Health Project Manager - NES

HI , Erbil, Iraq
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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 changing his name and becomes « Humanity & Inclusion ». HI, Humanity & Inclusion is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation with no religious or political affiliations operating in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

Since the organisation was first founded in 1982, we have set up development programmes in 62 countries and responded to many emergencies. Today we have a budget of around 150 million euros, with 3500 employees worldwide.

HI is engaged in an employment policy in favour of disabled workers.

For further information about the association:


The Syrian crisis is the greatest humanitarian crisis of the last 20 years. According to the latest UN figures, about 11.7 million people are currently affected by the crisis in Syria, including about 6 million IDPs, while over 5 million Syrians have sought refuge in neighbouring countries or in Europe. The current humanitarian response only provides a patchy and partial coverage of the growing humanitarian needs. Eight years after the beginning of the crisis, the number of injured persons in Syria keeps rising, with a severe lack of healthcare in many areas. In large areas of the country, the local economy is in bad shape local populations and IDPs are in need of livelihoods assistance. The inclusion of the most vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, in the humanitarian response remains a major concern.

HI is managing a large humanitarian program from three different hubs (Beirut, North-West and North-East), along three main pillars:

  • Support to health partners (hospitals, psychosocial support centers, local NGOs) for the provision of multidisciplinary rehabilitation services (physical rehabilitation, psychosocial support and/or prosthetics and orthotics) and standalone psychosocial support services, through training, technical supervisions and donations of assistive devices and/or equipment;

  • Education to the risks and effects caused by conventional weapons (including mines, explosive remnants of war and small arms light weapons) and non-technical survey of hazardous areas;

  • Livelihoods assistance, with a combination of cash for work, vocational training, small grants for businesses and apprenticeships;

Training and technical support to other humanitarian actors on the inclusion of persons with disabilities and other vulnerable persons in the humanitarian response (with a special focus on inclusive health and inclusive livelihoods).

The actual intervention is based on a mix of remote management of national teams, remote partnerships with local structures and organizations, and direct implementation programs.


Reporting to the Field Coordinator and in strong collaboration with the MHPSS Technical Support Specialist and the Rehabilitation Support Specialist, you contribute to the implementation of the mandate and the 10-year strategy of Humanity & Inclusion. You ensure optimal quality and impact of the projects implemented in the Field, through a delegation system with appropriate control mechanisms. You oversee the partnerships as well as the direct implementation of physiotherapy and PSS sessions to vulnerable persons, families and groups affected by the Syrian crisis. You support the development of Prosthetic and Orthotic services in collaboration with the health team to provide services to war wounded individuals.

You adapt usual HI activities’ modalities to the current covid context in Syria.

In this part, your different missions are:

  •  Implementation and Monitoring of the project in collaboration with the relevant services and in line with general standards and procedures, Project data management, project reporting, prepare and steers project evaluation and capitalization…
  •  Team Management : recruitment, career development, team meetings, ensure strict application and respect of the programme’s Internal Regulations by the project team….
  •  Representation (in coordination with the Field Coordinator): Contribute to HI’s external influence by participating in relevant networks when relevant; communicate on the project to partners, authorities and stakeholders when relevant
  •  Support Services: Monitor financial and logistics aspects of the activities under your responsibility and the respect of HI procedures, in close collaboration with the support departments and the Field coordinator.
  •  Reporting


  • You hold a degree in public health, physical rehabilitation or similar
  •  You have at least 3 years of professional experience in humanitarian / emergency contexts, and unsecured environment
  •  You have proven experience in the region (especially working within a similar system) would be an asset
  •  You have experience with databases would be an asset
  • You are fluent in English
  •  You are able to work under high pressure
  •  You have high level of autonomy and initiative.
  •  You are able to deal with rapidly changing context and plans


The North-East region (NES) where HI’s current first base is located is relatively isolated and the trip from the closest international airport in Erbil (Iraqi Kurdistan) to the 1st base takes around 8 hours by car, including the crossing of an international border. The 2nd base and 3rd base are around 3 / 4 hours by car beyond the 1st base, in distant locations.

International staffs live in collective guesthouses with 3 to 6 permanent staff and occasional visitors. Life conditions are good, with well-furnished individual rooms, full-equipped kitchens, ACs and heaters, and terraces/gardens.

Since the beginning of the Covid 19 crisis in Middle East, in April 2020, movement are often restricted by curfews settled by KRI and/or NES authorities. Due to quarantine / self-isolation periods or border closure, the project and the teams can have to be managed remotely from Erbil.


  •  Starting date : 1st October 2020**
  •  Length of the contract: 6 months

 Employee status:

  • Salary from 2214€ gross/month regarding the experience of the candidate

  • Perdiem: 530€ net/month

  • Hardship allowance : 250€ net/month in Erbil

  • Insurances : medical hearth coverage, retirement planning, repatriation

  • Paid holiday : 25 days per year

  • R&R : 5 days every 3 months in Erbil

  • Status : unaccompanied position

  • Housing : Collective taken in charge by HI