Project Manager for Tech for Food

World Food Programme, Erbil, Iraq

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th March, 2018


Job Description

ABOUT WFP

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is the frontline humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 75 countries. Around 14,000 people work for the organization, most of them in remote areas, directly serving the hungry poor. In Iraq, WFP assists conflict-affected families in every corner of the country. By providing food, cash and vouchers to displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees, WFP is helping to save lives and livelihoods.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is the frontline humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 75 countries. Around 14,000 people work for the organization, most of them in remote areas, directly serving the hungry poor. In Iraq, WFP assists conflict-affected families in every corner of the country. By providing food, cash and vouchers to displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees, WFP is helping to save lives and livelihoods.

In collaboration with the WFP Innovation Accelerator, the Iraq Country Office has launched a digital livelihoods program connecting the most vulnerable refugees and host communities to income generating opportunities through remote online freelancing work.

JOB PURPOSE

job will focus on implementing and improving our digital skills training and work programme under close supervision of the WFP Innovation Accelerator team.

The Project Manager, under delegated authority from the Emergency Coordinator and working closely with the Tech for Food Operations lead, will work on the following topics:

  • Drive forward the local digital skills training and work program in Iraq and oversee implementation partners/NGOs
  • Oversee the operations and day-to day-management as related to WFP processes, i.e. Cash-based transfers, Monitoring and Evaluation, Budget management etc.
  • Coordinate micro-work projects with private sector partners
  • Closely collaborate with the Innovation Accelerator team on testing and implementing new innovations and partnerships
  • Support build-up of strong local partnership network.
  • Any other tasks as required

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Drive forward the local digital skills training and work program in Iraq and oversee local implementation partners/NGOs:
  • Actively execute all project relevant tasks in regards to organization, communication and coordination
  • Constantly coordinate and communicate with implementation partners
  • Support the pilot operations including recruiting of staff and participants, day-to day management as well as administration, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Provide analysis & content preparation (Powerpoint presentations, concept notes, briefs, etc.) for management meetings
  • Participate and carry out discussions with senior managers in other divisions or external stakeholders on topics related to the pilot and innovation
  • Plan and execute recruiting of staff and participants in close coordination with partners
  • Expand the program from Sulaymaniyah to other areas of Iraq and set up new campuses in these locations

Oversee the operations and day-to day-management as related to WFP processes, i.e. Cash-based transfers, Monitoring and Evaluation, Budget management etc:

  • Liaise with WFP support units and teams to ensure all aspects of the project are executed in accordance with WFP standards of high transparency and compliance.
  • Work closely with relevant units to manage the project budget, anticipate spending needs and ensure proper, compliant and timely expenditure of allocated funds.

Coordinate micro-work projects with private sector partners

  • Discuss project details with private sector and other partners and understand project requirements, timelines, roles and responsibilities
  • Recommend and implement best practice for managing and delivering the project in line with partner needs
  • Break down the project into milestones corresponding to the abilities of the students
  • Communicate and relay the information to field staff and ensure proper execution of all aspects of the project
  • Maintain a consistent and dynamic feedback loop with the partners

Closely collaborate with the Innovation Accelerator team on testing and implementing new innovations and partnerships

  • Conduct extensive local research, develop new concept ideas and continuously share findings with WFP Innovation colleagues
  • Maintain a regular stream of communication and a steady reporting line
  • Support project pilots, testing and improvements as required

Support build-up of strong local partnership network

  • Build strong partnerships and promote the projects and approach of the Munich WFP Innovation Accelerator office
  • Liaise with local governmental and humanitarian organizations as well as the private sector for potential partnerships and cooperation
  • Engage local and global innovation and tech community to act as partners to drive forward innovations with potential for zero hunger

Any other tasks as required

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Bachelor’s degree, ideally but not limited to the field of Business Administration, Economics, Management, Software development or other related fields

Work Experience:

  • Minimum 2 years of professional experience in innovation, project management, start-ups, software development, ed-tech or related fields ideally with strong exposure to both European/North-American markets and the Middle East
  • A minimum of 3 years of a private sector experience
  • Willingness to work in and travel to different field locations across Iraq and the Middle East including challenging operating environments, willingness to travel internationally

Language: High proficiency in written and spoken Arabic and English, knowledge of Kurdish or an additional UN language is a plus.

Nationality: In possess of Iraqi Nationality

DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE

  • Strong Communication skills to engage with various stakeholders from different sectors and backgrounds, ability to interact with leaders and external audience with maturity and tact, ability to interact with vulnerable groups of people
  • Collaborative spirit able to liaise with a wide range of people at all levels and across different cultures and to act with credibility and diplomacy
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills with an ability to plan ahead, anticipate requirements, problems and obstacles, and an ability to juggle competing priorities successfully, and to work within tight deadlines
  • Proven success in entrepreneurship
  • Exposed to the latest developments in IT and technology, with an understanding of artificial intelligence, start-ups, ed-tech, machine learning and software development…
  • Acute problem solving mind-set, with ability to proactively solve challenges quickly and efficiently, “can-do” attitude
  • Strong drive, self-motivated and able to work with a high degree of autonomy and trust
  • High sense of compassion, able to genuinely empathise with people and energize teams with a positive and encouraging attitude
  • Fully committed and motivated to achieve the aims of the UN World Food Programme.

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