Livelihood Project Assistant

Norwegian Refugee Council, Noor City, Iraq

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th October, 2020

Job Description

NRC in Iraq

Since the Government of Iraq declared that combat operations against the Islamic State Group (IS) had ended in 2017, Iraq has been recovering from the significant damage and destruction caused by the armed conflict. Of the more than six million Iraqis who fled their homes since 2014, 4.5 million Iraqis have returned to their area of origin and 1.4 million remain internally displaced. Many Iraqis have returned to areas that lack basic infrastructure, services and livelihood opportunities, or where explosive devices have not been cleared. Other challenges returnees and secondarily displaced people face include the lack of security, community acceptance, housing, property and civil documentation issues as well as critical educational and health service gaps. Throughout this, Iraq continues to host over a quarter of a million Syrian refugees.

The UN estimates that more than 4.1 million Iraqis will need assistance in 2020, 1.77 million of them in acute need. With military operations against IS group having ended, the Iraqi government faces new challenges to ensure an inclusive reconstruction and reconciliation that will sustain peace.

Since 2010, NRC Iraq has been assisting internally displaced Iraqis, Syrian refugees, returnees, and host communities in Ninewa, Dohuk, Erbil, Kirkuk, Basra, Salahdeen and Anbar Governorates.

We focus on assisting the newly displaced, those experiencing protracted displacement in camps, and people returning to and living in hard-to-reach places by improving their chance of obtaining a durable solution. NRC runs integrated programmes across Iraq to respond to people in need using our shelter and settlements, education, camp management, legal assistance, livelihoods, and cash activities.

Duties and responsibilities

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Establish strong working relationship with targeted communities, including local leaders and identification of local focal points
  • Implement beneficiary targeting and verification process for various activity streams
  • Implement/support beneficiary registrations
  • Support partners/contractors/trainers to implement business-focused training programmes
  • Implement or support partner implementation of community-based soft-skills training programmes
  • Implement NRC Community Engagement Approach
  • Conduct Focus Group Discussions, household surveys, and Key Informant Interviews, with assistants and enumerators
  • Work directly with enumerators and community focal points
  • Support with referrals to other NRC sectors or through external referral mechanisms

Our Ideal Candidate

  • Previous experience as an assistant in a humanitarian/recovery programme
  • Previous experience working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Experience conducting beneficiary identification, verification and registration
  • Experience supporting referrals and/or identifying service providers
  • Experience conducting focus groups, questionnaires, and surveys
  • Fluency in local language/s
  • Some knowledge of English (basic proficiency)
  • Coping with Change
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Communicating with impact and respect Handling Insecure environments


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