Country: Iraq / Kurdistan region of Iraq
Location: Position currently based in Erbil, with upcoming shift of the duty station to Baghdad, with frequent travel to Erbil and Mosul offices; pending visa approval.
Duration: 7 months, starting December 2020
Conditions: Salaried contract, gross monthly salary from €1 750 to €1 850 depending on experience, monthly per diem US$650, medical coverage of 100% + repatriation insurance + provident fund, accommodation, international and local transportation as part of the mission, break every 3 months.
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, child protection, education and psychosocial support. 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…) 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.
The new government, established in August 2020, has inherited a country characterized by high levels of corruption, a worsening of Covid-19 pandemic in spite of a prolonged lockdown, significant consequences of this pandemic on the country’s health system and economy, powerful militias and third-countries’ influence (e.g. Iran, US).
Presentation of the mission and project
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. Since 2016, 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 have opened offices in Baghdad, Mosul, Sinjar and Balad, and is developing programs in these areas of Federal Iraq.
Ongoing and expected interventions
- Since the beginning of the military operations to liberate Mosul and surrounding ISIS-occupied areas (2017), TGH has been conducting emergency Child Protection interventions in several IDP camps of Hamdaniyah district (Khazer M1, Salamiyah 1, Salamiyah 2 and Nimrud camps) in Ninewa governorate. Due to IDPs’ returns to their home places and to political interests, camp consolidation has been implemented which results in the current existence of only two camps – Khazer M1 and Salamiyah 2. While there have been ongoing discussions about further camp closures, TGH expects these camps to remain open in 2020 and 2021, and as such intends to continue its intervention;
- 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 also implemented in 2020.
- In Salah al-Din TGH is implementing Child Protection and Legal Support activities with local implementing partner Justice Centre. This project is funded by Iraq Humanitarian Fund, and has been extended up to the end of October 2020.
- 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
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 continues to be restricted and there exist very limited options for INGOs to visit their projects or even implement them directly – leading e.g. to “forced” partnerships with local/national NGOs. This translated into a number of projects being managed at a distance with new arrangements and set-ups to put in place and no perspective for this situation to change any time soon.
The Grant and Reporting Officer provides her/his support to the mission on fundraising, reporting, coordination, and communication, in assistance to the Program Coordinator. The Grant and Reporting Officer works under direct supervision of the Program Coordinator and in close relation with Project Managers and the Field Coordinator.
He/she assumes the following responsibilities:
Fundraising support at mission level:
- In cooperation with the Country Director and the Program Coordinator, she/he ensures an active monitoring on funding opportunities at national level, especially through participation to clusters
- For each proposal, she/he ensures the proper understanding of donors’ guidelines among the team participating to the writing of the project proposition
- She/ he participates within the mission in the elaboration and writing of project proposals (both in French and English), including logical framework and annexes, in coordination with the Country Director, the Field and Program Coordinators as well as Project Managers. In this regard, the Grant and Reporting Officer can take part in some discussions with TGH’s technical partners.
Coordination of ongoing projects narrative reports elaboration
- She/he works in accordance with the reporting schedule updated by the desk at HQ level
- She/he ensures the availability and consistency, from Project Managers, of the necessary data and information allowing the elaboration of reports, in accordance with the original project proposal or previous reports.
- She/he ensures compliance of reports with donors guidelines (structure, content, layout), in coordination with the Country Director and Program Coordinator(s).
- She/he compiles and finalises the writing of narrative reports and their appendices (both in French and English) in coordination with Project Managers and Program Coordinator(s).
- She/he takes part in field visits, in order to properly understand the different implemented projects and their related context
Participation to internal and external coordination
- She/he prepares agendas and minutes of Erbil internal coordination meetings and ensures the follow-up of the defined action points
- She/he ensures TGH’s representation in close link with the Program Coordinator, at coordination and cluster meetings. Aside from these meetings, she/he is in charge of managing the external information flow between TGH and the different clusters
- She/he ensures operational documents archiving at the mission level
- She/he participates to the definition and implementation of country strategy
Contribution to creating and updating communication tools
- She/he answers to headquarters requests regarding communication by contributing to newsletters, website update, and to the annual activity report
- She/he ensures regular transmission of photos and their publications on TGH social networks, in coordination with the Program Coordinator
- She/he takes part in meetings and communication events at national level
- She/he supports the Country Director and the Program Coordinator on an ad hoc basis on some cross-cutting topics.
This list of responsibilities could be modified according to the needs in the field.
Security, working and living conditions
Despite the unstable political context in Iraq and KRI, the KRI region is generally safe and current TGH areas of operation in Federal Iraq are considered safe.
Erbil city is safe, and there are no restrictions of movement within the city. Much entertainment is available such as restaurants, sport centres, parks, supermarkets, cinema etc. Trips to the countryside are possible at weekends with prior validation by HoM. Security rules may be revised according to the evolution of the context.
Working and living conditions in Erbil are good. Communication means are satisfying (efficient internet, international phones). The office is separated from the guesthouses. Individual rooms are available for each expatriate.
Operations in Dohuk, Suleymaniya are subject to the same security condition as for Erbil.
Baghdad and Mosul: due to the security environment, international staff movements are strictly limited and under tracking. No movements allowed between 10:00pm – 6:00am beyond the TGH compound. Outside working hours, movements by car are authorized up to 10:00 pm to the validated "go" areas. Only TGH validated taxis can be used by international staff (common taxis forbidden).
- University level degree, preferably a Master degree in project management or political studies.
- Experience in grants management and knowledge of procedures of main donor agencies: ECHO, European Union, OFDA, DFID, AFD, UN Agencies or others.
- Strong reporting skills
- Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work effectively on a team and under pressure
- Autonomy, flexibility and rigor.
- Developed skills for organization, multitasking and tasks prioritization
- Excellent communication and writing skills in English. Preferably competent user of French spoken and written.
- Experience in the Middle East and knowledge of Arabic and/or Kurdish language a distinct advantage
- Proficient user of MS Office pack. Knowledge on data treatment and GIS software will be positively considered.
- Good sense of humour