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Programme Officer, Erbil

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Kvinna till Kvinna provides support to women rights organizations 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 Jordan, and country offices in Jerusalem, Beirut, Erbil and Tunis, and currently supports around 50 women’s rights organizations in the region. For further information, please visit: www.kvinnatillkvinna.org 

Kvinna till Kvinna opened an office in Erbil in 2010 to manage the support to Iraqi partner organizations with which cooperation had already started in 2007. Kvinna till Kvinna is looking to hire a Programme Officer for the Erbil office.

Last day for applying: 7th January 2019 

Organizational setting

The Iraq team consists of four program staff members in Baghdad, Erbil and Amman. The Iraq programming is part of Kvinna till Kvinna’s regional program, which is managed from the Regional Office in Amman. Under the guidance of the Iraq Field Representative, the Programme Officer in Erbil will work closely with the other Iraq program staff, the Finance and Admin Officer in Erbil, the Regional Office (Amman) and Head Office (Stockholm).


Tasks and duties

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

  • Supporting partner organizations in the project cycle, including project design and reporting;
  • 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;
  • Conducting general administration and financial procedures in relation to the Iraq operations and the regional office, partially including support in logistics of workshops and trainings;
  • Supporting in organising experience exchanges, study trips/visits and networking meetings to enhance quality programming and implementation;
  • Carrying out interpretation/translation work when needed;

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 with women’s human rights, gender equality issues, women’s empowerment, women’s political activism and/or organisational development;
  • 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 situatio,  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;
  • Ability to prioritize, 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 for 2 years (incl. 3 months’ probation), with possible extension. 

Starting date: 1st of February 2019 or soonest thereafter. 

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 7th January 2019 by klicking the apply button.

The application must be in English.

The application shall include a letter of motivation and CV.



If you have any questions regarding this position or the recruitment process, please contact Deputy Regional Manager Rebecca Sonntag: rebecca.sonntag@kvinnatillkvinna.se.



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