Search for Common Ground

Country Program Associate

Job Overview

Position Summary
As a member of the Iraq Country Office Program team, the Program Associate will support Search’s extensive portfolio in Iraq. The Iraq Country Program Associate works directly alongside project teams in the implementation of project activities to ensure high levels of program quality, and plays a key role in the design of new projects.

Key Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities include:
Program Development
      • Design Search Iraq’s program development strategy, in line with the office’s vision and objectives
      • Identify and assess funding opportunities
      • Write proposals for the Iraq office, ensure timely review by appropriate regional/global teams
      • Lead project teams in the brainstorming and development of future project design, e.g. drafting proposals and concept notes
      • Support Country Director with outreach and networking
Program Coordination and Support
      • Support all project teams in the design and implementation of project activities such as partner meetings, trainings and workshops
      • Coordinate with Country Director and Regional MENA support staff to ensure effective planning and task coordination for all Iraq projects; monitor the monthly and quarterly planning of project events/activities; ensure the quality and timeliness of project reports
      • Lead strategic planning relating to all projects, in coordination with Country Director
      • Assist the Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator in the development of key evaluations
      • Represent Search at events and meetings with project partner organizations, donor agencies, and other key stakeholders
      • Travel within Iraq to provide project support where needed
      • Lead the production of quality donor reporting, including through assembling input from consortium partners, English language drafting, proofreading, and ensuring professional formatting
      • Support Project Managers in key tasks relevant to in-country start-up and close-out procedures
      • Assist in the development of programming documents, including terms of reference, training and activity agendas, protocol and guidance notes, memos, and other documents as needed by the project teams; edit and polish external notes and documents released for each project
      • Review and refine documents and tools relevant to training curricula
      • Implement short-term projects not assigned to a designated manager
      • Provide targeted capacity-building for program managers
Reporting and Communications
      • Support project teams in producing regular activity reports and donor reports, ensuring results-oriented focus and quality reporting
      • Produce communications materials on Iraq program activities and events for public distribution
      • Support Country Director with drafting notes, letters, and other documents related to the workflow of the Iraq Country Program
Special Support 
      • Provide general logistical support as required including support for trainings and special events
      • Be engaged in the continuing development of the organization, its mission and its staff
      • Implement special projects as assigned 
      • Bachelor’s degree in one of the social sciences, Middle East or Arab studies, conflict resolution, international development, or a related field
      • Minimum of two (2) years of relevant work experience in related fields. Experience in Iraq preferred but not required
Skills and Competencies
    • Familiarity with the Middle East region, especially the Iraq context, and good understanding of peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
    • Native-level written and spoken English, with superior writing skills
    • Demonstrated experience in report writing, proposal writing and project development
    • Ability to prepare budgets and experience with Microsoft Excel
    • Ability to represent projects professionally to a variety of audiences
    • Ability to work well under pressure with strong attention to detail and organizational skills
    • Ability to travel in the region
    • Self-starter, able to work independently, and willing to take on tasks small and large.
    • Ability to maintain professionalism, creativity, and enthusiasm while working in a fast-paced, multi-cultural environment.
    • Proficiency in Arabic or Kurdish is desirable
    • Direct experience working (or remotely supporting programming) in Iraq is desirable
Deadline: Jan 19th 2021
Selection will be made on a rolling basis and we therefore advise you to submit your completed application as soon as possible.
As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Please see our website for full details of our work.
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