Premiere Urgence Internationale (PUI)

Deputy Area Coordinator (Programs)

Premiere Urgence Internationale (PUI)

Job Description

Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilian victims of marginalization and exclusion, or those hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapse by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The association leads on average 200 projects a year in the following sectors of intervention: Food Security, Health, Nutrition, Construction and Rehabilitation of infrastructures, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Economic Recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 7 million people in 21 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and France. Find out about our history and values

Humanitarian situation and needs:

Wide-scale violence and armed conflict erupted in Iraq in January 2014. In Anbar governorate, the cities of Ramadi and Falluja were particularly affected, the violence and its impact quickly grew. Also in June 2014, ISg, together with other armed groups, attacked and seized control of Mosul and large portions of northern Iraq, including areas of Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa, and Salah al-Din governorates. The Government of Iraq (GoI) has conducted multiple military operations since 2016 to regain control of territories held by ISg and announced in November 2017 that military operations had successfully concluded in their retaking of all Iraqi territory. Military operations in Mosul, Anbar and Salah Al-Din have led to ongoing massive internal displacements, serious and systematic violations of civilian protection and basic human rights, interrupted access to basic services, and put a severe strain on host communities. The country is now gradually moving from an emergency situation which required lifesaving operations to a post-conflict transition towards durable solutions. As per the HNO published by OCHA on November 2019, 5.67 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 1.77 million in acute need. Half of them are concentrated in Ninewa and Anbar governorates. Furthermore, an estimated 2.8 million returnees continue to form a complex caseload for humanitarians, development actors, relevant government agencies and donors, with 1.2 million in acute resilience and recovery needs.

Our action in the field:

Implemented in Iraq since 1983 through Aide Médicale Internationale (AMI), and since 1997 through Première Urgence (PU), PUI (Première Urgence Internationale) brings help to vulnerable refugees, displaced persons as well as host communities (to avoid marginalization when the pressure on available resources becomes unbearable), in order to improve their living conditions and reinforce their resilience to enable them to regain dignity and autonomy. PUI’s objective in Iraq is to provide a humanitarian response to needs arising from movements of population through actions aimed at reinforcing the existing Health system, and providing Mental Health Psychosocial Support to the people in need, but also at providing access to Shelter, to drinking Water, Hygiene and Sanitation. Given the scale of the crisis and the needs observed, PUI emphasizes multiple sectoral interventions and develops as much as possible an integrated approach, keeping health the core sector of its intervention.

Current Programming:

1. Integrated Health, Protection, WASH and Shelter services provision to IDPs and vulnerable communities living in areas previously affected by the conflict in Anbar, Ninewa and Dohuk Governorates of Iraq The project aims at improving the living conditions of vulnerable populations in areas still impacted by the previous conflict, through health, protection, shelter and WASH interventions, and at providing health and protection services to IDPs in camps. 2. Strengthening quality and access to mental health services in Iraq, in consortium with ACF-lead, IMC and HI The project aims at improving the access to quality mental health and psychosocial care in Iraq through enhancing technical capacities of governmental institutions at the ministry of health level, Capacity Building of stakeholders at national and governorates levels and promotion of Mental Health Care. In particular, the project supports the mental health authorities in Iraq in order to improve the access and quality of services as well as increase community resilience. 3. Emergency Response to the North East Syria refugees through the provision of Primary Healthcare services in Bardarash refugee camp, Kurdistan Region of Iraq The project aims at ensuring the access to quality primary Health Care Services to the Syrian refugees affected by the emergency in North-East of Syria (started on October 2019, and still ongoing as per the end of November). The assistance includes the revitalization of a PHCC, awareness campaigns on good health and hygiene practices, referrals to secondary health care, in addition to mental health and psychosocial support, and sexual and reproductive health services.

As part of our activities in Iraq, we are looking for a Deputy Area Coordinator for Programs.

The Deputy Area Coordinator for Programs ensures the effective implementation of PUI’s Health, Protection (MHPSS), Shelter and WASH program in the CSI. S/he is also responsible for representation on technical topics with external stakeholders and in charge of proper reporting to the donors supporting the Program. Tasks and activities: Under the supervision and line management of the Area Coordinator, the Deputy Area Coordinator is responsible for oversight of quality implementation of all programmes within CSI region covering such sectors as health, protection (PSS), shelter and Wash S/he ensures that implemented activities remain aligned with PUI strategy as well as proposes new interventions in line with the changing humanitarian context..
  • Programs: S/he provides Technical Support in the definition and implementation of the programs in CSI to Field Coordinators and Project Managers. S/he ensures that operational and qualitative aspects of the programmes are put into practice properly (monitoring of objectives, respecting due dates and budgetary provisions, quality control, according to the contractual documents and in line with PUI policies and procedures.

  • MEAL: S/he supervises the CSI MEAL Department ensuring implementation of high quality MEAL processes in synergy with programs. S/he ensures accountability and quality improvement measures, initiates the design of relevant tools when needed and ensures compliance of programs to the MEAL Framework. .

  • Representation: S/he liaises and engages in cooperation with relevant external stakeholders such as local authorities, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations. S/he actively participates in the technical forums (Working Groups and Clusters) at local level in coordination with the Area Coordinator

  • Logistics and Administration: S/he oversees the logistic and administrative duties of the projects in CSI in collaboration with the CSI Admin Manager and raises any concern to the Area Coordinator

  • Strategy: S/he ensures that the programs implemented are in line with PUI mandate and strategy, and will propose new interventions according to the evolution of the humanitarian situation in the region.

Training and Experience:

  • Master degree in a field related to Project Management, international development and/or social sciences

  • Minimum of 3 years in the areas of program development, project management, donor reporting and grant compliance;

  • At least 2 years’ experience as a Humanitarian Project Manager

Knowledge and skills:
  • Strong computer skills essential, including ability to operate Microsoft Word, Excel,

  • database management software, statistical packages,

  • GIS.

Required Personal Characteristics (fitting into the team, suitability for the job and assignment):
  • A strong commitment to humanitarian principles and the will to make sure beneficiaries’ needs are covered as best as the resources available allow.

  • Capacity to delegate and to supervise the work of a multidisciplinary team;

  • Strong commitment to support/develop capacity of national staff and developing second layer of leadership;

  • Problem Solving and leadership skills;

  • Proven management ability and inter-personal skills – team player;

  • Ability to work on own initiative and collaboratively as part of a diverse team and manage a varied workload;

  • Proven capacity for analysing and synthesizing comprehensive information and technical data;

  • Ability to write and edit reports under deadline pressure;

  • Ability to guarantee effective and timely outputs;

  • Self-motivated, flexible and adaptable to the needs of the team and organization;

  • General ability to resist stress;

  • Important organization and rigor skills


English mandatory

Proposed terms:

  • Fixed-term contract – 6 - 12 months minimum

  • Starting Date: January 2020

  • Monthly Gross Income: from 2,200 up to 2,530 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI

  • Cost covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…

  • Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation

  • Housing in collective accommodation

  • Daily living Expenses (« Per diem »)

  • Break Policy : 5 working days at 3 and 9 months + break allowance

  • Paid Leaves Policy : 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

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