Country Director

Posted almost 2 years ago by Qandil Swedish Humanitarian Aid
Location Erbil Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector NGO


  • Responsible for overall Qandil’s operations, managed from the Country Management Office in Erbil (CMO), This includes budget and human resources.

  • Overall responsibility for the operational and strategic planning and development of the programs in close cooperation with the Secretary General. Enforce Qandil´s policies and strategies.

  • Develop and promote Qandil’s role within the civil society’s organisations.

  • Promote gender equality and non‐discrimination policies with regards to ethnic, political and religious background in the organisation and its programmes.

  • Ensure regular and on time projects reporting, activities, strategic plans, annual work plans & budgets are shared with with the Secretary General.

  • Ensure that the organisation will built on the current strategic development and organizational structure, procedures and capacities that have reached.

  • Establish and strengthen the relationship with relevant stakeholders such as authorities, institutional donors and civil society actors are important aspects of the position.

  • Promote a positive learning environment to enhance the quality of program design and deliver.

  • Supervise project proposals, making sure that they aligned with donor’s requirement.

  • Have a primary responsibility for overall management of safety and security for the country program

  • Maintain QANDIL as a partner of choice for major International donors.

  • Develop and maintain a high level of understanding of donors’ priorities, country plans and planned funding initiatives.

  • Maintain and expand active representation with key donors, host government officials, local stakeholders and relevant policy and coordinating bodies.



  • At least, a university degree in Development studies, Management, Political Science or a relevant field.

  • Experience of at least 5 years in the international development program management in the complex contexts.

  • Relevant work experience at senior leadership management positions within international development and humanitarian context.

  • Experience in budgeting and budget planning.

  • Experience and good understanding of the role of civil society organizations in development processes in the conflict and/or post‐ conflict countries.

  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills in English. Arabic and/or Kurdish are strong merit as well as Swedish.

  • Knowledge and background on the history of humanitarian work in Iraq or Middle East.



  • Strong commitment to humanitarian aid and human rights.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to prioritize and delegate when necessary.

  • Able to genuinely bring in development, innovative ideas and deliver results.

  • Being a team‐builder and able to make decisions, work and handle situations in a stressed environment.

  • Honest, open‐minded, flexible, proactive, tolerant and patient.

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Qandil Swedish Humanitarian Aid


QANDIL is a not-for-profit, non-governmental, non-political, and non-religious Swedish humanitarian aid organization that was founded in 1991 in Stockholm, Sweden. Initially focusing on raising awa...

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