The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)


Job Overview

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a neutral and independent international humanitarian organization, which assists and protects victims of armed conflicts and other situations of violence. The ICRC is currently looking for staff for its support operations in Iraq.


ICRC offers:

  • By joining our organization, you will have an opportunity to practise your profession in stimulating, complex and sometimes challenging environments, where your work can really make a difference.
  • You will work with colleagues from various fields of expertise in a cross-cutting manner to help victims of conflict and other situations of violence. You will be dealing with humanitarian situations that require experience, resourcefulness and innovation to achieve the best possible impact.
  • You will work for the oldest major international humanitarian organization in the world, adding to your sense of achievement in alleviating the suffering of people and communities and giving you the chance to promote humanitarian values in these turbulent times
  • You will benefit from a competitive employment package, including different possibilities for career and personal development. You will take part in an onboarding course and follow continuous training, to build your career within the ICRC and beyond.
  • Competitive compensation package, a monthly salary with benefits including (13th salary, end of service indemnity, medical coverage, life insurance, mobility allowance and social security scheme).


Job Title: Agronomist

Level: B3

Duty Station: Iraq – Baghdad Delegation

Reports to: Economic Security Coordinator

Duration of Contract: One-year fixed term contract (with the possibility of renewal to an open-ended contract where performance and competencies are key to be selected for further contractual continuity)

Date of Issue: 27 April 2021

Deadline for applications: 27 May 2021



The ICRC’s Economic Security (EcoSec) Unit, which is part of the Assistance Division, seeks to establish if people affected by different kinds of crisis and conflict can cover their essential needs sustainably. If they cannot do so, EcoSec steps in to help protect lives and restore livelihoods.


The Agronomist grade 3 shall design, plan, support the implementation, monitor and evaluate the Economic Security’s department agricultural projects in line with the ICRC delegation strategy. Under supervision and with limited coaching or support from the EcoSec coordinator. He/she provides technical support to the agronomist’s grade 2 in the various ICRC sub-delegations in Iraq, advise the EcoSec Coordinator to adapt the agricultural programmes of the department, and may have to represent the department with authorities of the relevant ministries at central and governorate levels.

He/she is highly involved in the design of projects and in the writing of assessment and monitoring reports. He/she contributes to the definition, elaboration, implementation and monitoring of the EcoSec operations.


Key Responsibilities:  

Based in Baghdad delegation, the Agronomist grade 3 is technically responsible for the Livelihood Support Programmes of the EcoSec department implemented by the various EcoSec teams in Anbar, Diyala, Duhok, Erbil, Najaf, Ninawa, Salah Al Din and Sulaymaniyah governorates. He/She will:

  • Act as department focal point for the Agricultural Livelihood Support Programmes.
  • Link with EcoSec staff involved in the implementation of these programmes and provide required technical advice.
  • Train and coach   EcoSec Field Officers involved in these programmes.
  • Collect and consolidate various information in the field that are relevant for their implementation.
  • Initiate and carry out detailed problem and situation analysis including annual review, performs detailed technical assessment and information analysis to identify pertinent issues and uncovered needs that would require an EcoSec intervention.
  • Develop a clear understanding of the work of agricultural state’s services, community leaders and other stakeholders in the field of agriculture, ensuring fluid communication and/or cooperation.
  • Attend information/coordination meetings, collect information from other actors (government services, INGOs, NGOs, foundations/charities, etc) and their programmes in his/her areas of responsibility.
  • Represent the ICRC at bilateral and/or coordination meetings with other organisations and report the information collected for the files under his/her responsibility.


Education and Professional Experience required:

  • University degree in agriculture.
  • 4-5 years’ work experience in a relevant field (food security, agriculture, animal husbandry).
  • Very good knowledge of written and spoken English.
  • Very good computer skills.
  • Excellent reporting and analytical skills.
  • Knowledge of the agriculture and livestock sector in Iraq.
  • Familiar with the work of humanitarian and development agencies in Iraq.


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