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Kurdish Region of Iraq - Response Director



  • Provide strategic leadership and Senior Management oversight of the design, implementation and funding of World Vision’s Response across Iraq.

  • Lead the KRI-Iraq Senior Leadership Team, ensuring that the strategy is meeting desired goals and objectives and that the Response is appropriately structured, financially viable & appropriately resourced and compliant with WV policies.

  • To represent World Vision and the Response externally as deemed appropriate including with host government representatives, donors, SOs, and partners.

  • To ensure that the KRI-Iraq Response meets World Vision’s Disaster Management Standards.



  • Lead the development of the KRI-Iraq country strategy that aligns with the overall World Vision Regional, Response and partnership 2030 strategies.

  • Ensure strategic and operational alignment of all Response functions to meet humanitarian needs while considering operational feasibility and technical quality.

  • Lead and be accountable for business planning, annual budgeting and acquisition of funding to implement the strategy (includes ensuring proper cost recovery in all grants and other funding streams).

  • Lead in assessment and implementation of enterprise risk management and business continuity contingency planning.

  • Ensure that a clear exit or transition plan is established in the Response as required.

  • Work with RDU, Finance and Operations ensuring proper cost recovery in all grants and other funding streams.

Leadership & Management:

  • Promote World Vision’s vision, core values and key global Partnership standards and practices across offices and partner agencies.

  • Lead and mentor the Senior Leadership Team in a manner that facilitates a high performance culture, openness, trustworthy & strong relationships, collaboration, integrity & decisiveness.

  • Ensure an organisational structure that results in optimal efficiency and effectiveness.

  • Ensure high standards of management of people, financial, capital and technical resources of the Response. Inspiring and maintaining high standards of work and clear accountability to stakeholders.

  • Ensure that proper risk management requirements are in place, including standards for monitoring, escalating to and managing incidents.

  • Ensure internal communications mechanisms are in place so policies, information and decisions are shared with staff as appropriate.

  • Model a high standard of Christian leadership, maturity and integrity as an example to staff, and provide overall spiritual leadership for the Response team.

  • Support initiatives for staff care and well-being, both for international and local employees.

  • Respect, value and promote gender, age, religious and ethnic diversity.

Collaboration & Networking:

  • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships and partnerships with host government, donors, other NGOs, UN agencies, humanitarian community, Support Offices, Civil Society and diverse faith-based organisations.

  • Prioritize high level external engagement with donors, UN Agencies, humanitarian community, UN cluster system, other NGOs and INGO’s support offices and other stakeholders to stimulate resource acquisition, maximise impact, foster coordination and partnering and profile raising for WVI.

  • Ensure World Vision’s presence and effectiveness in KRI-Iraq and that World Vision leadership receives timely information and mitigation solutions for security and other risk factors.

  • Ensure KRI-Iraq engages in relevant national coordination mechanisms and, where relevant, consortium meetings including representing WV as Head of office/response at NGO coordination meetings and Country Director (ND) forums.

  • Ensure a strong advocacy capacity, in particular child-focused themes aligned with strategy and organisational priorities.

Ministry Standards/Accountability:

  • Ensure programme development and implementation are meeting World Vision highest quality and standards.

  • Ensure that feedback and complain mechanisms for beneficiaries, communities, other stakeholders and World Vision staff are in place.

  • Ensure adequate technical capacity is in place or externally accessible.

  • Ensure that all programmes are implemented, monitored and evaluated to measure impact and in accordance with donors, SOs, Region and other stakeholders.

Finance & Compliance:

  • Ensure financial resources are managed according to agreements with donors and standards approved by World Vision.

  • Ensure efficient and effective organizational practices, that would result in successful financial and operational audit scores.

  • Ensure a close, effective and supportive relationship is developed with Hub Directors to improve efficiency and eliminate unapproved organisational obstructions.

  • Ensure that audit reports are responded and recommendations implemented within approved / agreed timeframes in order to ensure risk mitigation.

  • Exercise good stewardship over all resources by maintaining sound internal controls, risk register, procedures and records according to WVI accountability standards.

Human Resources:

  • Ensure that HR policies are adapted and aligned with those of World Vision International.

  • Ensure that the quality of staff recruited and retained are at a level to meet the organisation’s overall performance expectations.

  • Promote a culture of learning and development, employee engagement and good stewardship of human capital in the office.

  • Ensure HR establishes a staff care function and mechanism that supports staff well-being.

  • Security:

  • Ensure that World Vision’s security policies and protocols are implemented and monitored on a regular basis.

  • Ensure the ongoing monitoring of the external security environment.

  • Ensure experienced, high quality staffing of the security function.

Reporting & Knowledge Management:

  • Liaise with programme and information management teams to ensure internal and external reporting requirements are planned for, aligned and meet quality and deadline requirements.

  • Ensure that communication products are developed and disseminated to internal and external audiences.

  • Ensure internal coordination & information sharing mechanisms result in improved staff awareness and performance.


  • Perform other tasks assigned by the Regional Leader.


  • University degree or qualification in a relevant subject with a focus on team management, project management or other relevant skills.

  • Strong commitment to WV’s vision, mission and core values.

  • 5 + years proven Senior Leadership experience with International NGOs in emergency relief, rehabilitation and transition programming.

  • Proven track record of leading multi-cultural teams in complex, culturally and politically-sensitive contexts.

  • Proven track record of growing and managing multi-million dollar budgets.

  • Politically astute and well developed diplomatic skills (dealing with host governments, donors and staff).

  • Extensive experience in programme management and implementation of multi-sectoral emergency response projects.

  • Strong communication skills (oral and written) with ability to express ideas and concepts clearly and persuasively with senior internal and external stakeholders.

  • Demonstrated success as a collaborator and team builder committed to the transfer of knowledge.

  • Ability to work effectively under pressure.

  • Responsible steward of resources and assets.

  • Innovator and calculated risk taker.

  • Understands, values and promotes diversity to achieve organizational goals.

  • Knowledge of computer software such as MS Office and email programs

  • Fluent in English (written and oral).

  • Experience in the Middle East.

  • Knowledge of Arabic will be helpful.

  • Full adherence to World Vision Child Protection, Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies.

Work Environment:

  • Position requires willingness and ability to continue to function in unpredictable and potentially hostile environments.