Mines Advisory Group Job Vacancy: Country Director - Iraq

Country Director – Iraq

The total salary package for this position is £52,960 - £57,424 per annum* including basic salary, hardship allowance, programme management allowance and cost of living allowance.

About MAG:
MAG saves lives and builds futures by working with others to reclaim land contaminated with the debris of conflict, to reduce the daily risk of death or injury for civilians, and to create safe and secure conditions for development. MAG shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize as a founding member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines for our work to ban landmines. Our vision is a safe and secure future for men, women and children affected by armed violence and conflict.

About the Iraq programme:

Following decades of conflict, Iraq is heavily contaminated with landmines and other unexploded ordnance (UXO) and the ongoing regional crisis has added to the scale of this problem. MAG has been working in Iraq since 1992 and after expansion into new area over the past 12 months; we currently have 600 national staff and 88 teams operating in 6 areas in northern Iraq. By clearing hazardous areas, MAG has enabled new schools, roads and hospitals to be built, opened up vital trade routes and allowed communities to use their farming land in safety, giving them greater food security and an escape from poverty. Most recently, our work has supported the safe expansion or establishment of camps for displaced people and clearance of areas of return, as well as delivering Life-Saving Risk Education For Those Fleeing The Violence.

About the role:
MAG is recruiting a Country Director to lead our programme in Iraq. This is an exciting time to join the MAG Iraq team, leading emergency response activities as well as managing longer-term existing programming, in a rapidly changing context. Reporting to the Regional Director, you will be MAG’s most senior representative in Iraq, responsible for the effective integration of strategic, programmatic and operational management and the development of new business, in compliance with contractual obligations and MAG’s mission and mandate. You will have a wide variety of strategic responsibilities including contract management, donor liaison, business development, people management, capacity building and risk management. This position is based in Erbil, with travel to MAG’s operational bases as and when required

About you:
Previous experience in the mine action sector is not essential however you will need extensive experience working overseas at a senior management level managing large scale programmes. This should include extensive experience of managing a multi-million and multi-funded projects, with experience developing new business and representation to the highest levels. The successful candidate will also need excellent people management skills and the ability to manage support functions including HR, administration, logistics and finance. Finally, the successful candidate will have demonstrable experience of working in complex political and volatile security contexts and the tact, diplomacy and tenacity needed to lead MAG’s largest programme.

For the further information on the role, the application form and details of how to apply, please visit, the MAG website at CLICK HERE by the closing date of 19 March 2017.