Job Title : Area Programme Coordinator (APC)
Job Group: Programme
Duty Station: Erbil (25%), Field Offices (75%)
Administrative Line Manager: Senior Programme Manager
Technical Line Manager: Senior Programme Manager
Line Management Responsibility: Team Leaders
Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is a dynamic, international non-governmental organization. We work to reduce violence and protect civilians in countries affected by violent conflict and its aftermath through the implementation of unarmed civilian protection prog ramming. NP implements programming through the deployment of civilian protection teams to the field and is continuing to scale up to meet the growing needs in the communities we serve. Programming is founded on unarmed civilian protection and is thematically focused on protection in displacement, child protection, gender-based violence protection and inter-communal violence reduction.
To manage the implementation of NP’s Programme, overseeing violence prevention programming in Ninewa and other locations where NP established field presence. The APC is responsible for ensuring the implementation of effective programming, operations, and project cycle management in complex, logistically challenging and insecure locations.
- Guide teams in developing strategic planning, work planning, and adapting programme implementation to address emerging protection needs and/or contextual or operational challenges.
- Engage in direct programme implementation as needed, and participate in integrated rapid needs assessments and emergency response, if required. Stand in as Acting Team Leader when necessary.
- Produce monthly internal reports, covering context analysis, programming, and staffing.
- Provide technical advice and oversight for the field teams implementing civilian protection and violence reduction projects, either directly or through team leaders in field sites.
- The APC will support field teams and serve as interlocutor with Senior Management and the Programme Development team if programming has to be adapted to address emergency or dynamic contextual realities and/or if changing circumstances render the project objectives irrelevant or impossible.
Representation and Advocacy
- Represent NP in coordination and advocacy fora where appropriate and needed, including on issue-based advocacy in Erbil.
- Represent NP at the sub-national level (with local authorities in field locations) when Team Leaders request senior support.
- Provide guidance and direct support on access-related negotiations in areas of operation as needed.
- Contribute to broader country programme strategy development together with the rest of the Programme Management and Programme Development team.
Financial & Operational Management
- Supervise field-level cash management, ensuring field-level bookkeeping is done according to NP policies and procedures, ensuring that irregularity is addressed and corrected.
- Supervise and ensure that teams comply with their internal and external reporting requirements.
- Support with field-level budget management including coding of field-level expenses in accordance with approved project budgets.
- Serve as interlocutor between field teams and programme support departments (HR, Finance and Operations), ensuring that the needs of field teams are met and that field teams are fully aware of what is happening operationally in Erbil as it relates to their sites.
- Participate in the grant inception process with programme development, finance, and operations and then lead the grant inception process with field teams in partnership with Programme Development department.
- Provide budget management oversight, coordinating with the finance department to monitor actual expenses as compared to budget, ensuring appropriate burn-rate and making spending decisions appropriate to the needs and the status of the grant.
- Coordinate with the finance manager to review and correct finance reports prior to submission for donor reporting
- Ensures efficient operational systems in place, coordinating with the Operations Manager/coordinator to ensure compounds are functional, procurement needs are met and vehicles are running well
- When requested, contribute to donor reporting for area of operations.
- Serve as Line Manager for Team Leaders.
- Support Team Leaders to ensure that all field team staff (programme and programme support) receive timely performance reviews.
- Facilitate strong staff morale and a positive working environment
- Coach and guide team leaders on field-based personnel management, with the support of Human Resources colleagues, ensuring that labour law is adhered to and NP Human Resources policies are known and implemented.
- Ensure the sufficient level of staffing, identifying the need for new recruitment in a timely fashion.
- Participate in recruitment panel for international programme staff and when possible, field office-based recruiting.
QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES
Education, Knowledge and Experience
- Post-secondary education in any of the following or related fields: peace studies, conflict transformation, human rights, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, negotiation, and mediation.
- Minimum 3-5 years of work experience in, social cohesion, peacebuilding, civilian protection, and violence prevention.
- Demonstrated management experience working in complex security environments.
- Demonstrated experience working with state authorities, negotiation, and mediation
- Demonstrated ability to live, work and solve problems independently and effectively in remote, highly challenging locations
- Demonstrated ability to lead larger team efforts and facilitate team processes.
- Demonstrated ability to analyze conflict, security, and political contexts
- Ability to set priorities, solve problems and analyze data
- Ability to manage information with discretion
- Demonstrable conflict analysis skills, identify entry points, and design prevention and protection strategies
- Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and motivate and provide leadership to the team and to work in a multi-cultural environment
- Solutions-focused, creative problem solver
- Proven ability to build relationships with the full range of actors including government, chiefs, military, police and non state actors
- Genuine commitment and interest in living and working at the community level
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Ability to interact confidently in English with colleagues and external contacts, to write documents and reports, and to present effectively relevant information
- Arabic skills are required.
- Good skills in Microsoft Office applications. Hardware IT skills a definite asset
Other Specialized Requirements
- This field site is a complex security environment where conditions change rapidly – experience in insecure environments is essential to success in this position
HOW TO APPLY
Candidates meeting the above requirements are requested to submit a CV (max. 2 pages) and cover letter (max. 1 page) detailing your experience and how you qualify for the role. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Open till filled.
This position is open to International & National candidates.
The position is contingent on available funding.
As part of the recruitment process, shortlisted candidates may be asked to complete a written assignment before participating in an interview.
Nonviolent Peaceforce is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff at all levels. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. However, all qualified applicants regardless of their gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, or age, will be considered for this opportunity.
Nonviolent Peaceforce acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of employees, contractors, volunteers, interns, beneficiaries, and other stakeholders and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice in the Humanitarian and Development sector.
NONVIOLENT PEACEFORCE DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). NONVIOLENT PEACEFORCE DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.