Country Manager, Iraq 291 views

Can you effectively manage a country team and ensure the strategic development of a financially sustained country programme and partnership?

Iraq has entered its sixth year of conflict-generated humanitarian crisis. It is slowly transitioning towards recovery after having retaken the territory claimed by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, but life in many parts of the country remains severely dislocated because of protracted internal displacement crisis. 1.6m people remain displaced and the 4.3m who have returned to their places of origin continue to face insecurity, to lack basic services and to rely upon humanitarian assistance. The recent popular movement across the country, which was exacerbated by the harsh response of the authorities, has claimed over 450 lives and 2,000 injured, and more than 2,500 arrests. The new political crisis is further crippling the economy.

The Danish Red Cross (DRC) has been present in Iraq since 2013. DRC 22m DKK programme in Iraq is funded mainly by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). It focuses on areas where humanitarian needs are greatest, but it also seeks to contribute to durable solutions and building communities’ ability to cope with, and transition from, the prolonged and protracted crisis. A key component is the capacity of the Iraq Red Crescent Society (IRCS) to implement and the thematic areas of the programme are Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (PS), Primary Healthcare, health and hygiene promotion, and emergency relief.


The Country Manager (CM) has overall responsibility for ensuring that the DRC-supported Country Programme and partnerships are implemented in line with the DRC International Strategy and Country Strategy, Danish Red Cross standard operating procedures (SOPs), and donor requirements and guidelines.

The Iraq Country Manager is based in Baghdad at the Headquarters of the IRCS, and is responsible for:

  • Strategic direction of DRC engagement in the country, management of the partnership with the IRCS, and support to its continuing capacity development;
  • Overall country budget, management and development of DRC’s project portfolio in the country, including monitoring implementation and removing impediments;
  • Leading and managing the DRC Country Team, based in Baghdad and Erbil, consisting of two PS Delegates, a CVA Delegate and a Country Finance Delegate;
  • Supporting DRC communications and take the lead on fundraising for DRC’s future engagement in Iraq;
  • Representing DRC and developing the relationships with the RCRC Movement partners, and other key stakeholders such as MFA and EU representatives.

The position requires leadership, management, coordination, representation and the provision of programme/technical assistance to DRC in-country delegates and the Host National Society. This will include formulation, operationalisation, implementation, and overall supervision, monitoring and evaluation of various projects, initiatives and actions as well as further development of the partnership with IRCS and other partners.

Experience and qualifications

You have a minimum of 10 years of solid experience in development and/or humanitarian project management, with at least 5 years of relevant field experience in the implementation of emergency programmes, particularly in healthcare, and ideally also proven ability to live and work for long periods under severely restricted conditions within a conflict-affected environment. Experience with various donors like ECHO and national ministries of foreign affairs, particularly of their grant application, proposal writing and reporting procedures, is also essential.

You have a relevant educational background and we expect that you have good analytical skills and that you can handle stressful situations. You possess excellent communication, coordination as well as networking and facilitation skills. Good cultural understanding and the ability to work in a challenging multicultural environment is essential. Project cycle and financial management experience as well as team/human resource management skills are essential, as well as excellent English speaking and writing capability, and Arabic will be a strong advantage. You must be self-supporting in computers and possess a valid international driving licence.

Proven experience in the capacity-building of local partners, ideally of Red Cross / Red Crescent National Societies and local branches, and in the Middle East, will be an advantage.

Employment Conditions

The ideal starting date is 1 May 2020 and the length of the contract is 24 months with the possibility of extension. The salary including all allowances and pension payment will be between DKK 47,854.83 and 51,373.12 per month, depending on qualifications and experience.

The duty station is Baghdad, Iraq. This is a non-family duty station with a paid 7-day Rest & Recuperation break permitted after every 8 weeks in-country. Travelling to programme areas within Iraq is possible to the extent that the security situation permits and under current circumstances this is possible about 10% of working days, but it is hoped that this will increase.

The Country Manager reports to the DRC Head of Region based at the MENA Office in Beirut, and is accountable for ensuring that the DRC supported programme and partnerships in Iraq are implemented in compliance with DRC Standard Operational Procedures and donor regulations.

Further information

  • For more information on the position, please write to the Head of Region, Charles Higgins, at [email protected] or see the job description and Terms & Conditions.
  • Please indicate in your e-mail where ( you saw this job posting. 

The deadline for applications is 29 February 2020. First interviews are expected to take place on the first weeks of March.

  • Your application and CV should be uploaded at DRC web page
  • To help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate in your cover letter where ( you saw this job posting.
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