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Iraq - An Administrative and Financial Coordinator in Iraqi Kurdistan (Erbil)

Erbil | Baghdad

Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians’ victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The association leads in average 190 projects by year in the following sectors of intervention: food security, health, nutrition, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures, water, sanitation, hygiene and economic recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 5 million people in 20 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.

Humanitarian situation and needs

Following the insurgency of the Islamic State (IS) of large areas of the provinces of Iraq and Syria, significant population movements were witnessed from densely populated areas / major cities of Anbar, Ninewa and Salah Ah Din amongst other governorates. These displacements created a significant situation of concern as regards the humanitarian situation of the affected populations. There are now 2.2 million IDPs in Iraq, and 450,000 of them are living in Dohuk governorate, Kurdistan Region. Response coordination mechanisms relevant to a Level 3 Emergency have been activated, and the revised Strategic Response Plan published.

Around 33% of IDPs in Kurdistan are now housed in camps, though a significant number remain in inadequate shelters in non-camp situations. Construction of and service provision to camps remains a focus for the humanitarian community, as well as ensuring provision of services and shelter solutions to those living in informal settlements. There are also over 230,000 Syrian refugees in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, which further stretches government resources, in both camp and non-camp settings, and UNHCR remain the coordination body for the response to the Syrian refugee crisis. The context remains volatile, with ongoing clashes with IS around the borders of the Kurdistan Region. A potential coalition offensive against IS-held Mosul in 2015 could cause displacement of a further 1 million people towards Kurdistan.

Our action in the field

PUI’s presence in Iraq since 1983 has spanned the sectors of health, WASH, protection, shelter, food security and livelihoods, through an integrated approach, in both urban and rural areas. Since 2009 the approach in Baghdad has been to improve access to water and sanitation, agricultural activities and livelihoods, improving social cohesion by also considering host population needs. With UNHCR, PUI are improving living conditions of urban households implementing community quick impact projects and creating job opportunities (training centers and Professional Tool Kits). In Najaf, PUI currently conducts health and WASH interventions for IDPs living in guesthouses on the Najaf-Kerbala route. In depth assessments of this community have been done and the proposed action will address some of the key problems found in protection, livelihoods and community cohesion, building on PUI’s experience in Baghdad through BPRM and UNHCR funded livelihoods and agricultural projects, with strong expertise having been built in vulnerability scoring and selection of beneficiary households.

In November 2013, PUI began providing health and WASH services in 2 Syrian refugee camps in Dohuk. In August 2014 PUI launched an emergency health, WASH and NFI response to the IDP crisis in Dohuk, both in and outside of camps. In KR-I, PUI are currently working in Gawilan (Syrian refugees), Bardarash and Bajet Kandala camps, as well as implementing health responses for non-camp populations of IDPs (mobile health teams) and refugees (outreach and educational services). In South/Central Iraq, PUI’s Baghdad projects focus on livelihoods, and in Najaf on health (mobile outreach and surveillance/referral team, to become a curative mobile health team as in Dohuk).

PUI currently has operational bases in Najaf, Baghdad, Bardarash and Dohuk, and a coordination office in Erbil.

Regarding health, the main needs identified during the assessment are in the capacity support of DoH Dohuk in terms of HR, drugs and medical supplies, as well as improving quality of health services delivered as they are absorbing Primary Health Care Centers (PHCCs) that was previously under DoH Mosul supervision inside the Disputed Internal Territories (DITs): Sinjar, Telafar, TilKaif, Shikhan and AL-Hamdaniyyeh. Assessments done in IDP communities around Dohuk have highlighted gaps in reproductive health, protection and psychosocial wellbeing.

As part of our activities in Iraq, we are looking for an Administrative and Financial Coordinator in Erbil.

The Administrative and Financial Coordinator is accountable for the sound financial, accounting and budgetary management of the mission as well as the management of human resources and the administrative and legal records.

  • Financial, budgetary and accounting management: He/She is responsible for all aspects relating to finance, including budgetary and accounting elements, as well as the mission cash flow.
  • Management of human resources: He/She is responsible for the administrative management of the local and international teams, for the definition/updating of procedures and HR management tools in accordance with labor regulations in the intervention country and the HR policies of PUI, and for the monitoring of risks linked to HR questions.
  • Administrative and legal management: He/She supervises administrative records and guarantees that the status and functioning of the mission are in legal accordance with the requirements of the intervention country.
  • Representation: He/She represents the association in its relations with partners, authorities and different local players for the financial, administrative, legal and human resources areas of the mission.
  • Coordination: He/She centralizes and diffuses information within the mission and to headquarters for all financial, administrative, legal and human resources aspects of the mission, and consolidates the internal and external reporting for these domains.

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Training and Experience


Financial/accounting management

Professional Experience:


Knowledge and Skills:

Knowledge of institutional donor procedures (BPRM, ECHO, AAP, UN agencies…)


Pack Office (Excel compulsory)


English and French are mandatory.

Other (to be specified)

Proposed Terms

Employed with a Fixed-Term Contract – 12 months

Starting date: 1rst June 2016

Monthly gross income: from 1 980 up to 2 310 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 living Expenses (« Per diem ») of 600 Euros

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

Please, send your application (Resume and Cover letter) to Paula Cenalmor, Human Resources Officer for Expatriates at with the following subject : «CAF–Iraq».

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  • Organization: PU-AMI - Première Urgence Aide Médicale Internationale
  • Location: Erbil | Baghdad
  • Grade: Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Finance and Banking
    • Office Management, Administration and Finance
    • Office Management, Administration and Finance
    • Finance and Banking
  • Closing Date: 2016-05-31

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