Iraq – A Head of Mission in Erbil

Key infomation

Job title

Iraq – A Head of Mission in Erbil

Country

Iraq

Place (town/region)

Erbil

Employee status

Employee

Type of contract

Fixed Term Contract

Expected start date

15/04/2020

Duration of mission

12 months (renewable)

Position summary

Context

Humanitarian Context

Wide-scale violence and armed conflict erupted in Iraq in January 2014. In Anbar governorate, the cities of Ramadi and Falluja were particularly affected, the violence and its impact quickly grew. Also in June 2014, ISg, together with other armed groups, attacked and seized control of Mosul and large portions of northern Iraq, including areas of Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa, and Salah al-Din governorates. The Government of Iraq (GoI) has conducted multiple military operations since 2016 to regain control of territories held by ISg and announced in November 2017 that military operations had successfully concluded in their retaking of all Iraqi territory. Military operations in Mosul, Anbar and Salah Al-Din have led to ongoing massive internal displacements, serious and systematic violations of civilian protection and basic human rights, interrupted access to basic services, and put a severe strain on host communities. The country is now gradually moving from an emergency situation which required lifesaving operations to a post-conflict transition towards durable solutions. As per the HNO published by OCHA on November 2019, 5.67 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 1.77 million in acute need. Half of them are concentrated in Ninewa and Anbar governorates. Furthermore, an estimated 2.8 million returnees continue to form a complex caseload for humanitarians, development actors, relevant government agencies and donors, with 1.2 million in acute resilience and recovery needs.

PUI in Iraq

Implemented in Iraq since 1983 through Aide Médicale Internationale (AMI), and since 1997 through Première Urgence (PU), PUI (Première Urgence Internationale) brings help to vulnerable refugees, displaced persons as well as host communities (to avoid marginalization when the pressure on available resources becomes unbearable), in order to improve their living conditions and reinforce their resilience to enable them to regain dignity and autonomy. PUI’s objective in Iraq is to provide a humanitarian response to needs arising from movements of population through actions aimed at reinforcing the existing Health system, and providing Mental Health Psychosocial Support to the people in need, but also at providing access to Shelter, to drinking Water, Hygiene and Sanitation. Given the scale of the crisis and the needs observed, PUI emphasizes multiple sectoral interventions and develops as much as possible an integrated approach, keeping health the core sector of its intervention.

Responsabilities

The Head of Mission is responsible for supervising all PUI’s operation within the country. S/He is the first official representative of PUI inside the country. S/He is in charge of the smooth functioning and the evolution of the mission. He defines and/or adjusts the positioning and the country strategy of the organization in comparison to the socio-political and humanitarian context, and leads the operations and development of the response programs accordingly.

Main activities

Represent PUI within Iraq to partners, donors and duty bearers, and to promote an optimal operational space for pursuing PUI’s strategic priorities in coordination with all relevant entities.

Overall responsible for risk management and especially for the safety and duty of care for national and international staff.

Set the strategic direction of PUI responses in Iraq in consultation with the Desk Manager and in line with the PUI’s regional strategic direction and interests.

Ensure that the programs are organized and managed in order to pursue opportunities while at the same time operate in compliance with minimum requirements and relevant guidelines.

Make sure that the support services (Finance/Administration/Logistic) are in place and function in compliance with the PUI and donors procedures/requirements, and according to the situation in the country.

Responsible for the timely and efficient implementation, management and reporting on the resources entrusted PUI in Iraq by donors and partners.

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Required profile

Training

Bachelor or Master’s degree related to a major field in strategic/program management

Relevant academic education in social / scientific sciences.

Professional
experience

3 years of humanitarian experience in project co-ordination.

Successful experience in expatriate team management and multi-sector programmes.

Previous experience as Head of Mission in an NGO or OSI.

Experience with the PUI

Experience in security management

Nowledge
and skills

Knowledge and understanding of Middle East, and particularly Iraqi context.

Excellent writing skills

Team management

Project management

Detailed knowledge of the donors (OFDA, ECHO, UN agencies, CDC, MCC, BPRM…)

Knowledge and understanding of Middle East, and particularly Iraqi context.

Excellent writing skills

Team management

Project management

Detailed knowledge of the donors (OFDA, ECHO, UN agencies, CDC, MCC, BPRM…)

Leadership skills and the ability to make decisions

Trustworthiness and a sense of responsibility

Charisma and the ability to awake enthusiasm for the work the project involves

Ability to use authority, when necessary

Analysis and synthesis abilities (discernment, pragmatism)

Ability to adapt

Organizational skills, ability to be thorough and respect due dates

Strong listening and negotiation skills

Good people and communication skills

Ability to remain calm and level-headed

General ability to resist stress and particularly in unstable circumstances

Languages

English is mandatory, Arabic and French are assets

Proposed terms

Compensation

Fixed-Term Contract: 12 months (renewable)

Starting date: Mid April 2020

Monthly Gross Income: from 3 190 up to 3 520 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI

Benefits

Cost Covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…

Insurance: including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation

Housing: individual accommodation

Daily Living Expenses (« Per diem »)

Holidays

Break Policy: 5 working days at 3 and 9 months + break allowance

Paid Leaves Policy: 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

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In charge

Pauline Gallay, Human Resources Officer for expatriates


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