Women for Women International

Country Director, Iraq

Posted Date 4 months ago(11/3/2017 9:05 AM)
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Women for Women International (WfWI) is seeking to hire a Country Director to lead the Iraq Country Office, based in Erbil, Iraq.  WfWI has recently established an office in Erbil and is providing social and economic empowerment and skills training to marginalized women from refugee, IDP, and host communities. Women for Women International seeks a dynamic and motivated leader with the vision to build up WfWI’s programs and presence in the area.


The Country Director is the official representative and leader of Women for Women International in Iraq. The Country Director shapes the vision and strategy for the Country Office, providing high level oversight over all areas of program implementation and operations.  He/she conducts fundraising and advocacy, and cultivates strategic partnerships.


As the official representative and leader of WfWI – Iraq, the successful candidate will represent the organizational and programmatic priorities of the organization to donors and partners while leading strategic thinking and planning.  He/she will have demonstrated ability to build the capacity and counsel Country Office employees as well as manage team members.  S/he will need to have a strong commitment to women’s empowerment, excellent leadership and management skills, the ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally, and to operate successfully in unstable and challenging environments.


Programmatic Leadership and Development:

  • Provide strategic oversight to the design and successful implementation of all programs offered by WfWI including rights and life skills training, cash transfers, and business and vocational skills training.
  • Ensure that data collection, monitoring, evaluation and reporting on any aspect of the program is conducted in a timely manner and in line with WfWI and donor policies, procedures and grant agreements.
  • Identify interventions that require additional monitoring and evaluation, and inspire the program team to analyse program process and impact through surveys, qualitative research, and other mechanisms.
  • Work closely with the senior managers on all aspects of programming to ensure efficiency and accountability and to develop innovative programmatic approaches to help marginalized women improve their lives.
  • Translate these program ideas into proposals, complete with budgets and log frames, in collaboration with the fundraising team in HQ.
  • Monitor the performance of grantees/sub-grantees receiving funds from WfWI in Iraq to ensure compliance with grant agreement and programmatic best practice and principles.


Financial, Operational, and Human Resource Management:

  • Oversee annual planning and budgeting for the country office in collaboration with the local staff and HQ.
  • Participate in strategy development for the organization and the country office.
  • Ensure that country office staffing is maintained at appropriate level and within budget.
  • Participate in the recruitment of outstanding talent for the Senior Management Team.
  • Mentor staff and ensure that performance appraisal systems are implemented properly by all managers.
  • Ensure effective grant management, budget utilization and fulfilment of annual targets.
  • Ensure country office compliance with all organizational policies, procedures and program guidelines.
  • Responsible for ensuring proper safety & security measures are taken to safeguard staff, participants, visitors and assets.


Fundraising and Representation:

  • Oversee the drafting of quality funding proposals and ensure accountable grant management in line with organizational and donor requirements.
  • Develop fundraising opportunities and cultivate new donor relationships.
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with local and international partners, grantees, and relevant government agencies and community leaders.
  • Lead and represent the organization to external audiences and stakeholders.
  • Build relationships with donors and funding partners.  


  • Minimum of 10 years work experience ideally in the INGO/NGO sector, of which at least 5 years at a Managerial level.
  • Master's Degree or equivalent post-graduate qualification in relevant field (or 15+ years’ relevant work experience in lieu of the advanced degree).
  • Excellent leadership and management skills and demonstrated experience of managing teams of 10 or more staff members in a participatory style.
  • Proven ability to raise and manage grants.
  • Inspiring and motivational advocate for women’s empowerment programming a strong advantage.
  • Experience working in conflict-affected and/or refugee contexts a strong advantage.
  • Demonstrable understanding and experience of gender issues and proven commitment to addressing gender inequalities in all key areas of responsibility.
  • Familiarity with managing budgets, financial reporting and grant writing.
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and teambuilding skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong operational and logistical management skills.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and manage time efficiently.
  • High level of maturity and cultural sensitivity.
  • Knowledge of the political, economic and social context of Iraq.
  • Strong computer skills in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Email applications.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of Kurdish and other locally dominant languages and dialects is beneficial.
  • Willingness and ability to live in Erbil, Iraq, travel within Iraq to program sites, and travel internationally as required.


Application Instructions


Both Iraqi nationals and international candidates are encouraged to apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 


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