Cesvi is working in the Kurdish Region of Iraq since 2018, focusing on the sectors of Livelihoods and Support to local entrepreneurship.

Within this framework, a new AICS funded project “RISE – Re-start and Improve Sustainable Economic opportunities for vulnerable refugees, IDPs and host communities in KRI” will start in March 2021.

The project gives continuity to the activities already ongoing implemented by Cesvi, whose strategy in Kurdistan is focused on the sectors of livelihood and protection.

The project responds to the needs created by the protracted humanitarian crisis, aggravated by the most recent economic crisis, and responds to the needs of the most vulnerable sections of the population such as displaced persons, refugees and host communities, by promoting access to sustainable employment in Erbil and Dhouk Governorates.

Expected results of the project are:

  • Increased income of refugees and displaced people through Cash for Work activities
  • Facilitated access to the market for groups of producers and local producers from the refugees (in the camp) and host communities

Professional development and access to work through job placement and micro-grants


The Project Manager will:

  • be responsible for the daily project implementation, reporting and budget planning, guaranteeing project’s activities and reports fulfil timely the scheduled objectives;
  • plan, manage and monitor the activities in line with project’s documents, Donor’s rules and sectorial guidelines;
  • ensure the proper application of Donor’ and Cesvi’s procedures, especially on financial management and administration requirements;
  • develop and maintain track records of project’s outputs, supervise the activities, prepare reports to the Donor and Cesvi HQ;
  • ensure the proper administrative-financial management of the project, ensuring that expenditures are in line with the financial plan;
  • manage the relations with AICS (Italian Cooperation and Development Agency) office with reference to the project;
  • manage the project local staff;
  • organize and manage monitoring field visits by the donor and Cesvi HQ;
  • ensure the visibility of the Organization and of the donor

S/He will also provide inputs for the development of project proposals to expand Cesvi’s presence in the area.

S/He will work in close coordination with Cesvi Expat staff in Erbil and Cesvi Desk Officer at the HQ.

The main duty station will be Erbil, with field missions to project’s areas in the Erbil and Dhouk Governorates.


  • Degree in Project Management, International Development/Humanitarian sector and/or Economic development, or other relevant sectors;
  • Minimum 5 years’ of experience on development/humanitarian projects funded by institutional donors
  • Previous experience of implementation of projects in the sector of Livelihoods/Vocational Trainings/Support to micro and small enterprises
  • Experience and strong knowledge of AICS (Italian Cooperation and Development Agency) and related procedures, including administrative requirements (financial reporting)
  • Good Knowledge of Project Cycle Management
  • Good narrative and financial reporting skills ( project’s indicators and objectives)
  • Fair understanding of budget issues in humanitarian projects (i.e. administrative and financial planning)
  • High proficiency of Italian – written and spoken. Please note that the project’s Donor operates in Italian. Therefore, it is of utmost importance for the candidate to be proficient in Italian. Candidates that do not fulfill such requirement will not be taken into account. 
  • Proficiency in English, written and spoken;
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel.


  • Post degree specialization in International Cooperation
  • Previous working experience in Iraq and/or in post-conflict situations.
  • Previous working experience in Cash for Work programs and support to small-scale agriculture.
  • Previous experience in implementing humanitarian projects addressed to Refugees, IDPs and Returnees.


Cesvi has a zero-tolerance approach to any harm to, or exploitation of, a child or a vulnerable adult by any of our staff, related persons or partners.
Cesvi commitment to being a safe organization begins with the staff recruitment process which includes meticulous checks, such as criminal records checks or check disclosure of previous convictions, to ensure children and vulnerable people are safeguarded and abuse is prevented. Safeguarding checks are part of the selection process performance.

Please note: due to the high number of applications we receive we are unable to provide feedback if unsuccessful at applicant stage. Only short-listed candidates will be updated on the status of their application.