The Country Manager Iraq manages the overall implementation of the Country Programme (country specific projects and delegated country components under regional programmes) and team/office in Mosul-Iraq. The Country Manager carries end responsibility for the targets set forth in the national annual plans. (S)he represents SPARK legally towards the Federal Iraq authorities as the SPARK national legal representative. The Country Manager will report to the Regional Programme Director.
Main Tasks and Responsibilities
The responsibilities and tasks include, but are not limited to:
Is responsible for the timely implementation, coordination and quality oversight of all SPARK projects and programmes in Iraq (excluding Kurdistan Region of Iraq), as per agreement with donors and partner organizations.
Represents SPARK towards Iraqi Government authorities (local and central), local partners and other relevant national institutions.
Serve as the legal representative for SPARK vis-a-vis federal Government authorities in Bagdad and Mosul and ensure that all administrative requirements are fulfilled as per local laws and regulations
Is responsible for the team management and serve as people manager for all SPARK staff in Mosul office.
Ensure Monitoring and Evaluation and Reporting of all programmes executed for the Iraq projects as agreed with donors.
Establish and maintain strategic relationships with relevant stakeholders and cooperation partners working in Iraq, especially education partners, local universities and governmental institution.
Ensure smooth progress of organizational and logistical matters linked to the projects;
Ensure budget adherence and project documentation related to the Country Programme according to internal procedures and donor requirements.
Provide input on Iraq for Regional and global level reporting
Supervise and assist national staff in developing personal work plans and achieving individual targets. Promote on the job learning.
Ensure a Security Plan for the Office is in place.
Promote SPARK values.
Work in compliance with SPARK policies and procedures.
Other tasks when required.
Requirements and Skills
Advanced academic degree in relevant discipline for international development, preferably related to (higher) education or entrepreneurship and business development issues.
Minimum 8 years’ experience with large multi-donor programme implementation and team management
Proven experience with jobs creation and private sector cooperation
Good understanding of political environment and operational space in Iraq
Experience in managing teams with members of diverse backgrounds.
Experience with higher education
Extensive network in Mosul and Bagdad with authorities, stakeholders, universities and the private sector
Native or bilingual proficiency in Arabic
Full professional proficiency in English
A challenging and exciting position in an international environment;
Remuneration based on experience and full time contract (40h/per week)
A dynamic working environment and great team
How to apply?
If you have any questions regarding SPARK or the position, please visit our website www.spark-online.org.