Inclusive Health Technical Advisor – IRAQ

  • Added Date: Friday, 11 January 2019
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 18 January 2019

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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.

For more information about the organisation:

HI has offices in more than 55 countries.


Humanity & Iclusion (HI) started its activities in Iraq in 1991.
HI’s strategy in Iraq for 2018 includes 3 main components:

  • Long-term development projects: support to civil society, access to services, awareness campaigns, community-based rehabilitation
  • Emergency and recovery response for Internally Displaced Persons and vulnerable host communities (provision of physical rehabilitation and psychosocial support services, support to local structures, inclusion, protection assessments).
  • Mine Action: risk education, victim assistance, survey and clearance of contaminated areas.

The current operations are implemented through direct intervention and local partners. HI currently has a country coordination office in Erbil with field offices in Mosul, Kirkuk, Khanaqin and Baghdad (soon to open) and a support office in Suleymaniyah.


Under the line management of the Inclusion Coordinator, the Inclusive Health Technical Advisor will be responsible for the technical quality of mainstreaming and promoting inclusion of men, women, boys and girls with disabilities, including older people, in health programming and services provided both directly by HI and in partnership with other actors providing healthcare services as part of a consortium-led project, Building Peaceful Futures. These health services include physical rehabilitation, psychosocial support, primary healthcare, and sexual, reproductive and maternal healthcare.

He/She will be responsible for:

  • contributing to the overall planning for HI’s mission and lead the design and implementation of strategy and interventions on disability, age and gender inclusive health services in close link with other relevant technical expertise and sectors of intervention based on identified opportunities, needs and interests
  • providing regular guidance on disability mainstreaming specific to health strategies, programming and service provision, support and skills development to HI staff, consortium partners, health actors and organizations representing people with disabilities to promote a coherent and evidence based approach
  • ensuring a coherent and adapted approach for consortium health service providers and the wider humanitarian body where appropriate, promoting disability, age and gender inclusion within emergency and development action in Iraq. Alongside ensuring the transfer of skills, tools, good practices inside the HI health interventions
  • helping to define strategies, processes and action between emergency preparedness, acute emergency response and early recovery and reconstruction phases to facilitate transition and complementarity of action efforts and priorities for disability, age and gender inclusive health services
  • providing skills development, guidance and support to the development of the project teams and inclusion officers
  • developing tools and resources in line with global and national frameworks, guidelines to ensure that health services are inclusive of men, women, boys and girls with disabilities, including older people, supporting the widespread roll-out of tools and guidelines both internally (HI mission) and externally (Building Peaceful Futures consortium partners).

The complete job description will be shared with short-listed candidates.


Position based in Erbil, where there is an active social life and most facilities are available. The position will require frequent travel to the areas of intervention, where HI teams are working in community resources centres, IDP camps, health facilities and the communities in areas of Iraqi Kurdistan, Kirkuk, Nineveh, Diyala and Anbar and Baghdad following issue of visa. The security context remains fluid and movement restrictions can be introduced on an ad hoc basis.



  • Degree in occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing (learning disabilities), speech and language therapy or a related field


  • experience working directly with people with disabilities
  • proven capacity to develop training materials and facilitate training, ideally for health staff, particularly on providing health services for and communicating with people with disabilities
  • previous experience in technical advice or management on mainstreaming disability, age and gender in the health sector
  • experience in conducting participatory assessments of barriers to access services or protection risks facing vulnerable groups in health services and programming
  • experience in capacity building on advocacy related to disability, age and gender inclusion within the health sector or more broadly
  • previous experience in health programming within a humanitarian setting and/or previous experience in the region would be desirable


  • capacity to work and communicate respectfully and successfully with people with disabilities
  • English mandatory (oral and written); Arabic is an asset
  • strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • ability to work under pressure with strong organisation skills


• Starting date: 21/01/2019
• Length of the contract: 12 months
• Salary from 2200€ gross/month depending on the experience of the candidate
• Per-diem: 501,84€/month net
• Hardship allowance: 250€/month net
• Insurances: medical health coverage, retirement planning, repatriation
• Paid holiday: 25 days per year
• R&R: 5 days every 3 months
• Status: single
• Accommodation: collective fully covered by HI

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