International Rescue Committee

Social Cohesion Officer – Kirkuk

Job Overview

Requisition ID: req41996

Job Title: Social Cohesion Officer – Kirkuk

Sector: Governance

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Kirkuk, Iraq

Job Description


BACKGROUND: A lead responder in Iraq since 2003, the IRC is providing robust programming across five governorates through women’s protection and empowerment, child protection and protection and rule of law programming; economic recovery and development programming; governance; and integrated early childhood development programming. The IRC is focused on strengthening social cohesion, with the aim of strengthening connectedness and cohesion among actors at different levels, from community groups to CSOs, to national authorities.


SCOPE OF WORK: The Social Cohesion officer will provide overall technical and operational support to the consortium and Governance sector to achieve the BPSI project’s goals and objectives. They will be working closely with the local partner, other IRC programs and IRC stakeholders in achieving the project objectives and maintaining excellent relationships with all stakeholders.

The position ensures monitoring and evaluation tools and ensures compliance with the Donor’s requirements in carrying out activities.

The Social Cohesion Officer will oversee the review and monitoring of implementation progress in coordination with key project staff based on workplans and performance plans to ensure that long-term and short-term priorities are on track. S/he is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of project(s) in the assigned city in accordance with IRC and donor requirements.


Location of Work: Kirkuk



Responsibilities / Tasks:

Under the supervision of Governance Coordinator, the Social Cohesion Officer will be required to:

Implementation and management of project activities

§  Support the Senior Consortium Manager updating the project management tools: workplan, spending plan, procurement plan and the indicator monitoring table when needed.

§  Present short and periodic reports to the Governance Coordinator indicating the progress of the activities.

§  Ensure the compliance of program activities with the commitments made to the donor;

ü  Work closely with the local partner to plan and implement the following activities;

ü  Develop tools for data collection and train the community leaders/representatives on these tools for identifying local priorities;

ü  Establishment/strengthening of community groups such as peace committees;

ü  Organization of community-based peacebuilding and reconciliation activities, such as community dialogue sessions to identify and analyze conflicts while ensuring Do No Harm;

ü  Development and dissemination of key messages for the prevention of community conflicts;

ü  Organization of community events and initiatives that encourage positive interaction between different groups.


Monitoring and evaluation and reporting on project activities

§  Support the Senior Consortium Manager, the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team, and the implementing partners plan the organization of monitoring and evaluation sessions for conflict management activities;

§  Participate in data collection activities with beneficiaries (Baseline, midline and end line survey);

§  Regularly complete the database and dashboard of project indicators at the end of each month and share with the M&E team;

§  Ensure that documents relating to activities and other project resources are filed and archived (lists of participants, activity reports as well as supporting documents for expenses incurred);

§  For each activity, make sure that the database has been updated.


Administrative, financial, and logistical management

§  Work closely with the Senior Consortium Manager on the overall management of the project: compliance with commitments and deadlines, planning and systematic monitoring of budgets;

§  Develop planning and budget forecasts for activities and submit them to the Consortium Manager;

§  Participate in the development of project management tools (work plan, spending plan and procurement plan and monitor expenditure plans and the purchasing plan to avoid any delay or inconvenience in the implementation of project activities;

§  Plan the material supplies necessary for the implementation of the activities (training material, awareness raising as well as office equipment, etc.)

§  Respect all administrative, financial and logistical procedures of IRC;

§  Work closely with the supply chain team and colleagues in the field to plan the organization of vehicles;

§  Classify and archive all documents relating to activities and other resources;


Communication and collaboration

§  Ensure the representation of project activities in the field of peacebuilding;

§  Ensure quality representation of IRC to implementing partners;

§  Maintain good relations with all stakeholders

§  Collaborate closely with other team members and partners in the implementation of all activities;

§  Produce activity reports and reports of training, awareness-raising, community events precise and within the allotted time;

§  Support in the coordination of field visits by donors and other people external to the program, if needed.



·       Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs


Key Working Relationships

·       Position Reports to: Governance Coordinator.

·       Position directly supervises: N/A.

·       Position supporting: Local partner staff.




§  Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, community development, economic development, NGO management, Governance, or any other similar training;

§  Have at least 2-3 years of professional experience in building the capacity of community-based structures and social cohesion activities;

§  Have knowledge on community engagement, social cohesion, peaceful conflict management and non-violent communication, community-driven development, participatory development processes;

§  Experience working with communities, particularly in conflict-affected areas;

§  Experience working with vulnerable people representing different backgrounds;

§  Demonstrated experience in coordinating and working with local and national government representatives;

§  A good understanding of the gender issue;

§  Good ability to work independently as well as in a team;

§  Organizational and communication skills;

§  Computer skills, especially MS Word, Excel and Power Point;

§  Demonstrate tact and a keen sense of discretion;



§  Strong contextual knowledge of the areas of operation and community dynamics;

§  Rigorous and of good character;

§  Dynamic;

§  Excellent oral and written communication skills and a team spirit;

§  Respect the instructions and safety rules;

§  Good knowledge of Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint software;

§  Be punctual, available and versatile;

§  Have a sense of responsibility and commitment;

§  Arabic and English are essential (written and spoken),



Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.


Gender Equality IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including maternity leave, gender-sensitive security protocols, and other supportive benefits and allowances. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


COVID-19 Vaccination RequirementPer the Iraqi Ministry of Health COVID-19 guidelines, IRC requires candidates who are selected for positions to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter IRC premises. However, the exemption is only accepted per the Iraqi Health regulation and upon the provision of a negative PCR test.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity.  We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal. 


Equal Opportunity EmployerWe are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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