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Field Coordinator - IRAQ

from Handicap International - Humanity & Inclusion
Closing date: 20 Nov 2018


Handicap International (HI) started its activities in Iraq in 1991. Since the offensives of the group Islamic State (ISG) in 2014, Iraq has been facing an internal armed conflict and a double humanitarian crisis, with high numbers of Iraqi internally-displaced people (IDPs) and Syrian refugees in need of humanitarian assistance. In 2015 the ongoing armed clashes have caused further waves of displacement. In January 2016, there were 3,290,000 recorded IDPs and 245,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq.
Access to the displaced populations remains the main challenge. Most of the IDPs have settled out of the camps (both in urban and rural areas), are widely spread and move frequently among different host communities. In addition, Conventional Weapons (CWs) and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) continue to impose a devastating human toll in Iraq. In contaminated areas, local populations, IDPs and returning populations are all at risk of death and injury. It is estimated that an average of 324 IED incidents occur on a monthly basis.
HI has currently 5 offices in Iraq:

  • Erbil coordination office -Kirkuk field office - Mosul field office – Kalar field office – Baghdad office
    HI’s strategy in Iraq for 2017-2019 includes 3 main components:
  • Arms Risk Reduction: Including Risk Education and Land release
  • Health: Physical and psychological rehabilitation
  • Inclusive access to essential services


Kirkuk governorate is currently hosting about 114,984 IDPs (15th Oct. 2018- IOM-DTM), after 2016’ and 2017’ massive displacement wave in the Governorate; 2017 saw the settlements of IDPs in camps and communities close to Kirkuk city and 2018 sees a steady trend of return which is still slowed by IED-ERW contamination, guerrilla type of conflict that targets mainly military targets but sometimes affecting civilians; in a context of ethno-sectarian and political tensions.
In the former ISG controlled territories in the district of Hawija, most of the conflict affected population have received little humanitarian assistance from 2014 to 2017, in part due to access and security concerns for humanitarian actors. After Iraqi army retaking of the full control of the governorate in October 2017, the district of Hawija has remained till now difficult to access while facing the issue of IDPs/returnees trying to come back to their land confronted to different issues including massive contamination with Conventional Weapons (CW) and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
With the light but steady positive evolution of the security context in Kirkuk governorate and specifically in Hawija district, HI has been able to launch several activities in October 2018 such as psychosocial activities (PSS), physical rehabilitation services, mine risk education and collaboration with a large consortium of other NGOs on inclusion and support to civil society.


Line management: Head of Mission

Collaboration with: Operations Coordinator, Technical Unit Coordinator, Chief of Operations Clearance, MEAL coordinator, Support Services Coordinator, Field Coordinators Mosul and Baghdad

Team under direct line management: Risk Education Project Manager, Victim Assistance Project Manager, Technical Advisor physical rehabilitation, Technical Advisor psychosocial, Logistics/Administration Manager, Security Liaison Manager Kirkuk and Kalar; plus oversight of about 101 staff at HI’s Kirkuk base and 19 at HI Kalar base.

Team under functional management: project manager Civil Society, project manager VA-RE Diyala, team of explosive hazard clearance Kirkuk and Kalar

Your general mission is to manage Kirkuk and Kalar bases and ensure the HI capacity to run and develop activities in Kirkuk governorate and North Diyala area.
In this framework, the objectives of the post are:

  • Ensure HI external positioning at field level in the respect of HI mandate and values, of local cultural and legal rules
  • Ensure implementation and development of projects in your area, in line with HI global mandate and policies, as well as HI country strategic operational framework
  • Lead HI security policy development and management at field level
  • Plan, validate and follow up the expenses and the budget of the implemented projects using the financial tools set for this purpose in coordination with the Admin team on the base
  • Ensure, with the support of Logistics team, that HI procedures are implemented and respected regarding base & equipment management, procurement & stock management, transport & vehicle management
  • Ensure internal coordination and strict application and respect of the Internal Regulation & HR procedures by your staff
  • Lead the provision of regular reporting on HI activities in your area

Your main responsibilities are:

  • Representation and Coordination
  • Security Management
  • Project Management & Development
  • Logistics Management
  • Finance Management
  • Team Management
  • Reporting


Base: Kirkuk, with possibility of spending weekends every 3 weeks in Erbil or Suleymaniyah
Frequent visits to Kalar to plan (every month)



  • Essential:
    • A Bachelor degree in Political Sciences, International Relations, Economics or Management. Specialty on humanitarian assistance or another relevant subject is a strong asset.


  • Essential:
    • At least 5 years of professional experience
    • At least 4 years of professional experience in humanitarian or development contexts, preferably in the management of post-emergency or development programs and/or mine action programs
    • Previous coordination experience is mandatory
    • Previous security management experience is mandatory
  • Preferred:
    • Previous project management is an asset
    • Previous experience in Iraq or in another Middle Eastern country is an asset


  • Good understanding of HR, logistics and financial procedures
  • Strong team management skills
  • High level of autonomy and initiative
  • Strong internal and external coordination and representation skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Strong writing and reporting skills
  • Strong communication skills in English

Personal qualities:

  • Very creative, enthusiastic and positive
  • A good sense of humor and large dose of patience
  • Reactive and flexible
  • Able to quickly adapt to new cultures and changing contexts
  • Can work independently and take initiative when needed

• Length of the contract: 12 months
• Salary from 2750 € (gross) / month regarding the experience of the candidate
• Per-diem: 501€/month net
• Hardship allowance: 500€/month net
• Insurances: medical health coverage, retirement planning, repatriation
• Paid holiday: 25 days per year
• R&R: 5 days every 3 months
• Accommodation: collective housing fully covered by Humanity & Inclusion
• Single position