Project and Monitoring Officer – Iraq

Job Overview

Location: Based in Erbil, Iraq, with travels across Iraq (30% of time)

Reporting Manager: Programme Manager

Start date: January 2023

Duration: 18 Months

Type: Full-time

Remuneration: $1,500 – 2,200 per month depending on level of experience and qualifications, plus benefits

MAGENTA is a leading Social and Behavioural Change (SBC) agency that specialises in understanding human decision-making processes in order to design communications solutions for positive change in fragile and development settings. We implement programmes across the Middle East, Middle East, Asia and Latin America, using the latest in behavioural science principles and a rigorous approach to research, strategy, campaign design and implementation.

Our client base includes UN agencies, INGOs, governments and the private sector. We aim to amplify the voices of local actors while bringing international expertise and methodological rigour. To do so, we partner with civil society, creative agencies, media and academics to design innovative, relevant and impactful solutions to some of the most challenging problems of our time. Whether we are aiming to shift parenting practices to improve children’s outcomes or to understand how social norms underpin corruption, we always go the extra mile to ensure we can create positive impact for some of the most underserved populations in the world.

MAGENTA’s Middle East team works across six countries currently (Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Syria and Yemen).  Projects include research, strategy development, SBC interventions implementation (including capacity building, tools development and communications campaigns), and evaluation.

In Iraq, MAGENTA implements a growing portfolio of SBC programmes focusing on prevention of gender-based violence, girls’ access to education, explosive ordnance risk education, and support to private sector development. The Project & Monitoring Officer will be supporting an innovative SBC programme aiming to prevent Technology Facilitated Gender Based Violence. The programme has two components (1) a strategic communications campaign and (2) a youth empowerment programme. Both components will be working closely together.

We are looking for an exceptional individual, driven by a keen desire to deliver social impact and who thrive in a fast-paced environment. The Project & Monitoring Officer will have a focus on SBC gender programming and be responsible for (1) implementation support, (2) community engagement and mobilization, (3) programme monitoring and reporting.

Qualified candidates will be bold, curious and rigorous. The position will be based in our Erbil office, with regular travel across Iraq.


Programme Implementation support

  • Responsible for project coordination, logistics and administrative tasks in particular, coordinating with local partners.
  • Support on procurement needs including sourcing potential consultants and partners to as per project requirements to ensure effective programme delivery.
  • Attend and support during coordination meetings as requested.
  • Works closely with Programme Manager to maintain an overview of all programme activities, deliverables and timelines.
  • Proactively seeks to deliver project activities, identifying potential issues and proposing solutions to the Programme Manager.
  • Liaise with local partners and local authorities for training events and provision of participant lists to obtain necessary approval.
  • Provide support to general programme tasks, as needed.
  • Provide support in the translation of documents from Kurdish to English and English to Kurdish and provide translation review support.

Community engagement and mobilization

  • Identify local partners, civil society organisations, grassroot activists and online/offline influencers relevant to the programme.
  • Build trusted relationships with local partners and work closely with subgrantees to ensure effective engagement in the programme.
  • Co-facilitate trainings and workshops in Kurdish.
  • Ensure the youth training and mobilization component of the programme is reflected in the strategic communications component.

Programme monitoring and reporting

  • Responsible for M&E data management and analysis, provide summaries of findings in report form on a regular basis identifying areas for improvement in programme implementation.
  • Responsible for monthly and quarterly reporting against key milestones and programme M&E framework.
  • Monitor and report on local partners’ delivery and performance.

Requirements and Competencies


  • Relevant degree required.


  • 3- 5 years professional experience.
  • Demonstrated expertise in gender, youth, or social mobilisation.
  • Strong experience in project coordination and M&E.
  • Strong experience as a trainer/facilitator, and ability to mentor other trainers and facilitators.
  • Solid understanding of project management cycle.
  • Experience working on USG programming strongly preferred.
  • In-depth understanding of the Iraqi civil society landscape, especially in KRI;
  • Substantial knowledge of the international development and/or humanitarian system and institution and donors in Iraq;
  • Technological and software fluency.


  • Good sense of humour, personable and demonstrated ability to build networks.
  • Robust logic chain analytics and strong general analytical skills;
  • Demonstrated desire for excellence and an ability to inspire others to attain professional excellence;
  • Excellent communicators able to manage conflicts and develop constructive solutions;
  • Ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities.
  • Strong attention to details required
  • Ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit


  • Excellent written and spoken Kurdish
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English and Arabic.

Working Conditions

  • Frequent travel is required
  • May involve working in areas that are remote and lack basic modern infrastructure

MAGENTA is committed to creating a diverse work environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.


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