Technical Operations Manager, Iraq

The starting salary package for this position is £93,700 GBP / approx. $126,323 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 role is a great opportunity to take a leading role in MAG’s life-saving work. As the senior technical representative in country, the Technical Operations Manager role is responsible for leading and safely managing all mine clearance and EOD operations, as well as leading teams of national and international staff. Working closely with and reporting to the Country Director, you will provide high quality technical input into proposals and reports, liaise with donors, and government agencies. As a member of the programme’s Senior Management Team, you will need to demonstrate considerable experience of working strategically and ensuring the quality and efficiency of MAG’s clearance work. You will play an integral part in collaborative working across different programme teams, ensuring that all staff are made aware of wider programme issues, developments and achievements within MAG. You will based in Erbil, with frequent travel within the country.

About you:

In addition to a recognisable technical qualification and extensive experience of planning and implementing efficient clearance operations in challenging environments, you will have excellent people leadership and project management skills with the ability to communicate, coordinate, design, manage and report on activities simultaneously. You will have the ability to contribute technical knowledge to proposals and reports, as well as the ability to plan and organise.

You will have excellent representation and communication skills and the ability to build capacity of teams, and to establish and maintain productive partnerships with donors and partners. Understanding of difficult security contexts is crucial andprevious experience of working in a senior technical position within a similar organisation is essential.

You will be able to demonstrate a manner that is appropriate to the cultural context and able to uphold our safeguarding standards.

This is a demanding yet highly rewarding position that will be suited to a highly motivated, solution-focused and flexible leader.


MAG staff are rewarded with generous benefits:

  • Salary: The starting salary package for this position is £93,700 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.
  • Flights: MAG provides three international flights home per year.
  • 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 – Technical Operations Manager Iraq - Application Pack

Please return the Application form to 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.

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.