Irak PUI recruits 01 Health Coordinator in Erbil

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UI recruits 01 Health Coordinator in Erbil


Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilian victims of marginalization and exclusion, or those hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapse by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The association leads on average 200 projects a year in the following sectors of intervention: Food Security, Health, Nutrition, Construction and Rehabilitation of infrastructures, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Economic Recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 6 million people in 23 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.

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Humanitarian situation and needs:

Iraq has suffered nearly 37 years of conflict and unrest starting with the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s which lasted for 8 years and resulted in around a million people being killed as well as dealing a significant blow to the Iraqi economy. This was closely followed by the annexing of Kuwait and subsequent First Gulf War in 90s which saw heavy causalities and destruction of the Iraqi infrastructure. The 2003 invasion of Iraq by the US led coalition saw even more upheaval and conflict for this population. After a short period of relative stability between 2009 and 2012, the rise of Islamic State group (ISg) in 2014 and its seizure of, at one point, an estimated 40% of Iraq including Fallujah, Tikrit and Mosul, Iraq saw mass population displacement and the exposure of the people of Iraq to multiple and cumulative acts of violence. The military operation to retake areas under IS control has been officially completed end of 2017 however some pockets of ISg fighters remain active up to this day. Iraq as a whole has been facing one of the most critical humanitarian crisis of the moment. Starting from 2014, the conflict engendered mass displacements, and left up to this day more than 8.7 million people requiring humanitarian assistance. In the end of 2018, more than 4.1 million people returned to their area of origin, and over 1.8 million are still displaced. There also remain approximately 225,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq whom have been displaced since 2013.

Our action in the field:

PUI, present and registered in both Republic of Iraq and Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), is operating in four governorates (Dohuk, Ninewa, Baghdad, and Anbar) and has been responding to the emergency health and WASH needs during the ISg crisis with the aim to be as close as possible to the frontline and be involved in immediate response in accessible areas. Over the crisis, PUI has been positioned as a major health and WASH actor and a first responder in challenging areas with little humanitarian presence. PUI plans to maintain its current health and MHPSS activities in camps as long as the populations are not able to return. Iraq being today in a recovery phase, PUI intends to transition from mobile to static health and MHPSS interventions by supporting existing health facilities. PUI strategy’s for the coming months is also to develop a more integrated approach, linking health, WASH, shelter and livelihoods interventions in areas of return to ensure that basic needs of the populations are covered.

PUI has been present in Iraq since 1997. The programming has spanned the sectors of health, WASH, protection, shelter, food security and livelihoods, through an integrated approach, in both urban and rural areas, responding to the changing needs of the local communities. By 2010 PUI was targeting poor rural villages in Baghdad to help them regain livelihoods and restart agricultural production. Starting from in 2014, PUI has been supporting livelihood projects and promoting access to the job market through Professional Tool Kits and trainings.

As the war in Syria increased in severity the influx of refugees crossing into the Kurdistan Region of Iraq increased. PUI opened a Mission in KRI in 2013 to start to respond to these needs. PUI has been operating in several Syrian and IDPs camps from 2013 to 2017 (Gawilan, Domiz 2,and Bardarash), providing a basic package of health care services complimented by a WaSH response of active hygiene and sanitation watch out. Since 2015, PUI is managing the Primary Health Care Center in Bajet Kandala 1 camp, and is extending its spectrum of intervention to the delivery of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) services to the camp population.Due to severe fighting over the first quarter of 2017 in Western Mosul, the Government urged civilians to leave the area, resulting in mass
displacements. As a response, several camps opened in the south of Mosul to host these populations, and PUI intervened in Salamiyah 2 camp by providing emergency health care as soon as the IDPs started arriving there in June 2017. To this day, PUI is the sole healthcare actor in Salamiyah 2, providing 24/7 primary healthcare services and emergency stabilization and transfer, along with reproductive healthcare and MHPSS services.

PUI responded to the crisis by providing additional health care through Mobile Health Teams in Dohuk, Ninewa and Dohuk governorates to be as close as possible from the frontlines. The aim was to provide emergency health and MHPSS care to the people fleeing the conflict areas, and in addition WASH emergency interventions were done in Anbar to provide IDPs through emergency water trucking and implementation of sanitation facilities in transit sites. To this day, PUI is still intervening through a mobile health and mental health approach in Anbar and Ninewa, in areas with few available services. To allow a shift from emergency to early recovery in areas affected by the conflict, PUI is rehabilitating PHCCs in Ninewa and Anbar, with a focus on BEmONC (Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care) units and integration of MHPSS services. In addition, PUI is rehabilitating shelters and water treatment plants in Western Anbar, in hard to reach areas where few actors are intervening.

Click here for more information about our response to the crisis

As part of our activities in Iraq, we are looking for a Health Coordinator.

The Health Coordinator (HealthCo) enforces the mission’s Health strategy and the quality of current and future programmes during the design, implementation, and evaluation stages.
The Health Co will contribute to the identification of programmatic priorities through needs assessment, the design and direction for health programming in Iraq, as well as any other areas where needs are identified. In addition, the Health Co will ensure that the health program is implemented in accordance with international protocols, guidelines and best practices, providing support to programme managers and directly to national medical staff. S/he will promote quality of care in all PUI health services.

Main activities: 

Evaluation/Strategy: S/he takes part in developing the operating strategy and proposes new services to respond to needs identified in the target country. S/he carries out epidemiological monitoring for the country and analyses strengths and weaknessesfrom the point of view of public health

Programmes: S/he provides functional support, related to technical aspects, to technical managers during programme implementation.

Representation/Coordination: S/he coordinates PUI’s representation to partners, donors, and authorities within the sector, in the technical field of expertise, and ensures that information about the mission is properly distributed.

Human Resources / Training: S/he supports the health team (PUI employees), provides support to project managers for recruiting technical staff and oversee the technical training activities on the basis of identified needs.

Logistics and Administration: S/he ensures the activities for which S/he is responsible comply with logistical and administrative

Safety: S/he contributes to compliance with safety rules within the mission and communicates any safety-related information to the Head of Mission.


Do not hesitate to look at the job description below for all the details you need.

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Expériences / Formation du candidatTraining: Medical or ParamedicExperience: Previous experience with NGO, previous working experience abroad in managing health related projects.

Knowledge and skills:

Good written communication skills
Knowledge of programs management.

Software: Pack Office required, SPSS/STATA, Epi Info desirable.

Languages: English is required, French, Arabic and Kurdish are desirable.

Required Personal Characteristics:

Ability to work independently, take the initiative and take responsibility
Strong commitment in humanitarian principles
Resilience to stress
Diplomacy and open-mindedness
Good analytical skills
Organisation and ability to manage priorities
Proactive approach to making proposals and identifying solutions
Ability to work and manage professionally and maturely
Ability to integrate into the local environment, taking account of its political, economic and historical characteristics


Experience3 à 5 ans
FonctionsGestion de projets/programmes
Secteurs d’activitéGestion crise / post-crise, Santé
PaysMoyen Orient, Irak
Salaire / IndemnitéEmployed with a Fixed-Term Contract of 12 months.Startind date: As soon as possible.

Monthly Gross Income: from 2 200 up to 2 530 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with Première Urgence International.

Cost Coverde Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…
Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation
Housing in collective accommodation
Daily Living Expenses « Per diem »

Break Policy : 5 working days every 2 months + break allowance
Paid Leaves Policy : 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

Comment postulerPlease send your application (CV and Cover Letter) to Pauline Gallay, Human Resources Officer for Expatriates, at [email protected]
Date de fin de validité30/06/2019
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