Closing date

Desired start date: 15/03/2021**
Duration of the mission:** 6 months (subjected to funding approval)
Location: Mosul / Ninewa


In 2021 the situation in Iraq remains unstable with widespread humanitarian concerns, political instability, and economic crises triggered by COVID pandemic. Years of conflict uprooted millions of people, eroded social cohesion, disrupted access to basic services, destroyed livelihoods, and led to increased protection risks. Moreover, the camp closure strategy implemented by the government expose IDPs to multiple displacements or involuntary returns with high protection and security risks. Also, the needs of IDPs leaving in informal settlements have been overlooked, due to the complexity of their settings and the illegality of the settlements.

SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL is a well-recognized emergency humanitarian actor operating in Iraq since 2017 with strong expertise in WASH sector. The organization has a presence in Mosul, Sinjar, Baaj in Ninewa governorate and in refugee camp in Dohuk governorate (Bardarash camp).

The organization is one of the main WASH actors in the country (notably in Ninewa plain and KRI), specialising in:

  • water supply and sanitation facilities rehabilitation, operation, and maintenance;
  • distribution of hygiene items at the individual and household level;
  • provision of hygiene awareness and promotion sessions in camps, schools, and households.

The mission is composed of one Coordination office in Erbil (7 expatriates and 8 national staffs), one operational base in Mosul (1 expatriate and 23 national staffs) and a newly opened sub office in Sinjar (5 national staffs) and a second operational base in Bardarash (1 expatriate and 15 national staffs).

Regarding the evolution of the context, the mission will aim at keeping an early recovery WaSH component with ongoing research for development of new areas in line with the shift of context that entail wave of return movements to newly secured area after camp closure. Simultaneously, as some camp will remain, being a key actor in wash in camps and informal settlements is a process already launched through the consortia funded by ECHO and IHF.


General objective:

The Field Coordinator has the role of delegated Country Director for the Mosul base (with sub-base in Sinjar) where Solidarités International intervenes:

  • In coordination with the technical Coordinators and under the leadership of the Country Director, he/she develops the response strategy of the mission
  • He/she has the role of delegated Country Director (CD) to represent the organization on governorate level and manage staff under its supervision.
  • He/she proposes a regional strategy according to the geopolitical and humanitarian context, and ensures its implementation once validated
  • He/she checks and ensures that projects are carried out in accordance with the Solidarités International charter, respecting all internal and contractual procedures
  • He/she mobilizes the material and financial resources necessary for programs to run smoothly, and supervises resource management.
  • He/she coordinates the teams in place and is responsible for their security in his/her assigned zone.
  • He/she is the Country Director’s direct contact and representative, coordinate with actors active in implementation area and consortia partners
  • He / she supports mission to identify and develop project activities outside of Ninewa governorate (Basra, Bagdad, Anbar, Salah Al Din)

The main challenges:

  • Maintain contextual and security analysis in Ninewa
  • Maintain strong relation with local authorities, other NGOs, UN agencies and other local actors (CSOs, CBOs, LNGOs and community representatives)
  • Create strong relationship with Directorate of Water and Ministry of Health and other relevant ministries (Migration, Social affairs, agriculture) in Ninewa as well as in Bagdad
  • Oversee base-level access negotiations and mapping of security actors
  • Support the launch of new projects
  • Human resources management including recruitment, capacity building and evaluation

Priorities for the 2/3 first months:

  • Support development of newly opened Sinjar sub office
  • Organize needs assessment in new areas of intervention with programmatic support of the Program Coordinator.
  • Support transition from purely humanitarian programing to durable solutions-oriented programs
  • Launch livelihood program and protection mainstreaming
  • Develop strong CASH for work programing
  • Continue developing WASH in Health and WASH in Education activities
  • Support security analysis of the intervention area and update base-level security guidelines
  • External coordination with UNHCR, camps management, and other possible WASH and livelihood actors, with support of the coordination team to identify new fundraising opportunities and partnership


Logistics, administrative, and program team:

  • 27 people in Mosul
  • 24 people in Sinjar (if CDCS project will be awarded)


  • Expected budget 2021: 3M USD (ECHO, IHF, PRM, CDCS)


Specific skills and experience:

  • Post-graduate with at least 5 years’ experience as humanitarian worker
  • Previous experience as Field Coordinator (at least 1 mission) is a prerequisite
  • Strategical thinking and willingness to develop SI intervention in new areas (livelihood, protection mainstreaming)
  • Security analysis and implementation and stakeholder relationship (armed and local authorities), contextual analyses and do no harm approach orientation
  • Logistic and administrative tasks management (focus primarily on Logistic)

Soft skills:

  • Advanced leadership and management skills
  • Good analytical and writing skills
  • Advanced communication and negotiation skills
  • Capacity building skills
  • Excellent prioritization and organization skills.
  • Proactivity, flexibility, autonomy, pragmatism, solutions-oriented mindset.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Anticipation and self-organization capacities
  • Patience and support stressful environment;
  • Adaptive to fast changing environment and able to deal with daily changing priorities


  • Good and proven written spoken English are required
  • Arabic speaking is an asset


A salaried post:
According to experience, starting from 2600 euros gross per month (+ 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly i.e. 2860 euros gross per month)
and a monthly Per Diem of 750 USD

SI also covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate's country of origin and the place of assignment.

Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of 7 working days every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7 working days break at 3, 6 and 9 months (with 850 USD allocated by Solidarités).

To these break periods, it is necessary to add the granting of one additional rest day per month worked, i.e. 12 days in addition for a one-year contract.

Social and medical cover:
Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.


Specific constraints related to security

Security in Mosul city is volatile, but relatively stable day-to-day and is a permissible operating environment for NGOs. This security situation can deteriorate rapidly within the city so strong security processes remain in place and the context is constantly monitored. NGOs have not been targeted in the last few years and are not often caught in these incidents for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

In Sinjar is security situation unstable due to the presence of multiple military actors and unpredictable development of Sinjar agreement implementation. Currently SI does not have expatriates staff based in Sinjar but it should change in 2021.

Key information about living conditions

Mosul office has one guest room, fully equipped for long term stay. Property is guarded and located in safe area of city nearby other NGO offices. International staff is obliged to follow strict security rules and curfew. The Field Coordinator will be the only expatriate on base but other NGOs have expatriate presence in Mosul city as well. Weekends can be spent in Erbil where the living and security conditions are very good.

NB: Due to the challenging access, the Field coordinator might have to work on remote from Erbil till his/her visa is issued.

How to apply

Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English via this link: CV only applications will not be considered.

NB: The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension

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