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Senior Advisor, Iraq

Women for Women International
Location: Iraq
Last Date: October 3, 2010



Women for Women International

Title:                       Senior Advisor, Iraq

Area:                      Women for Women International – Iraq

Department:        Global Programs Unit

Status:                   Full time Consultant

Location:               Iraq

Reports to:           Executive Director for Global Programs

Updated:               September 2010 


Women for Women International provides women survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability, self-sufficiency, and active citizenship, thereby promoting viable civil societies.  

Founded in 1993, Women for Women International has served more than 250,000 women, and distributed millions of dollars in direct aid, microcredit loans and other program services. In 2010, with an annual budget of approximately $30 million, Women for Women International will serve more than 45,000 women throughout Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda and Sudan, and build one-to-one connections with more than 45,000 sponsors in throughout the US and 55 other countries. 

The Senior Advisor, Iraq will work in close collaboration with the Country Director (CD) to implement and support the following:

1.       Advise and make recommendations regarding best practices on the daily management and operations of the Country Office, including program, finance and personnel.

2.       Manage the Senior Management Team, including Program Manager, Finance and Administration Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager and Income Generation Manager.

3.       Ensure the highest quality, integrity, and efficiency with regards to programming and operations and helps to foster empowerment and accountability in the work environment.  


Program Management:

1.       Ensure that all aspects of “core” program, including sponsorship, life skills and vocational training as well as grant-funded projects are implemented with the highest quality and integrity according to mission and goals.

2.       Ensure that all data collection and reporting on any aspects of the program is conducted in a timely manner and according to the highest possible standards.

3.       Work closely with the senior managers on all aspects of programming to ensure accountability and adherence to mission.

4.       Annual targets achieved. 

Financial Management:

1.       Ensure that proper financial systems and controls are developed, maintained and verified.

2.       Provide effective oversight and substantive contribution where appropriate to all aspects of Country Office financial management including budget preparation, managing costs to budget, financial and grant reporting and related areas.

3.       Ensure that Finance staff is properly trained and that all staff understands policies and procedures regarding cash, procurement, etc. 

Personnel Management:

1.       Empower and supervise staff on a day to day basis to high performance in implementing the strategic direction of the organization, including mission, vision and goals.

2.       Help to unify staff and foster an open, supportive environment

3.       Provide opportunities to improve staff performance including training, professional development and effective work structuring.

4.       Performance manage direct reports in line with WWI’s performance management framework, including setting of annual performance objectives, annual performance development plans, annual performance appraisal and regular one-on-one meetings regarding progress throughout the year.

5.       Create, communicate and periodically review office and staff security plans.

6.       Provide oversight and guidance to the development and monitoring of  processes for recruitment  

Strategic Oversight and Responsibilities

1.       Accountable at the highest level for the action and activities of the Country Office.

2.       Responsible for facilitating annual planning and budgeting for the country office in collaboration with Country Office staff and HQ.

3.       Responsible for the Country Office’s adherence to all policies and procedures established by Women for Women International.  

Outreach and Fundraising

1.       Prepare and execute strategic fundraising plan and follow up on all opportunities seeking timely support when needed.

2.       Develop and maintain working relationships with local and international partners, relevant government agencies, international and local NGOs working in country.

3.       Represent the organization to external audiences and stakeholders.                


1.       At least 10 years senior management experience in private sector, NGO or government leading a team of at least 20 people through a participatory and enabling management style

2.       Demonstrated financial management, accounting or related skills and experience

3.       Exceptional verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills;

4.       Successful at establishing internal and external relationships and building trust with others;

5.       Strong problem-solving and analytical skills;

6.       High level of maturity and personal integrity;

7.       Long-term commitment to advancing the cause of socially excluded women;

8.       Understanding of the work of NGOs in the social, political and economic context of Kosovo;

9.       Citizen or legally able to work in Iraq;

10.    Fluency in local language;

11.    Excellent English including reading, writing and speaking skills;

12.    Masters degree in a relevant field preferred;

13.    Computer skills including working with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and email. 


We encourage all interested applicants to submit the following application materials: up-to-date resume and cover letter through WfWI’s Career Portal and our online application system @ under the Current Opportunities tab.  

We do not accept resume/applications sent to our human resources email box.

 Only short listed applicants will be invited to interview. No telephone inquiries please 

Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled. Applicants will be contacted directly to schedule an interview.

Please respect our “no phone calls” policy.

Non-US citizens applying for regular positions based in the U.S. must possess work authorization which does not require sponsorship by the employer for a visa.

Women for Women International provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.


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