Head of Programmes – Iraq

05 Feb 2023
13 Jan 2023

Your role

An integral part of the Senior Management Team in country, the Head of Programmes will provide strategic leadership to programmes teams in Iraq, ensuring programme quality, high quality, strategically aligned project design and fundraising, and effective implementation of projects. It is a critical role requiring a seasoned, motivated and experienced individual a desire for a new and exciting challenge in a small but rapidly growing organisation. The role ensures information from the country programme is shared across departments and will represent War Child at the highest levels; donors, national authorities, clusters and national partners in Iraq. The role is managed by the Country Director in Iraq.

Your responsibilities

  • Provide leadership in program strategy development in the themes of child protection, education and livelihoods, ensuring cross cutting themes of gender, disability and accountability are properly integrated in programme engagements.
  • Responsible for creating a culture committed to the safeguarding of all individuals who we come direct or indirect contact with.
  • Ensure that programmes are safe and that the safeguarding policy and SOPs are implemented across programmes.
  • Lead and coordinate the design of high-quality technical proposals and budgets in line with War Child global and country level priorities.
  • Ensure fundraising efforts at the country level are coordinated and strategic, in line with global and national level priorities.
  • Ensure strategic presence of WCUK staff in key humanitarian and development forums and clusters. Represent the organisation in strategic forums.
  • Develop and foster partnerships with donors, UN agencies, INGOs and other key actors.
  • Work closely with the SMT in country to ensure relevant, effective and efficient operations support systems are in place for effective and efficient programme implementation.
  • Work closely with the finance team to ensure timely implementation of grants and monitor expenditure to reduce the risk of disallowable costs.
  • Maintain overview of internal and external programmatic audits and ensure any findings/ recommendations are acted upon.
  • Provide line management and leadership to technical advisors, ensuring safe quality programming and effective support. Performance-manage staff in line with organisational processes.
  • Work closely with Area Coordinators to ensure effective implementation, tracking, and adjustments to projects.
  • Oversee grant review processes and tracking systems to ensure timely and effective implementation of programmes.
  • Oversee work of a multi-location and multi-skilled team, ensuring quality outcomes and collaboration within the team to achieve programme strategy.
  • Supervise and develop MEAL systems and ensure projects are agile to incorporate learning.
  • Ensure an effective accountability and feedback mechanisms are in place, accessible to beneficiaries and community members, are utilized, learnings are incorporated, and outcomes fed back to relevant stakeholders.
  • Lead on advocacy efforts in country and ensure synergies with global advocacy efforts and programming.
  • Ensure that high quality reporting is submitted to donors on time.
  • Coordinate the design of a research and learning agenda for Iraq.


  • Fluency in English, spoken Arabic is an asset.
  • This role is open to Iraqi and non-Iraqi (International) candidates.