Livelihood Project Manager

Job Overview

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About Oxfam

Oxfam is a global community that believes poverty isn’t inevitable. It’s an injustice that can be overcome. We are shop volunteers, women’s rights activists, marathon runners, aid workers, coffee farmers, street fundraisers, goat herders, policy experts, campaigners, water engineers and more. And we won’t stop until everyone can live life without poverty for good.

Job Purpose 

The Project Manager position will lead on and is accountable for all the project implementation and coordination aspects of the livelihood and economic recovery project. As a key role within the Oxfam Iraq Country program, the position will be based in Mosul. He/she will lead on effective management and relationships with relevant internal and external stakeholders at the local level, especially with the government line departments, manage the project activities throughout the project cycle, including budget management (expenditure planning and expenditure monitoring), and directly lead in preparing and developing high-quality project plans, including Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) and procurement plans, progress and donor reports, ensure appropriate monitoring and project quality, and enhance internal and external learning and representation.

Core Details

Location:  Mosul
Internal Grade:  C2
 Contract type: Global, Fixed Term
This role reports to: Program Manager
 Staff reporting to this post: Project Officers
Annual budget for the post: N/A
Matrix manager: EFSVL & Cash Advisor

We are looking for a Livelihood Project Manager 

Project Delivery and Coordination

  • Work closely with relevant government departments, especially at Ninewa Directorate level, in overall implementation of project activities. This will include regular meetings with line departments to agree on work plans, technical assessments, and establishing cooperation relations.
  • Maintain good working relationships with relevant government departments, private sector actors, and other key project stakeholders and ensure Oxfam interest is presented at all level.
  • Take overall project management leadership and responsible to carry out implementation of project activities within approved project plans, budget, and duration.
  • Provide project management and operational support to project team to run the project activities effectively and efficiently.
  • Ensure project deliverables are achieved as stipulated in project design maintaining the Oxfam’s program quality standards and expectation of relevant stakeholders.
  • Oversee the completion of an inclusive and participatory Circular Economy Market Assessment to identify at least one high potential sub-sector in Mosul
  • Worked closely with the technical team to clearly define the project scope of work (SoW) and further translation of SoW into detailed implementation plan with regular review to ensure project scope remains relevant to contextual changes.
  • Ensure the skills development and employment activities are properly planned and implemented according to donor’s and internal Oxfam guidelines
  • Ensure the business development activities that includes the expansion, re-start or launch of MSME are properly planned and implemented according to the donor’s and internal Oxfam guidelines
  • Act as direct focal point for the donor and ensure project review meetings are conducted on regular basis
  • Develop overall project documents including detailed implementation plans, budget and spending plans, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) plans, procurement plans and ensure the implementation of these plans.
  • Keep tracking of project progress against approved implementation plan and update management about progress, bottlenecks causing delays in delivery, challenges encountered and suggested solutions.
  • Work closely with the technical advisors, especially the Emergency Food Security and Livelihoods and Cash Adviser (EFSVLC), Gender Coordinator, and Policy Lead, as well as support staff for guidance and managerial support to implement the project in line with the approved project objectives.
  • Conduct detail review of BvA on regularly basis and advise on budget and implementation plans’ adjustment accordingly.
  • Participate and represent Oxfam in monthly and quarterly area coordination meetings, including emergency livelihood sub-cluster (ELC) at Ninewa, Food Security Cluster, DSN, and CWG.
  • Hold full responsibility of Oxfam’s Program Management system (OPAL) is updated relevant for the project for the assigned project.
  • Work with MEAL team for monitoring and evaluating the project regularly, ensuring community participation as appropriate, as well as accountability towards communities;
  • Follow up on MEAL activities and findings ensuring that learning from monitoring and evaluation is included and strategies and program implementation are adapted accordingly;
  • Ensure that risk management and contingency planning is included at all stages of the program;


  • Develop project progress reports for the donor in collaboration with project staff, technical coordinators, funding coordinator and support teams. Ensure narrative reporting and financial accounting meet Oxfam and donor’s requirements;
  • Ensure that budgets are drawn up for all activities, and that activities costs are kept within budgets.
  • Prepare monthly situation reports (financial and narrative) to update management on program progress achieved, program plans, changes in direction and challenges encountered.
  • Ensure that program staff provide an appropriate level of accurate progress reports and conduct detailed revision to ensure accuracy before sending it for sign-off of management.
  • Support and assist project staff and technical coordinators in development and implementation of appropriate monitoring systems and procedures for measuring both progress and impact.


  • Required to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values as well as the promotion of gender justice and women’s rights
  • Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety and staff health and wellbeing principles


  • A minimum master/postgraduate university degree in business management, sustainable

development, economics, development studies, peace and conflict studies or related field;

  • Minimum 2 to 5 years’ experience in the design, implementation and management of similar post-conflict recovery and stabilization projects and activities;
  • Proven experience in applying results-based management;
  • Experience in leading on job creation and placement, skill development programs, employment-intensive work, and youth employment.
  • 4-5 years of experience in livelihood and economic recovery, preferably in a senior role in conflict environments, or displacement and refugee crisis. Experience in MSMEs support programs, private sector engagement, value chain development, vocational training, job placement work;
  • Demonstrable understanding of the gender dynamics of protection work, and ability to capture this in the analysis and design of protection activities, with a strong emphasis on the gendered aspects of conflict, violence and abuse
  • Strong ability to be flexible and adaptable in times of unexpected challenges and provide creative solutions, whilst maintaining the ethos and objectives of the work at all times;
  • Evidence of project cycle management experience, including strategic planning, budgeting, reporting, monitoring & evaluation;
  • Strong ability to work with diverse groups/individuals –ranging from local partners, local authorities, local community groups, the humanitarian community and the private sector;
  • Proven ability in staff management, donor contracting compliance & budget management;
  • Proven experience managing and working with a diverse team, to achieve results in a timely manner;
  • Experience operating in Iraq, knowledge of unique local context and access to key stakeholders; and
  • Proficiency in English and Arabic language (written and spoken) is required.


  • Experience in building the capacity of the team internally and of external stakeholders;
  • Experience in working and jointly implementing projects involving local authorities and/or organizations as implementing partners.

Key Attributes

  1. Diplomacy, tact and negotiation skills;
  2. Good interpersonal, influencing and communication skills;
  3. Proven team leadership and ability to work independently as required;
  4. Sensitivity to cultural differences, and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts;
  5. Commitment to humanitarian principles and action.

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