Deputy Country Director (DCD)

Deputy Country Director (DCD)

Deputy Country Director (DCD)

Deputy Country Director (DCD)

September 5, 2023
Baghdad, Iraq
Position type
Experience (minimum)
10+ Years
Education (minimum)
Travel required?
Base salary (minimum)
Not specified


Near East Foundation (NEF)

Job Announcement


Title:  Deputy Country Director (DCD)

Reports to:  Country Director

Location:  Baghdad, Iraq

Travel:  Frequent travel to project sites in Iraq

Eligibility:  Local National (Preferred), Third Country National 


The Near East Foundation (NEF) is seeking candidates for a Deputy Country Director – Iraq to be based in its country office in Baghdad. For over 100 years, NEF has worked to build more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive communities in the Middle East and Africa through education, governance, and economic development initiatives. Working through a network of country offices and local partners, NEF currently operates in ten countries. Its programs are organized around three themes: Peacebuilding; Sustainable Agriculture; and Micro-enterprise Development.


Position Description


The DCD is a key member of the Near East Foundation team. The DCD is responsible for the effective management and implementation of NEF projects in Iraq.  Working within NEF’s regional program structure, the DCD will lead a team of technical and project management specialists in project delivery. The DCD is responsible for overall leadership, administration, operations oversight, and management of the project activities.




The DCD is primarily responsible (70%) for:


  • Providing overall team management, technical direction, administrative coordination, and financial and operations oversight;
  • Recruitment of direct reports and coordination of all hires of non-direct reports in accordance with NEF’s policies and guidelines;
  • Serve as a primary project representative and contact point for donor representatives;
  • cultivating and managing partner relationships.
  • Working collaboratively with the project team and partners and coordinate closely to develop overall project strategy and direction and to develop and implement annual program work plans and performance milestones plans;
  • Working closely with the NEF program development team and other NEF teams to ensure a smooth and rapid start-up of programs when needed;
  • Oversee the timely and quality completion of all program technical and financial deliverables and reports (including quarterly, annual, and M&E reports) in accordance with funding agreement and guidelines;
  • Leading project(s) changes including realignment of activities, budgets, and extensions when required;
  • Adapt management systems in line with NEF standard operating procedures;
  • Ensuring the safety and duty of care of staff as well as the security and appropriate use of project and NEF assets;
  • Ongoing communication with project stakeholders (both internal and external) regarding project progress and challenges;
  • Maintaining positive working relationships with relevant government offices in Iraq on behalf of NEF. The DCD is NEF’s point of contact with line ministries in Iraq;
  • Representing NEF in all relevant working groups personally or by delegating relevant staff; maintaining a strong engagement with development and other relevant aid communities;
  • Assessing the implementation context, assumptions, and changes in the operating environment to ensure that project/s focus, strategies and activities remain relevant, and recommend changes when required;
  • Fostering open and transparent communication with Headquarters to ensure consistent information sharing and support;
  • Ensuring that country-level programs are in alignment with NEF’s goals and strategic plan;
  • Providing strategic leadership and motivational support to the country team/s through orientations, regular supervision, regular team meetings, learning and reflection events, and an effective management of assessment plans and accountability goals;
  • Other duties as assigned.


The DCD is responsible for (30%):


  • Contributing and/or leading business development and proposal writing for project expansion, transition, and sustainability.
  • Contributing to the design, expansion, and diversification of NEF’s program in Iraq through effective engagement with donors and other relevant actors.




  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant fields of study;
  • 10 years minimum of relevant work experience with development organizations;
  • Proven track record in project management, project planning, implementation, and oversight, including managing budgets;
  • Working knowledge of the Iraq context;
  • Experience in managing multi-donor-funded programs;
  • Experience in effective people and team management, including implementation of code of conduct, safeguarding and anti-corruption measures;
  • Experience in managing the safety of staff and assets;
  • Understanding of the concepts behind, and practical application of, humanitarian and development codes and standards such as the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability;
  • Fluency in both English and Arabic; excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and with flexibility; to perform duties under pressure and meet deadlines in a timely manner; to work as part of a team complete assignments independently; take instructions and criticism constructively; exercise problem-solving skills; and to interact with co-workers, partners, donors and the public professionally and pleasantly.
  • Ability to pass a comprehensive pre-employment background check.




  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Experience in inclusive finance, microfinance, or inclusive economic systems.
  • Experience in managing and designing agricultural livelihoods, entrepreneurship, civil society capacity building and protection programs.
  • Knowledge of blended finance mechanisms.


NEF will accept rolling applications until the position is filled. The review of the application will begin on Friday, September 15, 2023. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


To apply:


Please apply by submitting the following documents to the Near East Foundation careers page at


  1. Cover letter outlining relevant experience and availability
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of three references (including one from current, or most recent, employer)


Applicants are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Near East Foundation by visiting the NEF website at


The Near East Foundation promotes Equal Employment Opportunities for allapplicants seeking employment and NEF employees.


Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Pre-employment Checks


Any Employment with the Near East Foundation will be subject to the following checks prior to start date:


  • A satisfactory Restricted Party Screening.
  • Receipt of satisfactory references.
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the national location for this role.

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