Syria/Iraq – Hub Director (M/F) – Erbil

  • Contract
  • Iraq
  • Posted 2 months ago

Solidarités International

Desired start date: 1st of July 2024
Duration of the mission: 12 months
Location: Erbil


SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL (SI) is an international humanitarian aid association which, since more than 40 years, has been providing assistance to populations affected by armed conflicts and natural disasters by meeting their basic needs for food, water and shelter. Particularly committed to the fight against diseases linked to unsafe water, the leading cause of death in the world, SI’s interventions provide expertise in the field of access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, but also in the essential area of food security and livelihoods. Present in some twenty countries, the SI teams – 2500 people in total, made up of expatriates, national staff, permanent staff at HQ, and a few volunteers – intervene with professionalism and commitment while respecting cultural norms.


SI has been working in Syria since 2012, and is today operating in North East Syria (NES) and North West Syria (NWS)

The NES programs provide an integrated assistance in the WASH, NFI, Shelter, FSL sectors to displaced populations and host communities affected by the conflict.

The NWS programs provide WASH and NFI/Winterization support to affected populations.

In NES and NWS, the lifesaving activities are:

  • Wash – emergency package in IDPs settlements,
  • Distribution of NFIs and cash for vulnerable populations,
  • COVID Response (WASH in Health, distributions).

And in NES, SI is implementing more sustainable activities:

Individuals’ houses rehabilitations

SI has had an operational presence in Iraq since 2017 to respond to post-conflict emergency needs of multi-displaced populations in Ninewa Governorate. SI has particularly been working in informal settlements and collective centres to provide WASH and shelter assistance to those affected by protracted displacements as well as by camp closures in October 2020.

SI strategy is now focused on ending displacement through Durable Solutions, including access to basic services, WASH and increased livelihoods while working towards Integrated Water Resources Management. SI also plans on partnering with civil society platforms and academics to strengthen water governance, improve sustainable access to water for multi-purpose use and mitigate socio-economic impacts of climate change on farmers, farming being the main livelihood activity.


General objective:

The Hub Director is Solidarités International’s official representative in a country/region, or in an part of a country.
S/He is in charge of the smooth running of the operations in North-East Syria (NWS) and Iraq.
S/He contributes to the development of the mission strategy, according to the geopolitical and humanitarian context, and ensures its implementation once it has been validated.
S/He monitors projects, ensuring that they are progressing in accordance with the Solidarités International charter and complying with internal and contractual procedures.
S/He mobilizes the material and financial resources necessary for the programs to run effectively and supervises the administration of these resources.
S/He coordinates the teams in place and ensures their security on the mission.
S/He is the direct liaison for Solidarités International’s multi-country coordination office

The main challenges:

New position with communication channels to be established – Need for very strong contingency planning in an unpredictable environment – Two countries with very different humanitarian contexts and programming (protracted crisis in NES – mostly recovery programming in Iraq).

Priorities for the 2/3 first months:

Ensure scale-up of our BHA funded operations (response to strikes in Hassakeh in particular), while engaging in an updated annual plan for 2025 in NES
Donor engagement for Iraq to further develop SI’s climate change and Integrated Water Resources Management programming and to respond to closure of IDP camps..
Settle the new Hub structure and ways of working between the 3 bases (Raqqa, Hassakeh, Iraq)


Experience :

  • 3-4 years of experience on a similar position
  • 5 years or more in the humanitarian sector

Specific skills :

  • Strategy development
  • Representation and Donor engagement
  • Excellent Management skills and internal communication
  • Experience of working with ECHO, AFD and BHA would be an asset
  • Experience in development/recovery settings would be appreciated
  • Excellent records in security and crisis management required


  • English necessary
  • Arabic would be an asset


A salaried position:

According to experience, starting from EUR 3740 gross per month (3400 base salary + 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly) and a monthly Per Diem of USD 750.

SI also covers accommodation costs and travel expenses between the expatriate’s country of origin and the place of assignment.

Breaks: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of 7 working days every three months (with a USD 850 break allowance, allocated by Sl). To these breaks periods, SI grants one (1) additional rest day per month worked.

Insurance package: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which refunds all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.

Family posting


  • Good living conditions in Erbil
  • 50% of the time in North-East Syria (NES) expected


Security inside NES is volatile and justifies specific arrangements for accommodation and displacements in the areas of intervention. While the context of Iraq is less volatile than in NES, restrictions of movement in Iraq may occur punctually and can lead to delays in some activities, in particular in Ninewa governorate.


Do you recognize yourself in this description? If yes, please send us your CV and cover letter!

Please note that CV-only applications will not be considered, and that the vacancy may close before the deadline.

Thank you for your understanding.

To learn more about Sl:

Solidarités International (SI) est déterminé à prévenir et à combattre tout type d’abus – tout acte d’exploitation, d’abus et/ou de harcèlement sexuels (SEAH) à l’encontre des membres des communautés bénéficiaires ou de ses collaborateurs et collaboratrices, atteinte aux personnes et/ou aux biens, fraude, corruption, conflit d’intérêt non déclaré, financement d’activités portant atteinte aux droits de l’homme – qui pourrait être perpétré dans le cadre de ses interventions. SI applique une tolérance zéro à l’égard de tout type d’abus, particulièrement des actes de SEAH.

Solidarités International est un employeur équitable qui combat toute forme de discrimination. SI ne demandera jamais une rétribution quelconque en vue de participer à un processus de recrutement.

Solidarités International (SI) is determined to prevent and fight all type of abuse – all act of exploitation, abuse and/or sexual harassment (SEAH) against members of beneficiary communities or collaborators, fraud, corruption, violation of persons and/or property, funding of activities harmful to human rights – that could be perpetrated in the frame of its interventions. SI implements a zero-tolerance policy regarding acts of abuse, notably acts of SEAH.

Solidarités International is an equitable employer committed to find all forms of discrimination. SI will ever ask for any remuneration to take part in a recruitment process.

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