Senior Program Officer

Posted almost 3 years ago by MSELECT
Location Duhok, Iraq Job Type
Salary Sector NGO

MSELECT is looking to hire a Senior Program Officer for one of its international NGO clients to be based in Duhok.

The Senior Program Officer will manage key program activities for the Resilient Economy through Agricultural Livelihoods (REAL) project implemented in Zakho and Al Shikhan districts of Dohuk.  Responsibilities will include the screening and selection of beneficiaries, the oversight of apprenticeships, and the planning and executing of networking events.


Program Implementation

  • Work with senior management to develop apprentice identification and selection strategies and tools. Identify 300 beneficiaries across the two program sites. 
  • Work with senior management to develop apprenticeship tools including MOU template and monitoring tools.
  • Plan and execute at least 12 networking events across the 2 sites over the period of the grant; these will engage at least 1,200 persons and result in at least 125 partnerships between the local private sector and IDPs.
  • Maintain positive relationships with community members and leadership, following local norms and protocols in all communications. 
  • Maintain positive relationships with businesses engaged in the apprenticeship program and partnerships with IDPs, ensuring a solid understanding of their expectations and priorities.  

Grant Management

  • Track progress toward grant targets and adjust activities as necessary based on monitoring results. 
  • Track program expenditures and ensure they are allowable and within the project budget.


  • Interface with all project departments to ensure that activities are well coordinated and complimentary.
  • Maintain solid communication with local government and NGOs operating in the area to ensure that activities are coordinated with broader humanitarian response efforts. 


  • Produce program and activity reports weekly to communicate progress Vis a Vis targets, outcomes of external meetings, and successes and challenges.

Additional Tasks 

  • Assume proactive responsibility for program excellence and the solid reputation of the NGO in the community.
  • Any other tasks as requested by Line Manager.


  • Fluency in English and Kurdish is a must.
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field is required. Studies in development, humanitarian aid, international law or another relevant field is a plus.
  • At least 5 years of experience leading similar humanitarian aid programming with a demonstrated history of maintaining excellent relationships with beneficiaries, community leadership and other stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated history of implementing successful programming that meets project targets and complies with donor regulations.
  • Ability to prioritize workload according to the changing needs of the program, proactively engage with diverse stakeholders, and problem solve. 
  • An understanding of mainstreaming principles, including gender and child protection, and commitment to Humanitarian principles.

Only applicants meeting the strict criteria outlined above will be contacted as part of the shortlisting process.

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