TTA - Deputy Director for Programs IRAQ

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Title: TTA - Deputy Director for Programs IRAQ

Sector: Program Administration

Location: Erbil, Iraq

Start Date: May 1, 2024

Duration: 3 Months Scope of work & objectives:

Please Email an Updated CV to and CC You must subject your email "TTA Application: “DDP – Iraq - Erbil.”. This Opportunity is Intended for IRC Current Staff.

Purpose and Background:

The plays a leading role in ensuring overall program responsiveness, quality and impact. The DDP ensures that programs are evidence-based and needs-driven, monitored closely, and funded appropriately. Reporting to the Country Director and a member of the Senior Management Team, s/he will supervise technical program coordinators as well as the Grants and Partnership Coordinator and MEAL Coordinator. The DDP is responsible for ensuring programmatic strategic direction of the Iraq Country Program, high quality implementation of a wide range of programming across emergency to early recovery and development contexts and conducting day to day team management.

Primary Objectives:

- The current request for support will require full time commitment for an estimated maximum period of 3 months: - Lead the development of the SAP Phase II for Iraq Country Program - Provide leadership and supervisory management for all IRC programming in Iraq, including mobilization and stewardship of resources, program quality and accountability, and performance management. - Participate actively in country program management, coordination, and strategy meetings with other members of the senior management team. - Work closely with Finance colleagues to ensure timely budget development, financial planning and cost management. - Actively engage with donors, partner agencies and the humanitarian and development community in Iraq to ensure IRC is strongly represented in coordination and advocacy efforts. - Provide cohesive leadership to IRC’s program teams in Iraq, ensuring that priorities and opportunities identified are in line with and contribute to achievement of IRC’s objectives in the Middle East region and the Iraq strategic action plan which includes a shift to recovery/development approach with a strong partnerships focus. - Manage Program Coordinators to ensure partnership plans that maximize the opportunities for collaborative partnerships in Iraq are maintained and updated, consistent with the IRC’s Strategy Action Plan. - Support MEAL Coordinator to develop, adapt and implement appropriate monitoring and evaluation systems that enhance program quality, increase effectiveness and measure results. - Supervise and mentor direct-report staff, including communicating clear expectations, setting performance objectives, establishing a supportive environment while emphasizing accountability, providing regular and timely constructive performance feedback, and leading documented semi-annual performance revie - Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions. - Supervise the Grants and Partnerships Coordinators in the development of funding strategy, diversifying and strengthening donor base, quality concept notes and proposals for all IRC Iraq programs. - Support and supervise implementation of strong Project Management Cycle processes and tools in accordance with NY and CP policies and procedures including budgeting and planning and grant meetings such as Budget vs Actuals Meetings, Grant Opening, Mid-Term, and Closing Meetings, ensuring follow up on action points - Work through the IRC’s Partnership Excellence for Equality and Results System (PEERS), a comprehensive set of compliance tools to set up, manage, and close out partnerships and subawards. - Maintain a healthy and empowering office environment that encourages open, honest and productive communication among IRC staff and with partner organizations. - Maintain open communications with regional management staff, regional technical advisors, and HQ departmental staff.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Country Director

Position technically supervised by: Deputy Director Region, MENA

Position directly supervises: Technical Coordinators (Governance, Protection and Rule of Law, Women’s Protection and Empowerment and Economic Recovery and Development) and Program Support Coordinators (MEAL, Partnerships and Grants)

Indirect Reporting: N/A

Place and Period of Performance: Erbil, Iraq with frequent travel to the field. 3 Months (1 May – 31 July 2024)


- Graduate degree in a relevant field preferred - At least 7 years of progressively responsible professional experience managing complex humanitarian and development programming. Previous experience in an emergency or conflict-afflicted setting, and/or post emergency/conflict recovery is required. - Strong familiarity with IRC Iraq’s core programming areas including integrated protection, Education, and Economic Recovery and Development. - Demonstrated successful leadership experience managing a multi-disciplinary team and cross-cultural dynamics - Superior diplomatic and coordination skills are essential, both for internal coordination and for working with key stakeholders - Demonstrated ability for rapid, accurate analysis of complex issues, strong decision-making, and translation of programmatic priorities into operational strategies - Proven track record of leading multi-location teams - Repeated, successful experience delivering appropriate levels oversight for a portfolio consisting of a variety of complex, high-value donor-funded projects - Politically astute, with well-developed diplomatic and negotiating skills - Fluency in spoken and written English; working knowledge of Arabic strongly preferred - Strong oral and written communication skills, with ability to express ideas and concepts clearly and persuasively with senior internal and external stakeholders - Extensive representation and fundraising success, including prior experience with European, US and international donors - Experience of managing programs in a complex and rapidly changing security context - Established capacity to deal with ambiguity in stressful situations - Ability to respond to multiple priorities in a timely manner, producing high-quality outcomes - A keen understanding of political complexities in the Middle East region - Strong commitment to IRC’s vision, mission and core values - Motivated, positive individual who excels at taking initiative and is able to motive team members to produce results under pressure while maintaining a sense of humor.


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