So I just found out that NJ is cutting off my food stamps because I’m considered able-bodied. Food stamps has literally been the only thing feeding my family right now and the only way for me to continue getting food stamps is if I go to a 20 hour a week work program. I tried to go to the program and had to make an appointment for orientation months ago and they were so mean and dismissive of me. They wanted me to miss my doctor appointment to go to their orientation and I told them I couldn’t miss it. I was sick, I needed to see a doctor. So they wouldn’t schedule me for another day and that was that.
I can get out of the requirement if I’m caring for someone in my family, which I am, my mother who has been unwell. But why is she unwell, because without warning her health insurance was terminated because she was deemed to make too much money. My mom makes $800 a month from alimony payments. That’s it! How is that too much money? Because she doesn’t have health insurance, she can’t afford her meds and hence has not been the greatest lately. The only way to prove that I’m caring for my mother is if she gets evaluated by a doctor and deemed disabled. Again, something we cannot afford. And if she never had her insurance terminated to begin with, she’d have her meds and she wouldn’t need someone to look after her. It’s a flawed system and I’m so embarrassed and sad and scared. I don’t know how to feed my family.
I’ve been trying to get a job for a year and a half now with no luck. I have a BA and two MAs. I’m clearly educated and should be capable of getting a job but no one wants to give me a chance despite my 10 years of experience. I really don’t know what to do. I really hate to ask, but I need help. I haven’t paid my credit cards off, we’re charging everything on credit and I’ve reached my credit limit. We’re not using the heat even though it’s so cold, bc we can’t afford to make the payment. I don’t have a cell phone line because we can’t afford it. How is my family going to eat? What am I supposed to do? Like we can’t even afford to pay rent this month. Literally, I have no idea what to do or how to keep us from being hungry and homeless. And I could kick myself for ending up in this situation.
I keep trying to crawl us out of this hole, but I keep failing.
This is so embarrassing, but I need help and I don’t know where to turn. I’m so embarrassed to ask and hate myself for getting to this point. If you could spare anything, even just $1, I would appreciate it so much. https://www.paypal.me/hebavsreason I swear, I’ll never forget your generosity and 100% promise to pay it forward. I’m just so scared and so unsure of how to make ends meet. I’m so embarrassed and I’m so sorry for asking. Maybe you could pass this around, reblog it. Any help would be so important and I’d be so thankful.
Vital Voices Global Partnership (www.vitalvoices.org), a leading international non-governmental organization committed to advancing women’s leadership in the areas of economic empowerment, human rights, and political participation, seeks a talented professional with strong program management and communications skills for the position of Iraq Program Manager, Human Rights.
The Program Manager will manage the “Protection and Empowerment of Women and Girls in Iraqi Kurdistan” program. This includes overseeing the day-to-day management of this program, such as financial management, strategic planning, program design/planning/implementation/evaluation, communications, relationship building, and technical assistance. The Program Manager’s work will also include cross-team collaboration and planning with a focus on Human Rights, Monitoring & Evaluation, and Communications. The Program Manager will also provide limited support to other programs within the Human Rights department.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Expert on Violence Against Women: Maintain understanding of state of violence against women in major countries of operation, including legal framework, key stakeholders, political/governmental structures, security situation, and major issues facing the country. Serve as a resource person to other internal teams to provide knowledge on violence against women, and our programs and partners in the region.
- Program Management: Manage programs from design phase through planning, set up, implementation, evaluation and close out. Ensure adherence to program plans and schedules as well as develop solutions to problems. Monitor the technical performance and outcomes of the program according to M&E plan. Engage with local organizations in the implementation and troubleshooting of projects. Oversee implementing partners work, sub-grant application processes or other program processes. Ensure complete documentation of program. Coordinate with Finance and Administration to develop, maintain and monitor any other relevant sub-grant processes.
- Regional Expert: Maintain understanding of operating environment in Iraq, the KRG and the broader MENA region, including political/governmental structures, security situation, and major issues facing the country.
- Sub-grantee Management and Capacity Building: Build capacity of and provide extensive technical assistance to program partner/subgrantee, in order to ensure that partner/subgrantee meets program objectives. This includes, but is not limited to reviewing workplans, budgets and program and financial reports; developing deep understanding of organizations’ strategy; preparing monitoring and evaluation arrangements; and provide guidance to partner to move their programs forward in an effective and efficient manner.
- Financial Management: Create program budgets, update forecasts. Track spending on project and review P&Ls for accuracy. Ensure that all financial transactions are done in accordance with VV and donor regulations. Institute due diligence practices to minimize risk and ensure adequate oversight of transactions.
- Relationship Management: Identify and liaise with key stakeholders both in the US and in the region. Maintain contact and relationships with organizations, individuals, and participants on VV’s behalf.
- Fund Development: Produce reports for donors and the organization. Actively monitor potential grant opportunities. Lead and/or assist in writing proposals, concept papers, pitches, etc. Ensure timely submission of proposals/reports.
- Human Resources: As part of program management, identify, recruit manage engagement of potential program consultants.
- Communications: Create 1-pagers, concept notes, other communications documents for Human Rights team and specific program. Oversee and edit regional content and descriptions on VV website and other print or electronic media. Interact with media as necessary with guidance from Vice President of Human Rights and VV communications team.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Minimum Bachelor’s degree with 5 years experience or an advanced degree with 3 years experience in program management of human rights programs or related experience.
- A proven track record of strong program management including planning & implementation, financial management, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation, and managing donor relations.
- Fluent in written and oral Iraqi Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic REQUIRED, proficiency in Kurdish preferred.
- Experience managing and implementing U.S. government grants and programs.
- A proven track record of the managing & capacity building of subgrantees.
- Demonstrated interest and experience in gender/women’s issues.
- Demonstrated interest and knowledge of approaches to providing comprehensive services to survivors of gender-based violence.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Advanced computer literacy, including strong Excel and PowerPoint skills.
- Other duties as assigned.
Other desired characteristics
- Experience living/working in Iraq or MENA preferred.
- Experience implementing programs with concrete tools for change within a conflict setting.
- Experience writing, reviewing, and leading proposal development efforts.
- Experience with research and data analysis.
- Ability to prioritize work, execute exceptionally well, and deliver high-quality results within very tight timelines with minimal supervision, on time and in budget.
- Ability to work well with teams and individually.
- Ability to work effectively and efficiently in fast paced environment.
- Salesforce experience a plus.
The Program Manager, Iraq will report directly to the Vice President of Human Rights and work closely with other members of the Human Rights Team. This full-time, salaried position is based in Washington, DC and may require up to 20% international travel. Travel to Iraq will NOT be necessary. Vital Voices does not provide work visa sponsorship or relocation assistance for this position.
How to apply
Please e-mail the following to HR@vitalvoices.org. Use “Iraq Program Manager – Your FULL NAME” as the subject of your e-mail.
- a letter of interest indicating current salary, salary expectations, and availability
- a writing sample of no more than three pages
- three references with contact information
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.
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