Project Manager - CASH Assistance

Erbil | Iraq

Role & Responsibilities

Plan, develop, monitor and evaluate the assigned projects. This involves assessing beneficiary needs for cash and livelihood, designing future projects and proposals and initiating and effectively managing and reporting on the projects in line with the objectives, timeframe and budget. Provide leadership, strategic direction and technical support to the team and liaising with other stakeholders (and potential donors). Be responsible for working with government ministries, for the correct selection and registration of beneficiaries and for the cash assistance to them. Coordinate with the Project Officers and team leaders to ensure a correct, timely and effective execution.

Project Overview

In response to the ongoing crisis in Iraq, Medair’s programme is delivering emergency assistance to Iraqi IDPs, returnees and host communities in Dohuk, Ninewa, Kirkuk and Salah-al-Din. Projects include Emergency Health Response, Shelter and NFI Assistance, Multi-Purpose Cash Assistance and WASH. The Iraq programme operates within the Medair Middle East programme, collaboration, coordination and shared learning of projects is expected within the region.


Medair is a humanitarian organisation inspired and motivated by Christian faith to relieve human suffering in some of the world’s most remote and devastated places. We bring relief and recovery to people in crisis, regardless of race, creed or nationality. As signatories of the Red Cross Code of Conduct, we believe that aid should be given to everyone who is in need, regardless of political, social or religious viewpoint. We save lives in emergencies and then stay to help people recover from crisis with dignity—working side by side with communities to leave a lasting impact. We provide a range of emergency relief and recovery services: health care and nutrition; safe water, sanitation, and hygiene; shelter and infrastructure. Internationally recruited field and headquarters staff lead the organisation, supported by nationally recruited staff to implement programmes locally.


Field based position in Erbil with work location in Kirkuk, Iraq. Take a look at Medair’s work in Iraq**.**

Starting Date

As soon as possible

Initial Contract Details

Full time, 24 months contract

Key Activity Areas

Project Management

· Manage the assigned projects in order to meet the project objectives within budget and within the allotted time frame and report promptly any operational concerns to line manager.

· Provide strong leadership of the assigned projects, working to ensure both short and long-term positive impacts and outcomes for the beneficiaries, local authorities and local staff.

· Contribute to development and implementation of an appropriate and effective strategy including proactive planning for responsible exit in consultation with staff, field managers and, where appropriate, with the local communities.

· Set clear objectives and indicators for project activities in collaboration with the staff and field managers.

· Continuously monitor and supervise project activities, evaluating progress through outputs and impacts using both quantitative and qualitative data, and involving the project team in analysis and taking appropriate action as needed to ensure continued progress.

· Provide input into the integration of beneficiary participation and accountability.

· Ensure accurate and timely reporting of activities according to Medair, donor and other applicable timeframes and formats.

· Develop new proposals, linked to the assessed needs and gaps and the Medair country strategy, in conjunction with the relevant field managers.

Information Management

· Monitor the data collection related to beneficiaries, Medair’s selection of households and the tracking of cash payments to beneficiaries in accordance with the bank.

· Ensure effective systems regarding database management and security are in place and maintained.

· Ensure data gathering is done according to the latest sector standards and results of lessons learned are integrated into the project.

· Exchange best practices with other actors working in data collection.

· Coordinate with other team members on IM development in the programme.

Staff Management

· Line-manage staff of the assigned projects, including day-to-day management, recruitment, development and training, performance reviews, etc. It may also be necessary to line manage other project staff.

· Facilitate regular meetings to assist information sharing between project staff, to ensure all staff members are aware of project objectives and current work plans and to provide the opportunity for feedback.

· Provide coaching and technical supervision to staff in order to develop ownership and full responsibility for project activities.

· Assess the training needs of staff and ensure that appropriate training is conducted.

Financial Management

· Manage the budget for the assigned projects and ensure all expenses are according to budget and meet the Medair standards with regard to financial management, including accountability and good governance.

· Support the team where needed in the selection, the set-up and management of cash assistance modalities for the project, in alignment with sector standards of the concerned banking institutions.

Communication and Coordination

· Develop and maintain appropriate, regular, transparent and supportive communication structures with the assigned team, Medair in-country and HQ managers and advisors and other relevant stakeholders, with the objective of ensuring good cooperation and partnerships.

· Participate in relevant coordination meetings, other working groups or meetings Medair internal training, as required, representing Medair and feeding back to staff and field managers on relevant issues.


· Liaise, as necessary, with the logistics and finance staff to ensure items are procured, transported, stored, managed and accounted for correctly.

Quality Management

· Promote and use the Medair intranet, Box, Portfolio and other operating procedures, ensuring that all standardised formats are used and guidelines are followed.

· Ensure projects are implemented in line with donor proposals and requirements and in accordance with Medair, donor, country and international standards i.e. Sphere and CHS standards.

Field - Team Spiritual Life

· Reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, beneficiaries, and external contacts.

· Fully contribute to the rich spiritual life of your team, including team devotions, prayers, and words of encouragement.

· Live, work and pray together in our Christian faith-based team settings.

· Instigate and contribute to prayer times within internationally recruited staff and HQ teams.

· Encouraged to join and contribute to Medair’s international programmes and HQ prayer network.

This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organisational needs.


· University or College Degree in a relevant field.


· Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written).

Experience / Competencies

· 2 years post-qualification professional experience with at least 1 year project management experience in relevant context.

· Experience working on cash assistance, livelihoods or micro-credit projects in a humanitarian context desirable.

· Experience using GPS mapping and knowledge of GIS software desirable.

Experience in training, mentoring and coaching staff.

· Knowledge and understanding of humanitarian standards such as Sphere and CHS Standards.

Ability to manage project implementation.

Good numerical, report writing and administration skills.

· Able to enforce procedures; able to set clear objectives for staff and to delegate.

· Aptitude for community mobilisation and capacity-building.

· Creative, open-minded, flexible, self-learner; strong management skills are a must for this role.

Profiles sought for Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS) roles in the field

Relief experience

· Professionals with 12 months or more relevant relief or development experience (Experienced Relief Workers).

· Professionals with less than 12 months relevant relief or development experience (New Relief Workers).


· Experienced professionals in a relevant Medair sector of expertise.

· Overseas intercultural experience.


· Fully committed to the Medair values; to reflect the vision and values of Medair with team members, local staff, and external contacts.

Personal qualities

· Able to live and work in a multicultural team under difficult conditions.

· Strong character traits, including emotional stability, adaptability, ability to handle stress, cultural and gender sensitivity, honesty, and physically fit.


· Single or married (with no children under 18). If married, your spouse must also apply.

Final selection.

· All potential candidates for field positions must successfully complete the Medair Relief & Recovery Orientation Course (ROC). Information, dates and related costs can be found via this link.

Benefits Package provided to all Internationally Recruited Staff (IRS)

· Comprehensive briefing at our Swiss Headquarters, as well as an in-country briefing.

· Security training for those going to insecure environments.

· Accommodation, food, and transportation in-country.

· Return flights to and from the country programme (one return flight for every year of service).

· Rest and recuperation (R&R) leave (including travel, accommodation, and food).

· Annual leave.

· Comprehensive medical and emergency rescue insurance, with up to 60 days post-assignment coverage, including debriefing.

· Disability insurance.

Specific benefits for Experienced Relief Workers (IRS)

(Applicants with 12 months or more relevant relief or development experience)

· A salary based upon the grade of the position and experience of the position-holder, starting from USD 1,700 per month.

· Contribution matching programme for retirement savings.

· Additional contract benefit allowance for those who commit to longer contracts.

· Highly subsidised contribution to Medair ROC travel and accommodation costs.

Specific benefits for New Relief Workers (IRS)

(Applicants with less than 12 months relevant relief or development experience)

· USD 300 per month.

· As soon as 12 months relief work or its equivalent has been completed, a salary based upon the grade of the position, and other experienced relief worker benefits.

Working Conditions

· This is a field-based position and working and living conditions may be very different to that previously experienced.

Application Process

Follow this link: , check if you are an Experienced or New Relief Worker and that you fit our standard working criteria, then:

a) apply for this vacancy (or another position that matches your profile)**, or**

b) apply for a Medair ROC (where we can try and match your competencies to our vacancy needs).

Please do not make multiple applications. We will not review email applications. Only English-language applications / CVs will be reviewed. Medair does not set closing / deadline dates for applications; recruitment is on-going until the position is filled.

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Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: Medair
  • Location: Erbil | Iraq
  • Grade: Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Public Administration - Restructuring
    • Public Administration - Restructuring
    • Cash-Based Interventions
  • Closing Date: 2017-01-09

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