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Head of Mission (Iraq Program), E8

Baghdad (Iraq)

  • Organization: ICMP - International Commission on Missing Persons
  • Location: Baghdad (Iraq)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:

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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 Background

The successful candidate will be the senior ICMP representative in Iraq. He or she will demonstrate outstanding communication, management and diplomatic skills, and will report directly to the Director-General. Based in Baghdad with frequent travel to Erbil and within Iraq, he/she will manage and develop ICMP programs in Iraq, supervise expatriate and locally recruited staff, and ensure comprehensive and accurate reporting.

This is a key position in a program that will help the authorities in Iraq to address one of the major strategic challenges facing the country – the hundreds of thousands of people who have gone missing over a period of more than three decades. Resolving this issue is widely viewed as a crucial element in the country’s stabilization and recovery.


General Responsibilities

  • Contribute to identifying and addressing key issues in resolving the challenge of hundreds of thousands of missing persons in Iraq
  • Develop and maintain a global view of the work being done in Iraq by various stakeholders to resolve the missing persons issue

Program Implementation

  • Guide the implementation and development of ICMP Iraq programs, allocate resources and ensure outcomes as set forth in program descriptions
  • Implement and further develop ICMP’s program in line with agreed strategies and organizational priorities
  • Engage in continuous policy dialogue with Iraqi authorities, regional government representatives, and the international community, including international and other organizations, emphasizing the human rights and rule-of-law dimensions of the missing persons issue
  • Ensure that ICMP operates within the terms and conditions of its legal agreements with the Iraqi Government
  • Ensure that all Iraq Program activities are sensitive and responsive to the political, social and economic environment
  • Facilitate, as appropriate, the participation of Iraqi authorities as well as civil society, technical experts or other national and international partners and stakeholders

Staff Management and Supervision

  • Maintain appropriate and effective staff recruitment across the ICMP Iraq Program
  • Lead and manage ICMP Iraq Program staff, providing guidance on aims, direction and timing of work, building cooperative relationships internally and externally
  • Implement and maintain arrangements to ensure efficient communication between the Iraq Program and headquarters, as well as with external partners
  • Ensure quality, relevance and regularity of Program reports
  • In coordination with the Iraq-based Security Manager and Director of Corporate Services (HQ), conduct security threat and risk assessments and coordinate security arrangements for staff travelling in country
  • Ensure effective support for working groups, committees and other cooperative mechanisms that contribute to the ICMP Iraq Program

Fundraising and Liaison with the Donor Community

  • Work on continuous local and international fundraising initiatives, including the drafting of project proposals, concept papers and budget outlines
  • Establish and develop working relationships with key donors and actively develop local funding sources
  • Implement and maintain arrangements to ensure efficient communication between the Iraq Program and headquarters, as well as with external partners

Media Engagements

  • In coordination with headquarters, develop and manage a media strategy, and develop a sound relationship with all sections of the media and ensure that any broadcast or published material accurately reflects the views, priorities, and values of ICMP

Resource Management

  • Ensure program objectives and requests for expenditure align with the objectives of the donor grants and ensure program resources are used for the purposes they were intended for in the donor grants awarded to the ICMP that cover their respective areas of responsibility
  • Authorize any request for expenditure for the Iraq program and ensure that any request for expenditure is aligned with the objectives of the program and represents an effective use of resources
  • Ensure program compliance with the financial and administrative rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the ICMP
  • Ensure that the control of expenditure and the disbursement of resources is in accordance with established ICMP procedure and provide financial reports as required by ICMP and its donors

Security Management

  • Lead the Iraq Program Crisis Management Team, accountable for security within the program, and oversee security management within the program in accordance with ICMP plans, policies and procedures

Other related duties as necessary.


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