Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians’ victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, 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 in average 190 projects by 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 4 million people in 22 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Caucasus and Europe.
Humanitarian situation and needs
Iraq is facing one of the most critical humanitarian crisis of the moment. Around 8 million people are currently in need of humanitarian assistance across most regions of the country.
Since the Iraqi Constitution was adopted in 2005 Iraq has been divided into federal regions that handle their own domestic affairs, reporting to Baghdad central government, who is also responsible for international affairs. Additionally, in the North, there is the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan (KRI) which includes three provinces: Erbil; Dohuk & Sulaymaniyah. There are ongoing tensions between KRI government and the Central Iraqi Government over how much authority is devolved and the distribution of finance from the oil found in the region.
Against this backdrop, in 2014, wide-scale violence and armed conflict erupted in Iraq when the Islamic State insurgency crossed the Syrian border. That same year, the cities Fallujah, Ramadi and Mosul fell in the hand of the terrorist group causing massive population displacement, especially from Anbar, Ninewa and Salah al-Din governorates. The fall of Fallujah and Ramadi in early 2014 pushed people south and west into Baghdad, with 80,600 families fleeing to the area, and the later fall of Mosel in the summer pushed populations both North into KRI and South to the governorates of Kerbala and Najaf.
The majority of the IDP population, nearly 800,000 people, were displaced in August 2014 when hostilities affected the Sinjar region in Ninewa Governorate. By November 2015, the governorates hosting the largest IDP population (1.5 million IDPs) were Anbar, Baghdad and Dohuk. In just over two years, the number of internally displaced population rose to 3.2 million in the country, 9% of this population are currently settled in IDP camps. Dohuk alone has 16 IDP camps. Continuing fighting plus governmental interventions mean that there is still ongoing displacement and a potential offensive against IS-held Mosul could cause displacement of a further 100,000 people, most probably to KRI.
In addition, the Syrian conflict, which has been ongoing for the last 5 years, has pushed over 244,758 Syrian refugees into Iraq. Most of these refugees are Syrian Kurds and as such have settled in Iraqi Kurdistan, with 95,314 individuals are currently in Dohuk.
These displaced populations are highly vulnerable, and the United nations has declared this a Protection Crisis. A cholera outbreak in the country was confirmed in mid-September 2015 with 2,200 people reported to have been infected. There is a risk that the disease will spread due to heavy rain and lack of basic sanitary infrastructures in remote areas of the country especially in the southern governorates.
Our action in the field
PUI is currently providing large scale comprehensive health interventions in three governorates in both the north and south. Focusing on rural and hard to reach areas, as well as communities with over stretched services, through mobile health and surveillance teams, and outreach networks, and on camps to support and implement a structured heath system. In Dohuk PUI have a reach of 50,000 IDPs and 30,000 Refugees, in Ninewa 12,000 IDPs and 7,000 Refuges and in Najaf reaching 24,000 IDPs. WASH care and maintenance in camps, emergency latrine building, tool loan committees and hygiene kit distributions support IDPs and refugees to improve their health outcomes by improving living conditions and hygiene behaviours. In addition psychological support is run through mobile teams, and awareness of protection issues is being increased through outreach workers. PUI are improving living conditions of urban households implementing community quick impact projects and creating job opportunities (training centres and Professional Tool Kits) for 460 IDPs and returnees.
Focusing on the current governorates of work, PUI will continue to deliver an integrated package of services with health as the core response, expanding to cover WASH, livelihoods, psychosocial support, and protection as complementary interventions, in both urban and rural areas. Working in Dohuk, Bardarash, Najaf and Baghdad allows a comprehensive, fast, response to movement by IDPs out of Mosel, from Sinjar, and from Anbar in response to IS, to communities choosing, or being forced to return to “liberated” areas, and also to support the needs of refugees crossing the border from Syria. By working through mobile teams in both KRI and South Iraq it is possible to respond to new movements very quickly, to assess needs, and to reach areas that other actors and local government are unable or reluctant to serve. The Mobile health team in Ninewa currently work up to 6 km from the front line. Surveillance teams in the south will allow fast reactions to outbreaks, and planned responses, for example to cholera, will allow populations to be more resilient to communicable diseases.
As part of our activities in Iraq, we are looking for a Base Administrator.
The Administrator works in close collaboration with the Finance and Human Resources Coordinators in sound financial, accounting and budgetary management of the base as well as management of human resources, in compliance with the procedures of PUI and donors.
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Formation and experiences
Knowledge and skills:
Required Personal Characteristics:
Employed with a Fixed-Term Contract – 6 months
Starting date: January 2017
Monthly Gross Income: from 1 815 up to 2 145 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI
Cost covered: 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»
HOW TO APPLY:
Please send your application (Resume and Cover Letter) to Paula Cenalmor, Human Resources Officer for Expatriates at email@example.com with the following subject: « BaseAdmin-IRQ ».