Job Title: GBV and Protection Assistant Trainer

Location: Sulaimania, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (KRI), with frequent travel to other areas of KRI, including overnight stays. (75%)

Type of position: Employment contract, full time.

Length of Contract: 12 months

Compensation and Benefits: Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with skills and experience. Local compensation package.


About SEED Foundation: SEED is a locally registered NGO in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, whose mission is to protect, empower, and support the recovery of survivors of violence and others at risk. SEED provides comprehensive services, integrating mental health, case management, legal and protection services, with psychosocial support activities to protect and empower survivors, and improve individual, family, and community well-being. SEED supports women, men, boys, and girls who are survivors of violence and other rights abuses, including survivors of conflict, gender-based violence (GBV), trafficking, torture, human rights violations, including internally displaced Iraqis, refugees, foreign citizens, and members of the host community. Through our Center for MHPSS, SEED strengthens skills of service providers and government actors through education, training and capacity building to better support vulnerable individuals and communities. SEED promotes policy, institutional, regulatory, practice, and social change to strengthen human rights, protections, and services for vulnerable individuals and groups. SEED combats human trafficking through services for survivors and those at risk including shelter protection; strengthens institutional protections through technical assistance, training, public awareness, and advocacy. SEED’s work reflects international best practices and expertise combined with local experience.

Role of the GBV and Protection Assistant Trainer:

The GBV and Protection Assistant Trainer will strengthen the capacity of local government personnel to prevent and respond to GBV and other forms of violence and increase protection for at-risk groups. The GBV and Protection Assistant Trainer will provide hands-on capacity building support to participants in SEED’s training program between classroom training weeks when they return to their workplaces and apply new learning and skills in their professional roles. The GBV and Protection Assistant Trainer will assess learning and needs and make recommendations to address those needs. This role will involve close collaboration and relationship-building with local government personnel. 

Specific Tasks:

Hands-On Capacity Building  (75%)

  • Provide hands-on capacity building support to training participants in their workplaces as they apply new knowledge and strengthen skills.
  • Assist in the delivery of training.
  • Provide support on an individual basis and in groups.
  • Conduct regular assessments of participant skills and needs.
  • Make recommendations to address any capacity gaps, including revisions to training curricula and materials.
  • Identify challenges or concerns and work collaboratively with SEED management and sending government agencies to overcome them.
  • Build collaborative working relationships with sending agencies.

Monitoring and Evaluation (15%)

  • Ensure all activities are properly monitored, documented, evaluated, and reported on.
  • Support program M&E, including development of tools, to ensure that M&E systems provide adequate feedback on PSS interventions.
  • Generate feedback from participants and their sending agencies.
  • Develop lessons learned.
  • Contribute to quality reporting.

Coordination and Organizational Representation (10%)

  • Maintain strong, effective working relationships with key stakeholders, particularly agencies receiving capacity building.
  • Provide content and input on communications materials including website, promotional materials, and social media, and ensure it complies with SEED’s storytelling policy. 

Essential criteria:

  • Degree in law, social work, psychology, international development or other relevant field.
  • At least five years of experience in GBV and protection programming.
  • At least three years of experience in GBV and protection capacity, with experience in government capacity building a plus.
  • At least three years of NGO experience.
  • Strong belief in human rights and gender equality.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Strong ability to work independently, including the ability to multitask, prioritize competing tasks, and manage time effectively.
  • High standard of spoken and written Kurdish and English.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Ability to work in a stressful setting and adapt quickly to changing environments.


  • Send one PDF with your cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references to using “GBV and Protection Assistant Trainer” as the subject of your e-mail. 
  • Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 
  • Only complete applications will be reviewed. NO CALLS PLEASE. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.