Deputy Head of Mission for Programs at Erbil

Première Urgence Internationale
  • Location
    Erbil, Iraq
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jul 12

Position description

Iraq has suffered nearly 37 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 (IS) 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 IS fighters remain active.

Iraq as a whole has been facing one of the most critical humanitarian crisis of the moment. The conflict has displaced nearly 3.4 million people across Iraq since early 2014 and left more than 11 million people requiring humanitarian assistance. There also remains approximately 225,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq whom have been displaced since 2013. These displaced populations are highly vulnerable and have been exposed to multiple, cumulative acts of violence, so much so that the United nations have declared this a Protection Crisis.

Since the Iraqi Constitution was adopted in 2005 Iraq has been divided into federal regions that handle their own domestic affairs, reporting to Baghdad central government, who is also responsible for international affairs. Additionally, in the North, there is the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan (KRI) which includes the provinces of Erbil; Dohuk, Sulaymaniyah and Halabja. There are ongoing tensions between KRI government and the Central Iraqi Government over issues such as autonomy, disputed territories, budget, resources exploitation or border control. A recent referendum on 25th September escalated these tensions and the situation is constantly evolving.


The Deputy Head of Mission for Programs ensures the daily functioning of the mission, is responsible for the successful operation of programmes, and reports to the Head of Mission, in whose absence the Deputy may provide interim coverage.


Programs: He/She coordinates support teams and ensures the efficient implementation of programs, monitors needs and proposes new interventions to the Head of Mission.

Medical and technical monitoring: He/She ensures that WaSh, Shelter and medical technical practices comply with PUI procedures, follow PUI standards and formats, and are in accordance with donor rules and regulations.

Assessment: He/She lead multy-sectorial and technical assessment exercise

MEAL: He/She control all Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning process on the mission

Logistic, administrative, and financial monitoring: He/She contribute with the Deputy Head of mission Support that current administrative and logistics procedures follow PUI standards and formats, and are in accordance with donor rules and regulations

Human Resources: He/She supervises the Grant Officer, KRI AMEA Manager and Medical Coordinator.

Security: He/She assists the Head of Mission in analysis and management of mission security.

Relationship with headquarters: He/She assists the Head of Mission in effectively circulating information between headquarters and the field, and ensures compliance with deadlines.

Representation: He/She assists the Head of Mission in representing the organization to partners, donors and various authorities.



Bachelor in International relations, Political sciences, international development, social sciences or any other relevant field


Minimum of 2 years in programme coordination experience
Experience in Multi sectorial assessment
Experience in MEAL
Successful experience in expatriate team management and multi-sectorial programs
Knowledge of medical programs, WASH, Agro, Livelyhood…


Excellent writing skills in English
Detailed knowledge of donors (BPRM, ECHO, OFDA, AFD, CDC, UN agencies, etc)
Good knowledge on Middle East context


English mandatory

French and Arabic desirable


Software: Pack Office very strong proficiency



Monthly Gross Income: from 2,420 up to 2,750 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 Linving 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

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