International Organization for Migration (IOM)- Erbil
As the Government of Iraq (GOI) moves forward with camp closure and consolidation, there is an urgent need
to address barriers to safe and dignified return of IDPs. Families who face complex barriers to return,
including those with perceived affiliation to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), require tailored
support that can help them to address complex return and reintegration challenges, including stigmatization,
systematic lack of access to civil documentation, rejection by communities in areas of origin, risk of
retributive attacks, and, in some cases, banishment from communities or tribes.
IOM’s Community Stabilization Unit (CSU) is responding to these complex challenges with a range of
support to IDPs and returned IDPs, including legal assistance, protection services, MHPSS, social cohesion,
and community engagement, alongside other assistance provided by IOM related to facilitating return
movements and reintegration. As part of its return and reintegration programming, CSU is looking to expand
its engagement with the Tribal Directorate in order to explore how tribal mechanisms may contribute to a safe
and dignified return process. In recent years, tribal mechanisms have increasingly been used to facilitate
complex returns due in part to the lack of alternative solutions and also to the cultural context established in
Iraqi society where it is customary for the tribe to protect women, children, and the elderly. By engaging with
the Tribal Directorate at provincial level, IOM aims to identify individualized solutions that may help to
facilitate voluntary and sustainable return, respecting the principles of do no harm, conflict sensitivity, and
general protection principles.
Under the general guidance of the Chief of Mission (CoM), the overall supervision of the Head, Community
Stabilization Unit (CSU), the administrative supervision of the Head of Sub Office (HoSO) and the direct
supervision of the Stabilization Coordinator (South-Central Iraq), the incumbent will be responsible for two
inter-linked areas of work: (1) provide oversight of IOM’s social cohesion programming in AAF camp. This
programming aims to improve social conditions in the camp and identify and (start to) address social cohesion
issues that impede return, while also contributing to the prevention of violent extremism; and (2) provide
oversight of IOM’s engagement with the Tribal Affairs Directorate as it relates to the individual or case
management level, and the facilitation of return and reintegration of IDP families via tribal mechanisms. This
engagement will begin in AAF camp but may extend to other provinces as well. While the initial operational
focus of the role is on AAF camp, the position is expected to undertake regular travel to areas of IDP return so
as to understand the conditions and monitor the outcomes of facilitated returns and may also expand to other
camp and non-camp-based sites of displacement.
Core Functions / Responsibilities
1. Oversee IOM’s social cohesion programming in AAF camp, including program design, operational
needs, staff supervision, budgeting, and reporting.
2. Ensure timely and effective execution of social cohesion activities and operational plans in AAF
camp, as well as efficient, transparent, and accountable use of allocated funding.
3. Provide technical oversight and day-to-day supervision of field staff working in AAF camp (and other
designated locations, as they arise) who are engaged in CSU’s programming to facilitate returns via
coordination with the Tribal Affairs Directorate.
4. Liaise with the Provincial Tribal Affairs Directorate in order to explain IOM’s approach and guiding
principles and provide oversight of the engagement on IDP return.
5. Oversee coordination with IOM’s protection team, protection partners, camp management and
Directorate of Tribal Affairs.
6. Ensure camp management approval of planned activities in AAF camp and prepare analytical or
policy documents to document these plans (as required).
7. Conduct regular travel to areas of IDP return (which may include Nineveh, Anbar, Salah al Din,
Diyala, and other areas as relevant) in order to address relevant issues with provincial tribal
committees and local authorities.
8. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the direct supervisor.
Qualifications & Preferred Skills
Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Social Science Studies, Law, or a related field from an
accredited academic university or institute with Minimum of two years’ experience in implementing
projects and/or government policies in community stabilization, protection, transitional justice,
peacebuilding, social cohesion and/or development interventions in conflict and/or post-conflict
settings, at least one year of which must be in a managerial position or:
Master’s degree in Political Science, Social Science Studies, Human Rights, or a related field.
Experience and Skills:
Experience in leading in cooperation and coordination with government actors, security actors,
community leaders, and/or other relevant stakeholders
Experience with social cohesion, peacebuilding, and/or reconciliation related programming
Familiarity with the Iraq context, and specifically the challenges related to the return of families with
perceived ISIL affiliation
Demonstrated experience in writing analytical reports
Familiarity with tribal structures and mechanisms in Iraq [desirable]
Experience with case management [desirable]
Experience with protection programming and principles [desirable]
Fluency in English and Arabic is required.
Any other language is an advantage.
Work prioritization and ability to multitask.
Shares knowledge and experience.
Positive, constructive attitude.
Ability to work and act under pressure with discretion in politically sensitive environment with a
minimum of comfort.
Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view.
Ready to work independently, under tight deadlines.
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Ability to work in a multi-cultural team environment with a positive attitude.
Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty.
Strives for supportive working environment and positive working relationship.
Creates a respectful office environment free of harassment, retaliation, and promotes the prevention of
sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA).
How To Apply
While this vacancy is open to both Internals and Externals, priority shall be given to qualified Internal applicants.
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