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  • Organization: ICMP - International Commission on Missing Persons
  • Location: Erbil
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Managerial positions
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Head of Civil Society Initiatives (CSI), Iraq Program, E6

Erbil (Iraq)


Organization profile

Every year, millions of people around the world go missing as a result of conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration, and other causes. Be part of a growing international organization that is dedicated to tackling this global challenge.

ICMP is implementing a multi-year project in Iraq to support authorities in their efforts to account for persons missing as a result of armed conflict and violations of human rights. To learn more about ICMP click here.

Position profile

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Head of Program (Iraq), and in coordination with the CSI Division, the Head of CSI (Iraq Program) main duties and responsibilities are the following:

Further develop and implement an operational plan for CSI objectives in Iraq

  • Expand and maintain ICMP’s database of Iraqi NGOs and networks
  • Identify opportunities for the advancement of ICMP objectives related to CSI
  • Develop and facilitate meeting forums between CSOs and relevant Iraqi and KRG institutions, so that families of the missing and CSOs are continuously informed about efforts to locate and identify missing persons
  • Coordinate CSI work with ICMP’s other cross-cutting programs to facilitate engagement of families of the missing and other CSOs in understanding the scientific process and data collection/protection issues
  • Monitor political and social developments to identify threats and opportunities related to ICMP’s objectives
  • Represent ICMP at coordination meetings across Iraq.
  • Prepare internal and external reports on program goals, activities and achievements as required

Hire, lead and manage a small team (5 staff) of diverse staff based in Baghdad and Erbil

Advance ICMP efforts to secure the rights of surviving families of the missing, through the following activities:
  • Contribute to the identification of public information and media opportunities to enhance the visibility of CSI activities by supporting, in coordination with the Communications Unit, the development of outreach, communication and visibility plans
  • In coordination with the Centre for Excellence and Learning, design training and capacity building programs to educate families of the missing about data collection efforts, including ICMP tools, such as the Identification Data Management System and the On Line Inquiry Center, as well as data protection and privacy issues
  • Develop and facilitate forums that bring together families of the missing from all communities to encourage unity and common purpose in advocacy activities
  • Liaise with, mentor, guide and support officials from Iraqi government institutions involved in the delivery of benefits and services to families affected by disappearanc
Other related duties as assigned, such as:
  • In line with the operational plan for CSI activities, monitor expenditure, and gather information to contribute to adequate financial planning;
  • Contribute to the preparation of proposals and other fundraising efforts;
  • Contribute to the development of institutional and cross cutting-program knowledge; and


  • University degree in social sciences, law or humanities. Training in human rights is required. Legal education, in particular in international criminal law will be considered an asset,
  • 5 years of experience working directly with civil society,
  • 5 years of experience working in the human rights field,
  • 5 to 7 years of experience in program implementation including outreach
  • Proven experience in program management and leading teams
  • Direct experience working with victims of human rights violations
  • Exposure to field operations in an international organization in the Middle East region
  • General understanding of the process of accounting for missing persons,

Additional information

  • Professional fluency in written and spoken English,
  • Intermediate Arabic or Kurdish skills will be considered an asset,
  • Ability to interact positively with colleagues regardless of culture, nationality, religion or gender,
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft applications, including Outlook, Word, Excel and Power Point,
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout Iraq. The willingness and flexibility to work in the evenings and on weekends, when required.


This position has a competitive base salary and is eligible for expatriate allowance and ICMP provided accommodation. ICMP provides a generous paid leave policy including a regular rest and recuperation leave rotation, extended health and dental benefits, accident disability and life insurance and an employee assistance program.

ICMP is committed to maintaining an environment of mutual respect, where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. ICMP believes that diversity and inclusion among our staff are critical to our success as a global organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented individuals from a thoroughly diverse range of candidates. ICMP is proud to be part of the International Gender Champions network.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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