British Embassy Baghdad

IQB – Development Programme Manager (HEO)

Job Overview

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.  We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Programme Roles)

Development and Humanitarian

The British Embassy Baghdad currently has a vacancy for a Development Programme Manager, job grade Higher Executive Officer (HEO).

Working to the Senior Programme Manager, the jobholder will lead on the effective implementation of the Economic Pillar programmes, working closely with the Deputy Development Director and Team Leader to deliver a set of complex and priority objectives for the Embassy. Key Partners include the World Bank, UNDP, and UNFPA with stakeholders across HMG, the Government of Iraq and NGOs.

The Programme Manager will work with both internal and external stakeholders to shape the most effectual programmes to operate in a difficult environment, managing programme finances, risks, and delivery and ensuring compliance with our Programme Operating Framework (ProF). The jobholder will need to be flexible and adaptable to a rapidly changing context. They will also work across the development team to strengthen portfolio quality and promulgate programme delivery best practice.


Duties and responsibilities:

  • Manage project relationships with implementing partners. Build strong relationships with partner agencies in field offices and at Headquarters in line with agreements and best practice stakeholder management to drive high quality performance and adherence to Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) standards.
  • Lead on risk management in a complex environment, drawing on the FCDO risk management framework, due diligence guidance, and Counter Aid Diversion Strategy and best practice.
  • Lead on the effective financial management of projects to ensure value for money throughout programme cycle, including through accurate forecasting, asset management, timely payment of invoices/ claims, and timely submission of financial reports and Annual Audited Statements where required, in line with FCDO Budget, purchase to pay (P2P) guidance, Finance Specialist guidance, and in-house finance, procurement, and information reporting system.
  • Lead on the effective monitoring of projects, including through maintenance and regular use of the Delivery Plan; through timely and rigorous Annual Reviews (ARs)/ Programme Completion Review (PCRs); through cycle of timely partner and supplier reporting; quarterly meetings with partners in the region and independent monitoring of programme activities.

Key behaviours required:

  • Working Together – Form effective partnerships and relationships with people both internally and externally, from a range of diverse backgrounds, sharing information, resources and support.
  • Delivering at Pace – Take responsibility for delivering timely and quality results with focus and drive.
  • Communicating and Influencing – Communicate purpose and direction with clarity, integrity and enthusiasm. Respect the needs, responses and opinions of others.
  • Managing a Quality Service – Deliver service objectives with professional excellence, expertise and efficiency, taking account of diverse customer needs.
  • Making Effective Decisions – Use evidence and knowledge to support accurate, expert decisions and advice. Carefully consider alternative options, implications and risks of decisions.



If you are selected for this position, we will be able to employ you as long as:

  • We can obtain the appropriate level of local and UK security clearance for you.
  • You have (or be willing to obtain) the right to live and work in Iraq. Candidate’s residence permit and work permit, and the expense to obtain them, will be their own responsibility – the Embassy does not provide residence or work permits. If you have any questions about residency and/ or visa requirements, you should contact the relevant Iraqi Government Ministry.

  • Experience of programme/ project management, using the full range of tools to design, manage, and close effective programmes, developing business cases, annual reviews, delivery plans
  • Demonstrated experience in managing risk and issues, using all available evidence, information, and expert advice to understand and mitigate risks and make decisions or escalate as needed.
  • Financial management experience, including accurate forecasting, timely payments, and embedding excellent value for money in all programmes.
  • Fluent communication skills in English, both spoken and written. Able to express ideas and messages clearly and concisely, both orally and in written communication.
  • Ability to maintain a range of contacts and build effective working relationships. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with a strong customer focus.
  • Ability to drive delivery of outcomes and overcome obstacles, especially when working with and through others.
  • Flexible, resilient, decisive, and calm under pressure. Proven track record of delivering results to a high standard to tight deadlines.
  • Excellent organisational ability. Proven ability to manage, plan, and prioritise tasks and workload.  Proactive approach to problem solving.
  • Strong IT skills and literacy in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams).

  • Experience of working with international delivery partners/ government institutions/ external stakeholders and international donors, such as the World Bank or other multilaterals.
  • Experience of working on Development/Aid Programmes.
  • Working on or with UK programme delivery.
  • Arabic language skills.

Making Effective Decisions, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together

5 December 2022

Higher Executive Officer (HEO)

Full-time, Permanent


Middle East & North Africa



British Embassy




22 January 2023

The Embassy aims to offer an attractive working environment and remuneration package for this role, including up to 20 days of annual leave.

The role grade is Higher Executive Officer (HEO), with a base salary of US$ 3,144 per month. This base salary is paid 13 times a year. In addition, there is a security allowance of US$300 per month payable as part of this package. The allowance is subject to review and may be altered or withdrawn at any time. No accommodation and relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.

This position is for a full-time employment, on a permanent basis subject to a 90-day probationary period.

Conditioned working hours are 38 hours per week. Normal working hours are Sunday to Wednesday from 08:00 to 16:00 and Thursday from 08:00-14:00. There may be flexibility for starting and leaving times as long as conditioned hours are completed.

The Embassy encourages a culture of continuous learning and offers a good level of learning and development opportunities. There will be a requirement to undertake appropriate UK government finance, commercial, and programme delivery training within the first six months in the role, if not already completed. All employees also have access to the Civil Service Learning platform, which gives access to training to improve job specific skills. Employees are entitled to a minimum number of annual training days.

Application process:

Interested candidates must include to their online application form 1) an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV); 2) a covering letter/ motivation essay stating how you meet the requirements of the role; and 3) specific examples in the relevant sections of the online application form of how you meet the key behaviours and skills required.

Applications that do not include these this information will not be considered.

All applications must be received before 23:55 Iraq local time on 05 December 2022.

Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.

The start date mentioned in the advert is a tentative start date and the successful candidate will be required to undergo security-vetting procedures.  Any offer of employment will be subject to the candidate achieving suitable clearances and reference checks.



The British Embassy Baghdad is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference. Staff recruited locally are subject to Terms and Conditions of service according to local employment law.

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