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Safe Return Grant Officer
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Transform the lives of the most marginalized and vulnerable communities and be at the forefront of social change.
About You: A driven and passionate mid-career professional looking to work alongside an inspiring, dynamic team of leading human rights workers. The candidate will have exceptional project management skills and embrace a collaborative, team approach to the work they do. This person has experience living and working in challenging operating environments and is eager to gain experience working on innovative human rights projects that support some of the most vulnerable people in Iraq and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR). The candidate must also have an interest in, understanding of, and appreciation for religious and ethnic minority communities in Iraq and the IKR.
The Project: Heartland Alliance International’s (HAI) Safe Return pilot project is a 30 month (expected start date of September 2018) project designed to assist with the reintegration of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from minority communities, many of whom are survivors of severe human rights abuses, to their places of origin in the Ninewa Plains. This project will test the following theory of change: The successful return and reintegration of victims of severe human rights violations, combined with rapid reporting and response to current violations, and majority/minority participation in investigation and prosecution of crimes committed by ISIL, will reduce fear of violence and accelerate IDP return. This project anticipates that approximately 800 survivors of severe human rights abuses and 4000 family members and dependents will be primary beneficiaries of services. Direct services will include medical, mental health and psychosocial services, livelihoods assistance, and legal support. This research and pilot project is intended to address barriers to return that are based on fear of communal or individual violence. IDPs consistently rank fear as the greatest barrier to return. IDPs define objective and subjective risk in a complicated threat environment differently. Most IDPs fear the possible resurgence of ISIL, as well as possible human rights violations by other armed actors. Many IDP religious minorities express a generalized fear that their communities are “no longer safe,” as well as specific localized fears. In some cases, IDPs know specific individuals who committed crimes against them or their communities and might still reside in their communities. This project seeks to combine research on the fears and security expectations of IDP communities, and the impact of successfully reintegrated survivors on decisions to return for remaining IDPs who are not victims of severe human rights abuses.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The Grant Officer will be based in the IKR and will have overall responsibility to manage the partner subawards and compliance to the signed subaward agreements.
Ensure that the subaward implementation is done in a responsible, professional, financially sound, participatory manner, as well as ensuring that it is sensitive to local needs and in accordance with HAI policies and procedures.
In line with HAI Greenhousing process and strategies, the Grant officer will coordinate the capacity building process of sub recipients through:
Facilitates the approval of the grantees payment, revising and finalizing their financial reports through direct follow-up with the grantees finance team and HAI finance and program staff.
Communications and Monitoring and Evaluation
Financial management and grant oversight
Language: English fluency, including reading, writing, and speaking required. Arabic and/or Kurdish reading, writing and speaking ability required.
Location: Heartland Alliance International’s Iraq program is headquartered in Sulaymaniyah, a city of nearly one million people in northern Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. This position will be based in Erbil, and will require site visits throughout north, central and south Iraq.
Please note that we do not consider resumes sent by fax or postal mail.
Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, sexual identity, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, or HIV infection, in accordance with the Organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September, 1987. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the Human Resources and Administration Office at (312) 660-1431.
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