Job Information Agriculture Field Assistant for Livestock NGO Information
Contact Name JDA Erbil Office
Contact Email
Job Information
Contract Duration 12 months
Governorate Duhok
Job Shift
Nationality Not Applicable
Working Hours Full Time
Posted 2019-07-11
Minimum Education Bachelor Degree
Degree Title
Maximum Experience 5 Year
Required Travel
Job Status
No Of Jobs 2
Published Date 2019-07-11
Deadline Date 2019-07-20
[Duhok,Iraq ]

Job Title, Level:                Agriculture Field Assistant for Livestock (one female assistant, one male)

Start Date:                         July 21, 2019

Level of Effort:                 Full-time through August 2020 (subject to funding)

Project title:                      Returnees, IDPs and Vulnerable Iraqis Attain Livelihoods (RIVAL)

Domiciled:                         Sumel district of Dahuk and Telkaif district of Ninewa.

Reports to:                        Program Director

Number direct reports: None


JDA seeks an experienced field manager who can conduct Cash for Work activities, livelihood grant administration and manage contractors; and agricultural activities.  Because this position will interact with the primarily Chaldean people group, preference will be given to candidates from the project area of Telskof or Batnaya or based at the furthest in Dahuk city.


Application Process:

Write a short statement explaining why you have the skills and experience to fill this role, and why you want the job. Submit the statement with your CV.


Project Background

RIVAL (Returnees, IDPs and Vulnerable Iraqis Attain Livelihoods) is a two-year livelihoods program funded by the US State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and implemented by ZOA (Dutch NGO) and JDA. As agriculture plays a key role in the livelihoods of the target beneficiaries, the program focuses on rebuilding the agricultural activities in the targeted villages as a backbone of sustainable re-settlement of beneficiaries. The program will also create conditions in Telkaif district to enable resettlement and improve the socio-economic status of vulnerable groups of IDPs, returnees and host community members in Telkaif in Ninewe and Sumel in Dahuk through the provision of emergency livelihood opportunities. JDA’s role in RIVAL consists of six components under three broad economic development objectives.  These activities will reach 3,500 direct beneficiaries.


Objectives of the position:

The Livestock Component Assistant is responsible for the field implementation livestock activities for JDA in RIVAL. This work will lead to women receiving livestock, training, and feed for livestock, and to men receiving training in treating straw with urea. The two main components are:  Granting livestock to female-headed households, feed, and training; and, training existing, host, and male livestock producers in urea treated straw, ensuring that each has a quality pilot of this technique in each of their yards. The work will be carried out in Sumel District of Dahuk, and in Telkaif District of Ninewa.




Qualifications & Preferred Skills


Specific Tasks and Responsibilities:

  1. Working in Sumel District of Dahuk and Telkaif District of Ninewa, with occasional travel to Erbil.
  2. Identify livestock stakeholders, including skilled producers in each community, supply chain players and others, map, and work with closely for quality implementation and sustainability of
  3. Work with Volunteer Community Committees to identify female-headed households that qualify for livestock package, confirming, for example, that they have pre-requisite resources.
  4. Participate in community mobilization, beneficiary survey and registration
  5. Develop training material for
  6. Implement the procurement of inputs for beneficiaries,
  7. Implement training of beneficiaries in groups and distribution of
  8. Monitor and support beneficiaries in successful livestock
  9. Ensure that activities are carried out according to JDA policies and the correct procedures are followed throughout the time of


  1. Ensure records, including attendance sheets, collection of IDs, cash receipts, photographs, event logs, etc. as evidence to the donor of accountability and indicators being met, and consistency with the work plan is
  2. Regular reporting to line manager, the RIVAL Program Director, including any problems encountered in the field such as project participant complaints, local authority interference and, ensuring adherence to health and safety standards, labor law, and human rights; follow up such incidents in our areas of operation.
  3. Respond to queries for information; scan documents, print files, as needed


Key Competencies:

  • Strong interpersonal skills; courtesy, consideration and ability to work effectively with people of different national and cultural background,
  • Ability to work systematically, use initiative, good judgment, and to communicate complex matters both orally and in writing,
  • Ability to perform field assignments independently,
  • Experience with mobile data collections tools like Open Data Kit (ODK) and/or Kobo,
  • Good Computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook),
  • Good organizational and time management skills,
  • Participates in meetings with program staff to reflect on findings,
  • Fluency in Arabic and Kurdish (writing and speaking), Kurdish is preferred (speaking); English is preferred.


General Qualifications

  • Degree in agriculture or related field of study,
  • Professional experience in a field relevant to the position in a comparable position, preferably with an (international) NGO or international development organization,
  • People of the Sumel and Telkaif district are strongly encouraged to



  • Agreement with and commitment to abide by the thirteen JDAI values
  • Willing to travel to remote districts and villages
  • Keep information confidential
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
How To Apply

- Interested applicants are invited to send their updated resumes and a cover letter to the email address below.

Applicants must write [Agriculture Field Assistant for Livestock] in the subject line of the email. 


Please note: 

- Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a view for the successful candidate to start ASAP.

- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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