Infrastructure Advisor – Activating Markets and Agricultural Livelihoods (AMAL)
Mosul, Iraq, Norwegian Refugee Council
Right Respected, People Protected
NRC in Iraq
Since the end of the war with Islamic State 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 4,2 million Iraqis have returned to their area of origin and 1,6 million remain internally displaced people (June 2019 HRP monitoring report). 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 face include the lack of security, community acceptance, housing, property and civil documentation issues and lack of educational and health services.
The UN estimates that more than 6,7 million Iraqis will need assistance in 2019. 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, and host communities in Ninewa, Dohuk, Erbil, Kirkuk, Basra, Salahadeen and Anbar Governorates.
We focus on assisting the newly displaced, those experiencing protracted displacement in camps and those in hard-to-reach places. In 2019, NRC scaled-up 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
In this role you will support the strategic direction and ensure the technical quality of the NRC’s AMAL programme within Iraq, which aims to support communities in Iraq to recover from the conflict and develop resilience.
The Infrastructure Advisor is responsible for delivering quality infrastructure projects through mixed modalities including Cash for Work, design and build and third party contractors. The role includes site supervision, supporting field teams in ensuring implementation is compliant with NRC, donor and Iraqi procedures and standards. The following is a brief description of the role:
-Support in developing the Infrastructure strategy, technical guidance and Macro LFAs that are aligned with regional and global strategies and priorities;
- Contribute to fundraising, develop and revise funding proposal, budgets and donor reports;
- Identify trends, technical standards and donor priorities in relation to Iraq’s recovery from conflict;
- Follow up on compliance with contractual commitments within AMAL, ensure high technical quality and synergies in project implementation;
- Provide technical direction and project implementation support;
- Ensure that key learnings are extracted from AMAL implementation, and incorporate them in unit and staff development processes;
- Provide systematic training and build capacity of technical staff;
- Represent NRC in relevant forums/clusters, including with national authorities and donors;
- Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy;
- Support the implementation of the infrastructure component of the AMAL programme with production of relevant Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for all infrastructure types and implementation modalities;
- Provide training, guidance and strategic direction to field engineers engaged in implementing AMAL;
- Provide technical support and foster two-way collaborative relationships with the AMAL Infrastructure implementation teams. This includes regular visits to the differentArea Offices and leadership of the Community-of Practice that brings together AMAL Infrastructure teams;
- Undertake and document quality control and follow up.
- Liaise with various government bodies to ensure infrastructure rehabilitation is aligned with government plans and adheres to or exceeds government standards;- Contribute to global and regional programme initiatives including cash-based interventions, Durable Solutions initiative, regional workshops, Shelter and Settlements;
- Development Plan, Energy and NRC’s ‘greening the orange’ initiative;
- Ensuring safe programming and protection mainstreaming within the infrastructure activities of the AMAL project;
- Represent NRC at relevant Iraq level inter-agency coordination and bilateral meetings, and as delegated by line manager;
- Matrix management of the AMAL Technical Coordinators to support development of work plans, managing workload and performance management;
Any other duties as assigned by the line manager. The operational environment inside Iraq is highly variable; therefore, all responsibilities listed above are to be calibrated to the context and needs, access constraints, and appropriate modality-of-implementation.
Knowledge, Experience & Skills that will help you succeed in this role
- Minimum 5 years of experience within technical expertise area in a humanitarian/recovery context;
- Experience from working for an NGO or UN agency;
- Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities;
- Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile;
- Fluency in English, both written and verbal (Arabic an asset).
- Batchelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or related field;
- 5 years’ experience of working within a construction related field
- Expertise in project management of infrastructure projects including feasibility studies, project management and design of civil engineering projects (both direct contracting and through consultants);
- Experience of rehabilitation of agricultural assets;
- Preferred knowledge of the context in Iraq and/or the Middle East region
- Experience of collaboration and engagement with government authorities (local and national) and local community leadership;
- Experience of working with partners;
- Experience of collaborative working with remotely based colleagues.
- Handling insecure environments;
- Strategic thinking;
- Empowering and building trust;
- Initiate action and change;
- Contract period: 12 months
- Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions.
- Duty station: Mosul Iraq, with 60% travel within Iraq. The position holder will be expected to travel to all areas of Iraq where NRC is operational.
- Female candidates encouraged to apply.
Please download Job Description of the position here.
We will review applications on an ongoing basis, interested candidates are encouraged to apply early.
This is a re-advertisement, candidate who applied before do not need to re-apply.