Safeguarding Manager, Iraq

12 months Fixed Term

The starting salary package for this position is £42,904 GBP / approx. $57,938 USD including all allowances

About the Iraq programme:

Following decades of conflict, Iraq is heavily contaminated with landmines and other unexploded ordnance (UXO). The recent regional crisis has added to the scale of this problem. MAG has been working in Iraq since 1992 and has expanded into new areas over the last few years. We currently have approximately 750 locally recruited staff and 75 teams operating in seven areas across Northern Iraq, in both the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) and Federal 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. Our work over the last 4 years in particular has supported the surveying and clearance of contaminated land, as well as delivering life-saving risk education for those who have fled the violence and are now seeking to return. The HQ office for the programme is in Erbil, KRI, with 6 operational bases in various locations and a support office in Baghdad.

About the role:

This role will support the implementation of MAG’s safeguarding framework, and best practice across MAG Iraq and other programmes in the Middle East portfolio as required, ensuring that MAG staff are supported and the programme is not just compliant, but exceeding our safeguarding standards.

The post holder will work with the Country Director, and the Programme’s Senior Management Team, Managers, Team Leaders, and the HR Team (as well as the Safeguarding Team at the UK office). They will focus on strengthening a safe culture and environment, promoting safeguarding awareness, providing staff/survivor support and ensuring that across the programme, staff are encouraged and feel empowered to report.

The successful candidate will be responsible for implementing safeguarding policies and procedures, and conducting training sessions to raise awareness. A key requirement of this role is investigating and resolving Safeguarding issues in programme. They will also provide advice to managers when safeguarding issues are raised and support partner organisations with due-diligence when required. The post holder will also ensure that reporting mechanisms are established, managed and strengthened.

The base location for this position will be Erbil, with regular travel throughout the region.

About you:

We’re looking for a proactive and solution orientated candidate who brings experience of working in a safeguarding position, preferably in a stand-alone international NGO or charity setting. You will have experience of identifying and mitigating risks, conducting investigations and resolving safeguarding issues.

You will be expected to work across multiple teams, providing expert advice and guidance. This will require excellent stakeholder engagement skills with the ability to develop strong working relationships with colleagues. Excellent interpersonal skills will be essential including proven experience of influencing decision makers.

You will also have previous experience of supporting, designing and delivering internal training that will help develop confidence and competence within the programme to raise awareness of safeguarding and support with case management.

This as a great opportunity to play a vital part in MAG’s life-saving work.


MAG staff are rewarded with generous benefits:

  • Salary: The starting salary package for this position is £42,904 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'll have a minimum of six weeks out of the programme per year, pro-rated to the length of the contract
  • Flights: MAG provides three international flights home per annum
  • 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. For more information on MAG’s approach to safeguarding and background checks, please click here. You can also find more information in the candidate information pack, available through the link below.

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 candidate information pack, below:

MAG – Safeguarding Manager, Iraq - Application Pack

Application is by completed application form.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and the advert will close if a suitable candidate is found. Therefore, please submit your application as soon as possible to 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.