Livelihood Advisor

Posted 8 months ago by GIZ
Location Baghdad Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector Services
Since beginning of operations in 2014, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has built a strong network of staff, offices and logistics in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). Starting from 2017, the GIZ expanded its activities also in other areas of Iraq. This network and more than 250 dedicated staff members across the country enables GIZ to respond quickly and effectively to the current displacement and economic crisis.  
In the frame of a new BMZ funded project “Restoration of peace, livelihoods and economic situation in Anbar”, GIZ is aiming to improve the income and employment situation of households in Anbar Province.
The Governorate Anbar in western Iraq is severely affected by of the past occupation by the terror organization so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and the subsequent war of liberation. Massive destruction of infrastructure and internal displacement can be observed in Anbar. Meanwhile the majority of internal displaced people have returned to Anbar. In terms of area, Anbar Governorate is the largest governorate of the Republic of Iraq and with approximately 1.8 million inhabitants it has the lowest population density. Before the war against ISIS, more than a third of people lived in the region's two largest cities, Ramadi and Fallujah. Agriculture is traditionally the most important source of income for people living outside the cities. It is an important basis of income generation, especially for women (44% of women's employment is in the agricultural sector). Small-scale farms are the backbone of the agriculture sector.
At present, a large part of Anbar's agricultural production is not competitive due to several reasons (widespread physical destruction of small-scale farms, outdated production methods, comparatively cheap imports)
The Advisor for HCD / Livelihood will manage the implementation of the component independently in accordance with the commission as well as the project goals. For that the person will:
  • Provide advice and training to improve the framework conditions and increase the human capacity development. 
  • Oversee the management of HCD activity. 
  • Provide professional advice to partners and cooperating with important stakeholders in Anbar
  • Oversee and monitor day-to-day project activities, providing technical support to ensure the project activities are implemented in line with the planned timeline and results 
  • Integrate results and experience into teamwork and the work of all relevant groups
  • Technical and line management of the component’s staff
  • Provides technical advice on ongoing efforts for successful implementation as well as design and development of complementing livelihood activities
  • Represents the component at partner meetings, stakeholder meetings and further technical platforms for exchange
  • Analyzes and reports on relevant outputs from partner meetings, cluster meetings and further technical platforms for exchange
  • Coordinates and cooperates with all relevant stakeholders including identification of interfaces and synergies. 
  • Coordinates closely with the monitoring and evaluation unit to assess impact and coverage of activities, as well as quality and relevance of the context monitoring system
The component manager/officer responsible for implementation performs the following tasks:
Management responsibility

The Advisor for HCD / Livelihood Senior responsible for implementation 
  • Assess the Needs and measures in the programme of HCD for the government and the community. 
  • Technical and line management of all staff members who report to him/her (management responsibility for staff in bands 1-3 and/or 1 staff member in band 4)
  • Staff management in accordance with management principles and guidelines to promote a sense of corporate identity, enables employees to carry out tasks independently and supports the development of creativity and innovation
  • Recruiting, selecting, grading, planning the assignment of and professional development of staff members who report to him/her
  • Monitoring, managing staff and ensuring that they provide cost-effective services
  • Annual staff assessment and development talk for staff members who report to him/her 
Professional advisory services 
The Advisor for HCD / Livelihood Senior responsible for implementation 
  • advises partner institution(s) on order clarification, identifying needs, developing concepts and strategies, and provides technical input 
  • participates in identifying needs for external support and advice, works on policy recommendations and develops a strategic approach
  • contributes to preparing and implementing the coordination process, joint project/programme activities and work in the regions
  • formulates job descriptions and terms of reference and selects and supervises third parties in the course of carrying out project/programme activities, including performance evaluation
  • monitors the development and implementation of project/programme plans and activities in close consultation with counterparts
  • deals with the design, preparation and implementation of workshops, seminars and other events on issues related to the project/programme’s area of activity
  • develops and organises quality assurance measures and suggests necessary changes, improvements and initiatives
  • monitors project progress and the activities of components, review reports and documents on the progress of joint programmes, identifies bottlenecks and recommends alternative management options to the programme manager 
  • is responsible for seeing that the services provided by the component are aligned with the partner’s needs
Networking and cooperation 
The Advisor for HCD / Livelihood Senior responsible for implementation 
  • ensures cooperation, regular contact and dialogue with partners; carries out PR work and cooperates with local communities, relevant organisations, non-governmental agencies and individuals in the project/programme environment and with other projects to improve and maintain good working relationships
  • communicates local interests and efforts, forwards these and encourages sharing ideas and information for the benefit of the project/programme 
  • Work in Anbar with travels (abroad) in the region regularly, in accordance with project requirements 
Knowledge management
The Advisor for HCD / Livelihood Senior responsible for implementation 
  • compiles information on Human Capacity Development/ Livelihood and ensures knowledge transfer
  • develops ready-to-use strategies and technical concepts, including guidelines, manuals and procedures
  • draws up reports and presentation documents
  • formulates appropriate input for various project/programme reports including annual reports, and contributes to the other reports required by the programme manager and GIZ Head Office
  • assists with research activities and studies on political issues which benefit joint programmes.
Management and coordination tasks
The Advisor for HCD / Livelihood Senior responsible for implementation 
  • is responsible for project planning for the component and develops project concepts and strategies, ensures implementation 
  • uses GIZ’s Capacity Works to manage the component 
  • coordinates and prioritises relevant project activities at local level in cooperation with the partners, both as regards the organisational preparation and implementation of the activities
  • manages and monitors the component budget in consultation with the officer responsible for the contract and cooperation 
  • compiles the relevant information for joint activities and assignments
  • in the absence of the programme manager, takes appropriate measures to secure operation of the programme 
Other duties/additional tasks
The Advisor for HCD / Livelihood Senior responsible for implementation 
  • performs other duties and tasks at the request of management 
Required qualifications, competences and experience
  • masters/MSc or doctorate in an area that is related to the project/programme objectives, with a focus on a relevant field
Professional experience
  • 5-7 years’ professional experience, with at least 5 years’ professional experience in a comparable position
Other knowledge, additional competences
  • very good working knowledge of ITC technologies (related software, phone, fax, email, the internet) and computer applications (e.g. MS Office)
  • a proven track record in a managerial position
  • fluent written and oral knowledge of Arabic and English
  • willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management

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