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Area Manager, Dohuk

Dohuk (Iraq)

  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Dohuk (Iraq)
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Refugee rights and well-being
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
  • Closing Date: 2020-02-25

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                                                                                                               Rights respected, People Protected

NRC in Iraq

Since the Government of Iraq declared that combat operations against the Islamic State Group (IS) had ended in 2017, Iraq has been recovering from the significant damage and destruction caused by the armed conflict. Of the more than six million Iraqis who fled their homes since 2014, 4.5 million Iraqis have returned to their area of origin and 1.4 million remain internally displaced. Many Iraqis have returned to areas that lack basic infrastructure, services and livelihood opportunities, or where explosive devices have not been cleared. Other challenges returnees and secondarily displaced people face include the lack of security, community acceptance, housing, property and civil documentation issues as well as critical educational and health service gaps. Throughout this, Iraq continues to host over a quarter of a million Syrian refugees.

The UN estimates that more than 4.1 million Iraqis will need assistance in 2020, 1.77 million of them in acute need. 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, returnees, and host communities in Ninewa, Dohuk, Erbil, Kirkuk, Basra, Salahdeen and Anbar Governorates.  

We focus on assisting the newly displaced, those experiencing protracted displacement in camps, and people returning to and living in hard-to-reach places by improving their chance of obtaining a durable solution.  NRC runs integrated programmes across Iraq to respond to people in need using our shelter and settlements, education, camp management, legal assistance, livelihoods, and cash activities.

Duties and responsibilities

The purpose of the Area Manager is to coordinate the support & Programme functions at the Area level and ensure high quality and cost effective programme/project implementation within the designated geographical area. The following is a brief description of the role.

Generic responsibilities  

  • Line management for Project Managers, Support Manager, M&E Coordinator and Security Officer.
  • Member of the Country Management Group.
  • Compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and handbooks and donor/auditor requirements.
  • Provide area specific input on programme strategies, Country Strategy and Plan of Action.
  • Organize grants opening and closure meetings at area level.
  • Implementation of projects (including master support budget and coordinating input for donor proposals and reports) in the area, in compliance with contractual commitments (i.e. quality, synergies, timeliness, use of resources).
  • Assess needs, develop emergency response and implement response plans.
  • Ensure optimal use of resources within the allocated project budgets and programmes strategies.
  • Represent NRC and networking on area level.
  • Ensure overall security and safety of staff in the area.   

Specific responsibilities

  • Oversee and ensure the implementation of sound and balanced risk management practices, with due consideration for the principle of Duty of Care.
  • Liaise regularly with relevant external stakeholders, including authorities, donors, UN agencies and other humanitarian actors – among others through coordination mechanisms.
  • Actively contribute to program development, providing area-specific inputs and reviewing/consolidating contributions from Project Managers.
  • Ensure programs in the area are implemented in accordance with relevant (country/regional/global) strategies, donor rules & regulations and NRC policies & procedures, including but not limited to the Project Cycle Management framework, HR Handbook, Logistics Handbook, etc.
  • Ensure all of NRC’s activities in the geographical area of operation are implemented in line with NRC’s protection policy and strategy.
  • Follow up disciplinary measures/meetings; process investigations & action points.
  • Make sure that salary mapping, spending plan, project procurement plan and vehicle mapping plan is available and updated regularly.
  • Provide regular inputs into advocacy products and external communications initiatives.
  • Continuously promote a positive and collaborative working environment characterized by high levels of trust and respect, with due consideration for staff care and well-being.
  • Oversee and be responsible of mainstreaming protection guidelines in the NRC’s related activities as per NRC’s Protection mainstreaming guidelines and ensure that all breaches/concerns reported are properly resolved.
  • Arrange/facilitate area level coordination bi-monthly meeting meetings, all staff meeting and ensure minutes are taken and circulated.
  • Ensure that grants opening, review and closure meetings are conducted at area level. 
  • Ensure correct completion and upload of paperwork to the filing tree as required by SSD and RoD policy.
Knowledge, skills and experience that will help you succeed in this role
  • Minimum 5 years of experience from working as a Senior Project Manager in a humanitarian/recovery context. 
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts. 
  • Experience from working as Project Manager, HR, Finance and/or Logistic manager in a humanitarian/recovery context.
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts.
  • Understanding of the context (Syria crisis) is preferred.
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform well in a highly fluid environment where both context and organizational structure are subject to continuous, abrupt and substantial change.
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal 

Context specific skills, knowledge and experience

  • Knowledge of the context in (Iraq)
  • Knowledge of the local language is an asset (Arabic, Kurdish)
  • Experience with start-up, exit or similar
Personal qualities
  • Managing resources to optimize results
  • Managing performance and development
  • Analyzing
  • Handling insecure environments
  • Empowering and building trust
Additional information
  • Contract period: 12 months.
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions
  • Duty station: Dohuk, Iraq, with 20% travel within Iraq. The position holder will be expected to travel to all areas of Iraq where NRC is operational
  • Female candidates encouraged to apply

Please download Job Description of the position here.

We will review applications on an ongoing basis, interested candidates are encouraged to apply early.


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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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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