Job Opportunity with Caritas International/ Livelihood Project Officer - Zakho

Livelihood project officer/ Zakho/ Caritas NGO

Job Summary:

The livelihoods Project Officer Zakho is responsible for the management of the livelihoods component of the project in Zakho District, for which she/he is the budget-holder. She/he will ensure proper implementation of the livelihoods component Zakho part of the project agreement signed with the donor, in the framework of the livelihoods sector component of the Caritas Iraq Strategic Plan and the Caritas Iraq policies and guidelines. She/he will implement this work within the respective government laws and regulations and relevant IASC sector guidelines. She/he manages the livelihoods component of the project through a team of livelihoods project staff.

She/he is responsible that the livelihoods component of the project accomplishes its objectives in a timely, effective and efficient way within the allocated budget. She/he is the principal point for communications about the livelihoods component of the project in Zakho, with external representatives of government from the livelihood related ministries and directorates, (I)NGOs and IASC clusters, local community leaders and religious leaders. She/he is responsible for human resource development of the staff and volunteers working in the livelihoods component of the project in Zakho.

As livelihoods officer she/he is a member of the project management team and thus is co-responsible for the overall management and development of the project. 

Reporting to: Project Manager Zakho

Technically advised by: Caritas North Iraq Livelihoods Sector Specialist and Project MEAL officer

Direct Management Responsibility for:

Zakho Livelihoods project staff.

Key tasks and responsibilities:

  1. Project management
  • Responsible for obtaining the planned Zakho livelihood project component results at output and outcome level within the approved budget and timeframe.
  • Manage the planning, implementation, monitoring and learning of the Zakho livelihood project component within the framework of the project agreement and relevant Caritas Iraq and IASC Emergency Livelihoods Cluster Policies and Guidelines.
  • Responsible for timely and accurate collection and upload of needs assessment data and monitoring data to the project monitoring system and to the Livelihoods cluster; design and managing of an appropriate beneficiary selection system; etc.
  • Lead weekly coordination meetings of Zakho Livelihoods team
  • Coordinate with the Caritas North Iraq Livelihoods Sector Specialist and the Project MEAL Officer and project Manager to develop and implement a strong and responsive monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) system for the Zakho livelihoods project component.
  • Deliver some of the required trainings and coordinate trainings delivered by third parties.
  • Ensure timely information and consultation with the Project Manager about possible problems / unforeseen changes in the programme;
  • Responsible for budget control of the Zakho Livelihoods Project Component;
  • Responsible for narrative reports of the Zakho livelihoods project component and sending the relevant reports to the project manager;
  • Ensure that the Zakho livelihoods project component is implemented in an inclusive and gender sensitive and participative way, respecting Do no Harm and all other relevant principles;
  • Ensure the project is implemented in accordance with Caritas Guiding Values and Principles;
  • Be active member of the overall project management team and as such co-responsible for mutual advise to the colleagues in this management team;
  • Undertake duties as directed by the Project Manager to support the delivery and implementation of project and any other duties directed by him.

2. Representation

  • Establish and maintain contacts with relevant Government authorities related to the livelihoods sector, local and international NGO’s and IASC Emergency Livelihoods sub-cluster for Duhok Governorate.
  • Represent the livelihoods component of the project within the targeted communities.
  • Liaise directly with beneficiary families and community representatives to continuously monitor and track their needs and concerns.

3. Human Resources Management

  • Support the recruitment and training of high-quality Livelihoods field staff;
  • Manage and supervise the Zakho livelihoods project component staff as well as identify and address any issues that need to be addressed;
  • Responsible for performance evaluation of the projects staff and volunteers;
  • Responsible for the recruitment, selection, and dismissal of personnel and volunteers for the project;

 Skills required:

  •          Level and type of education: Bachelor’s degree required.
  •          Language skills: Strong spoken and written Arabic is required and working proficiency in Kurdish and in English is highly desirable.
  •          Computer skills: Experience using MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), internet, and data entry on tablets.    


 Professional skills and experience:

  • At least 2 years of project management experience, preferably with a well-established international or national NGO.
  • Experience in livelihoods projects, such as business incubation, vocational training and job placement, value chain development, assets replacement, cash for work.
  • Experience with management, supervision and coordination of staff.
  • Experience in monitoring and reporting.
  • Experience in representation and coordinating and building relationships with diverse stakeholders, such as authorities, UN and (I) NGOs and community leaders
  • Have good knowledge in safeguarding policy standards and code of conduct.

Additional Notes:

Travel Required:

This position is based in Zakho. There is expected 70\\% travel to field locations around Zakho, and less frequent travel to Duhok (administration office) and Ninewa to meet with colleagues working on livelihoods in that region.


Personal Skills:

  • Able to prioritize work, multi-task and control processes
  • Creative and pro-active personality
  • Analytical ability
  • Able to work diligently and independently.
  • Ability to commit and engage staff
  • Ability to work in a team environment and coordinate teamwork.
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure with short deadlines.
  • Maturity, diplomacy, tact and discretion, with strong negotiation skills.
  • Ability to remain calm and professional in tense situations.



  • This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
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*Interested applicants can send their most recent CV to  [email protected]

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  • Expired Date/20 July 2021
  • Gender/Both
  • Employment Type/Regular


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