Stabilization Advisor

Posted about 1 month ago by GIZ
Location Erbil Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector NGO

Job description 

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a global service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work, with more than 23,000 employees in over 120 countries. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. Our business volume is around 3.3 billion euros. As a public-benefit federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government – in particular the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) – and many public and private sector clients in achieving their objectives in international cooperation and to offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions


The Syrian conflict, which began more eleven years ago, has caused frequent waves of internal and cross-border displacement. Increasingly, displaced people are returning but face a multitude of challenges on an individual and community level, limiting the prospects of successful reintegration and improved social cohesion and heightening the risk of radicalization. The stabilisation project focuses on supporting and improving the capacities of local communities to respond to these challenges. This is achieved through the promotion of local community-based and civil society initiatives, local consultation processes, and the reintegration of marginalised groups. Due to the security situation in Syria, the project is being implemented remotely from Erbil/Iraq.


Your Tasks

The position holder is responsible for:

  • Providing professional advice to GIZ’s programme in the assessment, planning, design and implementation of project activities and ensuring their alignment with do-no-harm and leave-no-one-behind principles as well as a human rights-based approach.
  • Independently assessing received proposals according to GIZ standards particularly regarding their respect for the needs of most vulnerable members of target groups.
  • Ensuring a close follow-up with partners regarding the implementation of projects.
  • Providing professional advice to partners contributing to the development of partner organizations’ capacities.
  • Monitoring and reporting on project activities and subsequently ensure data and information management of the activity.
  • Ensuring coordination with partner organizations and relevant stakeholders.
  • Securing coordination with activities of humanitarian clusters and alignment of the actions.



Core scope of tasks 

The position holder

  • Conducts high-level analysis of project activities to inform the programme.
  • Identifies and implements – in close cooperation with other members of the project team – full range of project activities (e.g. social cohesion and community dialogue activities, civil society engagement, peacebuilding, psychosocial support activities, capacity development for women, people with special needs, youth groups and activities that strengthen the capacities of civic engagement providers). 
  • Receives and reviews project proposals from implementing partners and builds their capacities accordingly. 
  • Conducts training needs assessments for partners and arrange for adequate training of implementing partners.
  • Ensures sound monitoring of activities on the ground and secures that no political red lines are being crossed by partners during implementation.
  • Contributes to GIZ’s internal and external reporting requirements such as inception, progress, monitoring and final reports, and fulfils other reporting requirements related to the programme.
  • Attends relevant meetings, sector working groups, sub-working groups and bilateral meetings organized NGOs, the UN, and other relevant actors.
  • Works in close coordination with other GIZ projects within the Syria Portfolio. 
  • Treats information confidentially.
  • Performs other duties and tasks at the request of the Programme Manager.

Your profile 


  • University degree in Social Sciences, Engineering, Law or a field related to humanitarian/stabilization/development interventions from an accredited academic institution


Professional experience

  • At least 7 years of working experience in a comparable position.
  • Experienced in the coordination, development and implementation of humanitarian, stabilisation or development programming, ideally in the Syrian context.
  • Proven experience in project cycle management and proposal development.
  • Familiarity with the do-no-harm and leave-no-one-behind principles and human rights-based approach.
  • Proven experience in cross-border humanitarian/stabilization/development interventions.
  • Proven experience in working in an international work environment.


Other knowledge, additional competences

  • Native-level Arabic skills in writing and speaking.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively in English, both in writing and speaking.
  • Very good understanding of the current political framework and situation in Syria.
  • Independent and pro-active approach to fulfilling tasks.
  • Ability to work with trustworthiness and integrity.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • High integrity and sense for confidentiality.


Important notes for your application


The reference number and position must be mentioned in the subject line of the email, Ref: (EBL-USZS-122) Stabilization Advisor (Crisis, Conflict, Disaster Advisor) Subject line of the application should clearly indicate the vacancy applied for. 

The use of GIZ templates is mandatory, all applications that do not use the template will not be evaluated.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications passed the expiration date of the advertisement will not be considered.


GIZ Templates for Applications 

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