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"Head of Mission – Iraq / Kurdistan region of Iraq"


Country: Iraq / Kurdistan region of Iraq – Position currently based in Erbil, with possible relocation to Baghdad on a medium term perspective depending on security context evolutions and travels to TGH-Mosul field office and sub-offices through KR-I and GoI

Duration: 6 months, from of June 2020

Conditions: Salaried contract, monthly gross salary from €2,500 to €2,800 according to experience at first, and then from July 1st gross monthly salary from €2,900 to €3,400 depending on experience (general upgrade of the salary scale), monthly per diem 650 USD, 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, education and psychosocial. TGH is currently operating in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.


Since 2003, Iraq has faced a succession of crises and conflicts that have severely affected its population. Since 2014 and the emergence of the Islamic State (IS) in the northern and western areas, the security situation has considerably deteriorated. The population had to choose between taking refuge in IDP camps or abroad and living for several years under the occupation of the group. In 2016, the Iraqi government regained possession of the entire country, but unrest continues to disturb the country as it tries to recover.

In total, nearly 6 million Iraqis have been forced to leave by the conflict since 2014, when Mosul was taken by IS. As of 31st of December 2019, more than 1.4 million Iraqis were still displaced across the country. The latter have sought refuge in camps located mainly in the Governorate of Nineveh, near Mosul, as well as in urban areas, particularly in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. In addition to this displaced population, there are refugees from neighboring countries, mainly from Syria, fleeing confrontation as well as the presence of armed groups on their territory. Insecurity, lack of infrastructure and living conditions deteriorated by the conflict are prolonging the exile of displaced populations.

The defeat of ISIS’s last remaining strongholds in Iraq is now leaving ground for reconstruction. However, in places such as West Mosul that have seen severe destruction or remote areas where services are lacking, returns are not happening fast and Iraqi people are still displaced in IDP camps of Ninewa or the East bank of Mosul.

Presentation of the mission

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 (essentially WASH in schools, Winterization distribution, Emergency Education)Presently, TGH’s operations in Iraq (GoI) and Iraqi Kurdistan (KRI) involves the implementation of five projects through 6 Governorates (among 19 across the country). TGH provides psychosocial support to thousands of children and their families in the IDP camps of Khazer and Salamyiah as well as in the Balad area (Salah Adin Governorate). TGH coordinates the care and
response provided to child protection cases requiring external support (medical NGOs, national child protection services, etc.) to ensure children receive the most appropriate care.

The organisation is also implementing food security and livelihood programmes focusing on water resource management, rehabilitation of agricultural infrastructure, veterinary care, economic recovery and population empowerment. These programs help to revive agricultural economic activity, a crucial sector in rural Iraq, and encourage people to return to the villages where they belong.

Ongoing and expected interventions

Job description

Under direct supervision of the HQ-based Desk Officer, the Head of Mission has overall responsibility for TGH’s operations in Iraq including KR-I and Federal Iraq (GoI). He/she supervises about 10 expatriates and 140 national employees.

The main responsibilities include:

General coordination of the mission



Security management

Human resources and support departments

This list of responsibilities could be modified according to the needs.

Security, working and living conditions

TGH’s main office and guesthouses are located in Ankawa, a section of Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan (KR-I). KR-I is a very different place from the rest of Iraq at several levels (culturally, politically and security speaking, etc.).

Restaurants, snacks, fitness clubs, supermarkets, shops are all around, within walking distance and communications are satisfying (efficient internet, international communications) making the working and living conditions good in Erbil. The office is separated from the guesthouses. Individual rooms are available for each expatriate.

Trips to the countryside may be possible during weekends depending on the security context. Travel rules may be revised according to the destination and evolution of the context.

In wake of the anti-establishment demonstrations of October 2019, Iraq as a whole has entered a new phase of uncertainty and political instability. The security context is by far more complex and deteriorated in Federal Iraq and call for increased security modalities for TGH operations and for living (higher restrictions).
The relocation of the coordination from Erbil to Baghdad is a possible scenario in the coming months but is directly depending on the evolution of the security context.