IRAK – COUNTRY DIRECTOR (F/H) – ERBIL

  • Added Date: Friday, 20 March 2020
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 29 May 2020

Desired start date: 01/06/2020**
Duration of the mission:** One year (renewable)
Location: Position based in Erbil

ABOUT THE MISSION

The SI mission has been opened in February 2017, with emphasis on the Mosul response.

The mission is composed of one Coordination in Erbil (6 expatriates and 8 national staff) and one operational base in Mosul (1 expatriate and 23 national staff).

Regarding the evolution of the context, the mission will aim at keeping an early recovery WaSH component with ongoing research for development of new areas in line with the shift of context that entail wave of return movements to newly secured area. Simultaneously, as some camp will remain at less until 2020, being a key actor in wash in camps is a process already launched through the consortia.

SI is currently the lead of one OCHA IHF-funded WASH consortium in Iraq providing wash services in and out of camps. For SI activities are:

– Water trucking in Muhalabiyah (rural villages in Mosul district, 1,5 hour from Mosul SI Base).

– Waste management in Muhalabiyah

– Network rehabilitation in Mosul city

ABOUT THE JOB

General objectives

– Represent the organization in country toward partners, donors and local authorities.

– Ensure the smooth running of the mission.

– Ensure development and implementation of the mission strategy, and positioning in Iraq based on geopolitical and humanitarian context.

– Mobilizes the material and financial resources necessary for the programs to run effectively and supervises the administration of these resources.

– Monitors projects, ensuring that they are progressing in accordance with the Solidarités International charter and complying with internal and contractual procedures.

– Coordinates the teams in place and ensures their security on the mission.

– Direct liaison with Solidarités International HQ.

Specific stakes and challenges

– Contextual and security analysis in country

– Actively seek for funding and cooperation opportunities in Iraq competitive environment; ensure low financial risk of operations, continuation of program and possible expansion in terms of geographical areas and sectors

– Develop stakeholder analysis, develop and maintain strong relation with donors,

– Ensure access to intervention areas

– Readjust the operational strategy according to contextual evolutions, and maintain a strong internal coordination with SI mission in Syria.

– Systematization of compliance to internal regulations rules

Priorities for the 2/3 first months

– Ensure continuation of program and funding

– Understand the articulation of Iraq mission with Syria mission

– Priorizing the efforts to be done in terms of compliance at mission level

YOUR PROFILE

Experience:

More than 3 years of professional humanitarian experience at senior management level.

Specific required skills

  • Proven ability to develop a strategy
  • Representation, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Fundraising, grants management experience is highly desirable
  • Anticipation, decision taking and initiative capacities
  • Great work capacity and stress management
  • Previous experience in Iraq and/or Middle East
  • Experience in development and/or early recovery environment is highly desirable
  • Good knowledge on project management cycle, from the design to the monitoring

Languages:

Good and proven writing and spoke English are required (Arabic/French is an asset)

SI WILL OFFER YOU

A salaried post:
According to experience, starting from 3300 euros gross per month (3000€ base salary + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly Per Diem rate of 750 USD a month. SI also covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate’s country of origin and the place of assignment.

Vacation:
During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. Our policy was just modified: from now on, Solidarités offers you 7 working days ever three months, with a 850 USD allowance for each break. In addition to these regular break, SI adds a day off per worked month. These days off as well as the breaks are not deducted from the paid leaves that are paid every months with your salary as they are offered by the organization.

Social and medical cover:
Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.

SECURITY & LIVING CONDITIONS

Key information about Security

Erbil security situation is stable, however the situation is prone to changes due to the political situation. Though the living environment in Erbil feels safe, there are still risks, including the risk of car accidents, robbery/theft and sexual harassment (in particular from taxi drivers to female expats). The major risks currently are from ‘wrong time, wrong place’ incidents, such as small arms fire resulting from personal disputes. There is no curfew in Erbil.

Security in Mosul city is volatile, but relatively stable day-to-day and is a permissible operating environment for NGOs. This security situation can deteriorate rapidly within the city so strong security processes remain in place and the context is constantly monitored. There is a large presence of armed actors who control different areas (various PMF – Popular Mobilization forces- factions, Iraqi Army, Police etc) which remains a risk for power struggles and security incidents. There are occasional VBIED incidents within Mosul city with no confirmed authorship, criminal activities such as burglary, homicide, and police search and arrest operations (often related to suspicions of IS-affiliation) take place across the city daily. NGOs have not been targeted in the last few years and are not often caught in these incidents for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Key information about living conditions

There are good living conditions in Erbil: individual rooms in one of two fully equipped guest houses. There is a separate office about 10 minutes walk from the guesthouses. It is possible to walk around the neighborhood and there are many shops and restaurants, and some bars and restaurants which sell alcohol. There are parks in the city where you can walk or go running, and many malls and shops which sell a very large variety of goods. Expats can face street or taxi driver harassment, in particular female expat staff. It is recommended that expats do not walk alone late at night or take unknown taxis on their own.

For the office/guesthouse in Mosul there are strict security procedures in place (curfew, no movements at night, no restaurants), though the situation is improving, especially since the registration. Improvement of daily life and possibility to go outside are currently under evaluation. The office is comfortable and well maintained with individual rooms which are assigned to each expat, and a room for visitors. The wifi and electricity is generally stable.

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