Heartland alliacne international

Project Manager

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Job Overview

About You: A driven and passionate mid-career professional looking to work alongside an inspiring, dynamic team of leading human rights workers. The candidate will have exceptional project management skills and embrace a collaborative, team approach to the work they do. This person has experience living and working in challenging operating environments and is eager to apply that experience working on innovative human rights projects that support some of the most vulnerable people in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). The candidate has a strong commitment to and experience working on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

About Heartland Alliance International: Heartland Alliance International’s (HAI) mission is to secure the rights and well-being of marginalized people and communities. HAI envisions a world in which those whose rights have been violated are safe and empowered to actively engage in their communities and be at the forefront of social change. In Iraq, HAI provides holistic services focusing on psychosocial support, legal aid, violence prevention, and social cohesion to diverse vulnerable populations.

The Project: Justice for Children and Young People: Promoting diversion, legal, psychosocial and protection of children in contact with the law in Kirkuk is a one-year project funded by UNICEF. This project seeks to ensure that children and young people benefit from a functional and child-friendly system of justice that protects them and their rights and a comprehensive community-based reintegration program that promotes safe and sustainable reintegration through comprehensive social development and economic strengthening services. Project activities will be implemented in Kirkuk governorates. The project consists of three interrelated and mutually-reinforcing objectives:

(1) Juveniles in conflict with the law across the 12 police stations in Kirkuk and those detained in the Kirkuk detention center have access to comprehensive protection and legal services and have their rights protected in line with international standards during pre and post trial period;

(2) Iraqi juvenile justice actors and key stakeholders have increased capacity and coordination to ensure provision of quality child friendly services and to promote the best interests of the child;

(3) Promote diversion and alternatives to detention (ATD) for children in conflict with the law.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The project manager will be based in Kirkuk or Sulaymani or Erbil, Iraq with frequent travel to project target locations if security allows and will work directly under the supervision of the deputy country director to oversee program implementation. The project manager oversees a team of coordinators, case managers, case workers, social workers, and lawyers. The project manager will ensure that all program activities will be implemented in line with the project work plan and in accordance with HAI and the donor’s standards and requirements. The project manager will also provide technical oversight and management of the project staff as well as working closely with local implementing partners to ensure successful project implementation.


Project Technical Support:

1- Project implementation, oversight and development

  • Lead project implementation and monitoring
  • Manage the relationship with key stakeholders including the juvenile reformatories, juvenile police, juvenile judges, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs.
  • Supervise and direct team members’ tasks and ensure the project activities are implemented according to the project work plan and donor approved results framework.
  • Provide technical support to team members and train staff as necessary.
  • Continually assess and evaluate project implementation against project work plan, in collaboration with the project team; take appropriate steps to ensure project is on track in meeting deliverables and spending
  • Effectively participate in cluster and coordination meetings, identifying key issues for advocacy
  • Develop and monitor work plans, budgets, and progress reports HAI, donors and partners require
  • Ensure sound financial and narrative reporting to the donor.
  • Responsibly manage the project budget and organizational resources

2- Communication and monitoring and evaluation

  • Collaborates closely with project team members to continuously assess status of implementation against project work plan and implement appropriate steps to ensure project is on track in meeting deliverables.
  • Work with project staff to ensure that M&E processes are managed in accordance with HAI and donor standards.
  • Foster effective communication and teamwork with staff from a range of economic, cultural, ethnic and social groups
  • Represent HAI to government officials, funding sources, other partners, beneficiaries, and at conferences, meetings and other outreach opportunities
  • Ensure monitoring and evaluation activities and reporting meet HAI’s standards, and are completed on schedule
  • Develop, review, and finalizes monthly, quarterly, and final project reports in English

3- Financial management and grant oversight

  • Oversee implementation of activities in accordance with project and activity budget
  • Consult with director of finance regarding best practices for financial administration of the workplan.
  • Monitor project expenditures, and with the director of finance and administration develop monthly expenditure projections.
  • Work with the project coordinator and director of finance to monitor and revise budgets, as needed.

4- Other duties, as assigned by the deputy country director and country director



  • Bachelor degree in social work, international relations or law.
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in implementing child protection/juvenile justice programs in development settings.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of child protection case management process.
  • Demonstrated understanding of child protection principles and international guidelines.
  • Strong project and staff management experience in humanitarian settings.
  • Demonstrated success in project, financial, staff and partner management, program monitoring and evaluation, report writing (in English)
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Iraqi and Kurdistan Region of Iraq’s (KRI) government systems.
  • Proven ability to calmly, professionally, and successfully manage multiple priorities
  • Experience working with international and local NGOs, the UN, cluster system, and government security departments.
  • Knowledge and understanding of M&E concepts
  • Experience with Windows platform, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Excellent negotiation and relationship management skills, with the ability to proactively problem solve and find solutions
  • Demonstrates initiative and is comfortable working in a group, as well as independently
  • Ability to reside in Erbil and travel within the KRI and Iraq.


  • Required – Fluent in English (read, write and communicate), fluency in Arabic and Kurdish.
  • Optional, but beneficial – Working knowledge of Kurdish

Personal Competencies: Collaborative spirit and ability to work independently as well as in a team; commitment to knowledge sharing and teamwork; positive attitude and ability to see through challenges to find solutions; and strong interpersonal skills and an ability to clearly communicate, including complex concepts into layperson language.

Resilience: This project will address sensitive issues. Interested applicants should have a strong commitment to addressing the issues with cultural sensitivity, respect, and confidentiality. Candidates should be flexible, have a sense of humor and patience.

Please upload a cover letter (1 page maximum) and CV  to the below link. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you do not hear back from us within 4 weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful.

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