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.
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.
- TGH is implementing a 3-year (2019-2021) food security and livelihood project in consortium with two partners in Hamdaniyah district. This project is currently working with farmers, exploring value chains, supporting animal health programs and microfinance (through implementing partner).
- In the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, TGH is involved since 2017 in an institutional support program aiming to build the capacities of KRI’s Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and of the 3 Directorates of Social Affairs of Erbil, Dohuk and Sulaymaniyah governorates. In 2019 this project expanded to Ninewa and to the center and south of Federal Iraq, where it is still implemented in 2021.
- In Mosul and Dohuk, TGH is implementing livelihoods activities (vocational training) in a youth center, this project is funded by UNICEF.
- Since August 2020, TGH is implementing a project in Sinjar area with the support of the French MoFA (CDCS) aiming at improving the livelihoods of vulnerable rural and peri-urban families by strengthening food security and boosting agricultural income generating activities
- Since September, TGH provides capacity building and material support to Halabja hospital (Kurdistan) for the treatment of victims of chemical weapons. TGH supports the Mental Health department with material and expertise through the project. It also aims at strengthening the coordination between the hospital mental health department and the Department of Social Affairs (DoSA) in Halabja.
- In Suleymaniah and Ninewa, TGH is setting up activities aiming at providing timely, culturally appropriate and gender sensitive child protection and legal services to conflict affected communities, while strengthening community-based mechanisms of risks prevention and response. This projects is in partnership with two local NGOs
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.
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
- Represent TGH in Iraq (GoI) and KR-I, in particular with national authorities, national project partners, donors, humanitarian coordination mechanisms, UN agencies and other INGOs
- Establish/develop relations with head offices of Ministries and administrations in Baghdad in view of opening new project areas
- Ensure compliance with Iraqi/Kurdish laws, procedures and applicable regulations.
- Make sure that activities reports to DNGO in Baghdad are submitted on time.
- Ensure tax payment at Baghdad level, in coordination with the Finance / HR / Admin Coordinator
- Ensure an appropriate level of visibility of the organisation with the national and local authorities, as well as with donor representatives in the country
- Monitor and analyse the political, humanitarian and socio-economic context
- Based on this analysis and in collaboration with the Headquarters, contribute to the mission’s strategy, the identification of funding opportunities, and the design of new projects
- Ensure efficient internal coordination at mission level and with HQ
- Ensure overall overview on the financial situation of the mission and budget-related issues of the projects
- Organize, coordinate and support TGH national and international teams
- Support the field coordinator in the supervision and implementation of activities within Ninewa governorate
- Ensure overall coordination, follow-up and quality of the ongoing projects
- Support the Program Coordinator and Managers in the implementation and follow-up of the activities as necessary
- Coordinate the production of quality and timely donor reports (narrative and financial)
- Maintain existing / establish new partnerships with National NGOs
- In coordination with the HQ-based Desk Manager and technical advisers, identify and actively pursue new funding opportunities
- Coordinate and/or conduct assessment and exploratory missions
- Monitor the security context and maintain regular communication with HQ
- Oversee the regular updating of the mission’s security, evacuation and medical plans
- If required, conduct security assessment on the field in collaboration with the Logistics Department and the Field Coordinator
- Ensure in particular that internal guidelines on field trips are regularly reviewed, adapted to the context and strictly enforced.
- Ensure that TGH is fully included in the existing security information and coordination mechanisms, such as the UN, INSO and the French Embassy
- Manage security incidents and crises, in coordination with HQ
Human resources and support departments
- In coordination with the HQ-based Desk Manager, define the setup of the team
- Ensure performance management for staff under direct supervision according to the internal guidelines
- Provide active support to the Administrative Coordinator and the Logistics Coordinator as necessary
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.
Educational background and experiences
- At least 3 years of experience with a humanitarian NGO including at least 2 years in a coordination position
- Experience in expatriate and national teams management
- Experience in project management
- Experience of Arabic or Muslim countries is a distinct advantage
- Good knowledge of the humanitarian environment (NGOs, UN, main donors)
- Good communication and writing skills in English, French and Arabic are an asset
- Proven ability to fundraise and write project proposals
- Good security management skills, experience in challenging security environments
- Good knowledge of accounting / financial management / logistics in a NGO context
- Good organizational and planning skills, analytical skills
- Good knowledge of MS Office pack
- Ability to anticipate and make decisions
- Sense of discipline and organization, good sense of synthesis
- Intercultural: calm, self-control, respect for cultural differences and a very good ability to work in a multicultural environment.
- Dynamic, autonomous and pragmatic
- Diplomacy and self-control
- Ability to live and work in a volatile security environment