Bagdad Representative

Bagdad (missions to Erbil, Sinjar and Dohuk may be requested as well as to other operational areas in Iraq if needs be) / Starting date: 01/09/2020

About La Chaîne de l’Espoir

La Chaîne de l'Espoir (LCDE) is a French non-for-profit association founded by Professor Alain Deloche in 1994 and currently chaired by Doctor Eric Cheysson. This international aid association is independent and impartial. It works in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. La Chaîne de l'Espoir was formed by a network of medical and surgical expertise. As a key player in the health sector, it is committed to providing medical treatment and education to children who need it most. It also supports the health systems in the countries in which it intervenes, by building and equipping structures adapted to the local context.

LCDE in Iraq

LCDE is implementing programmes in Sinjar that aim at rebuilding the healthcare system that was previously destroyed, contributing to the early recovery and stabilization of Sinjar District.

The 1st programme aims at supporting the primary health care centre of Sinjar by building and equipping an operating theatre. A second phase (yet to be launched) consists in recruiting and managing a team to run the surgical block.

The 2nd programme aims at building the Sinjar French Medical Institute (a modular hospital). The SFMI will provide health care to men, women and children of all ages. It includes a mother and child unit, and will also be designed to include outpatient consultations, medical imaging, a laboratory, a pharmacy as well as the hospital's first logistics and energy premises.

All programmes are supported by the Iraqi Ministry of Health (MOH) and the French Government through its Centre of Crisis and Support (CDCS). The SFMI programme is also supported by the Madad Fund of the European Union for the equipment.

As part of its legal obligations toward the Government of Iraq, LCDE is recruiting a Representative in Bagdad.

General scope of the position

The Bagdad Representative contributes to representing LCDE externally and to building the necessary understanding, acceptance and support of LCDE among key stakeholders in Bagdad. S.He builds and maintain relationships with the General Secretariat for the Council of Ministers, Ministries and other key organisations in Bagdad.

Essential duties and responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the country steering committee, and within the limits of delegated authority, the Bagdad Representative:

  • Manages relationships with the Council of Ministers regarding LCDE registration in Iraq (with the support of LCDE lawyer in Iraq);
  • Submits the annual report and other required information to the Council of Ministers as part of LCDE’s obligations toward the Government of Iraq;
  • Shares data and any other documents pertaining to the implementation of its activities with the relevant stakeholders (Ministry of Health, Ministry of Planning, partner organisations, etc.) as required by the General Coordinator for infrastructure, the General Coordinator for operations or the Medical Coordinator;
  • Cooperates and collaborates with stakeholders and relay requests from LCDE office in Erbil and/or from the partners in Sinjar, including the DoH;
  • Collects information on National Laws and Regulations (taxes, labour laws, construction, etc.) and shares them with the Country Office in Erbil;
  • Collects information on Public Health strategies, statistical data or surveys and shares them with the Country Office in Erbil;
  • Represents LCDE to various audiences, maintains contact and communicates with different interlocutors, and identifies key opportunities and events for LCDE to position itself as a key player for health issues in Iraq;
  • Identifies opportunities for expanding projects or activities (i.e cooperation with hospitals or organisations providing trainings and/or willing to collaborate with LCDE on different issues);
  • Prepares briefing notes and talking points for the Field Steering Committee members and Headquarters mission in Bagdad and facilitate meetings with relevant stakeholders;
  • Support the General Coordinator for infrastructure and the Logistics Coordinator with the management of suppliers located in Bagdad.

Qualifications

Education

University degree in political science, international relations, law, communication, public administration, engineering or a related field is required.

Work experience

  • 3 years’ work experience in operational communication, or as liaison and advocacy officer/manager is required.
  • Specific technical knowledge and competencies and/or previous experience on hospital construction is desirable.

Languages

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Arabic.
  • Knowledge of Kurdish is desirable.
  • French is an asset.

Personal qualities

  • Adherence to humanitarian principle and LCDE’s code of ethics;
  • Strong communication skills: speaks and writes clearly and effectively, listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately, asks questions to clarify, tailors language to match the audience, etc.;
  • Ability to gather, analyse, and present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner, etc.;
  • Strong organisational capacities and ability to perform under minimum and remote supervision;
  • Demonstrated capacities to work with colleagues and interpersonal skills;
  • Willing to learn and develop technical knowledge and capacities so as to better convey messages to stakeholders;
  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy;
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office Package.

Contract conditions

  • National 12 months part time (2.5 days per week) contract. Possibility of renewal.
  • Salary range: approx. 800 usd/month (net salary), according to profile and experience.
  • Position based in Bagdad with missions to Erbil, Sinjar and Dohuk as well as to other operational areas in Iraq if needs be.

How to apply

Applications comprising a cover letter and a CV with at least two references should be addressed to LCDE recruitment team with the subject “Recruitment LCDE - Bagdad Representative”, by email to recrutement@chainedelespoir.org.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Deadline for application: 23/07/2020

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