Representative, Iraq

Erbil, Iraq | Iraq | Full-time


Representative, Iraq


Position type and closing date

Status: Single Posting

Location: Erbil

Starting date: September 2021

Duration of Contract: 3 years contract (with possibility for extension)

The closing date for applications: 25 July 2021


 Please note that applicants are required to obtain an endorsement (confirmation of membership) from a Christian church to which they belong.


 Lutheran World Federation (LWF) World Service

LWF World Service is the humanitarian and development arm of the Lutheran World Federation. We are a widely recognized, international, faith-based organization working in over 20 countries. We seek to bring people of all backgrounds together in the common quest for justice, peace, and reconciliation in an increasingly complex and fragmented world.

A commitment to the human rights of every individual, regardless of their status, guides our work, actions, and operations. We are particularly known for our timely, compassionate, and professional humanitarian work, and for our field presence in hard-to-reach areas. Our work is people-centered and community- based. Above all, we work with the most vulnerable, and in order to claim and uphold their rights, we engage proactively with local government and community structures.

LWF Iraq currently works with UN OCHA, UN Trust Fund, related faith-based agencies and other donors

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Provides leadership, management and supervision of the Lutheran World Federation World Service (LWF/WS) Country Program in Iraq and ensures implementation of projects, programs, policies and guidelines for the achievement of goals and objectives as outlined in the LWF Global Strategy and the Strategy for World Service.


Position Environment and Dimensions

The LWF Iraq Representative is responsible for the implementation of the LWF Iraq Country Program. The position will be based in Erbil, Iraq, with frequent travel to Duhok, and will oversee activities in various governorates in Iraq. Occasional travel to Baghdad.


 Required qualifications

University degree (or equivalent) in relevant field.


 Knowledge and Experience

Significant working experience on management level in humanitarian assistance/development oriented programs within an international environment and preferably with church-related or non-governmental organizations.

Strong leadership, people management, conceptual and analytical skills and demonstrated organizational, management and supervisory skills.

Knowledge and experience of cooperation with international and national stakeholders in the field of humanitarian assistance, advocacy, human rights and sustainable development is essential.

Team-oriented, flexible and excellent communication skills.

Experience from the Middle East a plus. Broad knowledge of LWF, its member churches and related agencies


Language Skills

English: Advanced (written, spoken)

Arabic: would be an  advantage


LWF Core Skills

Analytical thinking - Level advanced*

Initiative - Level advanced

Leadership - Level resource

Achieving results - Level advanced

Accountability - Level resource

Working effectively with others - Level resource


 LWF Functional Skills

Project Management - Level advanced

Innovation - Level advanced

Communication / Networking - Level advanced

Facilitation / Negotiation - Level resource

Resources management / fundraising - Level advanced

Enabling management - Level resource


*LWF 3 skills levels are: basis - advanced - resource


 Main duties

 On leadership

Provides overall leadership to the LWF/WS Program.

Leads and ensures the effective coordination and operation of the LWF Iraq Country Management Team.

Promotes, implements and upholds the vision, mission, core values and relevant objectives of the Global LWF/WS strategy, as well as the relevant LWF Iraq Country Strategy.

Ensures effective leadership in all aspects of the LWF/WS Accountability Framework, including other accountability elements related to leadership and management, and adherence to the LWF staff Code of Conduct regarding Abuse of Power and Sexual Exploitation.

Facilitates and actively seeks to sharpen the profile of LWF/WS as an international humanitarian organization through continuously striving to improve the quality of the program according to LWF/WS’ empowerment, rights-based, inclusive and integrated approach.

Promotes and facilitates the establishment and strengthening of national and regional networks relevant to the LWF/WS strategy for the country/region.


 On Management

 Programmatic work

Ensures that management systems in the country are established and strengthened to enable the smooth implementation of LWF programmatic work and facilitate learning and capacity building in the program.

Supports the planning, supervision, implementation, monitoring, documentation, administration and evaluation of the LWF/WS program in accordance with LWF/WS policies, priorities, procedures and guidelines.

Promotes partnership and collaboration with affected populations, target groups and local civil society partners (CBOs/NGOs) throughout the program cycle, as central to overall accountability.

Ensures regular monitoring of program/project.

Ensures that timely, accurate and relevant reports are submitted according to agreements.

Ensures all interventions are undertaken in accordance with the LWF/WS policies and guidelines, specifically concerning the LWF staff Code of Conduct, the Sphere Project and the Core Humanitarian Standard, as well as rights-based, gender responsive and climate sensitive programming.


 Human Resources

Ensures overall supervision of the Program Coordinator, the Finance Manager, the HR Officer and anybody else under the positions’ direct management.

Ensures professional employee life cycle management with specific focus on gender sensitive approach and staff development and learning.

Monitors and addresses security matters. Develops and adheres to a security plan developed for all levels of field staff and visitors to the program.


Fundraising and Finance

Develops fundraising strategies and actively engages in networking with relevant funding partners (institutional, Church-related, local) to uphold and develop a viable portfolio of projects and programs.

Oversees the elaboration of high-quality project proposals in line with formats of the funding partners and supports the Program Coordinator in supervising the implementation of approved projects within the agreed budgets and subject to the availability of funds, including timely reporting.

Ensures the complementarity and close working relations of finance and program units.

Ensures efficient financial management of the program activities and administration, including effective internal control systems to promote financial accountability.


On relations

Maintains the requisite consultative relationships with the relevant governmental authorities and ensures that LWF/WS operates in line with national / local rules and regulations.

Maintains close communication and cooperation with LWF’s related agencies, in particular those supporting the LWF Iraq program, and, if applicable, their local and regional offices.

Maintains a close working and consultative working relationship with the LWF/WS programs and emergency operations in the region, other departments in the LWF Communion Office, LWF Member Churches and appropriate ecumenical and/or faith-based partners through frequent informal coordination and collaboration.

Plays an active role in the Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance forums, ensuring participation in strategic discussions, and providing support where possible.

Fosters and maintains good coordination and collaboration with international and bilateral cooperating and co-financing partners, particularly with U.N., governments and their agencies, and other international and national NGOs.


Special duties

As may be assigned by the direct supervisor.


 Major Challenges

Fundraising, Quality Programming (including M&E structures) and Human Resources Management (recruitment/staffing/training).