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Iraq: Chief of Operations - Mine Action - North East

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Handicap International
Country: Iraq
Closing date: 17 Dec 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 organisation 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.
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Present in more than 55 countries, Handicap International is composed of 2 operational directions:

  • The Direction of Humanitarian Action
  • The Direction of Development Action


The Syrian crisis is the greatest humanitarian crisis of the last 20 years. According to the latest UN figures, about 13.5 million people are currently affected by the crisis in Syria, including about 6.5 million IDPs, while over 4 million Syrians have sought refuge in neighboring countries or in Europe. The current humanitarian response only provides a patchy and partial coverage of the growing humanitarian needs. Five years after the beginning of the crisis, the number of injured persons in Syria keeps rising, with a severe lack of health and psychosocial support care and psychosocial support. In hard-to-reach areas and/or areas of new displacement, local populations and IDPs are in need of emergency assistance in terms of food, household essential items, and other basic needs. The inclusion of the most vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, in the humanitarian response remains a major concern.

HI is managing a large humanitarian program from four different hubs along four main pillars:

  1. Provision of comprehensive rehabilitation services (physical and functional rehabilitation services, psychosocial support and/or prosthetics and orthotics) through direct provision of services and/or support to structures/organizations;

  2. Emergency response to the basic needs of vulnerable people affected by sudden crisis, through one-shot distributions of food baskets, household essential items and hygiene kits, and through the management of an adapted humanitarian coordination mechanism for emergency responses;

  3. Education to the risks and effects caused by conventional weapons (including mines, explosive remnants of war and small arms light weapons) and urgent marking of hazardous areas;

  4. Training and technical support to other humanitarian actors on the inclusion of persons with disabilities and other vulnerable persons in the humanitarian response (with a special focus on inclusive health and inclusive livelihoods).

The actual intervention is based on a mix of remote management of national teams, remote partnerships with local structures and organizations, and direct implementation programs. In the North-East hub, HI has two separate field bases in two different governorates and manages its humanitarian and resilience programs with direct implementation modalities.


HI opened its first field base in December 2016 and its second field base during August/September 2017, in order to respond to a major humanitarian crisis in the area. The initial activities in the first field base have been launched and are running regularly, with the launch of some additional activities during summer 2017.

In this context, the CoO will provide technical and operational support to both bases and will be in charge of:

  1. Assess and confirm the feasibility of Clearance Ops

  2. Ensure the preparedness of future clearance activities

  3. Provide strategic and technical guidance towards mine action programs


  • Co-lead the assessment of needs, feasibility, opportunities and risks of a potential future clearance intervention in the North-East;

  • Contribute to the assessment of needs and gaps in the mine action sector and to the definition of HI’s mine action strategy for the North-East;

  • Provide regular technical guidance and support to HI’s project managers and project officers in charge of mine action programs in North-East;

  • Contribute to the recruitment, inception and training of mine action field staff;

  • Perform frequent field visits in the intervention sites for technical supervision, on-the-job training and quality assurance;

  • Contribute to the development and update of the technical guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for risk education (RE), non-technical survey (NTS) and urgent marking activities, under the technical supervision of the Internal QA Technical Coordinator;

  • Contribute to the design and update of mine action training packages, RE materials and RE mass media campaigns;

  • Contribute to the development and the data analysis of RE/NTS need assessments, KAPB surveys, effect/impact studies, and other research efforts;

  • Co-lead the launch of the non-technical survey (NTS) activities in the North-East;

  • If necessary, contribute to the accreditation process , SOP, training package for future clearance activities;

  • If necessary, design the implementation plan for mobilization phase (staff recruitment, training), equipment, additional needs;

  • Contribute to internal and external reporting for the mine action component of the North-East program ;

  • In close collaboration with the Area Coordinator, participate to field external coordination with local authorities and other mine action actors;


Compulsory technical skills

· At least 5 years of professional experience

· At least 3 years of professional experience in humanitarian mine action (RE, NTS and clearance)

· EOD 3+ is mandatory

· Experience in managing QA/QC is mandatory

· Professional experience with IEDs is mandatory

· A bachelor degree and/or a Master’s degree is a strong asset

· Previous experience in the design and implementation of risk awareness activities, non-technical survey, and clearance activities is mandatory.

· Experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and creation of maps is a strong asset

Transversal skills

· Strong writing and reporting skills

· English mandatory (oral and written), Arabic is a strong asset.

· General computer skills (use of MS Office package, Internet, Skype).

· Previous experience in the Syrian crisis and/or in the Middle East is a strong asset

· Previous work experience with HI is an asset

Personal skills

· Strong communication skills

· Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills

· Ability to work under high pressure and without constant supervision

· High level of motivation and proactivity


Duration of the contract: 7 months

Starting date : ASAP

Affectation base: Erbil, Iraq

Leaves: 5 working days every 6 weeks + R&R allowance covering participation on R&R flight ticket up to 500 USD and participation on accommodation of 250 USD (according to HI’s leaves policy that apply for expatriates in Syria)* and 14 days for the length of the contract.

National holidays: The consultant benefits from 10 days-off per annual calendar as per HI program policy

Fees: From 6.000 to 7.500 EUR/month according to experience

Flight tickets: Return ticket for departure/arrival

Accommodation: Provided by HI in country, shared guest house

*This policy is reviewed on a regular basis based on needs. It should evolve in near future.

How to apply:

Send a resume and cover letter, with the reference IR-1712 in object to :