Senior Programme Officer, Iraq

The starting salary package for this position is £38,500 GBP / approx. $52,538 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 700 national staff and 100 teams operating in 7 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 is an exciting opportunity to join the team in Iraq. The Senior Programme Officer will support the Programme Manager with the implementation of grant management tools, including work planning, oversight and reporting and support with resource mobilisation efforts.

The post holder will work closely with relevant HQ departments in the UK and MAG’s operational staff in Iraq, managing and coordinating programme information and data to accurately draft proposals, reports and assist the monitoring of contractual compliance. They will work closely with the Programme Manager to create and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders in Iraq including donors, partners and other parties as required. The Senior Programme Officer will also be responsible for the design and oversight of project monitoring and evaluation tools.

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

About you:

You will need experience supporting projects and evaluating development or humanitarian projects, ideally overseas in a conflict / post conflict environment. The ability to establish strong working relationships in dynamic teams of national and international staff is essential. It is also important that you are self-motivated, flexible and have an enthusiastic approach to work. We are looking for candidates who have excellent communication skills, and strong experience writing reports and leading on proposal development for a range of institutional donors and have excellent literacy, numeracy and IT skills. The successful candidate will also have knowledge of monitoring and evaluation methodologies. This is a great opportunity to play a vital part in MAG’s life-saving work.


MAG staff are rewarded with generous benefits:

Salary: The total salary package for this position is £38,500 GBP per annum 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-rated to the length of the contract. 

Flights: MAG will provide three leave flight 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.

    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 – Senior Programme Officer, Iraq - Application Pack

    Please return the Application form to by the closing date of 19 March 2021. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, so please submit your application as soon as possible, as the advert may be closed early if an appointment is made.

    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.