H/F - Country Director - Action Contre la Faim - Erbil, Irak

01 Février 2023


ACF has been operational in Iraq since 2013. As of today, ACF Iraq is operational in Ninewa (with Field offices in Mosul and Sinoni), in Baghdad (with a representation office) and Basra (with a field office). ACF is implementing its humanitarian interventions in Iraq with an integrated, multi-sectorial approach, addressing WASH, MHPSS, Food Security & Livelihoods (FSL).

ACF is strongly involved in the coordination mechanisms (including a role as Deputy Chair of the NGO Coordination Comittee of Iraq NCCI), is an active member of the national WASH, FSL, Health, Protection and NFI/Shelter Clusters and technical working group of Nutrition and MHPSS.

We are looking for our next Country Director to lead our team and activities in Iraq.

The position is based in Erbil with travel to field offices in Mosul, Baghdad and Basra.



As Country Director, you ensure the overall implementation of the country strategy of the mission and the quality of the programmes; You coordinate new project proposals development in line with the country strategy - all done whilst ensuring effective leadership of Action Against Hunger, safety and security of staff and representation. More precisely :

  • You lead the Country Office
  • You implement the country strategy
  • You ensure safety and security of the team and beneficiaries
  • You manage the country office budget
  • You represent ACF towards external partners
  • You guarantee the prevention of frauds and power abuses



You have about 8 years of humanitarian or development experience with a Middle Eastern experience in a senior management role. 

You show advanced leadership and project management skills with at least 3 years of previous experience as Country Director. You demonstrate knowledge of best practices in country team and performance management.

 You show excellent knowledge and understanding of working in a complex, very constrained and sensitive environment; Excellent negotiation skills, and politically astute. 

You are experienced in identifying, analysing humanitarian needs & designing potential responses, and follow up with technical referents proposal writing, concept notes, etc.

You have significant experience with external representation and promotion of programs with stakeholders and potential donors, and able to generate goodwill towards the program with the intention of raising funds and the country grant. You show an extensive knowledge and understanding of humanitarian coordination mechanisms and Nexus between Recovery and Development. 

You have experience of managing security in a volatile environment. 

Excellent knowledge and understanding of the Iraqi context would be an asset. 

Excellent command of English language. Knowledge of Arabic would be an asset.



  • 12 months fixed term contract under French legislation
  • Starting beginning of February 2023
  • Monthly gross salary from 3300 to 3800 € upon experience 
  • Accompagnied assignment (couple only)
  • Monthly per diem and living allowance: 587$ net, field paid
  • Monthly country allowance: 450€  
  • 16% of the gross monthly salary for pension insurance reimbursement for non-French citizens 
  • Transportation and accommodation: Coverage of transportation costs and guest house
  • Medical coverage: 100% coverage of health contributions (CFE + complementary health) and repatriation insurance
  • Leaves and RnR: 25 days of paid leaves per year, 20 RnR per year and 215 € at each RnR period
  • Training: Free and unlimited access to the certifying e-learning platform Crossknowledge ©

ACF is committed to people with disabilities and actively fights against all forms of discrimination.



Manager word: Iraq is a complex and challenging country. With interventions across the country, a variety of approaches (resilience / recovery / development / humanitarian) and sectors (FSL, MHPSS, WASH), the position offers a a unique role, at a key moment (shift towards more long-term programming), along with a strong, skilled and dedicated team.  An opportunity for any leader to both test themselves and be at the front edge of providing high standards of humanitarian and development assistance


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