Country Director, Iraq


The starting salary package for this position is £74,124 GBP per annum (approx. $91,000 USD) including all allowances.

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 800 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:

Reporting to the Regional Director, you will be responsible for the effective integration of strategic, programmatic and operational management, 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, people management, security 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:

You will have extensive experience working overseas at a senior management level in large scale programmes in the protection and/or humanitarian field. This includes extensive experience of managing complex multi-million dollar projects across a wide donor base as well as developing new business. You will have experience in leading programmes in volatile security environments, monitoring and analysing security information, assessing threats and managing critical incidents. Excellent people management skills and the ability to manage support functions including HR, administration, logistics and finance are key for this role.

Finally, you will have demonstrable experience of working in complex political contexts while representing the organisation at the highest level with multiple local, national and international stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have the tact, diplomacy and tenacity needed to lead MAG’s largest programme. Previous experience in the mine action sector is desirable but not essential.


MAG staff are rewarded with generous benefits:

  • Salary: The total salary package for this position is £74,124 per annum including all allowances, and this increases with service.
  • Accommodation: MAG will provide accommodation in-country.
  • Leave: We recognise our staff work hard and need the appropriate time out to stay motivated. You will have a minimum of six weeks out of the programme per year.
  • Flights: MAG provides three international flights home per year (for permanent contracts)
  • Insurance: All international staff are automatically covered by MAG's comprehensive insurance package including: Personal accident and medical expenses insurance; Death by natural causes insurance and access to 24-hour medical assistance including evacuation and repatriation.

Please see the candidate information sheet in the application pack for further details on these benefits.

Please note that as part of MAG's commitment to safeguarding, this post is subject to background checks before an offer of employment is confirmed.

MAG is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion. If you think you would be suited to one of our roles we would welcome your application regardless of your background. We strive to provide an inclusive and supportive working environment where all employees feel respected and supported in fulfilling their potential.

How to Apply

For further information about this opportunity, as well as the application form, please download the application pack below:

MAG – Country Director, Iraq - Application Pack

Please return the Application form to by the closing date of 27th March 2023.

Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we are not able to respond to every application. If you have not heard back from us within 3 weeks of applying, it means that your application has not been successful.