Program Director

Posted 5 months ago by SEED Foundation
Location Erbil Job Type Contract
Salary Sector NGO
Location: ​Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (KRI), with frequent travel to program sites in Dohuk and Suleimaniya

Type of position: ​Employment contract, Full time.

Length of Contract:​ One Year with possibility to renew based on availability of funding and performance.

Compensation and Benefits: This is a competitive salary and benefits and includes relocation expenses and housing allowance.
Role of the Program Director:
We are seeking to hire an international Program Director as a senior executive with SEED to manage an international grant program to protect and empower vulnerable Iraqis through MHPSS and protection services, policy and institutional reform, and capacity building of local service providers. The successful candidate will be an experienced program manager with prior experience in MHPSS and GBV programming, including with displaced persons. We are looking for a compassionate, confident, dynamic and independent person who is able to lead development, planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation.
Specific Tasks:
Program Management and Leadership:
  • Lead responsibility for programmatic, technical and administrative management of the program including quality assurance, monitoring and documentation of results.
  • Provide strategic direction and technical advice on program development and implementation with a focus on the protection and empowerment of vulnerable groups.
  • Oversee program planning and implementation to ensure program goals, objectives and targets are met.
  • Supervise and manage all program staff.
  • Develop work plans, oversee implementation and track progress.
MHPSS and Protection Services:
  • Lead in the implementation of the program’s strategy to meet the needs of survivors and strengthen support mechanisms.
  • Develop practices and policies and ensure that these are adhered to.
  • Provide training to program staff.
  • Ensure the ethical management of case data and systems, ensuring that data collection informs improved service delivery.
  • Develop and lead implementation of plans for outreach with the target community.
Coordination and Organizational Representation:
  • Represent SEED with donor, Kurdistan Regional Government, UN, and other NGOs
  • Develop strategic partnerships ​and m​aintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, camp managers, community leaders, and other relevant actors.
  • Work closely with program partners.
Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E):​
  • Working closely with the M&E Manager, devise program M&E plan.
  • Ensure that M&E systems provide adequate feedback to inform program development and course correction as necessary.
  • Ensure that all reporting requirements are met on time, and that reports are of a high quality.

Staff Management and Capacity Building:
  • Supervise, train and build capacity of program staff.
  • Devise development plans for all staff members.
  • Provide regular, constructive feedback to staff members.
Finance and Budget Management:
  • Ensure that program procurement is in line with SEED’s policies and donor regulations.
  • Oversee program budget to ensure efficient use of resources.
  • Conduct regular budget monitoring to ensure program spending is on track.

Essential criteria:
  • Degree in social work, psychology, international development or other related field desired; Master’s Degree, a plus.
  • At least five years of NGO ​Senior program management experience in international settings including project design, implementation, budget management, staff management, and M&E.
  • At least three years of experience implementing MHPSS and GBV programming.
  • Experience implementing large donor-funded international development and/or humanitarian assistance programs.
  • Experience in Iraq and/or Kurdistan Region a plus.
  • Strong belief in human rights and gender equality.
  • Good interpersonal skills including ability to gain trust and build relationships.
  • Good diplomatic and persuasion skills.
  • High standard of spoken and written English, with Arabic and/or Kurdish a plus.
  • Good computer skills.
  • Ability to work in a stressful setting and adapt quickly to changing environments.

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