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Emergency Response Assistant (National Position), Kirkuk Office


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is a non-governmental, humanitarian organization with 60 years of experience in helping to create a safer and more dignified life for refugees and internally displaced people. NRC advocates for the rights of displaced populations and offers assistance within the shelter, education, emergency food security, legal assistance, and water,sanitation and hygiene sectors.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has approximately 5000 committed and competent employees involved in projects across four continents. In addition, NRC runs one of the world’s largest standby rosters -NORCAP, with 650 professionals, ready to be deployed on 72 hours notice when a crisis occurs

Rights Respected, People Protected



NRC is operating in Iraq since 2010 to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable people affected by on-going conflict in the region. It has its country office in Erbil, KR-I and has area offices in Baghdad, Dohuk, Erbil, Kirkuk and Hamam Al-Alil.

NRC national program strategy for 2016 takes a whole of Iraq approach focusing on CCCM, WASH, Shelter, Education, Emergency Cash modalities, housing and land property (HLP) and Information Counselling and Legal Assistance (ICLA). In 2016, NRC will continue to consolidate operations in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) by providing care and maintenance facilities in IDPs camps, strengthening the relevant government authorities and building systems more at community levels as opposed to household level for successful exit, while also considerably scaling up operations in the South-Central regions of Iraq (with focus on the Anbar and Baghdad Governorates). A further priority will be to reach populations in harder to access areas through working with implementing national partners, established community network contacts and UN-led Rapid Response Mechanisms (RRM). Target caseload will be people affected by displacement including IDPs in camps, IDPs outside of camps, host communities, returnees and refugees.



The Emergency Response Assistant will assist with the implementation of the project activities according to the workplan

The Emergency Response Assistant will be reporting to Assessment Officer

This position will be based in Kirkuk office with frequent visits to NRC's site operations


Ideal Candidate Profile:

A university graduate in relevant field with at least 1 year of experience from working as an Emergency Response Assistant in a humanitarian/recovery context. The candidate ideally should have previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts.Some knowledge of English, very good knowledge of Arabic and Kurdish.Knowledge of humanitarian principles and code of conduct.


Key Job Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Adhere to NRC policies, tools, handbooks and guidelines
  • Prepare and develop daily reports as required by management and using existing reporting tools.
  • Promote and share ideas for improvement of the project.
  • Actively promote the rights of IDPs and refugees.
  • Conduct additional data collection activities part of emergency response programming, including: distribution planning, PDMs (post distribution monitoring), FGDs (focus group discussions), endline surveys, among others.
  • Provide support to the distribution team with distribution activities whenever necessary.
  • Liaise with local authorities when necessary and as requested by the manager.
  • Develop key messages to beneficiaries about selection criteria and selection process.
  • Communicate project objectives to NRC’s beneficiaries during the assessment and data collection phase.



  • Previous experience with data collection and surveys using Kobo
  • Overall good understanding of the political context in Iraq, with focus on conflict zones.
  • Experience working with data collections and surveys in an NGO.
  • Experience with conducting assessments; experience with mobile data collection and Kobo.
  • Competencies in all computer related tasks including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Good understanding of community participation, and very good ability to communicate with beneficiaries.
  • Ability to manage high workload.
  • Ability to work under pressure and with limited supervision in a challenging environment.


The post will be for twelve (12) months contract duration (Subject to funds).

Salary: 4/1 according to NRC-Iraq's salary grade.

Benefits: Health insurance

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for the position.

Duty Station: Kirkuk office with frequent visits to NRC's site operations


For more information, please find attached the Job Description 

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
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  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Erbil
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medicine
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Administrative support
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
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