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Temporary Head of CSI, (Maternity leave cover) Subject to funding
International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP)
Posted 2 months ago
Job Description

Organization profile

Every year, millions of people around the world go missing as a result of conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration, and other causes. This is a complex global challenge that can be tackled effectively through cross-cutting programs that address a variety of difficult, interconnected issues.

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is the only international organization tasked exclusively to work on the issue of missing persons. It works with governments and other stakeholders, including families of the missing, to help them develop and maintain successful missing persons processes. To learn more about ICMP click here.

ICMP is implementing a multi-year project in Iraq to support authorities in their efforts to account for persons missing as a result of armed conflict and violations of human rights.

Position Background

The Head of Civil Society Initiatives (CSI) Iraq participates in the strategic design and is responsible for the implementation of ICMP Civil Society initiatives in the Iraq Program that support public involvement in the efforts to account for missing persons of families of the missing, non-government organizations and other actors. The Head of CSI, Erbil, identifies opportunities and partners, designs ICMP´s interventions and ensures timely and effective delivery of activities. Interventions include outreach activities, training, opportunities for advocacy, dialogue and joint collaboration with institutions, legal analysis and reform, and data collection activities benefiting families of the missing and NGOs. Initiatives support the development of networks, visibility of the issue of the missing and of the role of CSOs, and promote a rights-based and impartial approach for the issue of the missing where women and vulnerable groups affected by the issue of missing persons are championed and supported.


Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Head of Program, the temporary Head of CSI's main duties and responsibilities will include the following:

  • Implementing CSI-related grant objectives in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, ensuring gender mainstreaming and an impartial approach to the issue of the missing;
  • Coordinating the establishment and maintenance of partnerships with representatives of family associations, NGOs and other local civil society organizations involved in missing persons’ issues;
  • In collaboration with staff from Archaeology & Anthropology and Data Coordination, facilitate the participation of families and CSOs in excavations and data collection campaigns;
  • Contributing to the development of content for use in learning and development programs, visibility, events, materials, and any other related tool directed to CSOs or on CSI;
  • Lead delivery of training to CSOs and families to increase their awareness related to the process of missing persons investigations;
  • Identifying, documenting, systematizing, sharing and maintaining information about current or potential partners, initiatives, threats and opportunities impacting ICMP CSI-related activities;
  • Representing ICMP with civil society and other relevant institutional or international partners in Iraq;
  • Contributing to the preparation of internal and external proposals, reports and other materials for grant management;
  • Collaborating with other ICMP departments in relation to CSI-related activities;
  • Contributing to in the development of ICMP-wide initiatives related to civil society capacity building such as the development of guidance, policies, methodologies and processes; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Rights, Law, International Relations, Sociology and other social sciences or relevant discipline, and with a focus on gender issues
  • A minimum of six years of field experience in gender sensitive missing persons programming and implementation
  • Experience in rule-of-law, human rights, development or related areas at an international organization or an international or national non-governmental organization or public institution
  • Related experience in outreach, advocacy and capacity building activities benefiting families of the missing and CSOs
  • At least three years’ experience managing a team
  • Knowledge of legal, institutional and social issues related to the issue of the missing in Iraq
  • Extensive network in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq of relevant actors including institutions, family associations, civil society organizations and affected communities

Mandatory Requirements

  • Professional proficiency in English and Kurdish (speaking, reading and writing), proficiency in Arabic will be considered an asset
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook and Teams
  • Proven ability to interact positively with colleagues regardless of culture, nationality or gender
  • Ability to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings, if requested in advance
  • Commitment to the underlying objective of helping the authorities and families of the missing to account for missing persons in an impartial and transparent manner

This is a 10 month full-time temporary maternity leave cover and subject to funding with a competitive base salary at the LES 6 on the ICMP Iraq salary scale, generous paid leave and extensive health insurance benefits for the incumbent and any eligible dependent.

This position is not eligible for expatriate allowances.

Expected start date: to be confirmed

Review of applications will begin on 1 August 2022; however, the position will remain open until filled.

ICMP is committed to maintaining an environment of mutual respect, where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. ICMP believes that diversity and inclusion among our staff are critical to our success as a global organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented individuals from a thoroughly diverse range of candidates. ICMP is proud to be part of the International Gender Champions network.

ICMP may cancel this recruitment without notice, or may decide to offer a position with different duties and/or contract length.

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