We are seeking a new leader for our programme in Iraq, which has grown rapidly in the last two years to reach a 2020 budget of £4.5 million, with 250 staff across 7 project sites, an expanding donor base and an exciting range of projects supporting children’s rights in protection and education.
War Child UK has worked in Iraq since 2003, supporting children and communities who have lived through several years of violent conflict. Our programme focuses on child protection, access to quality education and supporting livelihoods recovery. We have a particular interest psychosocial support to children and families, in community-based protection and case management, in supporting the rehabilitation and improvement of education provision, and in youth justice. Our current growing programme employs 250 staff, with its central base of operation in Erbil and delivering services through sub-offices and with partners in Duhok, Baghdad, Mosul, Sinuni, Tal Kaif and Basrah.
We need an experienced NGO leader who is familiar with the particular challenges of operating in a setting such as Iraq. Our CD will ensure that the War Child team remains safe, and that our security and child safeguarding protocols are well maintained. We want to continue to build the programme, and central to this role will be the ability to build networks and alliances with local and international partners and to represent effectively with a wide range of donors. With a growing grant portfolio, a strong track record in ensuring donor compliance and excellence in grant management is essential. We place a very strong emphasis on national and global advocacy as part of our theory of change, and the Country Director will need the representational and relationship skills to ensure that War Child is connected to the appropriate national and local authorities across our areas of operation, as well as active on UN, cluster and peer agency networks. Our Iraq programme places a strong emphasis on youth and child participation in advocacy. War Child has developed a clear vision and approach to programme quality, and our Country Director will have a track record in ensuring effective monitoring, accountability and learning.
Leadership and team building skills are paramount. Working with a cross cultural and dispersed team the Country Director will inspire results and performance across the team. The post also forms part of War Child’s dynamic and experienced Country Director Group, with the ability to share experience across our country programmes.
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