Iraq: OCHA-Civil-MilitaryCoordination Officer-P3-Erbil, Iraq

Organization: CANADEM
Country: Iraq
Closing date: 08 Feb 2017

CANADEM is seeking seasoned professionals with previous relevant experience with Civil-Military coordination who are available for an immediate deployment to Erbil, Iraq as a seconded expert with the OCHA for a 3 month contract.


The humanitarian crisis in Iraq is complex and deepening. It has been designated as a system-wide Level 3 emergency by the IASC since August 2014. Two years after ISIL began taking territory in Iraq, the crisis continues to accelerate and deteriorate as the Counter-ISIL Coalition military operations regain territory. Over 10 million people are estimated to need some form of humanitarian assistance and protection, double the amount in 2015; of these, some 3.2 million are internally displaced persons spread across the country in some 3,800 locations; another one million have returned home, many to areas which are partially or fully destroyed. The military campaign to retake Mosul city from ISIL commenced on 17 October. There are grave concerns for the women and men, girls and boys caught up in what could become, the single largest and most complex humanitarian crisis in the world in 2016. The Iraq operation remains underfunded and human resources remain insufficient in terms of numbers and expertise to ensure a timely, predictable and well-planned response to the escalating situation.

The OCHA office in Iraq was re-established in 2014 following the rapid deterioration of the humanitarian situation. In the first year it operated largely through surge support; in 2015 significant progress was made in recruiting long-term staff and transitioning away from reliance on surge. However, the Mosul response will be of such a scale and complexity that the staffing structure requires temporary augmentation to prepare, manage expanded field operations, and ensure high quality reporting and public information is achieved on a near real-time basis, given the high-profile nature of the event. Beyond the Mosul offensive, though closely linked, other areas continue to be affected by tensions and ongoing hostilities.

Main tasks and duties to be executed

· Support the planning and undertaking of humanitarian access / security missions;
Ensure reporting on missions, including follow up activities, is undertaken in close collaboration with the HOC; Facilitate communication between the CMCoord cell and stakeholders and key interlocutors;

· Support the functioning of the Operational Working Group on a weekly basis;

· Undertake other tasks as may be requested by the Head of the CMCoord cell due to changes in the pace and development of the humanitarian operations.

Specific required skills (languages, experience, etc.)
Advanced university degree (master’s degree of equivalent) in political science, public administration, international studies, economics, engineering earth science or related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of advance university degree.

Work experience

· A minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience in humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management. Humanitarian experience in the field is required.
Language requirements:

· Fluency in oral and written Arabic and English is essential.


Completion of the UN-CMCoord Course and UN-CMCoord Officers’ Course is highly desirable; ability to work in highly stressful working and living conditions an advantage. Previous experience in and good knowledge of country/region environment is an advantage.

How to apply:

If you have all of the above-mentioned skills, please register with CANADEM before contacting us. This can be done on our website at . Then send an email no later than the 8th of February, 11:59 pm EDT to with a Subject Line: “OCHA-Civil-Military Coordinator-Iraq” In your email, please include an updated resume, date of availability, your current location, and a phone number where we can reach you

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