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  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Erbil | Iraq
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-22

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Head of Programmes - Iraq

Erbil (Iraq) | Iraq





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 

Iraq has seen an unprecedented rise in displacement over the last several years, reaching a peak between 2014 and 2017. Of the more than 5.8 million Iraqis who fled their homes since 2014, two million remain displaced. Over four million Iraqis have returned to their area of origin. Many Iraqis have returned to areas that lack basic infrastructure, services and livelihood opportunities, or where explosive devices have not been cleared. Other challenges include: lack of security, community rejection, housing, property and civil documentation issues and lack of educational opportunities.

The UN estimates that more than 6.7 million Iraqis will need assistance in 2019, of this, those in critical need include 1.75 million people which includes both in- camp and out-of-camp IDPs, returnees, and vulnerable host communities. Humanitarian agencies are asking for 701 million USD to deliver basic assistance to these Iraqis  (HRP 2019). With military operations against IS group having ended, the Iraqi government faces new challenges to ensure displaced populations return home, receive adequate services while ensuring inclusive reconstruction and reconciliation efforts that will sustain peace.

Since 2010, NRC Iraq has been assisting internally displaced Iraqis, Syrian refugees, and host communities in Ninewa, Dohuk, Erbil, Kirkuk, Basra and Anbar Governorates.

We focus on assisting the newly displaced, those in lengthy displacement in camps and those in hard-to-reach areas. In 2018, NRC scaled-up programmes across Iraq to respond to the large-scale displacements and returns, especially in Anbar governorate, around Kirkuk and in Ninewa using our water and sanitation, education, camp management, legal assistance, livelihoods, camp management, and cash activities.

Head of Programmes - Erbil, Iraq

Role Specific Information

  1. Acting CD when appointed
  2. Establish and manage coordination structures (new and existing) between NRC ME Country Offices to maximize efficiency; Program and Support synergies, and the overall impact of aid delivery
  3. Liaise with the NRC ME Regional Office and ME Country Offices to ensure organizational consistency in operational modalities, communications and partnerships
  4. Representation of NRC in relevant coordination fora pertaining to Iraq operations. Provide analysis of the operational modalities of existing humanitarian actors
  5. Provide new suggestions for operational modalities for NRC ME Country Offices.
  6. Responsible for the CC programmatic input to the contingency plan
  7. Responsible for ensuring that a country M&E plan is developed and implemented
  8. Liaising with Regional Program Adviser
  9. Responsible for finalizing high quality grant proposals and budgets with CC Specialists and Grants Manager
  10. Overall coordination of multi area, multi CC complex proposals and budgets
  11. Responsible for extracting key learnings from project implementation and incorporate them in program development processes
  12. Manage the Program Unit staff

Our Ideal Candidate:

Minimum 5 years’ experience from a senior management position in a humanitarian/ recovery context.. Strong leadership and programming experience. Knowledge of the context in Iraq and the Middle East and understanding of Arabic language is an edge.

We are looking for a strategic thinker that is able to handle high pressure environments, can build trust and empower others and that has a strong network ability and decision making. 

Additional Information:

Contract period: 24 months 

Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions

Duty station: Erbil, Iraq

Approved health certificate will be requested before contract start

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