Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Since the Government of Iraq declared that combat operations against the Islamic State Group (IS) had ended in 2017, Iraq has been recovering from the significant damage and destruction caused by the armed conflict. Of the more than six million Iraqis who fled their homes since 2014, 4.5 million Iraqis have returned to their area of origin and 1.4 million remain internally displaced. Many Iraqis have returned to areas that lack basic infrastructure, services and livelihood opportunities, or where explosive devices have not been cleared. Other challenges returnees and secondarily displaced people face include the lack of security, community acceptance, housing, property and civil documentation issues as well as critical educational and health service gaps. Throughout this, Iraq continues to host over a quarter of a million Syrian refugees.
The UN estimates that more than 4.1 million Iraqis will need assistance in 2020, 1.77 million of them in acute need. With military operations against IS group having ended, the Iraqi government faces new challenges to ensure an inclusive reconstruction and reconciliation that will sustain peace. Since 2010, NRC Iraq has been assisting internally displaced Iraqis, Syrian refugees, returnees, and host communities in Ninewa, Dohuk, Erbil, Kirkuk, Basra, Salahdeen and Anbar Governorates.
We focus on assisting the newly displaced, those experiencing protracted displacement in camps, and people returning to and living in hard-to-reach places by improving their chance of obtaining a durable solution. NRC runs integrated programmes across Iraq to respond to people in need using our shelter and settlements, education, camp management, legal assistance, livelihoods, and cash activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
The newly formed Education Consortium of Iraq is planning to start a 36-month project, titled Ejtyaz (Crossover) across six Iraqi governorates:
Anbar, Diyala, Duhok, Kirkuk, Ninewa and Salah al-Din. Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) leads the consortium, in partnership with Mercy Corps (MC), Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP), and Save the Children (SC). The project will support children to prepare for, enter, participate, and succeed in formal education, while assisting youth to obtain the necessary skills to transition to adulthood.
The Ejtyaz theory of change proposes that through transformational change at system and community levels, when: a) access to and quality of formal education are strengthened; b) learning environments are safer and more inclusive; and c) children and youth have increased capacity and opportunity for engagement, then this will result in improved learning outcomes, resilience and well-being for vulnerable, conflict-affected children and youth in Iraq.
This position will be part of the Consortium Management Unit and hosted by NRC, which has been working in Iraq since 2010 with all crisis-affected populations, including IDPs and refugees in and out of camps, returnees and host communities. Although hosted by NRC, including in terms of organisational procedures such as logistics, finance and security, there will be a degree of separation and independence of the consortium manager and consortium management unit to ensure more equal representation of all consortium members. The following is a brief description of responsibilities:
Context related skills, knowledge and experience: