Iraq - A Human Resources Coordinator based in Erbil

from Première Urgence Internationale
Closing date: 31 Jan 2020

Starting date : As Soon As Possible

Duration of Mission: 6 months

Location: Erbil, Iraq

Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilian victims of marginalization and exclusion, or those hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapse by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The association leads on average 200 projects a year in the following sectors of intervention: Food Security, Health, Nutrition, Construction and Rehabilitation of infrastructures, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Economic Recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 6 million people in 22 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.

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Humanitarian situation and needs

Iraq has suffered nearly 39 years of conflict and unrest starting with the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s which lasted for 8 years and resulted in around a million people being killed as well as dealing a significant blow to the Iraqi economy. This was closely followed by the annexing of Kuwait and subsequent First Gulf War in 90s which saw heavy causalities and destruction of the Iraqi infrastructure. The 2003 invasion of Iraq by the US led coalition saw even more upheaval and conflict for this population. After a short period of relative stability between 2009 and 2012, the rise of Islamic State group (ISg) in 2014 and its seizure of, at one point, an estimated 40% of Iraq including Fallujah, Tikrit and Mosul, Iraq saw mass population displacement and the exposure of the people of Iraq to multiple and cumulative acts of violence. The military operation to retake areas under IS control has been officially completed end of 2017, however some pockets of ISg fighters remain active up to this day.

Iraq as a whole has been facing one of the most critical humanitarian crisis of the moment. Starting from 2014, the conflict engendered mass displacements, and left up to this day more than 8.7 million people requiring humanitarian assistance. In the end of 2018, more than 4.1 million people returned to their area of origin, and over 1.8 million are still displaced. In addition, 225,000 Syrian refugees who have been displaced since 2013 are still living in Iraq.

Our action in the field

PUI, present and registered in both Republic of Iraq and Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), is operating in four governorates (Dohuk, Ninewa, Baghdad, and Anbar) and has been responding to the emergency health and WASH needs during the ISg crisis with the aim to be as close as possible to the frontline and be involved in immediate response in accessible areas. Over the crisis, PUI has been positioned as a major health and WASH actor and a first responder in challenging areas with little humanitarian presence. PUI plans to maintain its current health and MHPSS activities in camps as long as the populations are not able to return. Iraq being today in a recovery phase, PUI intends to transition from mobile to static health and MHPSS interventions by supporting existing health facilities. PUI’s strategy for the coming months is also to keep developing a better integrated approach, linking health, protection, WASH, shelter and livelihood interventions in areas of return and displacement to ensure that basic needs of the populations are covered, opening the path to social cohesion among the communities.

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As part of our activities in Iraq, we are looking for a Human Resources Coordinator in Erbil.

Under the supervision of the Head of Mission, the HR Coordinator works in close collaboration with the whole coordination team to:

  • Implement the Human Resources policy in accordance with the PUI strategy and Iraqi labor law
  • Standardize HR procedures and templates
  • Support the administration departments in the bases with any HR matters
  • HR management of the Erbil employees
  • Manage Human Resources issues from Erbil office
  • Ensure the administrative follow-up of expatriate staff

Tasks and activities:

The overall objective of the position is to guarantee constant, harmonized and efficient human resources support of employees throughout the country as well as developing and rolling out the mission strategy for 2019/2020,

HR Policy definition and application: According to the mission strategy, he/she leads the development of PUI’s HR policy in the mission in accordance with the country of operation’s relevant legal framework (including tax aspects) and the organization’s policies and guidelines (including antifraud, protection, abuse prevention, etc.)

Administrative management and processes: He/she oversees and acts as ultimate reference in the administrative management of national teams as a whole (recruitment, pay, monitoring, evaluation, training, licensing, etc.)

Salary grid: After the implementation of a salary grid in 2016, a follow up and update needs to be done in order to set salaries that make PUI competitive in the attraction of skilled staff and simplify and standardize certain positions. A benchmark study has already taken place, and new salary estimates included in the budgeting for 2018. For the end of 2017, He/She will finalize the revision of the salary grid for 2018.

National personnel development: She/he implements a clear development policy linked to objective setting and builds a plan for training and accompanying to increase the level of employee competencies. The mission objective is to have as many locally hired staff in managerial positions as possible.

Ensure the Administrative Follow-up of Expatriates: He/She will ensure a proper administrative follow up of expatriates (residence, arrival and departure, holidays and attendance…) in collaboration with the HR officer. S/he will support the HoM upon request in issues related to expat HR.

Training and Experiences

Training: Bachelor/Master degree in HR management or other relevant qualification.

Experience: At least 2 years on a similar position.

Knowledge and skills:

Team management

Capacity building

Languages: English is mandatory, Arabic and French are assets.

Mobility: Extensive travel required within Iraq, with the possibility of regional travelling.

Proposed Terms

Fixed-Term Contract: 6 months renewable

Starting date: As Soon As Possible

Monthly Gross Income: from 2 200 to 2 530 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI

Cost covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…

Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation

Housing: in collective accommodation

Daily living Expenses (« Per diem »)

Break Policy : 5 working days at 3 and 9 months + break allowance

Paid Leaves Policy : 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

To know more about our offer, look at the complete job description on our website!

How to apply:

Please send your application (Cv and Cover Letter) to Pauline Gallay, Human Resources Officer for Expatriates, at