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Head of Mission North Iraq / Country Director (f/m/d)

North Iraq

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 on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

The organisation is a member of Aktion Deutschland Hilft, an alliance of German aid organisations, and the Paritätischen Wohlfahrtsverband in Germany. Since 1996 arche noVa e.V. is certified by the German Central Institute for Social Issues (DZI).

arche noVa is implementing projects for IDPs in North Iraq/Kurdistan (Diyala and Kirkuk province) since September 2013. For the implementation of the arche noVa relief measures in the fields of WASH and basic health in northern Iraq, and for the development of further strategic activities we are looking for a Head of Mission North Iraq / Country Director (f/m).

The overall responsibilities of the Head of Mission (HoM) include operational and program management, fundraising, human resources management, financial management, communication and representation of arche noVa e.V. towards relevant authorities and other stakeholders. The HoM is based in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, with frequent visits to projects sites in Kirkuk and Diyala governorates.


October until 31st of December 2019
  • General management of the mission and further development of the organizational structure in close coordination with HQ
  • Guarantee the correct, efficient and effective use of logistical, financial and human resources
  • Provision of regular reports on programmatic, security and contextual matters to HQ
  • Represent AN at all levels and ensure active participation and coordination of AN with relevant Government Departments, other INGOs, NGOs, IOs, relevant UN clusters
  • Review and further develop and the AN’s country strategy to ensure its relevance and appropriateness
  • In close cooperation with the country management team and HQ, support and supervise the Iraq Country office, AN staff and the current country program. Oversee and direct:
    • The implementation, monitoring and evaluation of project activities as well as project results including budget monitoring
    • The checking of financial documents and signing
    • The drafting of accurate and timely project-related reports  
    • The establishment and updating of work plans, including monitoring and evaluation of the project at all stages
  • Frequently review and update the security plan based on thorough analysis
  • Prepare future proposals and identify new funding opportunities; support the team in the development of project ideas
  • Support the development and introduction of guidelines, templates and processes/SOPs for direct implementation, including (in close collaboration with the HQ Security Focal Point) safety and security, PSEA and complaint mechanisms
  • Where appropriate and feasible, visit to field offices and project sites for monitoring purposes
  • Oversee the preparation and maintenance of all HR and logistics document and records
  • Management of HR recruitment processes
  • Regularly evaluate performance of AN employees in coordination with direct line management
  • Coordinate AN visibility and PR activities with field staff
  • Fostering of a positive and accountable work environment


  • A College or University degree in Humanitarian/Development Studies, Economics, International Relations, Engineering or related
  • Minimum of 7 years demonstrated experience in international emergency and development project management (> 5 years in a leading position), including security management responsibilities in insecure / volatile environments
  • Fluency in English (written and oral)
  • Demonstrated experience in program and human resource management
  • Solid analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and networking capacities
  • Ability to represent AN in formal settings
  • Ability to effectively lead an intercultural team
  • Ability to work on establishing new organizational structures and procedures
  • Flexibility, ability to work under stress and capacity to meet tight deadlines

Nice to have:

  • Experience in WASH, basic infrastructure, livelihoods and/or rural development
  • Knowledge of German, Arabic and/or Kurdish is of advantage
  • Awareness of the Myanmar humanitarian, development, security and political context
  • Working experience in the MENA context
  • Knowledge of relevant donors with regards to funding and operation mechanisms especially on country level (like BMZ, ECHO, UN OCHA CBPF, UNDP, DFID, Unicef)
  • Knowledge especially in implementing emergency relief , transitional aid and/or development cooperation projects

Duration: until 31st of December 2019 (depending on the outcome of pending proposals) with a 6 months probationary period


Wir bieten
  • Competitive salary according to internal salary scale based on country context
  • International health and hazard insurance
  • Housing allowance or coverage of housing and utility costs
  • 2.5 days leave per month (30 days per year)



Please send CV, references and cover letter in one pdf document to: bewerbung [at] arche-nova.org

Subject: HoM Iraq


Kati Pretsch
Kati Pretsch
HR Referentin
0351 481984-33
kati.pretsch [at] arche-nova.org
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