Livelihoods/Economic Development Technical Specialist
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The position holder ensures development and implementation of the World Vision (WV) Kurdish Region of Iraq (KRI) Livelihoods/Economic Development (ED) Program strategy and Livelihoods/ED s/ED Technical Programme in collaboration with relevant stakeholders. The Livelihoods/ED s/ED specialist 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 and
representing WV KRI 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 Programmes, MEAL and Operations teams.
Provide input into budget of technical components within new proposals.
Lead in Design with Programmes team and Operations for potential new proposals in Livelihoods/ED based on emerging new needs.
Participate in revision of WV KRI 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 sectoral/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 KRI 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 KRI 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 KRI as needed.
Conduct regular situational analysis of the sector and feed recommendations back to WV KRI for decision making on future priorities.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Bachelors 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.
Effective in written and oral communication in English.
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.
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.