Livelihoods Project Manager Iraq Basra

Job Overview

Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities:

The purpose of the Livelihoods Project Manager position is to implement SAAVI-ITC Value Addition Livelihoods funded project portfolio for NRC’s Basra and Baghdad office.

The following is a brief description of the role:

Generic responsibilities

These responsibilities shall be the same for all positions with the same title. The responsibilities shall be short and essential. Details belong in the Work and Development plan.

  • Line management for project staff
  • Adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
  • Contribute to the development of Country, Area and Livelihoods strategies, initiate and participate in the development of relevant livelihoods projects
  • Coordinate and manage Livelihoods 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 Program Manager and the Cash and Livelihoods Specialist
  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need of protection, explore and assess new and better ways to assist
  • Develop and manage project budget and coordinate across core competencies
  • Ensure capacity building of project staff and transfer key skills
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategies

Specific responsibilities

These responsibilities shall be adapted to the particularities of the job location and context, phase of operation, strategic focus and type of intervention. This section shall be revised whenever a new employee is hired or the context changes significantly.

  • Support design of market assessments, mapping and analysis;
  • Budget management: ensure budget management and submit regular spending plans; develop work plans for the field teams and follow up with progress on a daily basis; budget holding when delegated this responsibility; develop procurement plans and ensure all procurements are done in time; contribute towards the preparation of monthly activity reports, donor reports and other updates; contribute to proposal and budget development;
  • Donor compliance: ensure donor rules and regulations are followed and all necessary documentation is in place and backed up as needed;
  • Responsible for the quality of the program: quality of data collection and distributions are according to SoPs with correct accountability measures in place;
  • M&E: with support from the Cash and Livelihoods Specialist and M&E, ensure that the following activities are implemented according to the work plan: market assessments; beneficiary assessments and verification; PDM surveys; and end line surveys. Ensures reporting tools are in place for daily tracking of activities/trainings/distributions;
  • Overall coordination of beneficiary selection process; ensures there is a communication strategy with beneficiaries in place; ensures there is a functioning complaints mechanism;
  • Support in identification and procurement of service providers (e.g. training, cash disbursements) while putting in place systems to ensure quality;
  • Oversee the use of different aid modalities in the emergency response. Take informed decisions over the implementation modality based on market assessments, price monitoring and international best practices.
  • Coordinate with the Logistics, Finance and Security departments to organize activities;
  • Represent NRC in external meetings as needed, primarily with Directorate of Agriculture (DoA), Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA), and any governorate level coordination mechanisms on Livelihoods;
  • Cooperate closely with counterparts from other NRC core competencies to identify opportunities for integration/synergy of NRC services alongside livelihoods;
  • Ensure realistic monitoring plans are prepared and followed.

Critical interfaces

By interfaces, NRC means processes and projects that are interlinked with other departments/units or persons. Relevant interfaces for this position are:

  • Strategy and project planning: Core Competency Specialists
  • Area operations: Field Office Managers and Coordinators
  • Staff capacity building: Core Competency Specialists
  • Implementation: Core Competency Specialists; Area & Country Office, Livelihoods teams; Area & Country Office Support teams


Scale and scope of position


2 PC, 5 Officer, 4 Assistants and 10 incentive workers/enumerators.


INGOs, UN agencies, local NGOs, civil society actors, Donors, Cash

Consortium for Iraq (CCI), governmental bodies including the MoLSA, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Migration, Chamber of Commerce, education and training centres (government and private sector)


$1.5m, possibly more


Responsible for overseeing use of Kobo data collection platform by Livelihoods team; use of Atlas or MarketSight for filtering and analyzing qualitative data; comfortable with using/learning to use Agresso financial management system, GORS, SharePoint

Legal or compliance:

Must adhere to NRC internal and donor compliance requirements.


Competencies are important in order for the employee and the organisation to deliver desired results. They are relevant for all staff and are divided into the following two categories:

  1. Professional competencies

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

Generic professional competencies:

  • Minimum 3 years of experience from a senior level project implementation position in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Technical livelihoods expertise
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal

Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Technical Livelihoods expertise in transition/early recovery context, including small business development training
  • Experience with creative economy income-generation activities
  • Versed in market assessment and analysis approaches
  • Experience with business start-ups/entrepreneurial approaches
  • Experience working with vulnerable groups; able to demonstrate conflict-sensitivity, compassion, discretion
  • Experience with Natural Resource Management approaches highly desirable
  • Experience with Community Engagement principles and approaches
  • Commitment to an evidence- and needs-based approach
  • Demonstrated results with conflict-sensitive and adaptive livelihoods activities
  • Demonstrated experience managing large teams and providing capacity building support
  • Demonstrated experience integrating livelihoods work with other sector programmes and into assessments
  1. Behavioral competencies

These are personal qualities that influence how successful people are in their job. NRC’s Competency Framework states 12 behavioural competencies and the following are essential for this position:

  • Managing resources to optimize results
  • Managing performance and development
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Handling insecure environments

Performance Management

The employee will be accountable for the responsibilities and the competencies, in accordance with the NRC Performance Management Manual. The following documents will be used for performance reviews:

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

We Can Offer:

  • Contract period: 18 months
  • The position is open to both National and International Candidates
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions
  • Duty station: Basra and Baghdad, Iraq
  • Travel: 50%

About Us

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 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 is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.


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