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Human Resources Assistant (National Position)

Erbil (Iraq)

  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Erbil (Iraq)
  • Grade: Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-16

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Rights Respected, People Protected

NRC in Iraq

Iraq, with a long history of displacement, has seen an unprecedented rise in recent years. 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, utility 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 8 million Iraqis will need assistance in 2019, and 3.2 million children attend schools irregularly or not at all. Humanitarian agencies are asking for 569 million USD to deliver basic assistance to Iraqis  (HRP 2018). With military operations against IS group having ended, the Iraqi government faces new challenges to ensure an inclusive reconstruction and reconciliation 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. We focus on assisting the newly displaced, those in lengthy displacement in camps and those in hard-to-reach places. 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.

HR Assistant (National Position )

The purpose of the assistant position is to assist in the day to day implementation of the HR functions responsibilities .  HR Assistant will be reporting to HR officer .The position is based in Erbil.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Provide support in recruitment i.e, Advertising, longlisting, shortlisting up on request
  • Ensure the timely processing of new contracts, end of probationary period, contracts extension, end of contract notice letters.
  • Ensure line mangers are alerted/informed of the staff’s end of contract notice one month in advance and with coordination of HR officer.
  • Responsible for the updating of HR files (soft and hard copy) and ensure all employee’s individual HR files are updated and having the required documents as per NRC standards.
  • Arrange interview schedules with candidates and prepare job offer packages.
  • Track the leave requests, timesheets, attendance sheets of national staff.
  • Enter and Update data in several databases (leave trackers, Staff database)
  • Ensure timely provision of NRC business cards and NRC IDs for NRC staff.
  • Ensure that payslips are signed by staff on time.
  • Provide support within timely correspondence to the area offices regarding HR related issues
  • Undertake any other tasks that is within the scope of this role as assigned by the line manager and/or HRM.
Our Ideal Candidate
Experience from working as a HR Officer in a humanitarian/recovery context
Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
be reliable and able to follow instructions accurately
Excellent knowledge in Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel;
High standard of spoken and written English
Additional Information 

Contract period: 6 months  
Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions. 
Duty station: Erbil 
Female candidates encouraged to apply 
We will review applications on an ongoing basis, interested candidates are encouraged to apply early. NRC is an equal opportunity employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability. 
For full position details please click on Job Description


The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee.

We work in crises across more than 30 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights.

NORCAP is a global provider of expertise that contributes to solving challenges in the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors. Our ultimate goal is to strengthen the resilience, and protect the lives, rights and livelihoods of vulnerable people and communities

NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.


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