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PUI recruits 01 Deptuty Head of Mission for Programs

PUI recruits 01 Deptuty Head of Mission for Programs in Erbil

Starting date : As Soon As Possible

Duration of Mission: 12 months 

Location: Erbil, Iraq

Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilian victims of marginalization and exclusion, or those hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapse by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The association leads on average 200 projects a year in the following sectors of intervention: Food Security, Health, Nutrition, Construction and Rehabilitation of infrastructures, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Economic Recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 6 million people in 22 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.

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Humanitarian Context :

Wide-scale violence and armed conflict erupted in Iraq in January 2014. In Anbar governorate, the cities of Ramadi and Falluja were particularly affected, the violence and its impact quickly grew. Also in June 2014, ISg, together with other armed groups, attacked and seized control of Mosul and large portions of northern Iraq, including areas of Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa, and Salah al-Din governorates. The Government of Iraq (GoI) has conducted multiple military operations since 2016 to regain control of territories held by ISg and announced in November 2017 that military operations had successfully concluded in their retaking of all Iraqi territory. Military operations in Mosul, Anbar and Salah Al-Din have led to ongoing massive internal displacements, serious and systematic violations of civilian protection and basic human rights, interrupted access to basic services, and put a severe strain on host communities. The country is now gradually moving from an emergency situation which required lifesaving operations to a post-conflict transition towards durable solutions. As per the HNO published by OCHA on November 2019, 5.67 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 1.77 million in acute need. Half of them are concentrated in Ninewa and Anbar governorates. Furthermore, an estimated 2.8 million returnees continue to form a complex caseload for humanitarians, development actors, relevant government agencies and donors, with 1.2 million in acute resilience and recovery needs.

Our action in the field:

Integrated Health, Protection, WASH and Shelter services provision to IDPs and vulnerable communities living in areas previously affected by the conflict in Anbar, Ninewa and Dohuk Governorates of Iraq. The project aims at improving the living conditions of vulnerable populations in areas still impacted by the previous conflict, through health, protection, shelter and WASH interventions, and at providing health and protection services to IDPs in camps.

Strengthening quality and access to mental health services in Iraq, in consortium with ACF-lead, IMC and HI. The project aims at improving the access to quality mental health and psychosocial care in Iraq through enhancing technical capacities of governmental institutions at the ministry of health level, capacity building of stakeholders at national and governorates levels and promotion of mental health care. In particular, the project supports the mental health authorities in Iraq in order to improve the access and quality of services as well as increase community resilience.

Emergency Response to the North East Syria refugees through the provision of Primary Healthcare services in Bardarash refugee camp, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The project aims at ensuring the access to quality primary health care services to the Syrian refugees affected by the emergency in North-East of Syria (started on October 2019, and still ongoing as per the end of November). The assistance includes the revitalization of a PHCC, awareness campaigns on good health and hygiene practices, referrals to secondary health care, in addition to mental health and psychosocial support, and sexual and reproductive health services.

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As part of our activities in Iraq, we are looking for a Deptuty Head of Mission for Programs in Ebril.

Under the supervision of the Head of Mission, the Deputy HOM for Programs will lead the Program Department (Technical Coordinators, Monitoring and Evaluation Teams, Grants Officer) in order to coordinate the tactical and strategic programming aspects of the mission for ensuring the implementation of high quality Programs and helping in strengthening the PUI Mission development. S/He will operate these duties in line with the global PUI’ Strategic framework and the agreed Country Strategy for Iraq.

Tasks and activities: 

The Deputy HOM for Programs plays a key role in coordinating implementation strategy and supports operational management and integration of all technical areas. This includes the primary responsibilities of projects planning/design, programs quality assurance, donor compliance on reporting/documentation, but also to ensure timely, effective and compliant programming in accordance with internal and external principles/requirements. As an implementing organization, PUI places great importance on operational results and impact evaluation. Thus, the Deputy HOM for Programs plays a key role in overseeing monitoring and evaluation, usually in collaboration with the Area and Field Coordinators, and in association with the Clusters and Working Groups.

Do not hesitate to look at the job description below for all the details you need.

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Expériences / Formation


  • Bachelor in International relations, Political sciences, international development, social sciences or any other relevant field


  • Minimum of 2 years in programme coordination experience
  • Experience in Multi sectorial assessment
  • Experience in MEAL
  • Successful experience in expatriate team management and multi-sectorial programs

Knowledge and skills:

  • Detailed knowledge of donors (BPRM, ECHO, OFDA, AFD, CDC, UN agencies, etc)
  • Good knowledge on Middle East context
  • Knowledge of medical and WASH programs
  • Good knowledge on Pack Office


  • Excellent writing skills in English

Required Personal Characteristics : 

  • A strong commitment to humanitarian principles and the will to make sure beneficiaries’ needs are covered as best as the resources available allow.
  • Capacity to delegate and to supervise the work of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Capacity to manage multi-donor, multi-sector and multi-location (governorates) projects.
  • Strong commitment to support/develop capacity of national staff and developing second layer of leadership.
  • Problem solving and leadership skills.
  • Proven management ability and inter-personal skills – team player.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and collaboratively as part of a diverse team and manage a varied workload.
  • Proven capacity for analysing and synthesizing comprehensive information and technical data.
  • Ability to write and edit reports under deadline pressure.
  • Ability to guarantee effective and timely outputs.
  • Self-motivated, flexible and adaptable to the needs of the team and organization.
  • General ability to resist stress.
  • Important organization and rigor skills.


  • Employed with a Fixed-Term Contract – 12 months
  • Starting Date : As Soon As Possible
  • Monthly gross income: from 2 420 Euros up to 2 750 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI
  • Cost COVERED:Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…
  • Insurance : including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation
  • Housing in collective accommodation
  • Possibility for individual housing – to be validated and discussed during recruitment process
  • Couple-Status Available – to be validated and discussed during recruitment process
  • Daily living Expenses (« Per diem »)
  • Break Policy: 5 working days at 3 and 9 months
  • Paid Leaves Policy: 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

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