Back Protection Coordinator – Iraq

  • Added Date: Thursday, 08 February 2018
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity.

Handicap International is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

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Present in more than 55 countries, Handicap International is composed of 2 operational directions: -The Direction of Humanitarian Action (DAH) -The Direction of Development Action (DAD)


Since the offensives of the group Islamic State (IS) in 2014, Iraq has been facing an internal armed conflict and a double humanitarian crisis, with high numbers of Iraqi internally-displaced people (IDPs) and Syrian refugees in need of humanitarian assistance. As of September 2016, there were 3,322,410 recorded IDPs and 245,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq.

The identification of the most vulnerable individuals among them, including people with disabilities, and the rapid response to their essential needs (both basic and specific) is a priority for the humanitarian community. In addition, Conventional Weapons (CW) and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) continue to impose a devastating human toll in Iraq. In contaminated areas, local populations, IDPs and returning populations are all at risk of death and injury.

The armed conflict and the humanitarian crisis in Iraq will continue throughout into 2017. In parallel, the economic and political crisis in Iraq is hampering the delivery of medical and socio-economic services, complicating the access and increasing the vulnerability of the general population, and in particular of persons with disabilities, all over Iraq.

Handicap International (HI) started its activities in Iraq in 1991. HI’s strategy in Iraq includes 3 main components:

  • Long-term development projects: support to civil society, access to services, awareness campaigns, community-based rehabilitation
  • Emergency response for Internally Displaced Persons and vulnerable host communities (provision of physical rehabilitation and psychosocial support services, support to local structure, inclusion, protection assessments,)
  • Mine Action: RE, victim assistance, survey and clearance of contaminated areas.

The current operations are implemented through direct intervention and through local partners in the Kurdistan region , in the disputed territories of Iraq (emergency and mine action projects) and in Central Iraq through partners. HI currently has a country coordination office in Erbil, three field offices in Erbil (Mosul Response), Kirkuk and Khanaqin and a support office in Suleymaniyah.


Protection activities consist of preventing causes and managing the consequences of violations of international Human rights Law, International human right law and National Customary law. Working alongside other members of the technical unit, programme staff and other actors in the field, the protection coordinator will be responsible for ensuring the mainstreaming of protection with focus on child protection and gender based violence reduction within the working locations of the HI teams and current HI projects. This will be implemented through the provision of training, capacity building and professional technical contribution to new project design, planning and implementation, and M&E to mainstream Child Protection and GBV through all Programme/project activities.

Under the line management of the Technical Unit Coordinator, with the support of HQ Technical Advisor, the Protection Technical Coordinator will be ensuring and guaranteeing the technical and quality framework related to protection and ensuring HI proper representation in sectorial working groups.

S/he will responsible for: -contributing to the overall strategic planning for HI’s mission and leading the definition of the Protection strategy in close link with the other sector of intervention(MHPSS/Inclusion/RE/Advocacy/Rehabilitation/Land Release…) -providing regular technical guidance and support to HI’s project managers on field of expertise -contributing to the recruitment, inception and training of Protection related staff -leading the development and update of technical guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for mainstreaming protection -lead the design of training packages and IEC materials -contributing to HI’s external representation with other relevant actors and donors -consolidating protection concerns and actively contribute to HI advocacy actions -supporting and training the Project Managers and project officer in your field of expertise -providing input to all protection related mission reporting needs



  • Advanced degree in social sciences, social work, Humanitarian law, Human rights, political sciences, child psychology, international relations, etc
  • Previous experience working for an NGO
  • Previous experience working within protection in a humanitarian setting
  • Technical expertise in one area of child protection, disability, GBV and /or general protection including case management and protection monitoring are essential


  • English mandatory (oral and written), Arabic would be an asset
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong capacity to represent the association
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Development of training materials, coaching and accompanying a team

Personal qualities:

  • Ability to think strategically and contribute to the submission of innovative proposals
  • Ability to work under high pressure and without constant supervision
  • Excellent reactivity and flexibility in all circumstances
  • High capacity to organize his/her work, and manage priorities
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Experience to work under difficult security situation
  • Experience in Middle East would be an asset


  • Starting date: 15/02/2018
  • Length of the contract: 4 months (with possible extension)
  • Salary from 2750 € (gross) / month regarding the experience of the candidate
  • Perdiem: 483 € (net)
  • Hardship allowance: 250€ (net)
  • Insurances: medical health coverage, retirement planning, repatriation
  • Paid holiday: 25 days per year + R&R: 5 days every 3 months
  • Status: individual
  • Housing: collective housing fully covered by Handicap International

This vacancy is archived.

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