFS senior management.
Ensure facilitation of knowledge building and sharing in FFS and the stabilisation team, focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Synthesis of lessons learned and best practices moving forward;
  • Sound contributions to analytical reports on stabilisation where required.




Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Functional Competencies:
Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.
Development and Operational Effectiveness
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects;
  • Ability to formulate and manage budgets, manage contributions and investments, manage transactions, conduct financial analysis, reporting and cost-recovery;
  • Ability to implement new systems and affect staff behavioural/attitudinal change;
  • Strong IT skills, knowledge of ATLAS system desirable;
  • Excellent knowledge of financial rules and regulations, accounting;
  • Excellent knowledge of Results Management Guide and Toolkit.
Management and Leadership
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.


Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering, Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related field. OR;
  • Bachelor’s degree with additional two years of relevant experience will be accepted in lieu of masters.
  • A minimum two (2) years (with Masters’ degree), or, minimum four (4) years (with Bachelors’ degree) of relevant experience at the national and/or international level in project/programme formulation, management, or implementation services;
  • Proven experience, working in close partnership with and establishing strong relationships with a broad base of stakeholder, with a special emphasis on Government partners.
  • Proven experience working in, and/or knowledge of the context in Salahaddin, Kirkuk, Anbar, Ninewa and Diyala Governorates, is required;
  • Previous experience in the design and/or implementation of community level social cohesion, peacebuilding or reconciliation initiatives;
  • Previous experience working with UNDP/UN or International NGOs would be an asset;
  • Proven ability to use computers and office software packages, and experience in handling web based management systems.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English and Arabic, both written and spoken, is essential;
  • Fluency in Kurdish is an advantage.




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