Education Project Manager Nineveh-Iraq Nationals Only

Norwegian Refugee Council

Role and responsibilities:

The purpose of the Education Project Manager position is technical development, strategic direction, and quality assurance as well as monitoring of NRC Iraq’s Education activities and programme in Ninewa governorate, as well as relevant staff mentoring and capacity development. The Education Project Manager is expected to follow NRC’s standards, procedures, and guidelines for project governance applicable for the particular projects. S/he is also responsible for the overall planning and coordination of all Education interventions, either directly within the Education CC or as an integrated approach across other CCs, across the West Area Office.

Generic responsibilities:

  • Line management for education project staff
  • Adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
  • Contribute to the development of Country, Area and CC strategies, initiate and participate in the development of relevant education projects
  • Coordinate and manage education project implementation (activities, budget and project documentation) in line with proposals, strategies and donor requirements
  • Implement technical direction and ensure high technical quality of projects
  • Provide regular progress reports to the Area Programme Manager, Area Manage and the Education Specialist
  • Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need of protection, explore and asses new and better ways to assist
  • Develop and manage project budget and coordinate across CCs
  • Ensure capacity building of project staff and transfer key skills
  • Liaise and collaborate with relevant local authorities and other key stakeholders
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy

Specific responsibilities:

  • Manage NRC’s Education and Youth projects and ensure programme quality;
  • Capacity building of education staff as a major priority in preparation of planned nationalization;
  • Budget management: ensure budget management and submit regular spending plans; develop work plans for the field teams and follow up with progress on a daily basis; develop procurement plan and ensure all procurements are done in time; contribute to provide monthly activity reports and donor reports; contribute to proposal and budget development;
  • Donor compliance: ensure donor rules and regulations are followed and all necessary documentation is in place and backed up as needed;
  • Responsible for the quality of the program: quality of data collection and activities are according to SOPs with correct accountability measures in place;
  • Provide updates from the project teams and field to inform the country education strategy and fundraising efforts;
  • M&E: With support from the Education Specialist and M&E, ensure that education activities are implemented according to the work plan and that reporting tools are in place for daily tracking of activities/trainings;
  • Coordinate with the Logistics, Finance and Security departments to organize activities;
  • Representation in internal and external forums;
  • Oversee NRC’s Education Cluster coordination work including leading the Ninewa Education Cluster;
  • Cooperate closely with counterparts from other NRC core competencies to identify opportunities for integration/synergy of NRC services alongside education;
  • Ensure realistic monitoring plans are prepared and followed.

Critical interfaces:

By interfaces, NRC means processes and projects that are interlinked with other departments/units or persons. Relevant interfaces for this position are:

  • Project planning: APM, Education Specialist
  • Area operations: AM, Support staff (Logistics, Finance/Administration, HR), Security
  • Staff capacity building: Education Specialist
  • Implementation: Education staff, AO support teams

Scale and scope of position


NGOs, UN Agencies, government directorates


NRC online tools, GORS, Agresso, sharefile, onedrive

Legal compliance:

Must adhere to NRC internal and donor compliance requirements.


Competencies are important in order for the employee and the organisation to deliver desired results. They are relevant for all staff and are divided into the following two categories:

1. Professional competencies

These are skills, knowledge and experience that are important for effective performance.

Generic professional competencies:

  • Minimum 3 years of experience from a senior level project implementation position in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Technical education and youth expertise
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal

Context/ Specific skills, knowledge and experience:

  • University degree or higher education relevant to the assignment (Education, Social Science, Management/Economics, etc.);
  • Experience related to the overseeing multiple activity streams and managing multiple budgets;
  • Experience with community engagement principles and approaches;
  • Commitment to an evidence and needs based approach;
  • Familiarity with the UN Cluster system and response coordination mechanisms;
  • Demonstrated experience managing teams and providing capacity building support;
  • Demonstrated experienced integrating education work with other sector programmes and into assessments;
  • Previous experience and contextual knowledge within Iraq is a plus;
  • Fluency in Arabic, both written and verbal is a plus.

2. Behavioral competencies:

These are personal qualities that influence how successful people are in their job. NRC’s Competency Framework states 12 behavioral competencies and the following are essential for this position:

  • Managing resources to optimize results
  • Managing performance and development
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Handling insecure environments

Performance Management

The employee will be accountable for the responsibilities and the competencies, in accordance with the NRC Performance Management Manual. The following documents will be used for performance reviews

  • The Job Description
  • The Work Development Plan
  • The NRC Competency Framework

What we can Offer

  • Contract period: 6 months Fixed –(Renewable)
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions
  • Duty station: Nineveh, Iraq-Mosul
  • Travel : 40% to Sinjar and Baaj

How to apply

Please apply via this link