Education Project Manager Iraq Dohuk

Job Overview

Job Description

Job Purpose:

The Project Manager will oversee the strategic direction of the education programme in Northern AO (Dohuk) areas of operation, undertaking needs assessments; monitoring progress and undertaking evaluations, adapting existing programming to changing needs; and undertaking programme development (design and proposal development). S/he will coordinate the day-to-day activities of the projects implemented whilst ensuring that they are implemented effectively and efficiently according to NRC’s guidelines and procedures for project governance applicable for the particular projects.

Roles and responsibilities

The following is a brief description of the role.

Generic responsibilities

  • Line management for project staff.
  • Adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures.
  • Contribute to the development of Country, Area and Education strategies, initiate and participate in the development of relevant Education projects.
  • Coordinate and manage Education project implementation (activities, budget and project documentation) in line with proposals, strategies and donor requirements.
  • Implement technical direction and ensure high technical quality of projects.
  • Provide regular progress reports to the Area Manager and the Education Specialist.
  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need of protection, explore and asses new and better ways to assist.
  • Develop and manage project budget (in cooperation with Education Specialist) and coordinate across Core Competencies.
  • Ensure capacity building of project staff and transfer key skills.
  • Liaise and collaborate with relevant local authorities and other key stakeholders.
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy.

Specific responsibilities

  • Manage NRC’s Education and youth projects and ensure programme quality.
  • Carry out high quality reporting, financial management, monitoring, and evaluation of the projects.
  • Support fundraising activities including preparation of concepts and project proposals.
  • Work closely with the Education Specialist in overseeing and delivering the NRC Iraq Education strategy.
  • Conduct field visits, spot checks and monitor progress against both project and budgetary targets.
  • Carry out capacity building of staff.
  • Ensure proper management of staff through agreed work-plans physically and remotely.
  • Development of advocacy, communication tools and messages on education.
  • Ensure high technical quality and transparent processes.
  • Adherence to Core Competency tools, handbooks, and other NRC policies.
  • Representation in internal and external forums on behalf of NRC Iraq Education programme.
  • Responsible for project documentation (SSD) and reconciliation of deliverables (RoD).
  • Develop, manage and monitor the budget(s) according to Financial Handbook and donor requirements.
  • Develop and regularly update the procurement plan and ensure transparent and cost efficient procurement of goods.

Critical interfaces

  • Effective coordination with other programme departments to create programme synergies.
  • Coordination with area manager and area programme manager to update on progress, challenges and opportunities.


  1. Professional competencies

These are skills, knowledge and experiences that are important for effective performance.

Generic professional competencies:

  • Minimum 3 years of experience from working as a Project Manager/Coordinator in Iraq.
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts.
  • Technical Education expertise.
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities.
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile.
  • Fluency in English, Arabic and Kurdish, both written and verbal.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Experience in implementing Education in Emergencies, early recovery and resilience programming in Iraq.
  • Experience and knowledge of – Ministry of Education Federal Iraq and Ministry of Education-KRI systems.
  • Knowledge of the overall context and education context in terms of needs and response in Iraq.
  1. Behavioral competencies 
  • Managing resources to optimize results
  • Managing performance and development
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Handling insecure environments

Performance Management

  • The Job Description
  • The Work and Development Plan
  • The NRC Competency FrameWork

What we can Offer

  • Contract period: 12 months (Fixed Term)
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions
  • The role is a national position/contract
  • Duty station: Dohuk, Iraq
  • Travel : 20% Travel to project locations within Dohuk (Dohuk, Summel, Zakho, Akre, Shekhan and Bardarash Districts)

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. NRC requires staff members who travel on an international contract to the field to undergo an medical examination with our medical provider. Employees must produce a Health Clearance Certificate before departure stating that there are no relevant health concerns. If staff are unable to provide this, NRC reserves the right to terminate the Contract of Employment. 

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