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Iraq: Program Manager - Risk Education / Victim Assistance - Diyala – IRAQ

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Handicap International
Country: Iraq
Closing date: 27 Aug 2017


Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity. Handicap International is an independent and impartial aid and development organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. For further information about the association: Present in more than 55 countries, Handicap International is composed of 2 operational directions:

  • The Direction of Humanitarian Action (DAH)
  • The Direction of Development Action (DAD)

Since the offensives of the group Islamic State (IS) 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. As of September 2016, there were 3,322,410 recorded IDPs and 245,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq. The identification of the most vulnerable individuals among them, including people with disabilities, and the rapid response to their essential needs (both basic and specific) is a priority for the humanitarian community. In addition, Conventional Weapons (CW) 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. The armed conflict and the humanitarian crisis in Iraq will continue throughout into 2017. In parallel, the economic and political crisis in Iraq is hampering the delivery of medical and socio-economic services, complicating the access and increasing the vulnerability of the general population, and in particular of persons with disabilities, all over Iraq.

Handicap International (HI) started its activities in Iraq in 1991. HI’s strategy in Iraq for 2017 includes 3 main components:

  • Long-term development projects: support to civil society, access to services, awareness campaigns, community-based rehabilitation.
  • Emergency response for Internally Displaced Persons and vulnerable host communities (provision of physical rehabilitation and psychosocial support services, support to local structure, inclusion, protection assessments,).
  • Mine Action: risk education, victim assistance, survey and clearance of contaminated areas.

The current operations are implemented through direct intervention and through local partners in the Kurdistan region (development projects), in the disputed territories of Iraq (emergency and mine action projects) and in Central Iraq through partners. HI currently has a country coordination office in Erbil, three field offices in Erbil (Mosul Response), Kirkuk and Khanaqin and a support office in Suleymaniyah.



  • Management of the implementation of physical rehabilitation, psycho-social support and risk education activities in Diyala.
  • Supervision and management of the HI operational team under his/her responsibility.
  • Coaching and leading the organization of trainings of the local HI team and the partner staff
  • Monitoring of the result achievements and indicators, as per the logical framework and monitoring plan
  • Remote monitoring of training activities and donations to hospitals and rehabilitation centers
  • Ensuring the respect of quality and technical standards in the implementation of the activities
  • Contribution to the definition of the strategy of intervention and the operational modalities in collaboration with Development Ops Co
  • Monitor the humanitarian situation, assess new potential area of intervention and monitor and document protection concerns.
  • Collaboration with Development Ops Co to prepare the transition to recovery intervention


  • Coordination with the local implementing partners
  • Representation with Directorate of Health authorities in Diyala (in collaboration with the Field Coordinator).
  • Participation in local coordination meetings and networking with local authorities, UN agencies and NGOs
  • Participate in the coordination of media visits
  • Under supervision of the field coordinator, coordinate with local authorities to access and assess new potential areas of interventions


  • Monitoring of the financial and logistics aspects of the activities and the respect of HI procédures
  • Management of the operational budget for the activities in Diyala
  • Supervision and management of the HI Operational team under his/her responsibility
  • Ensure strict application and respect of the internal regulation by the staff under your supervision
  • Ensure conflict resolution within your team
  • Propose relevant adaptation of the organizational chart of the activities and contribute to its implementation
  • Ensure a good communication flow through coordination meeting
  • Preparation and follow-up of the partnership agreements with partners


  • Regular reporting on the activities
  • Regular verification and correction of the activity database
  • Prepare and ensure the archiving of all program related documents
  • Provision of a handover report at the end of the mission

Funding body(ies): Multi-donors

Line-manager: Field Coordinator Diyala Number of persons directly managed: 1 RE/VA Project Officer, 1 Inclusion Officer

Collaboration with: Coordination in Erbil, Humanitarian and Development Operations Coordinators, Technical Unit Coordinator Technical Advisors (PSS, RE, Inclusion, Rehabilitation) MEAL Co


Khanaqin is a small town located in the disputed territories, 180km north-east of Baghdad and 10km of the Iranian border. There are very few social life options, but the security situation in the city is good and some recreational activities are possible in the surroundings. 2 others international organizations have offices in Khanaqin with expatriated staff. At 40 minutes’ drive is the city of Kalar, where more organizations have offices and most of coordination meetings take place. The Guest House and the office are in the same building, but the accommodations are comfortable, with good living conditions. Weekends are possible in Suleymaniyah or Erbil every 3 weeks (respectively 3 hours and 6 hours’ drive on a good road) 



  • At least 3 years of professional experience in humanitarian / emergency contexts
  • At least 2 years in management of humanitarian projects
  • At least 2 years in Health project management
  • Experience in the Middle East would be a strong asset
  • Previous experience of work with local partners and/or in remote-control settings is an asset
  • Experience in projects with rehabilitative care, psychosocial support and/or risk education is a strong asset


  • Project management skills
  • Good understanding of HR, logistics and financial procedures
  • MHPSS or Rehab studies/background would be a strong asset


  • Strong team management skills
  • Strong organizational and coordination skills
  • Strong internal and external coordination and representation skills
  • Strong communication and reporting skills
  • Strong interpersonal and multicultural skills
  • High level of autonomy and initiative
  • Ability to work under high pressure
  • Sense of humour


  • Starting date: 15/09/2017
  • Length of the contract: 11 months
  • Salary: from 23220,00€/month (gross), depending on experience
  • Perdiem: 547,44 €/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
  • Status: single position
  • Housing: Collective taken in charge by Handicap

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