News & views | 9 December 2019 | by Saba Azeem


Job opportunity: Senior Field Officer for Human Security Survey Iraq

The protection of civilians in armed conflict is a widely shared objective, but effective ways to organize protection are few and far apart in today’s violent conflicts. PAX aims to amplify the voices and capacities of civilians in conflict to improve the effectiveness of Protection of Civilians (PoC) actors and increase the security of local communities.

This position will based at one of PAX’s partner’s/peer-organisation’s offices in Baghdad, Iraq, in close coordination with PAX’s office in Erbil and the PoC team at PAX Headquarters in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The PoC team’s main activities in Iraq include: survey research and advocacy; community engagement for increased civilian claim making capacity to hold their security providers to account; lobby for inclusion of people-centred PoC policy with relevant stakeholders. We work with local field partners, likeminded international organizations, military and diplomatic actors, researchers, politicians and policymakers.

To contribute to our existing training, research, community engagement, and advocacy efforts, coordinate field activities in Iraq, and to support the Project Lead,
we are looking for a:

Senior Field Officer for Human Security Survey in Iraq
(1,0 FTE – 1 year)

Responsibilities and tasks 

The Human Security Survey (HSS) Senior Field Officer (SFO) will contribute primarily to a key initiative of the PoC team: the HSS, which combines research, advocacy and community engagement efforts to amplify the voice of civilians in conflict (the demand side), and to improve the provision of people-centred security in conflict-affected areas (the supply side). The HSS-SFO will be responsible for general coordination of project activities in Iraq (with field activities in Basra, Salahaddin, Kirkuk and a fourth governorate TBD) and information sharing between the Project Lead based in The Netherlands, the Country Manager in Erbil, dedicated managers of local partner organizations, local partners’ field staff, and local Community Committees or similar functioning bodies. Formally, the HSS-SFO reports to the Project Lead at PAX HQ, though some of the day-to-day management will stem from the Erbil based Iraq Field Manager. The HSS-SFO is also responsible for the planning and organization of field activities, will guide the preparation of data collection, conduct data collection trainings, supervise data collectors, day-to-day management of partners, and the provision/preparation of survey data for analysis. The HSS-FO will more specifically:

  • Maintain regular communication and coordination between the Project Lead based in the Netherlands, the Country Manager in Erbil, dedicated managers of local partner organizations, local partners’ field staff, and the local Community Committees or similar functioning bodies to share relevant information between HQs, Iraq Office and the various local field locations where surveys and community engagement take place;
  • Ensure the timely planning, practical organization and implementation of local field activities (e.g. enumerator trainings, data validation & community dialogues with the partners);
  • Organise and facilitate trainings for data collection teams in the field (e.g. how to implement the HSS methodology, conduct surveys in the field, other key topics);
  • Assist local partners’ field staff in supervising data collection by trained enumerators;
  • Guide the preparation of raw survey data to HQ for cleaning and statistical analysis of survey results, and help explain, present and share data presentations and visualizations with local (field) partners, community representatives and relevant stakeholders in Iraq and the various survey locations;
  • Assist in annual methodological review processes with colleagues at HQ and Iraq level, as well as local partners, to update the questionnaire and research protocols;
  • Engage in continuous monitoring of political and security dynamics on the ground that may have an effect on planned field activities or the work of local Community Committees;
  • Coordinate with the Country Manager in Erbil, any capacity building initiatives being conducted with the partners, and capacity building needs that may arise during project implementation;
  • Build networks and maintain regular contact with key stakeholders (e.g. UN agencies, clusters, embassy staff, NGOs and research organisations, relevant local and national government officials, etc.) in Iraq;
  • Engage strategically with members of PAX’s Iraq team staff based in the Netherlands and Erbil, as well as key partner staff based in Iraq, as well as contribute to PAX’s overall strategy for Iraq;
  • Manage general project planning and project budgets at Baghdad level and report on them to the Project Lead
  • Provide quarterly narrative and financial reports to PAX HQ on project progress, results, challenges and lessons learned; contribute to periodic learning and evaluation processes.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for a highly skilled Iraqi national, who is capable of carrying responsibilities for swift coordination and communication, including with colleagues based remotely, as well as the planning and execution of field activities. The HSS-SFO needs to therefore be a quick learner, highly organised, detail-oriented, capable of taking initiative, as well as be able and willing to travel within Iraq. The HSS-SFO should have experience with general project (and budget) management and with technical aspects of conducting quantitative field research, as well as an affinity for peace, security and PoC issues. Our ideal candidate is a team player who is also capable of working independently and with limited supervision under potentially stressful conditions. This individual should have strong social skills and be able to build and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and partner organisations remotely. The HSS-SFO should also be a capable networker, a pragmatic problem solver and be someone with a flexible nature and a good sense of humour.

What we ask:

  • MA degree in relevant discipline, such as security studies, conflict resolution, international affairs, social sciences, law (BA degrees may apply if combined with substantial relevant professional experience);
  • At least 3-5 years of practical work experience, ideally in the fields of conflict resolution, human rights, governance and/or security sector programming; field experience across Iraq strongly desired;
  • Professional experience with quantitative or survey-based research and analysis;
  • Proven strategic and analytical capabilities, as well as problem-solving skills;
  • Experience in managing and collaborating with local partner organisations in the field;
  • Strong and convincing writing and verbal communication skills;
  • Excellent command of English and Arabic required; Kurdish proficiency is a plus;
  • Willingness and ability to travel regularly to field locations;
  • HEAT/VEPT security training or similar certificate attained in the last two years desired;
  • Affinity with the core values and tradition of PAX.

What we offer

  • A dynamic position in a high-paced, conducive working environment in a committed organization;
  • Place of employment: Baghdad, Iraq with regular domestic field travel and potential international travel;
  • Temporary appointment for 36 hours per week, excluding breaks (1,0 FTE) for initially 1 year, starting in January 2020, with a potential for contract extension after 1 year;
  • Salary scale 10, according to national Iraqi Ministry of Labour terms and conditions of employment, depending on experience, $ 2.200 – $ 2.600 per month (for a fulltime position, 36 hours per week)

Information and application
For more information about PAX

For questions regarding this position, please contact Saba Azeem at

Interested candidates matching the profile and requirements can submit their application, consisting of both a letter of motivation (max. 1 page) and resume/CV in English (max. 2 pages) addressed to Saba Azeem, Project Lead HSS Iraq, only by using the application form on the bottom of this page.
Please note, no applications sent directly to the email above will be entertained.

Closing date for responses to this vacancy announcement is Wednesday 18 December 2019.

PAX is an equal opportunity employer and encourages everyone with skills, passion and courage to participate. We invite applicants from all backgrounds, also with special needs, to apply for this position. 


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