General coordinator (M/F) ,, Iraq

Employer: La Chaîne de l'Espoir
Location: Iraq
Closing date: 31 Mar 2016

NGO & mission presentation

A French non-profit organization founded by Professor Alain Deloche in 1994 and currently chaired by Doctor éric Cheysson, La Chaîne de l’Espoir (CDE) is a network of medical and surgical expertise. A key player in healthcare, the organization is committed to providing medical treatment to people who need it the most.

By performing surgeries (in France or on-site when possible), overseeing hospital projects and medical training programs as well as developing various education programs, La Chaîne de l’Espoir is currently active in thirty countries worldwide, pursuing its long term goal of providing these countries with the necessary tools and equipment to care for their patients themselves.

The CDE is operating in the field of cardiac pediatric surgery since 2005 in Irak and 2014 in the Iraqi Kurdistan (KRG). Following the massive influx of Syrian refugees and Iraqi IDPs the CDE has conducted an assessment mission in January 2016 in order to evaluate the need to increase its assistance.

The CDE is looking for a general coordinator to implement the designed strategy and assure a permanent presence of the NGO in KRG.

As general coordinator, you report directly to the Emergency coordinator based at the HQ in Paris. You will be responsible for overseeing all CDE’s activities in Irak, KRG.

More precisely, you:

Strategy implementation

Supervise the design and implementation of CdE strategy in KRG.

Identify humanitarian needs and support the necessary assessment and data collection to design accurate humanitarian strategies and approach.

Write the necessary documents, including contextualized, quality proposals, for donors’ awareness, report and fundraising.

Undertake pro-active prospection and propose alternative sources of funding. You guarantee the proper implementation of the donor’s grant and reporting.


Ensure regular liaisons with all external stakeholders in KRI and Iraq, including but not limited to NGOs, UN agencies, current and potential donors, authorities at Governorate, Regional (KRI) or country-level as necessary. (Share, inform, coordinate).

Representing CDE at relevant high-level meetings, such as the NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI), donor briefings, OCHA as well as supporting the rest of the coordination team within clusters and sector working groups as and when deemed necessary.

Ensure regular liaisons with the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) to raise issues of concern linked to policy and strategy.

Maintain and expanding CDE's network of key persons in-country, ensuring CDE remains up-to-date on evolution of the context, needs and funding opportunities.

Ensure the promotion of humanitarian and CDE principles towards all stakeholders during representational activities.

Mission implementation

Recrut & manage the national needed human ressouces.

Responsiblle for the overall security of the team in the field and for the proper organization of the mission.

Communicates with the logistics and administration departments at a headquarter level in order to have appropriate follow up of respective departments (supply requests, stocks, etc. and budget and expense follow ups) and solve problems as they arise.

Responsible for the setting up of correct working and living spaces.

Assure effective communication within the team and with the headquarter.

Establish planning & monitoring tools for activities and ensure budget follow up;

Manage planning, work-sharing and coordination of work with the different sectors

Analyze the programs’ activities and results and propose improvement.

Write a handover report at the end of the mission.


Master in humanitarian, political science, management/international relation, public health

Solid humanitarian background is necessary

Experience in management of health programmes would be an added value

Former experience as general coordinator/country director is required

Ability to work in a sensitive security context and to manage security and risks

Strong ability to develop comprehensive and inclusive country strategies

Excellent knowledge of project cycle management and programming

Strong team management skills in multicultural environments

Excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills, with a proven track record in forming effective relationships with a range of traditional, local and international authorities

Experience in Iraq is valuable

English fluent (oral and written) mandatory

French and arabic is an added value


Status : Employee

Contract : Fixed-term contract

Duration : 3 months

Starting date: March, 2016
Position based in Erbil, Irak KRG with regular field visits.

Contact :

François Dupaquier