Program Officer

Posted about 2 years ago by World Vision
Location Erbil Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector Sales, NGO

World Vision International is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision - Iraq Office is looking for a highly qualified and motivated person for the position of Program Officer – Erbil. 



World Vision International, Iraq (WVI) is seeking a qualified and highly motivated individual to support the design and development of the office’s portfolio for humanitarian and development needs. Under the direction of the Senior Program Officer, the Program Officer will lead assigned project design and proposal development opportunities. They will be furthermore responsible for supporting the management of the project, including compliance with WVI and donor regulations. As they key point of contact with doors for their project they will be required to build and maintain strong working relationships with donors. They will be expected to collaborate constructively with all other departments in the office and other stakeholders.


The PO is not responsible for implementing projects but is a key advisor in supporting efficient project implementation. The aim of the project is to facilitate recovery and enhancing resilience of vulnerable communities, by providing short and medium-term employment opportunities to (young) men and women. Additionally, the Project interventions are expected to address the mutually reinforcing challenges of widespread unemployment, youth radicalization and violent extremism.




Program Design & Proposal preparation 

  • In coordination w/ SPO, develop and submit proposals to donors 
  • Co-facilitate design workshops or meetings as required and  to collectively plan new project designs with sector leads
  • Work with program teams and sectorial leads to meet and preposition with donors as relevant.
  • Work with various internal and external stakeholders to keep apprised with the context, needs, clusters, actors, and donors related to relief in Iraq and the region. 
  • Support the SPO in liaising, building capacity on partnership agreement requirements for various WV department, and participating in the review and editing of all WV’s MoUs with implementing partners.

Reporting and Coordination 

  • Serve as lead liaison with the support office or Iraq-based donors for projects
  • Coordinate with M&E and project leads to ensure monitoring and evaluation obligations are understood and implemented  
  • Facilitate startup workshops for new projects to ensure project staff have all the required documentation and tools for reporting and record keeping
  • Design and support the implementation of the program monitoring system, including required external and internal reporting. 
  • Guide project leads or sector managers in the reporting requirements and templates.  
  • Review all monitoring & evaluation learnings and support integration of those lessons back into projects. 
  • Work closely with consortium partners and WV teams to ensure timely and quality reports. 

Information Management 

  • Maintain response project archives (saving project documents into the database)
  • Compile and compose the monthly SitReps 
  • Compile and analyze relevant information to inform response design, program management, operational improvement and promote learning. 
  • Support program teams and the PDQA Manager with special projects or occasional clerical tasks as required


  • Were relevant, work with project staff to address any quality issues or complaints, and support community consultation and information provision mechanisms.
  • Address, orient, and train response staff on international standards and their application
  • Ensure programming meets WV minimum quality standards and support improvement, reflection, and learning (includes Real-Time Evaluation and Lessons Learned events).
  • Ensure that program implementation is in line with the principles of the Red Cross Code of Conduct, SPHERE standards, and relevant WV internal standards and policies.
  • Attend and participate in capacity building training locally and internationally. 
  • Attend and participate in WV’s spiritual nurture events and other organizational events
  • Safety and Security responsibilities: 
  • Responsible for own security and actively contribute to a positive security culture
  • Abide by the security policies and procedures and report any incidents or breaches to line manager and security manager.



  • Experience in large scale humanitarian emergencies  
  • Experience in grants acquisition and management.
  • Experience in managing and capacity building of partners.
  • University Bachelor degree in community development work, preferably sociology, international or political studies, humanitarian law, public health, and population studies.
  • Master's degree in above-related fields is preferred.
  • Excellent written and spoken English. 
  • Computer literate with a high degree of proficiency and productivity. 
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills 
  • Good Research skills 
  • Good Interpersonal and communication skills 
  • A high level of diplomacy and networking skills is required
  • Self-starter who can work independently under pressure 
  • Completed a recognized personal security course in the past 3 years 
  • Ability to travel across the border regularly for training assessment, regular monitoring, and evaluation  
  • Understanding of international standards including SPHERE, emergency management, security awareness, etc.  
  • Strong capacity building and facilitation skills 
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible world view, emotional maturity, and physical stamina
  • Ability to manage work life and work without supervision 
  • Ability to work in and contribute to the team building environment
  • Ability to maintain performance expectations in psychologically stressful environments and physical hardship conditions with limited resources 
  • Understanding of internet and email.

Work Environment

  • Travel domestically and internationally, including projects in high-risk areas of WV programming.
  • HEAT training an added advantage

Only short listed candidates will be contacted

As a Child focused organization, World Vision is committed to the protection of children and does not employ staff whose background is not suitable for working with children. All employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks.

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