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PUI recruits 01 The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

PUI recruits 01 The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea


Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians’ victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, 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 in average 200 projects by 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 7 million people in 21 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.

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Humanitarian situation and needs :

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is one of the most isolated countries on the planet. Since its foundation in 1946, the country has been cut off the non-socialist world because of the Cold War. Towards the end of the 1980s, it then lost its main ideological partners with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the progressive disassociation of China. International sanctions, coupled with the degradation of the national economic situation, have created a precarious situation for a large part of the population, which bears the brunt of the country’s adverse policies. One can also add recurring natural disasters (alternating between draughts and floods) which further weaken the limited resources of the rural population. All these phenomenon combined prompt frequent emergency interventions by the humanitarian actors present in the country. If the exact evolution of the humanitarian situation in the DPRK represents a constant challenge, the needs of the population remain extremely important. According to the latest Needs and Priorities Report published by the United Nations, it is estimated that 10.5 people are malnourished, representing nearly 42% of the total population. The majority of the children aged under 5 and 50% of pregnant and lactating women suffer from nutritional deficiencies. The available health indicators seem to show that child mortality is approximately 13.7/ 1,000, and maternal mortality is 66/100,000), which puts the DPRK far behind other countries in the region.

Since 2006, only six NGOs are authorized to intervene in the country. Regrouped under the banner of the European Commission as “European Unit Program Support” (EUPS), they intervene essentially in the food security sector. The funding available for the NGO’s projects are limited and often depend on the international situation.

Our actions in the field: 

From 2012 to 2015, PUI implemented a project to improve access to proteins for children living in rural and urban areas of the South Hwanghae Province with European funding. Finished in December 2015, the project has benefitted to more than 15,000 children under the age of 7, by implementing a production and distribution system of dairy products (yoghurts made of goat milk and soy milk). The productions and distributions have not stopped since the end of 2013.

Besides this project, in the same area of intervention (farms and towns), funding from the AAP allowed to implement several activities: market gardening, bakeries, soy milk production workshops, post-harvest lost management, irrigation… Finally, realizing that agricultural technicians need training to develop their knowledge and methods, PUI developed a project to support one university of agriculture to have a real impact on a regional scale and in the long-term.

The current projects are as follow:

1. Support the University of Agriculture of Haeju (DEVCO). This project started in February 2016. Lasting 36 months, it aims at reinforcing the capacities of the breeding department of the University of Agriculture of Haeju, the chief-town of the South Hwanghae Province. Trainings given by international experts to develop their technical knowledge will allow students to follow a training curriculum on the latest research in the field and thus develop milk production in the North-Korean context. Some scientific and agricultural equipment are provided.

2. Developing goat breeding practices in communities and households (DEVCO). This 44 months project started in October 2016, and directly continues the activities started between 2012 and 2015 and funded by DEVCO to improve protein consumption for children. In 4 new communities, the main activities target the collective scale and are even extended for the first time to develop family farming. All of the production chain is supported: from production to fodder to the distribution of yoghurts in schools and even the breeding conditions of the goats and the milk transformation technics. Activities cover: continuous and ad-hoc trainings given by national and international technicians; building agricultural infrastructures, the supply of equipment (seeds, tractors and processing machines, etc.).

Find out more about our actions. 

As part of our actions in North Korea, we are looking for a Head of Mission. 

The Head of Mission is responsible for the smooth functioning and the development of the mission.

Tasks and responsibilities: 

Safety & Security : S/he is responsible for the safety & security of the mission.

Programmes : S/he coordinates the teams and ensures that the programmes implemented on the mission are properly carried out. S/he also monitors needs and suggests new operations and development tracks for the mission.

Human Resources: S/he ensures that the mission is adequately staffed and supervises the teams (defining objectives, follow-up).

Logistical, administrative and financial monitoring: S/he ensures that logistical and administrative practices in place respect PUI procedures and formats and are in compliance with donors’ rules and regulations

Medical and technical monitoring: S/he ensures that medical and technical practices respect PUI’s procedures and formats and are in compliance with PUI’s operational framework and policy.

Representation : S/he represents the association in its relations with partners, donors,the media and different authorities.

Relations with Headquarters: S/he ensures that information is properly circulated between Headquarters and the field and ensures that due dates are respected.

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

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Ville Pyongyang
Expériences / Formation du candidat Training: 

Project management
Financial Management
Human Resource Management
Logistics and Security


Min. 5 years of humanitarian experience in project coordination.
Successful experience in expatriate team management and multi-sector programmes.

Required Personal Characteristics (fitting into the team, suitability for the job and assignment): 
Leadership skills and the ability to make decisions;
Strong listening and negotiation skills, acute sense of diplomacy;
Trustworthiness and a sense of responsibility;
Charisma and the ability to awake enthusiasm for the work the project involves;
Ability to use authority, when necessary;
Analysis and synthesis abilities (discenrment, pragmatism);
Ability to adapt;
Organisational skills, ability to be thorough and respect due dates;
Good people and communication skills;
Ability to remain calm and level-headed;
General ability to resist stress and particularly in unstable circumstances.

Mobility: Frequent travels in the country

Experience 0 à 3 ans
Fonctions Gestion de projets/programmes, Direction et administration
Secteurs d’activité Economie, Finance, Administration, Ressources Humaines
Pays Asie, Corée du Nord
Salaire / Indemnité Fixed-term contract: 12 months

Starting date: as soon as possible

Monthly Gross Income: from 2 640 up to 2 970 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, etc.
Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation
Housing in collective accommodation
Daily Living Expenses (« Per diem »)

Break Policy: 5 working days at 3 and 9 months + break allowance
Paid Leaves Policy: 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

Comment postuler Please send your application (CV and Cover Letter) to Aude-Cécile Leroy, Human Resources Officer for Expatriates, at
Date de fin de validité 30/06/2019

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