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Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation & Reporting (PMER) Coordinator - Iraq
As a Service Worker (volunteer) position, MCC would cover all basic needs including, but not limited to: food, housing, transportation (to/from assignment & work related travel), medical/dental/optical coverage, vacation time (3 weeks), resettlement allowance provided at the end of term, etc. and provide a modest monthly allowance.
Ankawa, a predominantly Christian town of some 30,000, is adjacent to the large and growing city of Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish Region. The security situation in the area controlled by the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) is presently calm. The individual or couple will live in a house or apartment in Ankawa. The current MCC house-office lies in the northern section of Ankawa. Shops are easily accessible. Water is provided by the local municipality and electricity is provided by the national grid. There are periodic interruptions in electricity (mostly in summer and winter when use is high) provided by the national grid and in these times, it is possible to contract with a neighborhood generator. Travel in northern Iraq is by taxi or with partners in their vehicles.

• While, overall, security in the Kurdish Region is currently stable, the situation in other parts of the country is not. The worker must be willing to adhere to strict security and communication guidelines and heed the advice of the MCC Representatives on security issues.
• The security situation does not entirely prevent, but severely limits, travel outside the KRG, creating a degree of isolation for those living in the region.
• Summers are dry, hot, and dusty.
• There is a lack of mental health services available.
• The worker can expect to occasionally sit in rooms and meetings where others are smoking cigarettes.
• Contact with refugees living in difficult situations and stories of trauma experienced has the potential to bring sadness and feelings of helplessness.
• It can be a challenge working remotely from the rest of the team in Lebanon and Syria.
• Iraqi culture has certain expectations for the ways unmarried males and females relate to each other; spending time with the other gender in mixed groups is a safe way to steer clear of missteps.
• Internet services can be expensive and slow compared to western standards.
• Common foods in Iraq include bread and other wheat- based products, salads, olive oil; allergies to any of these foods would create a challenge to the worker.
May 17, 2021
Aug 01, 2021
Yes, due to COVID-19 restrictions
3 years
All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to: a personal Christian faith and discipleship; active participation in a Christian church or Christian community; and nonviolent peacemaking. MCC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. MCC values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.

•    Ability to represent MCC and its values in a setting that has minimal understanding of Anabaptist Christian faith.
•    Degree in Development Studies, Project Management, Social Sciences, Sociology or related fields, or relevant experience. A Master’s degree in Development, Food Security, Peacebuilding, or related fields preferred.
•    Experience in international development, in program coordination, project management, or in a planning, monitoring and evaluation (PME) position. 
•    Training and/or experience in results-based management, logical framework analysis, and theory of change principles, tools, and techniques.
•    Ability to work independently on tasks. 
•    Ability to understand and communicate across cultural and linguistic boundaries.
•    Good relational skills that allow him/her to engage with all sectors of society.
•    Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills (written/verbal), with ability to network with others in related fields.
•    Ability to give trainings and build capacity in various topics with local partners 
•    Ability to work as part of a team, to focus under pressure and to work on tight timelines.
•    Patience and flexibility to work in a context where plans change frequently.
•    Ability to work/live in unstable environments.
•    Ability to travel in rural areas of Iraq, security permitting. 
•    Fluency in English (written and spoken) required, language abilities in Kurdish and Arabic a plus. 
•    Preference for international experience in the region. 

​Invitations to serve with MCC are contingent on the successful outcome of criminal background check(s).
This is a three-year service worker position designed for a single person, a married couple, or family, who will support MCC’s PMER work in Iraq. Opportunities for spouse include livelihood advisor, peacebuilding/trauma support advisor, or English teaching. Other possibilities can be explored dependent on skill set of individual. The individual or couple will work alongside MCC’s Project Coordinator based in Erbil and will be part of the wider MCC team operating in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq.
Tasks are in coordination with the MCC Project Coordinator based in Erbil.

1. Coordinate MCC’s relationship with partners in Iraq, building and maintaining strong relationships through regular visits with partners in northern Iraq and, as possible, with partners elsewhere in Iraq.
2. Support MCC partners in Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting.
a. Supporting partners with developing Concept Notes and Proposals.
b. Reviewing partners’ Narrative and Financial Reports.
c. Conducting internal evaluations to strengthen new project cycles.
d. Coordinating work with MCC program staff in Beirut and HQ.
3. Support training/capacity building opportunities with partners in PMER and other possible topics.
4. Coordinate with Beirut team regarding best practices and lessons learned, specifically regarding partner capacity and PMER.
5. Attend, in coordination with other MCC staff, various UN sector meetings to coordinate, become aware of external grant opportunities, and build relationships with other INGOs/NGOs.
6. Develop contacts and relationships with relevant external agencies (local government, community based and NGO entities) to enhance program implementation and sustainability.
7. A willingness to help with various tasks in the MCC office.
8. Support with logistics for MCC visitors, including staff from Beirut team, learning tours, and visits from other MCC offices (i.e., Communications, Advocacy, PLDR).
9. With support of Reps, monitor the political and security situation in Iraq.
10. Support Reps with advocacy and communication work, including identifying strategic advocacy priorities.
11. Model non-violent peacemaking in the workplace and community through respectful interactions with others.
12. Attend MCC meetings and events (including partner conference and retreats), as appropriate.
13. Attend a local church.
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