Job Information Program Director NGO Information
NGO Name Qandil
Contact Name HR
Contact Email
Job Information
Contract Duration
Governorate Erbil
Job Shift
Nationality Not Applicable
Working Hours Full Time
Posted 2019-07-11
Minimum Education Master Degree
Degree Title
Minimum Experience 5 Year
Required Travel
Job Status
No Of Jobs 1
Published Date 2019-07-11
Deadline Date 2019-07-20
[Erbil,Iraq ]


The Swedish Development Aid Organization (SWEDO) was founded 1991 in Stockholm, under the name QANDIL – The Swedish humanitarian aid organization. SWEDO is Swedish not-for-profit, non-governmental aid organization. The aims of the organization are to provide humanitarian assistance, promote peace through development and rehabilitation projects, support economic and social development, improve human rights, assist in the improvement of local governance structures and improve the lives of vulnerable people, including local communities, internally displaced people (IDPs), refugees, and returnees of all ages and groups. Through this holistic programme, SWEDO aims to provide long-term and sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by communities, but also to enhance the capacity of all stakeholders, promoting local resilience as the key strategy for reducing the reliance on the international community. Currently, SWEDO is focused on activities in IRAQ, SYRIA and KR-I (Kurdistan Region of Iraq) with offices in Baghdad, Erbil, Sulaymaniah, Dohuk and in Syria.



Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise overall programs of SWEDO throughout the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and elsewhere where SWEDO may extend program when conditions permit;
  • Build on the overarching program strategy and sub-strategic for each thematic area and refine in collaboration with the Country Director;
  • Direct the scoping of new projects and partnerships, including supporting the program development and implementation process (assessment, program design, etc.);
  • Establish close working relationships with partner organizations and agencies in each site, and negotiating roles, design, budgets, and paperwork prior to program launch;
  • Support the technical work of the partner organizations in the field, including program design, training, program implementation, and all documentation processes;
  • Develop good working relationships with government officials and organizations in each thematic area and program site;
  • Support the development of strategies of national and international advocacy efforts based on data resulting from grassroots interventions;
  • Participate in the recruitment process of program staff, including job descriptions, interviews, shortlisting, etc;
  • Monitor budget allocations and expenditures regularly to ensure compliance and accuracy with project conditions and timelines;
  • Assist SWEDO Finance Departemnt in reviewing national and international partner organizations’ contracts, deliverables, grant proposals and reports as needed;
  • Coordinate with other field and sub-offices on financial, legal, and program tasks.


  • Managing developing, delivering and promoting grants program to ensure that the grants review and selection process in a manner that is responsible, professional, financially sound, participatory, and sensitive to local needs and in accordance with SWEDO policies and procedures.
  • Participates in sharing and planning meetings to communicate and address issues related to grants program implementation.
  • Participates in the annual work planning and budgeting process.
  • Facilitates regular communication with donors, maintains cooperative partnerships between SWEDO and donors and other possible stakeholders.
  • Assist in the provision of technical and logistical support in the grants review and selection process to ensure it is in compliance with the various policies, and budget requirements of SWEDO.
  • Managing grant application process and ensuring that reporting is being tracked and meeting donors' expectations, regulations and policies.
  • Developing sustainable relationships with donors, identifying and developing new potential major donors.
  • Prepare progress and annual reports and work plans, status reports, concept note and project proposals.
  • Contributes to the development of the Grants’ monitoring and evaluation framework and assists in its implementation including baseline data gathering, monitoring and evaluation strategies and systems to effectively project results.
  • Conducts occasional field visits in accordance with the monitoring and evaluation plan with other organization officers.
  • Assists in developing and maintaining the system of a database of donors, including a tracking system that provides frequent updates on fund-flows, reporting requirements, audits, contract deliverables and budget revisions.
  • Works on all administration aspects of the role to a timely and accurate standard.
Qualifications & Preferred Skills

Qualifications and experience:

  • Master Degree in Project Management, Public Administrations, Social Sciences or any other relative field;
  • Minimum five years’ experience in program management or managerial positions with international NGO or UN Agency;
  • Fluency in English language. Knowledge of Arabic and Kurdish languages is an advatage
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds;
  • Ability to handle confidential matters, meet deadlines and work under pressure;
  • Supervise big teams and mentor them on humanitarian and development standards and best practices. Ability to efficiently undertake remote management.
  • Personal commitment, efficiency, flexibility, strategic thinking and drive for results.


What we offer (Expat package):


Gross Salary: 5,000 USD/ month*. Lump sum that includes basic salary, expected accommodation* costs, mission hardship and international transportation allowances.


*Tax to the governmental tax department which will be deducted from staff’s gross salary according to KRI Taxation Law; this sums up to about 152 USD/month when the gross salary is 5,000 USD/month;


*SWEDO will assist and handle the legal documents by a lawyer. The average price ranges 400 USD – 600 USD/ month depending on your accommodation location and the desired standards.


Other benefits:

  • One-time 600 USD welcome package to cover your immediate accommodation until you find a suitable residence.
  • Reimbursement cost up to 500 USD for one-time flight ticket during employment contract.
  • Costs for residency card and visa fees.
  • Life and Medical Insurance (valid worldwide).
  • 50 USD per month on top of gross salary to cover costs for international money transfer.
  • Transportation to/from your residence during the working hours and a SWEDO Vehicle (without driver) will be available to be used by the expats after working hours’ movements (subject to local driving permit regulations and SWEDO policies.
  • Communication Allowance: Mobile phone, Sim-card and prepaid scratch cards will be covered by SWEDO Organization for working calls during your assignment.
  • Internet modem and prepaid scratch cards will be covered by SWEDO Organization for work related calls, SWEDO assignments and reasonable personal use.
  • Annual Leave and Vacation: 30 paid days/annum as an annual leave, 30 paid days/annum in case of certified sick leave and 15 days/annum unpaid leave, in addition to the official public holidays which would be announced by SWEDO organization in advance, however, the entitlement for the annual leave will only be affective after successful completion of probation period.
  • R&R: Five working days after every three months’ work (travel costs will not be covered by SWEDO).
  • Per diem when travelling on official assignments within Iraq.
How To Apply


Direct contact

Interested applicants may send their CV and cover letter directly to with the subject line:  Program Director


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview which will include further testing with written samples.


Women are strongly encouraged to apply

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