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 most 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production is not competitive due to several reasons (widespread physical destruction of small-scale farms, outdated production methods, comparatively cheap imports)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 the action field ‘approaches to peacebuilding’ is responsible for:
Advises and accompanies the strategic planning on current and future interventions in close cooperation with the unit members
Conducts regular Capacity Development Measures (WS and Trainings) and provides advise on conflict sensitive implementation and Do-No-Harm of program activities.
Provides feedback and guidance to ensure cohesion between different project components and propose adjustments when needed to ensure that project outcomes are attained in a conflict-sensitive, effective and efficient manner, in line with established methodologies.
Regularly assesses the strategic alignment of activities, identifying areas of strategic focus to guide project improvements, and future activities.
Provides technical advice on ongoing efforts for successful implementation as well as design and development of complementing peacebuilding activities
Advises and provides Capacity Development Measures to other GIZ projects active in Anbar on incorporating and applying conflict sensitive approaches and Do-No-Harm (might be extended to other provinces)
Addresses cross-cutting issues (e.g. gender) in design and implementation of activities within the component.
The professional advisor to peace building performs the following tasks:
Advising the partner institution(s)
The advisor to peacebuilding
Represents the unit at partner meetings, stakeholder meetings and further technical platforms for exchange
Analyses and reports on relevant outputs from partner meetings, stakeholder meetings and further technical platforms for exchange and provides analytical assessment and advise to the unit
Supports with providing regular updates on actor mappings and stakeholder analyses
Keeps up-to-date with local and national implementation partners’ intervention strategies, as well as governmental approaches to and strategies on reconciliation and peacebuilding
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
Networking and cooperation
The advisor to peace building
supports cooperation, regular contact and dialogue with partners, 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
The advisor to peace building
develops ready-to-use strategies and technical concepts, including guidelines, manuals and procedures
draws up reports and presentation documents
prepares 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.
The professional, advisory
assists with general project planning and develops project concepts including preparation, organisation and moderation of planning exercises and their implementation, management, monitoring, quality management, evaluation, communication and documentation
coordinates relevant project activities at local level in consultation with the manager and in cooperation with the partners, both as regards implementation and preparing organisational aspects
compiles the relevant information for joint activities and assignments
handles order management on behalf of GIZ (e.g. offer preparation, impact monitoring, project progress review, reporting)
Required qualifications, competences and experience
masters/MSc in an area that is related to the project/programme objectives, with a focus on a relevant field
at least 5 years’ professional experience in a peace building field in Iraq.
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)
fluent written and oral knowledge of English and Arabic and a working knowledge of German
willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management