Job Title

Program Development Officer


Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Type of Position

Full-time Employment Contract

Length of Contract

12 Months

Compensation and Benefits

Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with skills and experience.

About SEED Foundation:

SEED Foundation is a locally registered NGO in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. SEED’s mission is to protect, empower, and support the recovery of survivors of violence and others at risk. SEED is committed to delivering quality and holistic approaches, combining international expertise and local know-how to achieve results for the people of Iraq and Kurdistan. SEED’s programming focuses on three key objectives: 1) the delivery of transformational, comprehensive services including case management, mental health, and legal services, as well as psychosocial support activities; 2) strengthening the capacity of service providers through education, training, and capacity-development programs; and 3) ​promoting policy and social change to strengthen rights and protections for vulnerable groups and individuals through public awareness, technical assistance, and advocacy.

SEED staff are expected to perform job duties and responsibilities professionally, respecting SEED’s Code of Conduct and Policies. SEED is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants, or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members as part of our commitment to a safe and harmonious work environment.

Role of the Program Development Officer:

The Program Development Officer is responsible for developing proposals, concept notes and other applications for funding, as well as supporting grant amendment applications. The Program Development Officer will also support fundraising efforts. The Program Development Officer will track and monitor SEED priorities and propose and develop programs in line with these priorities.

Specific Tasks:

Program Development

  • Proactively identify new funding opportunities by monitoring and analyzing donor strategies, funding trends and calls for proposals.
  • Contribute to the decision-making process for potential opportunities, by analyzing and presenting key factors for consideration.
  • Conduct research and analysis to inform program design and development, including assessments of the context and needs.
  • Lead the design and development of concept notes and proposals, ensuring that design is realistic and feasible.
  • Lead the coordination process of developing concept notes and proposals, including outlining and communicating clear roles and responsibilities and timelines for each department’s input, coordinate inputs from other drafters and reviewers, and facilitate effective cross-departmental coordination for the development of concept notes and proposals.
  • Act as the lead drafter and edit all inputs for a cohesive final product.
  • Lead development with potential sub-grantees, including roles and responsibility, proposal documents and budget.
  • Ensure all proposals and concept notes adhere to donor guidance, are of high quality, and are submitted on time.
  • Attend meetings and provide updates to other team members on the development of funding applications and potential new partnerships.
  • Coordinate closely with other members of the team to ensure effective and efficient planning for program launch.
  • Support SEED’s fundraising efforts by contributing to the development of content for a range of different fundraising materials and donor communications.
  • Maintain and develop relationships with existing and potential donors.
  • Track private donations and ensure timely communication with private donors.
  • Support reporting as required.
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Head of Programs.

Essential Criteria:

  • Exceptional English writing and editing skills required.
  • Strong analytical and research skills, with a demonstrated ability to develop effective programs.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with ability to work across teams to achieve common objectives.
  • Ability to juggle competing priorities and meet demanding deadlines.
  • Two years of NGO experience, including at least one year in a similar role.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience in the GBV/Protection/Child Protection/MHPSS sectors.

How to Apply
Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications via the “Apply Now” button below.
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Only complete applications will be reviewed. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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