DRR/DRM Project Manager 

DRR/DRM Project Manager

FRC – French Red Cross

Full Time
Deadline Date

[Baghdad,Iraq ]


Job Title:             DRR/DRM National Project Manager

Country:              Iraq

Location:             Baghdad, with field trips to Babil, Suleymaniah, Wassit, Mayssan.

Reports to:         FRC Program Coordinator (Hierarchical) and IRCS Watsan Head of Department (functional) and FRC DRR HQ Coordinator (functional)

Period of assignment:    10 months (starting June 2021) – upon funding confirmation

IRCS, FRC, SRC description:

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS), French Red Cross (FRC) and Swedish Red Cross (SRC) endeavor to prevent and relieve all human suffering, with full impartiality and without discrimination, and support the most vulnerable, including victims of conflict and disasters. Its action encompassed Disaster Risk Reduction, water, sanitation, primary and secondary health care, hygiene and health promotion, psychosocial support, relief activities and livelihood in respect with the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement values and principles and close collaboration among RCRC entities in-country.


Iraq is at risk of multiple disasters ranging from the natural hazards such as drought, sandstorm, heatwaves, floods, desertification and epidemics to man-made ones. This susceptibility accompanied by the effect of wars and conflicts in the last four decades results in multiple hazardous effects such as contamination of the land by unexploded ordnance and cluster munitions. Wars and conflicts affected the functionality of the system to respond to disasters. This, combined with the effect of poverty and displacement, results in increase in the vulnerability of the people and further compromises the system leading to many challenges faced by the DRM key stakeholders.

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS), French Red Cross (FRC) and Swedish Red Cross (SRC)  are carrying out an ECHO project, in consortium, aiming to strengthening the resilience of vulnerable Iraqi population, by enhancing understanding of disaster risk and reinforcing disaster preparedness at community and governorate levels.

This Action focus on community-based disaster risk management (CBDRM) and disaster preparedness (DP), with special emphasis on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) integration and Green Response. Cross-cutting issues such as protection, gender and diversity, community and engagement and accountability are also central in the programme to assure that preparedness and response activities are appropriate and uphold the dignity, access, participation and safety of the targeted men and women of different ages and backgrounds. This programme encompasses capacity development of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) in Disaster Risk Management (DRM) as well as of national authorities and local first-line response have limited capacity to respond to disasters. In light with the current COVID-19 outbreak, the Action also includes a dedicated response –in the governorates of Sulaymaniyah, Babel, Wassit and Missan, three outputs are expected via the project:

  • Target communities have increased knowledge and awareness and are better prepared for multiple hazards
  • Enhance the existing coordination mechanisms between the IRCS and relevant DRM stakeholders
  • Target communities have increased knowledge and awareness on COVID-19 and are better prepared to face current outbreak


The DRR/DRM project manager is in charge of implementing the activities defined in the proposal and of achieving the objectives, with a specific attention on the quality of the DRR activities and coordination with government actors, humanitarian agencies and IRCS. The intervention focuses on community based DRR.

The Project Manager is ensuring coaching and supervision the operational team (IRCS volunteers and Staffs at branch level), as well as providing support to IRCS assessment and operational teams at branch level. He also ensures close collaboration with IRCS technical staff and SRC finance staff. The Project Manager is the direct line manager of the Program Support Officer dedicated to the project.

The position is under FRC management from the Programmes Coordinator.

NB: Extreme availability, flexibility and patience are expected for this position

Objective 1:       Project Management


  • To actively lead in the planning of activities, following the donor and internal indicators and reviewing the objectives, in close collaboration with IRCS and SRC;
  • To inform the program coordinator and seek guidance from the DRR HQ Coordinator on program implementation and potential readjustment to allow activities implemented through IRCS (in accordance with Sphere / cluster standards and the authorities’ expectations and constraints) ;
  • To assess needs in terms of DRR and to manage the implementation of activities according to the guidelines including necessary adjustments
  • To support and monitor IRCS team during assessment, implementation and evaluation assignments;
  • To ensure that work is carried out in a timely and efficient manner, within the budget;
  • To ensure logistics follow-up together with the Program Support Officer
  • To ensure budget monitoring and follow up together with the FRC finance team (FRC AdminCo/Deputy AdminCo), the SRC Finance staff and the IRCS staff, and share information related to finance with the IRCS ECHO Focal point.
  • To prepare BoQs and procurement orders with detailed specifications to ensure project needs are met;
  • To organize field activities, with logistics department and the Program Support Officer, according to work locations and needs;
  • To ensure presence on the field and to supervise the ongoing work;
  • To support the developing and to identify new strategies and activities that ensure a well targeted DRR support;
  • To ensure FRC representation with donors, clusters and authorities if asked by the Program Coordinator;
  • To ensure an efficient and collaborative coordination with the IRCS Watsan Head of Department and the branches focal point in 4 Governorates as well as with SRC team involved in the project.

Objective 2:       Monitoring, Reporting and Assessment


  • To ensure effective and timely reporting of all activities (weekly and monthly reports, participation in the budget follow-up and external reports);
  • To conduct assessments and surveys as planned / needed in order to evaluate the needs and design implementation schemes according to the areas of intervention and in relation with the program coordination department and his/her line manager;
  • To design monitoring and evaluation tools accordingly to the log frame and project needs;
  • To monitor and evaluate the impact of DRR activities and adapt response accordingly.
  • Set up and maintain a functional complaint response mechanism

Objective 3:        Team management


  • To train and manage IRCS operational team together with IRCS ECHO focal point;
  • To manage the Program Support Officer dedicated to the program

Objective 4:        Capacity building and training


  • To build the technical capacities of the identified IRCS volunteers and staff team, both from a DRR technical and project management perspective;
  • To strengthen the capacity through ad-hoc training and coaching of the identified IRCS support team (log & admin) at branch level together with the PSO in order to implement the tools and procedures built by the FRC at country level;
  • To identify needs in terms of training for IRCS operational team volunteers, Focal points and ToT and/or support the organization of ongoing trainings

Objective 5:        Representation and external coordination


  • To maintain a local operational communication network and good relations with local people and government authorities, financial donor representatives, UN agencies and other national / international agencies; in close consultation with the Program Coordinator
  • To ensure close coordination with implementing partners operating in his assignment area;
  • In his assignment area, to represent FRC at meetings or forums concerning Disaster Preparedness and Response activities.

Objective 6:       Perform any other duties asked to support the work (in other areas of intervention, in other topics, in case of emergency, etc.)

The list above is not strictly definitive; an employee working within the framework of these tasks may carry out other tasks if asked to do so by his/her line manager. The National project manager might be supported in his/her tasks by an additional Expatriate project manager (not confirmed yet).


French Red Cross is a humanitarian organization. Because of the particular nature of aid programs, the exact functions and responsibilities of the employee, as well as the working schedules can be subject to temporary modifications. Flexibility is expected on behalf of every employee.This job description can be subject to modifications following the evolution of FRC activities. These modifications will be defined and discussed between the employees and French Red Cross.


Qualifications & Preferred Skills

Profile position requisitions:

  • Sense of responsibility, team spirit
  • Analysis and design background
  • Detail oriented
  • Management
  • Planning and coordinating
  • Adaptability (different sites and constraints)
  • Patience
  • Experience in staff management, and ability to accompany various profiles
  • Strong listening, comprehension and dialogue skills
  • Strong writing skills in English and Arabic
  • Strong skills on hygiene promotion methodology and community based approaches
  • Strong work organization and coordination skills
  • Strong motivation to work in close partnership with a IRCS
  • Ability to make this project part of national and local sector policies
  • Willingness to travel frequently to all 4 governorates (Sulaymaniyah, Babel, Wassit and Missan)


  • Minimum 2 year of similar DRR experience and project management
  • Experience in participatory Community Based assessment, and disaster preparedness and response is needed
  • Experience in coordinating with authorities is needed
  • Good technical knowledge about Disaster Risk Management
  • A good knowledge of community engagement is essential to this position
  • Experience in response to an emergency situation is a plus
  • Experience in project cycle management and team management
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience or knowledge of the Red Cross movement is an asset
  • Previous experience in managing ECHO grant is an asset


  • Fluent Arabic is mandatory to maintain a good collaboration and dialogue with IRCS volunteers
  • Very good English knowledge is mandatory
  • Knowledge of Kurdish is an asset

How To Apply

By email: recruitment-iraq.frc@croix-rouge.fr
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