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"Country director – Iraq / Kurdistan region of Iraq"



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Fonction: Country director

Country: Iraq / Kurdistan region of Iraq

Location: Position currently based in Erbil with field visits to Mosul office and sub-offices through KR-I and GoI as security conditions allow

Duration: 7 months – renewable depending on funding

Starting date: December 2021

Conditions: : Salaried contract, monthly gross salary from €2,900 to €3.400 according to experience in the similar position, monthly per diem 650 USD, medical coverage of 100% + repatriation insurance + provident fund, accommodation, international and local transportation as part of the mission, break every 3 months.

More information on www.trianglegh.org, under "JOBS".

Family Duty Station: No

Presentation of TGH

"Actor in a sustainable and shared solidarity"

Founded in 1994, TGH is a French international solidarity organization based in Lyon. The association designs and implements emergency, rehabilitation and development programs in the following sectors: water, hygiene and sanitation, civil engineering, food security and rural development, education and psychosocial. TGH is currently operating in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Context

The regional conflict in Iraq and Syria started in 2011 and since then, it has torn families apart, displaced millions of people inside the country and pushed other millions to look for refuge in neighboring countries and in Europe.

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), hosting 97% of Syrian refugees within Iraq, also hosts around 700,000 internally displaced people. Furthermore, the KR-I faces a budgetary crisis which presents serious challenges in the access to services (e.g. education) for displaced and host community populations.

The defeat of ISIS’s last remaining strongholds in Iraq is currently leaving ground for reconstruction and IDPs’ slow and unplanned return to their home villages and cities. However, in places such as West Mosul and other large areas that underwent severe destruction and where services are lacking, returns face structural limits (absence of livelihood opportunities, lack of public services, shelter, etc.) and Iraqi people continue to be displaced in camps in Ninewa or in the East bank of Mosul.

In this context, inter-community tensions are still present while military groups contribute to the political shaping of the areas retaken from ISIS. Despite the loss of the territories it used to control, ISIS cells are still present and active across the country and conduct frequent attacks.

Starting from October 2019, anti-government protects started in Baghdad ad spread all over the country, in particular in the southern regions. In some cases, these led to violence against civilians, although this has not been reported in Ninewa, where TGH’s expatriate staffs are based. By the end of 2019, the then Prime Minister resigned and was not replaced until May 2020, leading to a protracted institutional crisis while the country was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. During this time, strong tensions between military and political actors exacerbated and attacks against US emissions in Iraq become more and more frequent.

Presentation of the mission

TGH worked in Kurdistan from 1995 to 1999 in the education and agriculture sectors to support refugees from Turkey. In 2013, TGH reopened a mission in Kurdistan and conducted several projects in Erbil: WASH in schools, Winterization distribution, Education and psychosocial support. From 2016 to 2020, TGH has deployed an emergency response supporting Iraqi IDPs in three camps of Ninewa Governorate (Khazer M1 and Nimrud, Salamiyah 1 and more recently Salamiyah 2 camps) with child protection services and education in emergencies. TGH has also been conducting and still developing livelihood activities towards vulnerable returnee households in rural Tilkaif / Hamdaniya districts. More recently TGH has opened offices in Baghdad, Mosul, Sinjar, and is developing programs in these areas of Federal Iraq. 

TGH have its main office in Erbil and sub-offices in Baghdad, Mosul, Sinjar, Rabia, Dohuk and Sulaymaniyah and will open an office in Tikrit.

Ongoing interventions

A note about TGH project management: While restrictions related to Covid-19 pandemic are slowly reducing, access to a number of locations controlled by the GoI might continue to be restricted and could translate into a number of activities being managed at a distance with new arrangements and set-ups to put in place.

Job description

Under direct supervision of the HQ-based Desk Manager, the Country director has overall responsibility for TGH’s operations in Iraq including KR-I and Federal Iraq (GoI). He/she supervises about 8 expatriates and 120 national employees.

The main responsibilities include:

General coordination of the mission

Programs

Fundraising

Security management

Human resources and support departments

This list of responsibilities could be modified according to the needs.

Security, working and living conditions

TGH’s main office and guesthouses are located in Ankawa, a section of Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan (KR-I). KR-I is a very different place from the rest of Iraq at several levels (culturally, politically and security speaking, etc.).
Restaurants, snacks, fitness clubs, supermarkets, shops are all around, within walking distance and communications are satisfying (efficient internet, international communications) making the working and living conditions good in Erbil. The office is separated from the guesthouses. Individual rooms are available for each expatriate.

Trips to the countryside may be possible during weekends depending on the security context. Travel rules may be revised according to the destination and evolution of the context.

In wake of the anti-establishment demonstrations of October 2019, Iraq as a whole has entered a new phase of uncertainty and political instability. The security context is by far more complex and deteriorated in Federal Iraq and call for increased security modalities for TGH operations and for living (higher restrictions).

The eventuality of a relocation of the coordination from Erbil to Baghdad is a possible scenario that could be assessed in the medium term but is directly depending on the evolution of the security context.

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