Job Information HEALTH LIAISON OFFICER NGO Information Job Information
Contract Duration 6 months
Governorate Baghdad
Job Shift
Nationality Not Applicable
Working Hours Full Time
Posted 2018-02-11
Minimum Education Bachelor Degree
Degree Title
Minimum Experience 3 Year
Required Travel 25%
Job Status
No Of Jobs 1
Published Date 2019-02-04
Deadline Date 2019-05-04
[Baghdad,Iraq ]

General Information on the Mission



Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organisation. Our teams are committed to supporting civilian victims of marginalisation and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering to 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. PUI relies on 30 years of field experience in 50 countries in crisis, as well as on the complementarity of its medical and non-medical expertise, to adapt its programmes to each context and to the real needs of the most vulnerable populations.


The association implements an average of 180 projects per year in the following sectors of intervention: Food Security, Health, Nutrition, Construction and Rehabilitation of Infrastructure, Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Economic Recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 4 million people in 24 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and France.


Iraq is characterized by multifaceted crises, with the political crisis resulting in a prolonged and bloody conflict with ethno-sectarian divisions which has significantly damaged the socio-economic fabric of the country and created one of the most severe, large-scale humanitarian emergencies in the world.

Since 2014, the armed conflict in Iraq has generated massive internal displacement from densely populated areas and major cities of Anbar, Ninewa and Salah Al Din amongst other governorates, interrupted access to basic services across the country, and put a severe strain on host communities. As a result, in 2018, over 8 million people remain in need of humanitarian assistance including an estimated 2.6 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and 3.2 million Returnees, alongside approximately 250,000 Syrian refugees currently hosted in Iraq., with the acute phase of the current armed conflict drawing to a close, national and international focus will shift towards Early Recovery, Resilience, and Development. However, Iraq is perhaps best characterised as an acute Protection crisis, with the impact of armed conflict on civilians being enormous. As a single example, the battle for Mosul displaced over 1 million people and resulted in untold numbers of civilian casualties. Displacement is likely to be protracted, though also affected by forced returns to unsafe areas for political purposes. Healthcare including Mental Health, WASH, Shelter and Livelihoods will continue to be enormous needs for the population of Iraq.


As of December 2017, 247,057 Syrian refugees, or 97% of all Syrian refugees in Iraq, reside in the norther Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). In addition, the situation in KRI has been worsened by the combination of fallen oil prices, the large-scale national IDP crisis, and sanctions imposed by the Government of Iraq (GoI) following referendum on Kurdish independence. This economic deterioration combined with the stress placed on KRI basic services by overwhelming IDP and refugee populations has impacted Syrian refugees’ ability to attain and maintain self-reliance. 63% of this population live outside of camps, with little access to essential services and remain therefore highly vulnerable. Ostracization and discrimination further compound the situation.




Job Description


Overall objective


The Health Liaison Officer assesses and strengthens PUI’s health service provision in order to improve the quality of care. The Health Liaison Officer works alongside the Health Coordinator and the technical health team in the field providing direct support to Project Managers and the health team to harmonize and standardize processes, tools and guidelines among the mission. The Health Liaison Officer ensures, through day-to-day visits to the field and provision of trainings, the coherence of the activities with PUI’s health framework, national and international protocols/guidelines as well as best practices.

Tasks and Responsibilities


   Programs: He/She conducts assessments and supports implementation and monitoring of health service provision, while integrating PUI’s health policies, national/international health standards and guidelines.

   Human Resources: He/She supports the health team, provides technical support to Project Managers for recruiting technical staff and facilitates technical training activities on the basis of identified needs.

   Logistics and Administration: He/She ensures compliance of activities falling under his/her responsibility with logistical and administrative procedures.

   Representation: He/She represents PUI with partners, authorities and local actors involved in the implementation of health programs.

   Safety: He/She contributes to efforts aimed at ensuring compliance with safety rules at the site, and transmits all information relating to safety concerns to his/her immediate supervisor.

   Strategy: He/She contributes to the development of new interventions on the basis of identified needs.



Specific objectives and linked activities


   He/She works under the supervision of the Health Coordination to improve the quality of health care service provision. 

   He/She supports trainings need assessments (TNA) of project health staff in the mission.

   He/She organizes meetings and facilitates training for medical/health staff based on the TNA and other occurring training needs.

   He/She supports Health Coordination and Project Managers’ training plans for PUI health staff, supporting the communication with local and international partners when requested (UN agencies, MoH staff, hospitals, and others).

   He/She actively supports the development and implementation of Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) in coordination with the Health Coordination and Project Managers for quality assured health service provision in their geographical region. 

   He/She supervises, in coordination with the Health Coordination and Project Managers, the operation of health activities and monitors the quality of care in their geographical region. 

   He/She ensures proper archiving of all the documents, tools and training materials produced and ensures the availability for all the health teams in the mission. 

   In coordination with the Health Coordination, Project Managers, Mission Pharmacist he/she ensures, appropriate health service provision, usage of medications, medical consumables or equipment according to the implemented Standard Operation Procedures in their geographical region. 

   He/She supports on reporting of health activities and conducts weekly validation of HIS and EWARN reports..

   He/She support the Health Department in the development of reports.

   He/She continuously support the health team in monitoring through use of checklists, standard monitoring tools and field observations.  

   He/She ensures that epidemiological data are recorded, analyzed and shared by the health team in coordination with the Health Coordination, Project Managers and MEAL team.



   He/She is familiar with PUI’s Internal Regulations in relation to their geographical area and ensures these are understood and complied with by the health staff.

   He/She plays an active role in recruitment (interview, tests, etc.) when support is requested by the Health Coordinator.

   He/She must ensure that project/s, methodologies, or selection criteria do not place beneficiaries, PUI staff or any other persons in harm’s way.



   He/She represents PUI with local actors involved in the implementation of health and medical programs, and ensures that good relations are maintained with each of them.

   When necessary, he/she participates in meetings and reports on highlights to Health Coordination and the Field Coordinator.



4   He/She must ensure that project/s, methodologies, or selection criteria do not place beneficiaries, PUI staff or any other persons in harm’s way.

4   He/She supports, in collaboration with the Pharmacy Department, that health staff are provided with safety equipment appropriate to their activities e.g. personal protective equipment (PPE) etc. adapted to their activities and ensures use them according to the guidelines.




4   He/She participates in identifying health-related needs in coordination with the Health Coordination (and Field Coordinator).

4   In the context of identifying new operations, he/she technically supports the Field and Health Coordination in the preparation of project proposals for the Health sector.



Team Management


·         No direct line management responsibilities

·         Functional link with all Field Coordinators, Project Managers and health staff working as part of PUI Healthcare Interventions


This position is managed by the Deputy Health Coordinator as line manager.  


Other Interfaces


4   Internal: Project Managers, Mission Pharmacist, Central Pharmacists, MHPSS Technical Advisor, Administration and Logistics

4   External: Health stakeholders in the area



Qualifications & Preferred Skills

Required Skills and Know-How






 Medical doctor, nurse, or similar paramedical background


Public Health

Project Management

















 Knowledge of international health standards, guidelines (e.g. Sphere, WHO, UNFPA)

 Previous experience with NGO

 Solid supervision and training skills

 Knowledge of Project Management


 Knowledge of procedures: institutional donors (OFDA, ECHO, AAP, UN agencies…)





Must be able and willing to travel to Anbar





   Other (specify)










   Microsoft Office

   Other (specify







Required Personal Characteristics (fitting into the team, suitability for the job and assignment)

   Experience in a similar position, or related experience

   Solid technical skills in supervision, training and evaluation

   Ability to work in a constant changing and challenging context

   Experience developing standards and guidelines in a challenging context and to meet emerging needs

   Sense of diplomacy and openness of spirit

   Analytical skills

   Organizational and management skills

   Ability to work and manage affairs professionally and with maturity



   Mobility: Extensive travel required

How To Apply


In order to submit an application, all candidates are invited to fill the following google form by clicking on the link below:

Premiere Urgence will proceed to the preselection of candidates on a rolling basis and reserve the right to close the advertisement as soon as a candidate is identified for the position. Therefore, you are kindly invited to submit your application as soon as possible.  

Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Kindly note that all applications received by email or by paper will not be considered. Only those submitted through the application link will be processed.

Premiere Urgence International thank you for your interest in the organization.”

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