Iraq: Senior Adviser in Public Health

Organization: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Country: Iraq
Closing date: 22 Jun 2017

Health Programm

Senior Adviser in Public Health


GIZ is implementing together with its Partner, the Directorate of Health, a program to improve the medical and psychosocial care for IDPs, refugees and the local population in the host areas in Dohuk Province.

To achieve this objective the project is active in three areas: 1) Strengthening the service capacity of primary health care centres (PHCs). Above all, this is about ensuring a more efficient and comprehensive range of services in the centres. 2) Improving emergency care at the Azadi Teaching Hospital in Dohuk. The expansion of the hospital should cater to the increased need for emergency care among the population. 3) Expansion of psychosocial support services. Here, the focus is on improving the quantity and quality of psychosocial support services for refugees and IDPs.


Main responsibilities:

  • Technical coordination of the project activities in two areas. In the first area the focus is on strengthening health services through supporting partners in developing an integrated approach to basic health care in all the PHCs of the province and capacity building for technical staff. The second area focuses on improving the services of psychosocial support. This mainly includes the assistance to DoH to develop a strategy for the improvement of psychosocial support and capacity building measures.

  • Focal point to the DoH Senior Management

  • Networking and strategic coordination with Health Cluster and relevant national and international organizations working in the field of Public Health

  • Managerial responsibility for budget, contracting of short-term technical experts and institutional partnerships with international organizations and national NGOs.

  • Organize and lead the assessments of project coverage areas and provide technical and programmatic advice to the Programme Director

  • Ensure there is a consistent and standard technical approach in line with relevant guidelines across all the Programme countries, whilst making the necessary changes taking into consideration of the country specifics and government requirements;

  • Routinely monitoring project progress, activity results and implementation costs against planning to ensure that actions supported by project are implemented effectively and efficiently as well as adjusted as necessary;

  • Attending all relevant technical meetings and maintaining excellent contacts with all partners and maintaining a detailed knowledge base of all relevant issues impacting public health;

  • Perform other duties as may be assigned.


Education: University/Masters degree, specialization in the Health area


  • At least 7 years’ relevant occupational experience in the field of Public Health

  • At least 5 years of management experience of complex tasks and responsibility for personnel

  • 8-10+ years professional experience with international organizations and public institutions

  • Very good networking skills and comprehensive knowledge of the health care sector in the governorate of Dohuk

  • Proven expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, operations research, health management information systems, reporting, data quality assessments, data analysis and presentation

  • Demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, organizational, team-building, and representational skills

  • Ability to apply research findings to practice

  • Excellent strategic skills

  • Excellent skills as adviser to Senior Management

  • Fluent in English

How to apply:

please send your CV/resume to the following email address: