Project Support Officer Iraq Climate, Environment, Peace and Security

PAX’s Humanitarian Disarmament, Business Conflict & Human Rights team works to address the impact of war on protection of civilians through the use of banned and controversial weapons, and the environmental harm caused by military activities. Our work is based on research-based advocacy and collaboration with local partners to highlight concerns and call for action, accountability and justice.  

PAX is looking for a

For PAX’s office in Iraq we are recruiting a Project Support Officer to manage the Climate, Environment, Peace and Security (CEPS) project in-country through building up our network, engaging with local and international partners and developing research and advocacy project stands. The project is carried out by a consortium of 3 organisations (PAX, the American University of Sulaymaniyah and Clingendael) and seeks to strengthen the role of affected communities in collective environmental and climate action in Iraq. The project will assess conflict-linked damages and cascading impacts of climate change, to build grassroots networks, and conduct research-based advocacy on different levels. The project started on the 1st of January 2024 and has a duration of 3 years.

What will you do?

As Project Support Officer you are part of the team Humanitarian Disarmament and you will closely cooperate with the two consortium partners and the PAX country office in Iraq. The Project Support Officer will support the outreach to civil society groups, government officials, organizing public events, coordinate with the Senior Project Officer and Project Leader on network building and all the relevant logistics and administrative duties involved in research, training workshops, and campaigning. The work area will cover several areas in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and other governorates in central and southern Iraq. We are looking for an enthusiastic and driven person with a passion for organizing and coordinating in the field of climate, environmental protection and working with communities.    

You will have the opportunity to participate in an exciting new grassroots research methodology, training on climate, environment, peace and security topics (from data collection to advocacy) and contribute to making a positive change in Iraq together with other interested civil society organisations, experts, and other relevant stakeholders.

Tasks and responsibilities  

  • Responsible for the logistics around workshops, trainings, conferences, formal and informal meetings on a community, regional and governmental level;
  • Manage and oversee financial support to local partners and project partners;
  • Support project monitoring and arranging an end of project evaluation;  
  • Producing outreach materials based on local research initiatives;
  • Assist in setting up research, training and advocacy in Iraq in collaboration with partners and external experts;
  • As part of the Erbil field office team: support in office management and administrative procedures related to the field office, including maintaining and filing office expenses and engagement with local authorities.

Who are we looking for?   

  • Preferably an academic degree in a relevant field of international relations or environmental studies;  
  • Minimum of 2 years work experience in a supporting role; 
  • Experience working with Iraq-based international organisations or Iraqi civil society organisations;
  • Ability to interact and communicate with people from different backgrounds, from policy makers to local communities;    
  • Attention to detail and able to work responsibly under pressure, individually as well as in a team; 
  • Accuracy regarding deadlines and other project responsibilities;  
  • Hands-on, problem-solving mentality and able to deal with bureaucratic environments;
  • Working proficiency of Arabic and English including excellent writing skills is a must, Kurdish (Sorani / Kurmanci) is an advantage;
  • Proficiency in standard Microsoft Office applications such as Teams, Microsoft Office, etc.;
  • Authorised to travel in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and federal Iraq;
  • Affinity with PAX’s mission and values. 

What do we offer?

  • An interesting position in a dynamic, informal and internationally oriented work environment;
  • Start date as soon as possible;
  • Appointment for 29 hours per week (0,8 fte) including a temporary extension in the first 6 months for 36 hours per week (1 fte), initially for 12 months with prospects of extension;
  • Location of the Project Support Officer is in Erbil;
  • Salary scale between $1.300 and $1.950 gross per month based on 36 hours a week;
  • We encourage women to apply for this position.

Procedure and information

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Do you have any questions? Please contact Nynke Schaap, Project Leader Climate, Environment, Peace and Security, via for further information including a project summary.

Interested candidates are requested to submit their CV and motivation letter addressed to Nynke Schaap solely by using the following application form.

The closing date for applications to this position is Sunday the 31st of March 2024.

The first round of interviews will be scheduled for the first week of April 2024.

At PAX we are looking for motivated colleagues with passion and courage, to build a diverse, inclusive and authentic working environment together. Even if you do not tick all the boxes, we still encourage you to apply, because who knows, we might be a good match together!

Acquisition in response to this advertisement is not appreciated.

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