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"Grants and Reporting Officer - Iraq"



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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.

Context

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

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.

Job description

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:

Coordination of ongoing projects narrative reports elaboration

Participation to internal and external coordination

Contribution to creating and updating communication tools

Others

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).

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