Project Manager

Posted 9 months ago by MSELECT
Location Erbil, Iraq Job Type
Salary Sector Agriculture

MSELECT is hiring a Project Manager for an international development consultancy in Erbil. Candidate must have minimum 10 years in Horticulture sector and fluency in English, Kurdish and Arabic is a must.

Project Objectives

  • Introduce and showcase innovative farming technologies that are best suited for the Iraq climate. Those technologies will demonstrate efficient farming techniques to enable farmers achieve high quality and high yield products
  • Create market linkages and optimize post-harvest value chains of the horticulture sector
  • Enhance the knowledge base among counterparts and partner organizations in efficient and sustainable horticulture management

Project Features and Implementation Approaches

  • Supporting linkages and cooperation among partners in the Netherlands, Jordan and Iraq
  • Channeling Dutch innovations and technologies in cultivation and postharvest systems to the Iraqi markets
  • Building joint research and knowledge platforms in the region to tackle specific challenges
  • Building on existing infrastructure and systems in Jordan, provide access to Iraqi farmers, engineers, and researchers for training and placement programs
  • Focusing the pilot project on high-value interventions that will bring immediate benefits to the sector
  • Building capacities and enhance skills for continuous improvements
  • Progressive and expanded implementation
  • Leveraging resources to support the viable farming options and improvements in the horticulture sector chain
  • Social inclusion and gender equality

Project Manager – Job Descriptions and Required Qualifications

The Project Manager will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the project and maintaining coordination with the different donors, partners and beneficiaries.

  • Overall management of the project delivery life cycle from inception to launch to ongoing implementation and development of the project activities
  • Develop project plans and implementation documents including Work Plan, Progress and Annual Reports, M&E Plan, Scope of Work for Partners and Consultants, and Factsheets
  • Establish solid working relationship with the project team, client and key stakeholders
  • Ensure continuous communication with Client to understand requirements and develop response actions as well as ensuring their awareness of project activities and progress
  • Coordinate and interact with Partners to decide on priority interventions and selection of high priority value chains
  • Follow-up on project indicators and targets throughout project life cycle to ensure effective implementation of work plan and develop corrective action plans if required
  • Provide advisory and insights on implementation activities as required
  • Ensure that correct financial and resource management is in place to ensure successful planning and delivery of project

Qualifications and Skills

  • A master’s degree in Project Management, Business Administration, International Development, Agricultural Sciences, Development Studies, Engineering or other relevant discipline
  • 10 - 15 years of experience in development, management and delivery of Agricultural (value chain) and Economic development projects in the public, private or NGO sectors
  • Experience in international development donor funded projects and interacting with client representatives and other project stakeholders
  • Knowledge of the Horticulture sector and value chains for high priority crops in Iraq is highly desirable
  • Excellent writing skills with the ability to draft and edit a variety of written reports
  • Excellent command of project management tools such as Microsoft Project, MS Office, and other project management tools
  • Ability to travel as needed
  • Fluent in English and Arabic. Kurdish language is a plus.

Soft Skills

  • Demonstrated managing skills and good understanding of participatory approaches to activity-based planning, stakeholder engagement and knowledge management
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills – the candidate must demonstrate his/her ability to investigate problems and challenges that might arise and find the optimal solution in a timely and effective manner
  • Strong presentation skills as well as strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to articulate ideas clearly and concisely
  • Ability to work well under pressure and multi-task under tight deadlines

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


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