People in Need

Junior Programme Development Officer

People in Need

Job Description

Country: Iraq/Syria Base: Erbil (with frequent field travels, if context allows) Line Manager: Programs Manager – Iraq Duration: 6 months with the possibility to extension


People in Need (PIN) is an international, non-profit organization providing humanitarian and Development Assistance in over 20 countries worldwide. Formed in 1992 in the Czech Republic, PIN has grown to be the biggest organization of its kind in post-communist Europe, providing relief where it is needed, and empowering civil society at home and abroad.

PIN began its work in Iraq in 2003 focusing on reconstruction and renovation of schools and health centres. After a short break, PIN decided to re-establish its presence in the country in January 2015, mainly in response to deteriorating humanitarian situation in the country and massive displacement of people from conflict-affected areas. Since then, PIN has maintained a strong presence in Iraq, and has gradually extended its activities across the Governorates of Ninewa, Salah Al-din, Kirkuk and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Typical recipients of our aid are internally displaced persons, returnees, and people who survived the fighting near their homes and meet the pre-defined criteria of vulnerability.

Apart from humanitarian aid, PIN is currently working on long-term programmes supporting restoring livelihoods, education, access to water and hygiene. These programmes should facilitate people´s return to their original homes and support the stabilisation process after the defeat and removal of IS.

PIN has been working in Northern Syria since 2012, providing emergency relief and early recovery support to conflict-affected communities. Programmes for conflict-affected communities in Syria focus mainly on Emergency Food Assistance, WASH, and Education, in addition to Early Recovery activities. PIN’s contribution to the Syria humanitarian response is amongst the largest, with an annual turnover of over $35 million, engaging over 350 full time staff members across Northern Syria and cross-border response hubs in neighboring countries.

Job overview

PIN is looking for candidates for a six-month position based in Erbil, Iraq.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the Programs Director in Mapping funding resources, and identifying and exploring potential new sources of funding in line with PIN strategy and principles.
  • Support the Programs Team in drafting new proposals, in particular on Livelihood, Education, Climate Change and Social Cohesion
  • In Coordination with the Advocacy and Communications Officer, ensure that standardized reporting formats are in place and utilized by all staff for monthly reports, market and needs assessments, case studies, flash reports, etc., and also support program and MEAL teams to roll these out across the Iraq mission.
  • Maintain an internal tracking database of donor, internal and cluster reporting timelines, and coordinate with the Grants Manager, Programme Managers, and the MEAL team to ensure that appropriate Data Collection and compilation take place on schedule.
  • Provide reminders to relevant staff members on reporting timelines, and act as a focal point for collection, compilation, review, quality control and editing of both quantitative and qualitative donor, internal and cluster reporting.
  • Ensure comprehensive grant files and donor guidelines and resources are maintained up to date and are available for use
  • Support coherence and synergies between Iraq and Syria programs: keeping and updating programmatic records - project overviews, linkages and lessons learnt sharing in between areas.
  • Support internal and external coordination - writing meeting minutes, keeping track of action points and following up, overview of external assessments.

Suitable candidates for this position should possess

  • Relevant education background: political science, economics, environmental studies, social studies, etc.
  • Interest in development and humanitarian sector as well as in the Middle East;
  • Excellent communication skills, including fluent spoken and written English (Arabic is an advantage);
  • Strong organizational, critical Analysis and problem-solving skills;
  • Relevant work/internship and/or volunteering experience is an advantage.

People in Need offers:

  • Staff mentor with dedicated one-to-one sessions on a weekly basis.
  • Exposure to PIN’s humanitarian and recovery programming
  • Experience working in a leading NGO in the region.
  • Optional Arabic lessons
  • Travel to project site (dependent on access and security)
  • Per Diems 1,200 EUR/month
  • Accommodation in PIN´s guesthouse on PIN´s expenses
  • Shared access to a car fleet for travel within base (Erbil)
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Flight to and from the country of deployment
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