Country Director - Iraq

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Iraq
Organization: GOAL
Closing date: 22 Jan 2021

Since its foundation in 1977 GOAL has responded to almost all of the world’s major humanitarian crises, working with vulnerable communities in more than 60 countries. While GOAL continues to be an agile first-responder to humanitarian crises, it is also committed to working with vulnerable communities to help them survive crises and support them on the road to recovery.

GOAL’s purpose is to save lives and empower communities to develop resilience and greater control over their lives and livelihoods. GOAL aims to increase the resilient wellbeing of the world’s poorest people and focuses on those who are excluded or marginalised, particularly those who are vulnerable due to socio-economic status, gender or age.

Our Vision
GOAL believes in a world where poverty no longer exists, where vulnerable communities are resilient, where barriers to well-being are removed and where everyone has equal rights and opportunities.

Our Mission
GOAL works with the most vulnerable communities to help them respond to and recover from humanitarian crises, and to assist them build transcendent solutions to mitigate poverty and vulnerability.

Our Values

GOAL's work is guided by five core values. Our values underpin everything we do, from working with vulnerable communities to partnering with organisations, individuals, and other stakeholders. They are the framework through which we deliver our strategy, the signposts that guide us on our path, and the pillars on which we lean in the most challenging of times.


Read about our organisational strategy at

General Description of the GOAL Iraq Programme

The GOAL Iraq programme was established in 2015 to respond to immediate humanitarian needs and support economic and livelihoods development. GOAL supports livelihood and economic development through a market systems approach in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Overview of the role

Representing GOAL in Iraq, the GOAL Country Director (CD) takes overall responsible for the planning, management and appropriate development of GOAL’s work in Iraq, particularly the co-ordination and liaison with donors, local authorities and partners. The CD is responsible for ensuring that the programming is context appropriate and meeting the expressed needs of target beneficiaries in Iraq. The CD will ensure that GOAL meets its contracted objectives and is accountable to stakeholders. The CD must ensure that there are regular and effective communications between the country office and GOAL headquarters in Dublin. The CD has ultimate responsibility for all issues of security.

Main responsibilities


  • The CD is responsible for ensuring that all programme activities are planned, resourced, implemented, monitored and evaluated in a timely manner, to ensure that they are appropriate, necessary, cost effective, targeted, sustainable and in keeping with GOAL’s mission and philosophy. The CD is responsible for oversight of GOAL’s in-country partner(s) and ensuring the program progresses as per the established work plan. The CD must ensure that GOAL programmes meet the highest national and international standards, and comply with codes of conduct and agreements to which GOAL is a signatory. The CD will develop an Annual Country Plan and ensure that all proposals and reports to HQ and to donors are reviewed and approved prior to submission.


  • The CD is the principal point of contact for donors and should ensure strong working relationships and reputation and secure programme funding from donors in-country where possible. GOAL seeks to diversify its funding base for Iraq within the next year. The CD must maintain a strong knowledge of donor and legal requirements, and ensure effective grant management.

Financial Accountability

  • The CD has ultimate accountability for all financial matters in the field and must review and approve the monthly management accounts and other financial reports which are prepared by the finance and management team to ensure they adhere to the GOAL Dublin Finance Manual and donor financial reporting requirements. Likely budgetary overspends or underspends must be notified to HQ in good time.

Human Resources

  • The CD is responsible for overseeing the recruitment and retention of a highly qualified and motivated team, including development, health and safety and performance management. The CD should also ensure that GOAL follows good practice and local legal requirements in relation to HR and develops and implements policies and systems in support of this aim.

Resource Management/Logistics

  • The CD will work closely with the operations and logistics team to ensure that the programme is appropriately resourced, the procedures of the GOAL Logistics Manual followed and the relevant logistics systems fully implemented.

Safety & Security

  • It is the responsibility of the CD to be fully informed regarding the political and security environment and for ensuring that all reasonable measures are taken to minimise / mitigate the safety and security risks faced by the programmes and programme and partner staff (including making sure that all staff follow standard GOAL procedures and local SOPs). This includes building a culture of security within the country programme, informing HQ/ Regional Security Adviser immediately in the event of a security incident or update relating to GOAL staff, assets or programmes.


  • The CD has the responsibility and mandate to represent GOAL within their country of assignment this includes media and visibility. This includes ensuring there is appropriate liaison and negotiation with the relevant Government partners, regional and local authorities; donors; local agencies etc. at all levels of project implementation. It also includes dealing with in-country media and ensuring media statements are approved by GOAL Dublin and linking with the media team on other relevant media issues.

Risk Management

  • The CD is responsible for reviewing and updating the Country Risk Register on a quarterly basis. All risks should be owned and managed in the programme and the CD should ensure they are addressed.

Knowledge/Information Management

  • The CD must be fully informed regarding the political, security and humanitarian conditions within their country of assignment. Appropriate information should be collected, collated, analysed and forwarded to the GOAL Dublin office and Regional Director on a regular basis. The CD must ensure that there are regular effective communications within the country programme and with GOAL Dublin and the Regional Director. This includes the submission of weekly and monthly reports to GOAL Dublin. The CD must ensure that GOAL complies with all the relevant legal requirements of the country.

Requirements (Person Specification)

  • 8+ years overseas management experience in humanitarian assistance programmes, at least 3 years of which must be at senior management level.
  • A relevant post graduate qualification
  • Experience in livelihoods programming and/or cash programming.
  • Experience in budget management at a senior level.
  • Experience liaising with in-country institutional donors
  • Experience in remote management and/or working in conflict settings
  • Kurdish and/ or Arabic language skills are an advantage.
  • Prior work experience in the region.
  • Prior experience of setting up or expanding new programmes.

Our package includes a competitive salary, accommodation, flights, health & life insurance, and leadership development opportunities. Additional benefits are available after 12 months of service.

Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

Accountability within GOAL
Alongside our safeguarding policy, GOAL is an equal opportunities employer and has a set of integrity policies. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability:

  • Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols.
  • Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.
  • Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.

General Terms and Conditions

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document.

How to apply:

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