Programme Officer, Erbil (Iraq)

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The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation has defended women’s rights since 1993. For every woman’s right to be safe and to be heard. Today we are one of the world’s leading women’s rights organisations, working directly in areas affected by war and conflict to strengthen women’s influence and power. We work closely together with over 100 local partner organisations across 20 countries to end violence against women, reach lasting peace and close the gender gap once and for all. The future is equal. And together, we are change.

Deadline for applying: May 9th 2021


Kvinna till Kvinna provides support to women rights organisations and women human rights defenders in more than 20 countries in five regions around the world. Kvinna till Kvinna has established operations in the MENA region since 2001 with a regional office in Amman (Jordan), and country offices in Jerusalem, Beirut, Erbil and Tunis, and currently supports around 50 women’s rights organisations in the region. For further information, please visit:

Kvinna till Kvinna opened an office in Erbil in 2010 to manage the support to Iraqi partner organisations with which cooperation had already started in 2007. Kvinna till Kvinna is looking to hire a Program Officer with a thematic expertise in gender-based violence (GBV) for the Erbil office, starting as soon as possible with a contract until the end of 2022.

Organisational setting

The Iraq team currently consists of four female staff members in Baghdad, Erbil and Amman. The Iraq program is part of Kvinna till Kvinna’s regional program. Under the guidance of the Deputy Regional Manager, the Program Officer in Erbil will work closely with the Senior Program Officer, another Program Officer, Finance and Admin Officer, the Regional Office (Amman) and Head Office (Stockholm). The person will be based in Erbil, together with the Finance and Admin Officer of the Iraq team.

About the job

As Program Officer you are responsible for the following main tasks, variety of independence is depending on the seniority:

  • Supporting partner organisations in the project cycle, including project design and reporting;
  • Quality assurance of GBV programming of partner organisations to ensure adherence to GBV minimum standards and development of innovative GBV programming;
  • Assisting in monitoring the implementation of partner activities and support the reporting of country-level initiatives both in terms of results and budget;
  • Assisting the provision of technical support to partners to build their capacities.
  • Preparing proposals and reports to donors, and making appropriate; recommendations on the programme’s progress and further development;
  • Supporting in organising experience exchanges, study trips/visits and networking meetings to enhance quality programming and implementation;
  • Carrying out interpretation/translation work when needed;

About you

Education and competencies

  • Preferably bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Gender Studies, Political Science, Human Rights or any other related field;
  • Minimum three years of relevant work experience in relation to GBV programming in Iraq; other programming experience in women’s human rights, gender equality issues, women’s empowerment, women’s political activism and/or organisational development is an asset;
  • In-depth experience in project cycle management and in planning, monitoring and evaluation (PME), and proven experience of identifying and providing capacity building to local NGOs;
  • Good understanding of human rights and the application of a rights-based approach in development cooperation;
  • Strong analytical skills and as well as proficiency in Microsoft office;
  • Valid driving license;
  • Experience of working in/or knowledge of the region, particularly Iraq; 
  • Languages: Excellent written and spoken Arabic and Kurdish; good working level of spoken and written English.
  •  Ability to travel 3-6 times a year, including overnight stays, in Kurdistan Region of Iraq and Government of Iraq areas, depending on the security situation) as well as 2-5 times within the MENA region to attend internal and external meetings and workshops.

Personal qualifications and values

  • Strategic thinking; responsible; flexible; adaptable;
  • Strong ability to work independently with minimum supervision, to prioritise, stay solution-focused and deliver timely;
  • Responsiveness, integrity, and ability to handle stressful situations; 
  • Belief and commitment to women’s human rights and gender equality and acts as a good ambassador for the organisation even outside of work.
  • Good social and outreach skills and ability to cooperate with a range of partners and stakeholders.

Terms and conditions

  • Work time: Full-time position starting as soon as possible to 31 December 2022 (including three months of probation).
  • Starting date: As soon as possible.
  • Location: Erbil.
  • This is a national position under KRG labor legislation.
  • Please note that due to the nature of the work only women (legal and/or self-identified) applicants will be considered.


Send your application no later than 9th May by clicking the apply button. 

Write the application in English and please note that we only accept applications through our career site. The application shall include a letter of motivation and CV.

Please note that applications are handled continuosly so don't hesitate to apply!

Please note that due to the nature of the work only women (legal and/or self-identified) applicants will be considered.


If you have any questions regarding this position or the recruitment process, please contact Deputy Regional Manager Sandra Phelps:

For information on the recruitment process, please contact HR

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