Delegation of the European Union to Iraq

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT - Programme Assistant

18/02/2021 - 08:34
EU project positions



ECHO Office in Erbil - Iraq







The European Commission’s European Civil protection and Humanitarian aid Operations (ECHO), funds relief operations for victims of natural disasters and conflicts outside the European Union. For humanitarian aid, the Commission works with about 200 operational partners, including United Nation agencies, the Red Cross/Crescent movement and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Aid is channeled impartially, straight to victims, regardless of their race, ethnic group, religion, gender, age, nationality or political affiliation.


The ECHO Office in Erbil; is seeking to recruit one national staff to be based in Erbil-Iraq supporting North East Syria for the following position of:


Programme Assistant    Reference: PA 2021-2


The candidates for this position need to demonstrate the following criteria:



  • A relevant first level university degree or equivalent professional experience.


Knowledge and Experience:


  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience at national or international level in supporting programme/project operations., including at least 2 years of experience with an NGO's, donor or national/international organization
  • Good knowledge of the EU humanitarian aid system
  • Good knowledge of International NGOs, UN Aid agencies and Red Cross Movement
  • Good understanding of Humanitarian Aid principles, policies and Standards
  • knowledge and professional experience in Syria.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc).




  • An excellent knowledge of English (verbal & writing)
  • An excellent knowledge of Arabic and Kurdish (verbal & writing).


The national staff members observe the NS Code of Conduct as published on


This is a local position opened to nationals and other residents of Iraq with valid work and residence permits. The contract is initially for one year with the possibility of renewal subject to a 3 months’ probationary period. As an indication, the monthly basic salary is on average approximately EUR 2,859 which corresponds to 5 years’ relevant work experience. The salary will be adapted according to the exact duration of relevant professional experience supported by a work certificate. In addition to this, the employee will also receive other allowances and benefit.


Shortlisted candidates will have to bring the full supporting documentation in original with them during the testing or interview stage in addition to references (including contact details of the HR department and the supervisor) that can be consulted by ECHO. At least one of the references has to include a recent employer.


Applications including a cover letter, a detailed CV, academic and employment certificates should be sent be email to until 06/03/2021 midnight local time Erbil at the latest. The vacancy reference must be clearly stated in the subject line.


The EUROPASS application and detailed Terms of Reference are available on the EU Delegation’s website  as of 18/02/2021.

Only the short-listed candidates will be contacted. Candidates who will not have been contacted by 06/04/2021 should consider that they have not been selected.


Any processing of your personal data will be done in accordance with the applicable EU legislation (Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data.


The privacy statement can be found on ECHO website.



DG ECHO applies a policy of equal opportunities. Our recruitment policy is based on respect for diversity, maintaining the gender balance, as well as the balance between professional and private life, and support for training and developments opportunities.”


Any form of canvassing, soliciting or influencing will be treated as grounds for disqualification



Microsoft Office document iconannex_11_-_tor_-_programme_group_ii.doc

Microsoft Office document iconeuropass_cv.doc


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