The Iraq Durable Communities and Economic Opportunities (DCEO) is a United States Agency for International Development Office (USAID) program implemented by Chemonics International in Iraq. DCEO aims to support vulnerable communities to build community resilience against destabilizing factors by increasing their adaptive capacity and economic well-being. The project consists of two objectives. Objective 1, Adaptative capacity of vulnerable communities increased is achieved through two components. Component 1.1 seeks to mitigate drivers of conflict in targeted communities and Component 1.2 seeks to enhance community leadership of inclusive local development. Objective 2, Economic well-being of communities advanced, will rest on the assessments, analysis, foundations, and groundwork of Objective 1.
In line with Objective 1, the 100 Solutions for Stability Task Order supports Iraqi communities to address key drivers of instability through community-based solutions. The Marla Fund Manager will exercise oversight over DCEO partners implementing Marla Fund supported activities. The position may supervise a small cohort of field staff..
The position will be based in Erbil with travel to the project locations.
The Marla Fund Manager (MFM) reports to the 100 Solutions Task Order Director and works closely and collaboratively with the DCEO Entrepreneurship Adviser, other Technical Advisers, Grants Officers and Specialists, and MEL Officers and Specialists.
Build and maintain relationships with the local authorities, individuals, community groups and local partners to support the DCEO objectives in all the communities where DCEO works
Work closely with the Entrepreneurship Adviser to identifying the main potential activities in the targeted communities
Working closely with the Inclusion Adviser to assure that 100 Solutions reaches and includes groups likely to be excluded
Develop, monitor and implement project work plan according to project outputs and budget
Oversee the work of DCEO partners who are implementing the Marla Fund activities
Ensure that program/project goals and plans are implemented on time and within budget and according to donor compliance requirements
Evaluate activity progress and determine the necessary actions to be on track
Contribute to project reports that are timely and meet institutional and donor requirements
Liaise with the MEL and Technical Advisory Teams regarding project activities implementation
Working with DCEO Grants Officers and Specialists, assist the local partners in writing of proposals, provide technical input, writing and budgetary input for all activities design
Assist in building new partnerships and relations with key NGOs and donors regarding related programs
Coordinate closely with agencies and organizations working on projects aligned with Marla Fund activities
Undertake other duties as assigned by the supervisor
Bachelor’s degree or greater in business administration, political science, economics or other related fields is required
Minimum 5 years of relevant experience in development/humanitarian programs
Demonstrated experience managing staff with remote management experience highly desirable
Direct and successful experience managing livelihoods programs, including micro and small businesses start-ups, and working with vulnerable populations
Experience managing partner grantees
Excellent time management, follow-up, problems solving and coordination skills
Advanced English language ability and native speaker Arabic or Kurdish language. Proficiency in other languages spoken in Iraq are a plus.