Handicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.

Handicap International is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious or political affiliation. It operates as a federation made up of a network of associations that provide it with human and financial resources, manage its projects and implement its actions and social mission.

Through its Emergency Response Department (ERD), created in 2006 after the merge with Atlas Logistique, the organization is committed to:

–          Emergency livelihoods : Essential Household Items (EHI)/Non-food items (NFI) kits distribution and/or cash transfer programs

–          Management and distribution of humanitarian assistance (logistics platform) : land transportation, storage, post-shipment of essential items or food supplies;

–          Camp management (provision of aid to refugees and internally displaced persons – IDPs, setting up of transitional shelters) and arrangement of the voluntary repatriation of these people;

–           Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) : access to drinking water (catchment – treatment – storage – distribution), to sanitation (latrine construction, waste management …) and hygiene promotion (disease vector control, awareness-raising on good WASH practice, hygiene kits distribution);

–          Shelter and community construction: emergency shelter and settlement, accessible community infrastructure and individual transitional shelters construction/rehabilitation;

–          Functional and physical rehabilitation (rehabilitation, provision of technical aids, of Prosthetics & Orthotics devices …);

–          Psychosocial support (one-on-one sessions, support/focus groups, therapeutic mediation groups …);

–          Inclusion and accessibility (advocacy and direct actions) to ensure the needs of persons excluded from services, and in particular the needs of persons with disabilities (PwDs) or persons with injuries (PwIs), are better addressed in the provision of humanitarian assistance.

Directly linked to the Emergency Response Department of Handicap International France, the expatriate will be mandated for the following mission:


During the last few weeks, the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq has been targeted by the militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). As a result of the civil war raging in Syria, ISIL was able to use Western Syria as a safe haven to lead an audacious campaign into Iraq. In August 2014, ISIL encroachment in Iraq reached a new threshold when it attacked Kurdish cities North of Mosul and in the Sinjar area, causing thousands to flee the persecutions. Meanwhile, the Kurdish security forces, the Peshmargas, proved unable to defend the territories it had control over. The crisis reached a climax in August when ISIL took control of Mosul’s dam. Starting Friday 8th, the US Air Force conducted a series of air strikes on ISIL positions in Iraq. A few days later, the UN raised the emergency level of the crisis in Northern Iraq to its maximum level. Subsequently, Handicap International took measures to address the current crisis in Northern Iraq.

Handicap International has been working in Iraqi Kurdistan since 1991. It also has a significant experience working in neighboring countries with refugees who fled the Syrian civil war. Handicap International has proved to be a valuable actor in bringing in its expertise to alleviate the situation of the refugees, and provide relief to affected populations in the region.



The expatriate will be under the responsibility and the line management of the HoM with the technical support of the Head of Safety and Security Unit at HQ level. Within the framework of developing an overall safety and security strategy in Iraq, he/she will be in charge of:

  1. Conducting security watch
  2. Management of safety and security in coordination with the HoM
  3. Ensuring and strengthening the HI security risk management model in country
  4. Training and management
  5. Reporting on the above mentioned activities to the HoM (the Desk on request).
  6. Reporting on security data and contextual development/analysis with the regional security advisor.


  1.  Conducting security watch


Gain a thorough understanding on safety and security issues in Iraq and develop an effective and efficient security related information collection.

  • Support the head of mission in the security watch. He is able to recognize, exploit and analyze the information that can have an incidence on HI operations.
  • Follow the evolution of local, national, regional and international context.
  • Ensure the link with the regional security advisor to share and strengthen analysis
  • Support the diversification of information sources in the field and capitalize information about key contacts.
  • Develop his own networking in order to gather and cross check information coming from the field and from HoM networks.
  • Assess what are the current security procedures of the others NGOs.
  • Attend external security meetings with the HoM and follows the security tree
  1.  Management of safety and security in coordination with the HoM


  • Propose to HoM improvements for the management of security in the mission, and participate to the planning of security procedures implementation.
  • Follow up the application of security procedures. He analyses and formalized lessons learnt to HoM.
  • Provide feedback and advice on security risks, as well as resources, security documents, strategies and good practice for safety and security management of the HI activities into country including direction for future proposals.
  • Recommendations for improving security of HI working sites and premises, setting up of new HI bases in area of intervention.
  • On the request of HoM, conduct security assessments (direct or indirect) on new areas of intervention or new ways to our area of intervention.
  1.  Ensuring and strengthening the HI security risk management model in country
  • Ensure that the mission is in-line with HI’s security policy; essentially the risks identified against staff, beneficiaries and assets should be accompanied with an analysis on how vulnerabilities can be reduced in order to mitigate those risks so that maximum program implementation is facilitated.
  • Ensure update and consistency of safety and security procedures, documents and tools, and their diffusion to the teams
  • Context analysis (internal and external) and potential scenarios having impact on safety and security of HI, on staff, on beneficiaries and on the humanitarian community
  • Mapping of security incident and data compilation
  • Methodologies for ensuring that security information is recorded and analyzed regularly
  • Assumptions and potential scenarios on how the security situation can evolve
  • Recommend mitigation measures to be implemented
  1.  Training and management


  • Assess risk behavior from HI staff (national and international)
  • Provide training and on the job training toward persons who have security responsibilities in the mission
  • Continuous appraisal of capacity needed and capacity building of staff
  • Organize minimum and context relevant training of all HI staff in general safety and security, including first aid, communication equipment, dressing code, etc.
  • Organize and provide extensive training on any security related issues to all HI staff ; induction for new comers, regular briefing for international and national staff on security rules and procedures and any other specific training for staff
  •  Reporting on the above mentioned activities
  • Facilitate regular reporting on your activities to the HoM upon his/her solicitation (daily meeting, coordination meeting, etc.);
  • Participate to the situation report (SITREP) by providing relevant data related to your position;
  • Participate to intermediate and final project report on safety and security topics when relevant
  • Provide a security report on monthly basis to HoM and HQ Head of Safety and Security Unit
  • Provide the desk officer with a mission report and/or handover document at the end of your contract;
  • Debriefing at HQ at the end of your mission (and during Home-Break).


Under the hierarchical supervision of: Head of mission

Under the technical supervision of:  Headquarters’ technical referents

Technical support to: Project Manager, Project Officer, Team leaders and other officers on technical-related issues.

Ville Iraq
  • At least 5 years’ experience at security officer position within international organisations
Langues parlées
  • English mandatory (oral and written)
Qualité du candidat
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Ability to work under high pressure and without constant supervision
  • Keen on developing the links and continuum between relief activities and development projects
  • Good organisational skills, co-ordination and the transfer of knowledge
  • Excellent communication skills and a commitment to team work
  • Ability to work under high pressure
  • Ability to work in a tense context with strict security measures
  • Proven experience in project writing and reporting
  • Previous experience in conflict zone is mandatory
  • Knowledge of the Iraq and/or Syrian context would be a distinct advantage
Fonctions Autre
Activités Autre
Localisation(s) géographique(s) IrakMoyen Orient
Contrat CDD
Durée du contrat 2 months
Salaire / Indemnité JOB CONDITIONS

  • Status: salaried contract
  • Remuneration: depending on experience + 457 EUR of expatriate allowance
  • Start: 01/11/2014
  • Living conditions: guesthouse shared with other expatriates (no charges)
  • Security conditions: high level of insecurity
  • Social insurance: 100% covered
Nom de la personne contact Valérie BABE
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Date de fin de validité 31/10/2014