Roving Youth Program Officer

  • Contract
  • Baghdad

Save the children

The Youth Officer will ensure the delivery of effective technical and operational support and coordination of the regional DANIDA-funded project “Al Bawsala” to strengthen civil society actors to promote young people’s voice and participation at local and regional level. The program is regional in nature, however, Save the Children Iraq part of project will be implemented in multiple locations. The project will focus on youth and civil society strengthening.  The youth officer will ensure day-to-day coordination and facilitation of different activities in coordination with the regional and country office and will contribute to the achievement of project results in addition to maintaining an overview of implementation and national partnerships.

Reports to:
 Direct reporting (Administrative) to Deputy Director of Program Operations at Country Office & Technical reporting to Project Manager in MEE Regional Office Co-supported technically by the Country CP MHPSS TA.
Staff reporting to this post: None
Budget Responsibilities: DANIDA-funded project “Al Bawsala”
Role Dimensions: Roving to other locations & working closely with Project Manager in MEE regional office.

•    Participating in the design of the project , and responsible for implementing, and/or maintaining activities of DANIDA-funded project “Al Bawsala” with focus on the needs and interests of the youth and civil society actors (CSAs) in Iraq.
•    Work closely with youth groups, CSAs, partners, in all components of the project & coordinate the technical support needed in a timely manner.
•    Conduct monthly planning/review meetings with partners & regularly update project management tools engaging partners including Detail Implementation Plan,  Procurement Plan, MEAL plan, Project Charter, HR Plan-
•    Plan field trips and special events for the Youth program according to measurable objectives outlined, track spending and complete event evaluations.
•    Ensure budget planning, monitoring and spending in line with monthly forecast
•    Regular Follow up of procurement, recruitment & payments with supply chain, HR & Finance department in Iraq CO
•    Conduct/update Risk Management Plan with partners & ensure Risk Mitigation measures implemented in line with Plan under guidance of Head of R&C in Iraq CO
•    Ensure reports from partners are submitted on time with quality & all required documentation.
•     Ensure timely transfer of payments to partners in line with budget forecast/schedule in collaboration with CO Finance team.
•    Ensure regular monitoring of project activities to achieve timely delivery of results with quality in coordination with MEAL in CO & project manager in RO.
•    Ensure participation, information sharing & approvals of government authorities in Iraq as required
•    Participate in the assessment of program objectives, including data collection, record keeping and reporting for grants.
•    Coordinate and support a capacity strengthening program for youth groups and CSAs, including participatory action research and other research methodologies.
•    Reach out to, establish and sustain links with youth-led CSAs and youth groups in the country.
•    Support the participation and engagement of young people and youth groups in local, national and regional platforms.
•    Ensure coordination with governmental entities at central federal Iraq, KRG related ministries and decision makers to raise youth voices and increase public investment in children/adolescents and youth rights in humanitarian and development contexts
•    Develop & implement project sustainability/exit strategy and closeout plan including asset disposition in coordination with CO awards team

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)

•    holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
•    holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.
•    sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
•    widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
•    future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
•    builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
•    values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
•    approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
•    develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
•    willing to take disciplined risks.
•    honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity

QUALIFICATIONS : Bachelor Degree in social sciences or any relevant subject

•    Have a strong background in youth empowerment and civic engagement.
•    Previous experience working with young people and civil society organizations in the region.
•    Training and facilitation skills.
•    Coaching and mentoring youth groups.
•    Good understanding of the regional and national context in the Arab region and the challenges facing young people.
•    Capacity to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds
•    Have strong organizational and communication skills, as well as the ability to manage his or her time well.
•    Strong ability to work independently and as part of the team.
•    Good project management skills
•    Be comfortable working directly with young people.
•    Possess excellent written, oral communication, interpersonal, conflict resolution, and listening skills.
•    Have in-depth knowledge and understanding of the economic, cultural and political environment.
•    Have excellent analytical skills.
•    Local candidate from Baghdad will be preferred, SCI will not provide accommodation &  pick & drop services in Baghdad.

The Organisation
We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:
•    No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
•    All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
•    Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children.  We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:
Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

Location: Baghdad
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Closing Date: Apr 11, 2022

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