Consortium Director - Erbil,Iraq

Programming Erbil, Iraq


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Program/ Department Summary

Mercy Corps has worked across Iraq’s 18 governorates since 2003, implementing relief and development programming and responding to recurring waves of conflict and displacement. With the shift in context, Mercy Corps is working towards  increasing resilience capacities of people in Iraq in order to enable them to meet their basic needs, improve their livelihoods and contribute to more peaceful and inclusive communities.

The Cash Consortium of Iraq (CCI)  established in 2015 to better meet the needs of conflict-affected households by harmonizing approaches to multi-purpose cash assistance and improving data collection and analysis. Using the power of its unique structure the CCI has created new modalities for cash leadership and NGO-UN coordination. More recently, the CCI has added work with the World Bank and the Government of Iraq to link humanitarian cash transfers to the government social payments system and in 2019 broadened its scope to better support a comprehensive and integrated response to the variety of needs faced by the Iraqi population, including addressing livelihoods, employment, and ongoing social support needs.  With a cumulative budget estimated at 140M$ and a reach of 400,000 people, the CCI is led by Mercy Corps in partnership with 4 international organizations ( Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Danish Refugee Council (DRC), International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Oxfam).

General Position Summary

The Consortium Director will lead the CCI to deliver on its current vision to be a  leading early recovery actor that supports the ability of vulnerable, conflict-affected people to cope and recover from shocks, and influences national and global policies regarding the use of cash-based interventions in conflict contexts and will drive the process of ensuring CCI remains relevant in future years.

The Consortium Director serves as the main focal point for the consortium as a whole, represents the interests of the partnership, and ensures it is working effectively and efficiently across member agencies.

The Consortium Director will provide operational leadership to the consortium, including managing the team and ensuring cohesion of activities. S/he will oversee the contractual relationship between the different partners and the current primary donors (Global Affairs Canada, the European Union, UK Aid, the US Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and Food for Peace, and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs); work with consortium partners to broaden the donor base and grow the funding portfolio; coordinate the delivery of high quality programming; supervise reporting and build relationships between the consortium, the Cash Working Group and early recovery working groups (the Iraq cluster equivalent), donors, UN and UN coordination structures, the World Bank and the government of Iraq.

Essential Job Functions

Strategy and Vision
  • Maintain strategic vision and provide the operational leadership for the CCI.
  • Support and lead where relevant on fundraising efforts for the expansion of CCI.
  • Continuously review and advise on adaptations and adjustments to the CCI vision for growth and sustainability.
  • Lead the development of the CCIs multi-year strategy and vision (2020 – 2022) and ensure successful rollout and adoption.
  • Define and operationalize the CCIs early-recovery programming and engage in fundraising efforts.
  • Recognize opportunities for innovative action and explore implementation possibilities with the CCI.
  • Maintain implementation momentum by consolidating implementation strategies and plans.
  • Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and influence stakeholders to provide support.
  • Develop and manage a clear system for tracking and reporting against deliverables.
  • Maintain strong and transparent communication with consortium partners.

Representation and Coordination
  • Lead and participate where relevant in external representation of the consortium with various groups including donors, UN agencies, the World Bank and the government of Iraq.
  • Represent consortium progress to donors as well as within the Cash Working Group and other relevant forae.
  • Share learning from the consortium with the greater humanitarian and development community within Iraq as well as regionally and globally as relevant.
  • Chair Steering Committee and Technical Working Group meetings.

Program Management
  • Manage the contractual agreements with partners and Mercy Corps.
  • Oversee operational planning for ongoing program activities across the consortium.
  • Ensure that program implementation is on scope, on time, on budget and with highest quality standards.
  • Ensure monitoring systems are in place, including gathering data for case studies and lessons learned.
  • Prepare for and manage planning and progress review meetings.
  • Adhere to all Mercy Corps procurement, logistics and administrative regulations related to programming.
  • Ensure timely submission of high quality donor reports on behalf of the consortium.
Finance & Compliance Management
  • Ensure the consortium activities are compliant with donor and Mercy Corps rules and regulations.
  • Manage the consortium budget and ensure partner expenditures are in line with agreed upon budgets.
  • Monitor expenditures and forecasts, ensure timely identification of under/over spends and propose and implement solutions.
  • Work closely with the Mercy Corps finance and grant teams and headquarters to ensure timely financial reporting on behalf of the consortium.
  • Work with ethics teams to ensure allegations are investigated and addressed, and that the steering committee and donors are informed in a timely fashion.

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership. Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.

Organizational Learning
  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve - we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries
  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.


Grants, Advocacy and Research, M&E and Data and Livelihood consortium team members seconded from partner organizations



REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Country Director of Mercy Corps Iraq with direct accountability to the CCI steering committee.

WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: CCI Partner Agencies, Mercy Corps Programs, Operations and Finance teams, Regional and HQ Technical Support Units

Knowledge and Experience

  • BA/BS or equivalent in international studies, economics or other relevant field; MA/S preferred
  • 5-7 years of international relief and development program management experience, in emergency and recovery program management
  • Previous experience in managing consortiums, coordinating forums or managing/facilitating/influencing in network or partnership settings preferred
  • Combination of direct and remote management experience preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across multiple stakeholders
  • Demonstrated flexibility and creativity in planning and problem solving
  • Experience working with local authorities, national and international NGOs
  • Effective verbal and written communication, multi-tasking, organizational and prioritization skills
  • Excellent oral and written English skills required
  • Ability to work effectively with an ethnically diverse team in a sensitive environment.


Success Factors

The successful Consortium Director will combine exceptional leadership, coordination and representation skills.S/He will have strong management skills and experience in building and maintaining donor and partner relationships.  S/he will have an ability to approach complex challenges through a systems-thinking lens and have an ability to think creatively about solutions. S/he will possess high level of adaptability and be able to adjust to a constantly changing working environment. S/he will have previous experience in implementing programs in insecure and conflict context. Prioritizing, problem solving, ability to seize opportunities, attention to detail and strategic vision are essential. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.


Living Conditions/Environmental Conditions

This position is based in Erbil, Iraq. Currently and following UN rating, the location is unaccompanied yet secure. Housing is in group housing (en suite) accommodation with freedom of movement beyond house and office. Access to amenities including transportation, grocery shops, restaurants and leisure spaces is possible in adherence to security protocols.  Staff have access to basic services including health, electricity and water though minor disruptions are to be expected. The position requires an estimated 30% travel by air/road to field locations in moderately secure to insecure environments.

The position is eligible for RnR (12 weeks rotation) and hardship allowance.

Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and Mercy Corps' policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision.  Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment