Expertise France (EF) is a public agency created on 1st January 2015 and merging 6 French public agencies under the supervision of the French Ministries of (1) Foreign Affairs and (2) Economy and Finance with a strong inter-ministerial vocation. EF offers programme engineering and technical assistance by developing and implementing international cooperation actions worldwide. EF operates in various fields of development and institutional cooperation including safety and security reform, post-crisis/ stability, public health, human rights, strengthening of institutions and NGOs and governance. Carrying out large-scale, multi-stakeholder programmes, EF can ensure the cooperation between individuals, teams and institutions with very different statuses, cultures and specialties. Besides, EF has acquired a sound experience in administrative and financial management of large-scale international programmes.
Context & Needs
In Iraq, the city of Mosul, ISIL’s occupation from June 2014 to July 2017 caused a humanitarian catastrophe with grave human suffering and physical destruction. Nearly one million people were forced to flee the conflict, with over 31,000 houses destroyed or severely damaged, major disruption in public service provision, and water treatment and power plants contaminated with unprecedented quantities of explosive hazards and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). These damages and losses have resulted in increased levels of poverty and unemployment in Daesh formally controlled areas. Drawing on comprehensive assessments conducted by the Ministry of Planning, the World Bank estimates that reconstruction will take at least 10 years, with a financial requirement of at least $80 billion for the entire country, including a large share needed to rebuild Ninevah province. A large range of donors already contribute to the reconstruction of Ninevah- infrastructures and house reconstruction, demining, soft reconstruction (economic recovery, capacity building) - but there is still a lot of needs to address in the humanitarian field as well as in terms of stabilization. The promotion of stabilization, the initiation of an effective recovery and reconstruction process are crucial to prevent re-escalation and tackle some of the underlying social and economic drivers of instability in Iraq.
Nearly half of Iraq’s population is under the age of 21, according to UN figures, making it one of the youngest populations in the world. Its population pyramid base is expanding and youth from 15 to 30 constitutes around 60% of its population. Despite the gradual improvement in the education level of youth, this group is still facing many challenges, the most critical of which is the increase of unemployment rates with almost 1 million within the 15-24 year range being jobless. Youth are exposed to vulnerability as a result of their lack of knowledge and skills necessary to adapt to a new post-conflict economic and social environment. Even those who graduate with a university degree are finding it difficult to find jobs as 80% of recent graduates are listed as unemployed. Persisting high unemployment rates and low prospects for decent jobs put many young people at risk of falling into a spiral of poverty and risk of violence and radicalization.
The experiences of many countries show that when war ends, thousands of young fighters confront dire challenges when looking for new jobs. This crisis is exacerbated when the state is slow in finding suitable opportunities to contain it or to provide the youth with at least minimum services. Weakness in fulfilling youth demands leaves Iraqi society vulnerable to risks of destabilization. Iraq’s youth thus require investment, both in terms of the hard and soft skills required to meet the needs of a diversified economy; and of fostering greater tolerance and understanding than existed in their parents’ generation. The youth are the change-makers and a positive force when they live in an environment that allows normal mental, psychological, and physical maturation and that provides employment opportunities, participation, and security. But youth can also be the source of many hazards when they find themselves in an environment characterized by threat, violence, unemployment, and marginalization. Ignoring the situations of youth and marginalizing them increases their likelihood to engage in delinquency and crime with serious social consequences—and the possibility of engaging with terrorism. The result is an unstable and unsafe environment that enormously deters capital and foreign investment and leads to lost opportunities for development and reconstruction.
In line with the Iraq’s Reconstruction and Development Framework, Expertise France designed the Yanhad project to support the Iraqi authorities to tackle some of the underlying social and economic drivers, with youth unemployment as the top priority of the people and public authorities (met during EF’s scoping missions).
There is nevertheless a wave of change in Iraq and the potential for transformation is tremendous. Right now, from Baghdad to Mosul, the youth of Iraq are creating new start-ups, businesses, radio headquarters, and other new outlets to generate their own employment, possible income generation, citizenship involvement and dynamics. Their resilience is key to rebuilding and stabilising the most harshly impacted areas such as Ninevah province that will be specifically targeted by the project. Through Yanhad project, EF will promote opportunities for Iraqi youth to constructively engage in addressing social problems within their communities by creating a strategic link between local NGOs, Mosul University Career Centers and local business incubators. Promoting youth engagement in local civil society and fostering dialogues with local authorities, the project will enable youth to better engage local decision-makers to meet their expectations and reinforce the bond of trust between government and population. Revitalising academic, social, and cultural life on the campus of the University of Mosul - the largest in Northern Iraq - the project will help restore the universities’ central role in producing knowledge and sharing ideas locally and nationally whilst fostering a counter-narrative to radical ideologies. By fostering job creation and providing livelihoods for young people in Baghdad, Mosul and KRI, the project will contribute to redress the impact of the current crisis and prevent future crises.
To do so, the Yanhad project will combine a three-fold approach:
- Support to students of Mosul and Ninevah universities: to improve access to students of Mosul to more efficient career guidance services and to concrete opportunities for professional work experience, employment, and civic engagement.
- Youth civic engagement: to engage youth through Iraqi CSO in community service projects and fostering dialogue with local authorities
- Youth entrepreneurship: to encourage youth entrepreneurship through a network of accessible business incubators/accelerators programs for enterprises throughout the country
This 2-year project started on January 1st, 2020. It will be implemented in partnership with the NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI), The American University of Iraq Sulaimani (AUIS) and The Station for entrepreneurship, all well-recognized organizations in the CSO and private sector ecosystems
 Based on population projections as Iraq last held a census in 1987.
 Mahdi Al-Alak, Iraq Youth Empowerment – Challenges and Opportunities, Central Statistical Organization, 2013.
 Mike Fleet, Youth and Civil Society in Iraq, Institute on Governance (IOG), March 2019.
Job Description / Assignment
Working under the authority of the Project Manager (PM), the Ninevah Field Coordinator (NFC) will support the implementation of the project activities – specifically those related to components 1 and 2 - in the governorate of Ninevah aiming at:
Component 1: Support to students at the University of Mosul
- Revitalizing the academic, cultural, and economic life on the campus of the University of Mosul through more-efficient career centers. The NFC will assist the capacity-building programme designed to upgrade career counsellors’ skills, develop guidance tools and methodologies, equip student information centers, and provide support to enlarge the network of potential employers working on and around the universities, particularly the private companies and the NGOs involved in reconstruction.
- Enhancing opportunities for professional work experience, employment, and civic engagement for students. The NFO will accompany the deployment of a grant scheme, coupled with methodological and technical guidance, to support students’ ideas that promote academics and civic engagement, employment and entrepreneurship, and cultural heritage conservation.
Component 2: Youth civic engagement in Ninevah province
- Educating young people on civic engagement modalities within local NGO that can positively contribute to stabilisation in conflict-affected communities. The NFO will assist a local Youth Empowerment NGO to provide awareness-raising and orientation activities to increase youth’s knowledge and interest in becoming involved in local NGOs.
- Fostering dialogue and coordination between CSOs and local authorities for increased youth participation in local governance. The NFC will foster mechanisms for useful engagement of youth and the mainstreaming of youth issues in public authorities’ work, promoting the principles of democracy in decision-making processes on issues of concern to young people.
- Supporting local initiatives to increase civic engagement, employment and service delivery, and in Ninevah province. The NFC will accompany the deployment of a grant scheme to support local CSOs and local authorities to deliver basic services and generate income at local level that contribute to building resilience and resuming functioning local governance in Ninevah province.
The position is based in Erbil, with regular travel to project sites in Ninevah province, in particular the Universities of Mosul and Ninevah (compononent 1) and in priority districts of the province that will be further identified based on criteria established within the project steering committee (component 2).
Overall purpose of the role: The Ninewah Field Coordiator (NFC) will support the PM in creating a dynamic with project partners to achieve the outcomes of the project in Ninevah Province. The NFC will support the PM in the planning, implementation and monitoring of all activities within the project period as well as conducting any field survey and assessment required, with support from 2 community-liaison officers that he will manage. In this regard the NFC might also be asked to represent EF at different events in Mosul and other localities in Ninevah (meetings, workshops, seminars, conferences, etc.). The NFC will also support the PM in managing logistical and financial related tasks on the project. Lastly the NFC will support PM in understanding the local context and provide information and advisory to facilitate access to Ninevah province.
Responsibility 1: Activity planning, implementation and monitoring
- Assist the PM in the planning of project activities of components 1 and 2 on a monthly basis, including setting the objective, expected outputs and roles and responsibilities within project team.
- Prepare with the PM detailed weekly work plans and follow up on the progress
- Assist the PM in developing Terms of References for trainings and related activities
- Support the PM in the preparation of training pre and post tests and evaluations
- Assist the PM in monitoring the results and indicators related to the project activities through reporting, follow up, results and context monitoring
- Identify and share with the PM any technical problems faced, potential risks and proposed solutions.
Responsibility 2: Partnership management and capacity building
- Assist the PM in deploying the grant mechanisms for students (component 1) and local CSO (component 2): development and dissemination of guidelines, selection processes, contracting…
- Identify any support needed to improve the quality of student and CSO-led project
- Assist PM in identifying key stakeholders to be involved in the project and support him in approaching them
- Assist PM in organizing steering committee meetings with all relevant stakeholders in the project
- Support the PM in identifying and documenting the capacity development needs of partners and prepare joint plan to overcome it with PM
- Make sure that the information needed is shared in due time with partners (official letters, activity reports, minutes of the meetings …)
- Ensure that project partners respect confidentiality, security rules and follow EF ethical guidelines
Responsibility 3: Logistic and Administrative support
- Facilitate the logistic organization of training sessions, workshops, seminars, meetings in coordination with EF logistic department
- Work closely with the PM to make sure that logistical, administrative and financial procedures linked to programme implementation are followed
- Follow up and ensure that all administrative documents related to programme implementation are handed over on due time.
- Collect weekly the logistic needs and prepare the purchase and service requests when needed
- Provide translation, oral and written in Arabic, Kurdish and English as required
Responsibility 4: Reporting, documentation and knowledge management
- Report on a daily basis to the PM.
- Collect data/reports of all student and CSO-led projects funded under these grant schemes and ensure the accuracy of data/reports
- Draft the monthly/quarterly information sheet summing up monthly/quarterly achievements and planned activities with PM guidance/support
- Support the PM in producing donor reports and ad hoc reports related to field visits and attendance at workshops, conferences, seminars, etc.
- Support in the documentation of best practices, challenges, lesson learning and recommendations of project activities
- Participate in writing articles, taking pictures, creating communication tools for the donor or HQ.
- Technical Skills, Experience & Knowledge
- Relevant University degree in Management, Political Science, Social Sciences
- At least 5 to 7 years of relevant experience in a similar position (project management and/or support thereof), in particular in Stabilization, Recovery, Support to Civil society, Higher Education sectors
- Proven experience and knowledge of Ninevah province
- Experience in designing and conducting capacity-building activities for local partners
- Good computer skills: MS Windows and MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook).
- Good communication and reporting skills.
- Strong relationship and management skills and the ability to work effectively with local stakeholders.
- Proactive, results-oriented, and service-oriented
- Excellent command in written and spoken English and Arabic.
- Previous experience work experience for international agencies would be an asset.
- Interested candidates may submit their CV's along with their motivation letters in English (explaining suitability for the position) to the following email: email@example.com
- Please only write the following position title in the subject line of your e-mails; Ninewah Field Coordinator (NFC)
- Only CV's and motivation letters in PDF format will be accepted.
- Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.
- Expertise France reserves the right to close the announcement prior to the stated deadline. Applications are screened on a rolling basis.
- INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.