Livelihoods/Economic Development Technical Advisor, Iraq

International Role - Yes
1-2 Years


The position holder ensures development and implementation of the World Vision (WV) Iraq Livelihoods/Economic Developement (ED) Program strategy and Livelihoods/ED Technical Program in collaboration with relevant stakeholders. The Livelihoods/ED Technical Advisor is responsible of:

  • following-up with all Projects managers to ensure alignment of projects and activities with the technical program and evidenced models

  • empowering and building capacities of the field staff

  • representing WV IRAQ in cluster and working groups and with relevant Ministries/stakeholders.


Strategy & Program Development:

  • Meet donors to preposition for new program ideas and models based on evidence.

  • Develop the technical/sectoral components of new proposals, in consultation with Programs, MEAL and Operations teams.

  • Provide input into budget of technical components within new proposals.

  • Lead in design with Programs team and Operations for potential new proposals in Livelihoods/ED based on emerging new needs.

  • Participate in revision of WV IRAQ strategy and priorities based on emerging needs and donor interests.

  • Lead development of Technical approaches and technical programs in alignment with strategy.

Support Implementation, Monitoring and Reporting:

  • Provide technical supervision to field Livelihoods/ED staff including coaching, sharing resources and materials, revision of reports, analyzing lessons, etc.

  • Conduct field spot checks on bi-monthly basis to monitor progress of projects and discuss challenges with field teams.

  • Co-lead with MEAL team the development of Evidence Building Plans (EBPs) for Technical Programs and for new projects.

  • Develop sector measurement tools in collaboration with MEAL team. Specifically, set sectorial/technical tool questions based on accredited global tools.

  • Intervene, when necessary, at procurement level, to facilitate/find solutions to material purchase difficulties or delays that are affecting the program quality implementation.

  • Review grant progress reports and M&E reports specifically program findings and recommendations.

  • Develop annual TP reports that document progress against objectives of the TP and hence strategic objective.

Staff Management & Capacity Building:

  • Revise Livelihoods/ED related JDs when needed and participate in the recruitment of relevant project and technical staff.

  • Develop and revise Livelihoods/ED capacity building plans and share with P&C.

  • Orient and train WV IRAQ relevant staff (including direct/matrix reports) on Livelihoods/ED Technical Programs, standards, tools, models, etc.

  • Provide regular feedback on performance for matrix reports.

Networking & External Engagement:

  • Engage in networking and coordination with external Livelihoods/ED Stakeholders and partners (Livelihoods/ED and social stability working groups and different ministries.

  • Participate in workshops, training and internal WV IRAQ meetings, workshops, etc.

  • Coordinate with regional office and other relevant internal stakeholders at WV, whether at the Regional or Global level as necessary.

Learning and Research:

  • Participate in all Livelihoods/ED projects’ lessons learned events.

  • Participate in design and roll out of new research proposals and initiatives of WV IRAQ as needed.

  • Conduct regular situational analysis of the sector and feed recommendations back to WV IRAQ for decision making on future priorities.


  • Bachelor degree in any area related to Livelihoods/ED, Economy, economic development, Agriculture, Value chain, etc.

  • Strong understanding of Livelihoods/ED systems, labor laws, established Livelihoods/ED practices, Minimum Economic Recovery Standards, EMMA, etc.

  • Creative and able to come up with, embrace and coordinate innovative thinking, partnership building and problem solving skills.

  • Good analytical and writing skills.

  • Good interpersonal skills, influencing skills and cross-cultural sensitivity.

  • Able to work on multifunctional tasks in the pressure of time and organizational changes.

  • Strong computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

  • Three to five years of technical expertise in the areas of Economic development or Livelihoods/ED.

  • Experience in capacity building processes, tools and methodologies.

  • Two years or more NGO experience in the humanitarian and development fields respectively.

  • Experience in needs assessment and project design.

  • Experience in working with UNHCR, MOSA, Ministry of Labor, and relevant Livelihoods/ED donors.

  • Proven experience in Livelihoods/ED s in Emergency settings.

  • Excellent written English, with fluency in speaking Arabic and English.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in the following areas: Economic development, Business administration, marketing.

  • Experience participating in program implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes.

  • Experience with women economic empowerment programs.

  • Experience with proposal writing, strategy development.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • The position requires 75% of the time to be office based.

  • The position requires 25% of travel within the country.

  • The position requires ability and willingness to continue to function during a crisis, including during a World Vision response to a manmade or natural disaster.

  • The position requires availability and willingness to work outside regular office hours occasionally.