Iraq: Area Coordinator – North EastBaghdad, Iraq 222 views

Closing Date : 2019-12-08
Duty Station : Baghdad, Iraq
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Organization: Handicap International – Humanity & Inclusion
Country: Iraq
Closing date: 08 Dec 2019

Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity

Handicap International is changing his name and becomes Humanity & Inclusion . HI, Humanity & Inclusion is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation with no religious or political affiliations operating in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

Since the organisation was first founded in 1982, we have set up development programmes in 62 countries and responded to many emergencies. Today we have a budget of around 150 million euros, with 3500 employees worldwide.

HI is engaged in an employment policy in favour of disabled workers.

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The Syrian crisis is the greatest humanitarian crisis of the last 20 years. According to the latest UN figures, about 11.7 million people are currently affected by the crisis in Syria, including about 6 million IDPs, while over 5 million Syrians have sought refuge in neighbouring countries or in Europe. The current humanitarian response only provides a patchy and partial coverage of the growing humanitarian needs. Eight years after the beginning of the crisis, the number of injured persons in Syria keeps rising, with a severe lack of healthcare in many areas. In large areas of the country, the local economy is in bad shape local populations and IDPs are in need of livelihoods assistance. The inclusion of the most vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, in the humanitarian response remains a major concern.

HI is managing a large humanitarian program from three different hubs (Beirut, North-West and North-East), along three main pillars:

Support to health partners (hospitals, psychosocial support centers, local NGOs) for the provision of multidisciplinary rehabilitation services (physical rehabilitation, psychosocial support and/or prosthetics and orthotics) and standalone psychosocial support services, through training, technical supervisions and donations of assistive devices and/or equipment;Education to the risks and effects caused by conventional weapons (including mines, explosive remnants of war and small arms light weapons) and non-technical survey of hazardous areas;Livelihoods assistance, with a combination of cash for work, vocational training, small grants for businesses and apprenticeships;Training and technical support to other humanitarian actors on the inclusion of persons with disabilities and other vulnerable persons in the humanitarian response (with a special focus on inclusive health and inclusive livelihoods).

The actual intervention is based on a mix of remote management of national teams, remote partnerships with local structures and organizations, and direct implementation programs.


Your main responsibilities

The Area Coordinator is the official representative in the area for the whole of HI, both internally and externally, and promotes the excellent reputation and positive image of HI.He/she is responsible for developing and implementing the project part of the Country Programme operational strategy for the country in which he/she is basedHe/she contributes to organisational transformation in line with the Simplification, Shared Services and ROOTS projects. In the event of an emergency, he/she takes responsibility in accordance with the response framework defined.Under the guidance of the Technical Unit, country-level MEAL and Support Service managers, and deploying all appropriate tools, he/she ensures the monitoring of operations in the area, as well as financial control, compliance with HI policies and frameworks (in particular HI Project Monitoring & Evaluation policy) and respect of contractual engagements towards donors.He/she actively monitors and analyses developments in the context in his/her geographical area in order to identify risks and opportunities, and proposes actions to the Country Director

Your missions


1.1: Is the manager (direct report) of an operational team composed of Field Coordinators for each governorate of intervention

Contribution to the programme s operational strategy and HI frameworks & regulations

2.1: Contributes to the development of the programme s operational strategy, and its implementation and annual monitoring for his/her area, in liaison with the Country Director.

2.2: Implements the project part of the programme s operational strategy, including resource planning:

2.3: Ensures the deployment of and compliance with HI s global frameworks, institutional policies and standards.

2.4: Ensures financial control and monitoring of projects under his/her responsibility:

2.5: With regard to potential opportunities and risks, contributes to the monitoring and analysis of current developments in the area, in liaison with the Country Director

Official representative

3.1: He/she is the official representative in the area for the whole of HI, both internally and externally, and promotes the excellent reputation and positive image of HI.


You hold a Bachelor s degree in related field (political sciences, humanitarian work)You have More than 7 years working experience as humanitarian worker with progressive increase in responsibilitiesYou have at least 4 years working experience managing teams, particularly in generalist positions (Project Manager, Area Manager, Country Manager)A previous experience working in humanitarian programs in the Middle East and in remote control programs would be preferable


The North-East region where HI s current first base is located is relatively isolated and the trip from the closest international airport in Erbil (Iraqi Kurdistan) to the 1st base takes around 8 hours by car, including the crossing of an international border. The 2nd base and 3rd base are around 3 / 4 hours by car beyond the 1st base, in distant locations.

International staffs live in collective guesthouses with 3 to 6 permanent staff and occasional visitors. Life conditions are good, with well-furnished individual rooms, full-equipped kitchens, ACs and heaters, and terraces/gardens.

The security situation in the North-East area has suddenly worsened in the first half of October, creating uncertainties on future access to this area, before gradually stabilising since the last week of October. Most of the international team is currently relocated to Erbil, managing the activities in remote control. Nevertheless, no direct incidents against HI s staff have been recorded and visits of international staff to the North-East have resumed in early November. Approximately 65% of HI s activities are ongoing in remote control. 35% of HI s activities are still suspended but they might resume during November and December.


Startingdate :03/02/2020Lengthof thecontract:** 12 monthsSalaryfrom 2 970 gross/month regarding the experience of the candidatePerdiem: 629,09 net/monthHardship allowance: 500 net/monthInsurances: medical hearth coverage, retirement planning, repatriationPaid holiday: 25 days per yearR&R: 1 week of R&R every 8 weeksStatus: position unaccompaniedHousing: Collective taken in charge by HI
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