The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – A Head Of Mission

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Job title

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – A Head Of Mission


North Korea

Place (town/region)


Employee status


Type of contract

Fixed Term Contract

Expected start date

As soon as possible

Duration of mission

12 months

Position summary


The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is one of the most isolated countries on the planet. Since its foundation in 1946, the country has been cut off the non-socialist world because of the Cold War. Towards the end of the 1980s, it then lost its main ideological partners with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the progressive disassociation of China. The constant degradation of the national economy have created a precarious situation for a large part of the population, especially in the countryside. Frequent natural disasters (drought and flood) further weaken the limited resources of the rural population. Emergency responses are often needed to prevent food shortages, repair infrastructure damages or limit epidemics. The accurate estimation of the humanitarian situation in the DPRK represents a constant challenge, but there is no doubt that the population’s needs are extremely important. According to the latest Needs and Priorities Report published by the United Nations, it is estimated that 11 million people are malnourished, representing nearly 43% of the total population. Vulnerable populations like children under 5 and pregnant and lactating women suffer from nutritional deficiencies. The available health indicators seem to show that child mortality is approximately 13.7/ 1,000, and maternal mortality is 66/100,000, which puts the DPRK far behind other countries in the region.

Since 2006, only five NGOs are authorized to work permanently in the country. Called “European Unit Program Support” (EUPS), they essentially lead programs in food security or WASH.

The funding available for the NGO’s projects are limited and often depend on the international situation.

Life conditions in Pyongyang are generally considered to be good. All the expatriates are regrouped in a specific neighborhood and constitute a close-knit and united community. It is necessary to obtain prior-authorization and to be accompanied to get out of the city, but weekend excursions are still possible. Several leisure activities are easily accessible, and everyone can regularly practice sports (tennis, squash, pool, gym, volleyball, horse-riding, golf), learn languages, or play music. Expatriates can go to some markets and supermarkets, with a correct diversity of products. Some restaurants, bars and cafés are close to the expatriates’ neighborhood.

Access to quality healthcare is nonetheless very limited, and even basic interventions often require immediate repatriation to Beijing. It is strongly discouraged to bring young children. Security rules and codes of conduct need to be strictly respected, in order to avoid any trouble or complications with the local authorities.


The Head of Mission is responsible for the functioning and development of the mission

Main activities

Safety & Security  : S/he is responsible for the safety & security of the mission.

Programmes: S/he coordinates the teams and ensures that the programmes implemented on the mission are properly carried out. S/he also monitor needs assessments and suggests new operations and development plans for the mission.

Human Resources: S/he organizes work for the teams, supervises, is responsible for contracts and payrolls.

Logistical, administrative and financial monitoring: S/he ensures that logistical and administrative practices in place respect PUI procedures and formats and are in compliance with donors’ rules and regulations.

Medical and technical monitoring: S/he ensures that medical and technical practices respect PUI’s procedures and formats and are in compliance with PUI’s operational framework and policy.

Representation: S/he represents the association in its relations with partners, donors and authorities.

Relations with Headquarters: S/he ensures that information is properly circulated between Headquarters and the field and ensures that due dates are respected

Required profile



Project cycle management

Financial Management

Human Resources Management

Logistics and Security


5 years of humanitarian experience in project coordination.

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

and skills

Patience, negotiation and acute sense of diplomacy

Excellent writing skills in French and in English

Team management

Project management

Detailed knowledge of the donors (EuropeAid, SIDA, AAP, CDCS, etc.)





English and Korean


Leadership skills and ability to take decisions;

Strong listening and negotiation skills, acute sense of diplomacy;

Trustworthiness, integrity and sense of responsibility;

Ability to use authority, when necessary;

Analysis and synthesis abilities (discenrment, pragmatism);


Organisational skills, ability to be thorough and respect due dates;

Good communication skills;

Ability to remain calm and level-headed;

General ability to resist stress and particularly in unstable circumstances.

Proposed terms


Employed with a Fixed-Term Contract – 12 months

Starting Date : As Soon As Possible

Monthly Gross Income from 2 640 up to 2 970 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI


Cost covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines, etc.

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

Housingin collective accommodation

Daily living Expenses (« Per diem »)


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

Workplace conditions

Mobility:  Regular travels within the country

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Marwan Filah, Human resources Officer for expatriates

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