Agriculture Livelihoods Officer

Norwegian Refugee Council, Iraq

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th January, 2020

Job Description

NRC in Iraq

Iraq, with a long history of displacement, has seen an unprecedented rise in recent years. Of the more than 5.8 million Iraqis who fled their homes since 2014, two million remain displaced. Over four million Iraqis have returned to their area of origin. Many Iraqis have returned to areas that lack basic infrastructure, utility services and livelihood opportunities, or where explosive devices have not been cleared. Other challenges include: lack of security, community rejection, housing, property and civil documentation issues and lack of educational opportunities.
The UN estimates that more than 8 million Iraqis will need assistance in 2019, and 3.2 million children attend schools irregularly or not at all. Humanitarian agencies are asking for 569 million USD to deliver basic assistance to Iraqis  (HRP 2018). With military operations against IS group having ended, the Iraqi government faces new challenges to ensure an inclusive reconstruction and reconciliation that will sustain peace.
Since 2010,NRC Iraq has been assisting internally displaced Iraqis, Syrian refugees, and host communities in Ninewa, Dohuk, Erbil, Kirkuk, Basra and Anbar. We focus on assisting the newly displaced, those in lengthy displacement in camps and those in hard-to-reach places. In 2018, NRC scaled-up programmes across Iraq to respond to the large-scale displacements and returns, especially in Anbar governorate, around Kirkuk and in Ninewa using our water and sanitation, education, camp management,The purpose of the officer position is day to day implementation of the Livelihoods Project. Use actions words such as ensure, implement or assist for the position relevant responsibilities.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Conduct agriculture assessment and determine farmers needs and gaps
  • Design and develop agriculture input kits suitable to bridge the gaps according to the agriculture assessment
  • Support logistic team and provide technical expertise during the implementing market assessment and selection of vendors for agriculture items
  • Building strong relationships with relevant stakeholders, including farmers, cooperatives, governmental departments and Association of Agriculture Engineers (AAE)
  • Building an agriculture database with information about agriculture in Basra including facts and figures about crops, average properties, economic figures, needs, stakeholders, and other relevant information
  • Develop the tools, SoPs, and other documents needed to manage the agriculture activities in Basra
  • Contribute, participate, and lead the registration of beneficiaries and answering technical questions
  • Contribute, participate, and lead the distribution and implementation of agriculture activities

Our Ideal Candidate

  • Experience from working as a Project Officer in a humanitarian/recovery context
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Some knowledge of English  legal assistance, livelihoods, camp management, and cash activities.


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