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
- Since 2016, TGH has been providing emergency Child Protection interventions in several IDP camps of the Hamdaniyah district, Ninewa Governorate. The closure of the IDP camps is scheduled over the first six months of 2020 but assessments will be made at intervals of the closure / consolidation plan, and recommendations to either consolidate, postpone or close will be made based on the numbers of the IDP families that would have returned. As experience has shown, it is very likely that the camps will not be closed before at the earliest, the third quarter of 2020, thus necessitating the continued provision of basic social services by NGOs including TGH.
- Through a consortium led by Mercy Corps and involving PAO (a local NGO), TGH in Iraq is implementing, since January 2019, a three-year AFD-funded food security and livelihood project in the Hamdaniya District, Ninewa Governorate. The project aims at promoting economic revival of microbusiness and agriculture in the target area. TGH dedicated role in the project is to improve production and revenues of farmers in a three value chains by addressing identified bottlenecks in these value chains.
- Through 2019, TGH was involved in an institutional support program aiming to build the capacities of KRI’s Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, and the 4 Directorates of Social Affairs of the Kurdistan Region. In 2020, TGH will carry on its Child Protection capacity building programme in KRI and expand it to the Social Protection Directorate (SPD) of the Ninewa governorate and the Social Care Directorate of Baghdad.
- In October 2019, TGH has started implementation of an initially 9 extended to 15-month child protection project in the Balad and Samarra Districts of the Salahadin Governorate. This project targeting children, adolescents, families and their community aims at improving conflict-affected children's protective environment, well-being, resilience and development, access to their rights through static and mobile approaches.
- Through 2019, TGH carried out a “cash-for-work” project aimed at engaging unemployed individuals in implementing protecting measures on a water catchment area of the Sinjar District, Ninewa Governorate. This labour-intensive project enabled the putting into work of almost 900 workers in the building of smallscale landscaping schemes. In 2020, TGH expects to expand the same scheme in three other water catchment areas.
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
- Represent TGH in Iraq (GoI) and KR-I, in particular with national authorities, national project partners,
donors, humanitarian coordination mechanisms, UN agencies and other INGOs
- Establish/develop relations with head offices of Ministries and administrations in Baghdad in view of opening new project areas
- Ensure compliance with Iraqi/Kurdish laws, procedures and applicable regulations.
- Make sure that activities reports to DNGO in Baghdad are submitted on time.
- Ensure tax payment at Baghdad level, in coordination with the Finance / HR / Admin Coordinator
- Ensure an appropriate level of visibility of the organisation with the national and local authorities, as well as with donor representatives in the country
- Monitor and analyse the political, humanitarian and socio-economic context
- Based on this analysis and in collaboration with the Headquarters, contribute to the mission’s strategy, the identification of funding opportunities, and the design of new projects
- Ensure efficient internal coordination at mission level and with HQ
- Ensure overall overview on the financial situation of the mission and budget-related issues of the projects
- Organize, coordinate and support TGH national and international teams
- Ensure overall coordination, follow-up and quality of the ongoing projects
- Support the Program Coordinator and Managers in the implementation and follow-up of the activities as necessary
- Coordinate the production of quality and timely donor reports (narrative and financial)
- Maintain existing / establish new partnerships with National NGOs
- In coordination with the HQ-based Desk Officer and technical advisers, identify and actively pursue new funding opportunities
- Coordinate and/or conduct assessment and exploratory missions
- Monitor the security context and maintain regular communication with HQ
- Oversee the regular updating of the mission’s security, evacuation and medical plans
- If required, conduct security assessment on the field in collaboration with the Logistics Department
- Ensure in particular that internal guidelines on field trips are regularly reviewed, adapted to the context and strictly enforced.
- Ensure that TGH is fully included in the existing security information and coordination mechanisms, such as the UN, INSO and the French Embassy
- Manage security incidents and crises, in coordination with HQ
Human resources and support departments
- In coordination with the HQ-based Desk Officer, define the setup of the team
- Ensure performance management for staff under direct supervision according to the internal guidelines
- Provide active support to the Administrative Coordinator and the Logistics Coordinator as necessary
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.
- At least 3 years of experience with a humanitarian NGO including at least 1 year in a coordination position
- Good knowledge of the humanitarian environment (NGOs, UN, main donors)
- Good communication and writing skills in English and French
- Proven ability to fundraise and write project proposals
- Experience in project management
- Experience in staff management
- Good security management skills, experience in challenging security environments
- Good knowledge of accounting / financial management / logistics in a NGO context
- Good organizational and planning skills
- Good knowledge of MS Office pack
- Experience of Arabic or Muslim countries and knowledge of Arabic language is a distinct advantage
- Diplomacy and self-control