Human Resource Manager NES, based in Iraq (f/m/d)

Job Description

arche noVa e.V. - Initiative for People in Need is an independent non-profit and non-governmental organisation (NGO) from Dresden/Germany working primarily in the field of humanitarian aid, rehabilitation and development. Our main focus is on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

arche noVa has been implementing projects for IDPs and host communities in Syria and Iraq since September 2012. For the support of arche noVa’s humanitarian aid projects and transitional assistance in North Syria in the fields of education, livelihood, food security and WASH, we are looking for a

Human Resource Manager NES, based in Iraq (f/m/d)

The Human Resource Manager North-East Syria is based in Erbil, Iraq, with frequent visits to project sites in North East Syria.
Start: a.s.a.p.
Duration: 9 months contract until end of 2023 with a 3 months probationary period. Extension is desired.

Your responsibilities
  • Strengthening and improving Human Resource system covering Erbil coordination office, Hassake & Raqqa field offices and ensure its smooth implementation
  • Ensure a good communication flow between the 3 offices
  • Reviewing, further developing and harmonizing staff procedures, performance indicators and salary system
  • Managing employment contracts in close cooperation with Headquarters (HQ) and Head of Mission (HoM) in accordance to applicable Iraqi / Syrian labour law – harmonizing employment contracts and salary system with the Iraqi Mission of arche noVa being based in Erbil
  • Preparing and implementing recruitments with a strong focus on gender balance in close cooperation with HoM, Head of Program (HoP) and relevant colleagues, including support for ToR and job descriptions
  • Developing in close cooperation with HoM and HoP local staff capacity building plans, organising and conducting trainings, including training on relevant policies of the organisation and ensuring its full implementation by own staff as well as by implementing partner organisation
  • Supporting HoM and HoP in terms of staff planning and developing organisation structure as per program needs; keeping the mission organigram updated and indication communications flows
  • Supporting the mission in improving its internal complaints mechanism; providing trainings and awareness raising session
  • Foster the corporate identity of field staff as integral part of the organisation
  • Developing & implementing inceptions for new local staff
  • Providing regular reports on HR development progress, challenges and plans to HoM and HoP
  • Conducting regular visits to field offices in North East Syria (NES)
  • Translating HR relevant key documents and interpreting during communications with staff
  • Providing advice to the Head of Mission in administrative and HR terms
  • Regular and close exchange with relevant colleagues of AN Iraq mission
Your competences
  • Relevant degree in a specific field of study. Certifications related to HR Management will be considered as advantage.
  • Strong decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • At least 5 years of practical experience in similar position in international humanitarian and/or transitional assistance
  • Having a strong intercultural background and a deep understanding of the Middle East culture and international NGO working environments
  • Solid field experience, including in remote and/or high security locations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Fluent in Arabic and English; German and Kurdish language skills would be considered as advantage
  • Highly computer literate with capacity in MS Office and related business and communication tools.
  • Motivated, proactive team member with high frustration tolerance and pro-active working attitude
  • The candidate must be willing and entitled to travel to NES

Nice to have:

  • Experiences in PSS and conflict management
  • Experiences with German donors
We offer
  • Competitive salary according to internal salary scale including per diems based on country context
  • International health and hazard insurance
  • 2.5 days leave per month (30 days per year)
  • Housing Allowance for individual living
  • Opportunity to implement your own ideas and to bring in experiences
  • Working with a highly motivated team dedicated to improving the lives of people in need
  • Possibilities for further personal and professional development
  • Possibility to balance work and life through flexible working hours
Erbil, Iraq
Application deadline

Please note that this is a non-family duty station. arche noVa takes staff care seriously. That is why a complete COVID 19 vaccination is essential for all our Expats.

Any employment with AN is subject to the following checks prior to your start date:

  • Receipt of satisfactory references
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the national location for this position

People with a migration background and people with disabilities are given preferential treatment if they are of the same suitability and ability. arche noVa e.V. promotes equality and a non-discriminatory environment.

arche noVa is committed to creating an inclusive working environment, promoting and providing equal opportunities in employment.
We strongly encourage female candidates to apply for this position.

Deadline for application: 26.02.2023; as long as it is published
Please send your application documents (cover letter, motivation, CV, supporting documents and references) as well as your salary expectations in one pdf-document to Ms. Richter: bewerbung [at] Please describe your motivation of working for arche noVa and as HR manager NES and tell us your salary expectations.

Subject: HR manager NES

More information:

Susann Richter
HR and Compliance Manager
+49 351 271832-33
susann.richter [at]
We look forward to receiving your application.