Partnership Coordinator

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Baghdad, Iraq

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: Monitoring and Evaluation

The Partnership Coordinator’s key role is to support with the preparation of key documents and reports, and to ensure effective and timely coordination among the partners and with the GoN. The Partnership Coordinator is also expected to help strengthen synergy among partners so that they can leverage their comparative advantages more effectively and conduct robust joint advocacy towards achieving the key milestones laid out in the policy matrix. 
Duties and responsibilities:
  • The Partnership Coordinator will coordinate the development and follow up on the implementation of the MACP for Iraq, building on relevant partners' guidance, with specific attention to result-based management (RBM). The deliverables will be submitted according to the timeline agreed upon in the MACP and country-level governance guidelines. 
Specific tasks:
  • Support with drafting relevant documents and reports for the MACP including through consolidation and effective presentation of data and budget information provided by the partners. 
  • Arrange for regular meetings and thematic discussions on issues of key relevance with key staff involved in Prospects to remain up to date on implementation challenges, successes and lessons learned and bring the implementation to the next level.
  • Report bi-monthly following Partnership coordination meetings to the five partners and the Netherlands Embassy on deliverables.
  • Support partner/stakeholder consultations on issues that may affect the design, planning or implementation of the MACP.
  • Support the Partnership with updates and response to feedback from the GoN.
  • Keep the Netherlands Embassy in Iraq up to date about progress, challenges and successes of Prospects in Iraq and on the basis of programmatic insights, advice Embassy staff on issues of donor importance. 
  • In consultation with the partners, facilitate synergies between various components of the MACP for Iraq.
  • Review relevant research and monitor trends in Iraq that may affect planning and the outcomes of the MACP and discuss findings with the partners and the RC/HC.
  • In consultation with the partners and the Embassy of the Netherlands, coordinate the set-up of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) sessions in Iraq, on the basis of country-specific M&E frameworks and the Global Partnership M&E framework and in line with the Partnership governance documents. 
  • When relevant to the Partnership, participate, in capacity as the Partnership Coordinator (and on behalf of the donor), in meetings of the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), UN Country Team (UNCT), and their relevant sub- and working groups to better understand developments and opportunities for strengthening the Partnership's impact in Iraq.
  • Carry out any other needed tasks that may arise during the contract period. 
Monitoring and Progress Controls:
  • Clear description of measurable outputs, milestones, key performance indicators and/or reporting requirements which will enable performance monitoring
  • The following deliverables and timeline are based on the Partnership Coordinator beginning work in Iraq by 01/01/2024. These are subject to change based on agreements with the GoN and between the partners. 
Milestones are indicative and will be clarified upon approval of timelines and plans prepared in 2023:
  • In consultation with the Embassy and Prospects partners, develop an internal timeline for the MACP process for Prospects Continued 2024-2027. 
  • Facilitate workshops and consultations for the MACP process for PROSPECTS Continued, provide guidance to partners on how to seek complementarities in their programming.
  • Coordinate the preparation of the annual MEL sessions in Iraq.
  • Provide regular updates to the PROSPECTS Partners on key developments and strategic direction of PROSPECTS Continued, and keep the Netherlands Embassy in Iraq updated on any relevant development regarding the partnership. 
  • Facilitate a review of the partnership governance structure for Prospects Continued in Iraq. 
  • In consultation with partners, draft the MACP update in Q3 each year.
  • Lead on incorporating feedback from the Dutch Embassy and The Hague on the drafts of the MACP.
  • The Partnership Coordinator will be based in Erbil for the duration of the contract and undertake regular missions to Baghdad. 
Qualifications and Experience:
  • List the required education, work experience, expertise, and competencies of the Partnership Coordinator. The listed education and experience should correspond with the level at which the contract is offered.
Education (Level and area of required and/or preferred education):
  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in development studies, international relations, social science, social policy, economics, public policy, education, or related field. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience: 
  • At least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in managing complex multi-stakeholder and multi-year programs related to international humanitarian affairs, development, or education with demonstrated experience working with refugees, displaced populations, or impoverished communities is required.
  • Experience in coordinating / facilitating development of multiple agency joint programmes. 
  • Direct work experience in an international organization is required. 
  • Proven success in project planning and implementation, including experience drafting budgets and reports with multi-stakeholder consultations, is required.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation, including organizing site visits to remote field settings, is desirable. 
  • Ability to integrate different experiences, methodologies, and approaches from respective partners and synthesize information. 
  • Experience in working in the MENA region, especially Iraq, with good understanding of the current humanitarian situation and dynamics in the Middle East, and lraq is desirable.
  • Experience in working with Prospects and knowledge of the Netherlands Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation priorities is desirable.