Country Director – Syria Response, based in Erbil, Iraq

6 months Fixed Term (with possible extension)

The starting salary package for this position is £62,796 GBP / approx. $85,397 USD including all allowances

About the Syria Response programme:

MAG has been responding to the Syria crisis since 2013 working to support and protect conflict affected communities from explosive remnants of war, so that people can restore and pursue their livelihoods in a safe and secure environment, free from fear of death or injury. 

About the role:

MAG is recruiting a Country Director to lead our Syria response programme. This is an exciting time to join the MAG team, leading emergency response activities and working with relevant partners in a rapidly changing context.  Reporting to the Regional Director, you will be 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, security management, capacity building and risk management. This position is based in Erbil, with frequent travel in the region.

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 multi-million and multi-funded projects, with experience developing new business and representation to the highest levels. You will also need experience leading programmes in volatile security environments, ideally in the Middle East with experience monitoring and analysing security information, assessing threats, managing critical incidents and the development of security procedures. We are looking for candidates with excellent people management skills and the ability to manage support functions including HR, administration, logistics and finance. Finally, you will have demonstrable experience of working in complex political and volatile security contexts and the tact, diplomacy and tenacity needed to lead this programme.


MAG staff are rewarded with generous benefits:

Salary: The starting salary package for this position is £62,796 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, pro rata.

Flights: MAG provides three international flights home per year pro rata.

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 – Syria Response - Application Pack

    Please return the Application form to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so please apply as soon as possible.

    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.