Preemptive Love

Country Director Iraq (Sulaymaniyah, Iraq)

Job Overview

Country Director Iraq

Preemptive Love is a global community of peacemakers working to end war and stop the spread of violence. We do this by living and working in polarizing conflict zones, providing emergency relief to families persecuted by terrorism and violence, jobs for displaced families and community building.

About the team

For the tens of thousands victimized by conflict, they don’t need a hand-out, they need a hand-up. We change the way the world engages in polarizing conflict by empowering victims and turning them into small business owners, employers, and sustainable sources of revenue and hope for their families and the local community. We do this through building relationships and once their businesses have started we follow up with them to make sure things are running smoothly.

Job Title: Country Director, Iraq

Hours: Full time
Location: Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

Reports to: Chief Program Officer

About the Role

The Country Director plays a key role in Preemptive Love’s comprehensive and solutions-based approach to the country through a high level of strategic leadership, innovation and effective advocacy. The Country Director is ultimately accountable in the country for all aspects of PLC’s work, leading the mission and at the same time development of the programs, continuing the process of developing solid impact measurement mechanisms, strengthening accountability initiatives and ensuring that the financial management and organizational setup is adapted to the operational context. The Country Director sets direction, leads, maintains team morale, safety and welfare, while managing resources, delegating specific duties as necessary, and maintaining oversight and accountability. In addition, this position works collaboratively with the Program Directors ensuring internal integration and coordination necessary to ensure care of programs staff, delivery of program quality,  and consistent direction of programs across the organization.



  • Responsible for all expatriate and national staff.
  • Managing human resources in conformity with applicable labor laws and with internal regulations.
  • Security management.
  • Setting job descriptions and requests for new staff to headquarters.
  • Oversee the recruitment, orientation, and performance of senior staff and development of middle management staff; demonstrating healthy engagement, strong senior management teams, culture of innovation, and effective talent management.
  • Performance appraisals of staff and objective setting in line with program requirements.


  • Formulating the country strategy in light of political, economic and humanitarian context.
  • Upholding legal registrations throughout the country.
  • Acting as key contact with head offices, local partners, NGOs, UN agencies, local authorities, government authorities, donors.
  • Acting as a focal point, to issue policy recommendations in collaboration with field staff and headquarters.
  • Representing PLC to partners, NGOs, local authorities, government authorities and donors.
  • Ensure the organization is recognized by stakeholders (relevant government authorities, donors, other NGOs, media etc) as a strong aid and development organization and credible reference point and leader on related issues.
  • Develop Preemptive Love’s reputation and brand among government and peer INGOs to pre-position, advocate, network and raise profile and reputation among key influencers


  • Coordinating with Program directors to define the programs and coordinate with the team.
  • Oversee program quality in the country; ensuring quality execution of program strategy that integrates child protection, timely and quality completion of M&E processes, adoption of quality standards and guidelines, and efficient use of global and regional program resources.
  • Support and incentivize the evolution and innovation in programs and their delivery models.
  • Lead and take all appropriate actions to ensure promotion and enforcement of the Child Safeguarding Policy and follow up on any findings to address any gaps or weaknesses given the uniqueness of the local operating context and best practice.
  • Ensuring achievement of the program objectives.
  • Ensuring the organization has adequate resources.
  • Ensuring programs are still appropriate, according to the situation, the context and the program objectives.
  • Planning with technical staff.
  • Ensuring technical staff carry out their work to the right standard.
  • Narrative and financial reporting to donors and to managing headquarters.


  • Responsible for financial feasibility of the country program: initially to obtain resources, at final stage to make sure program is within budget.
  • Responsible for all logistical aspects.
  • Responsible for the appropriate management of all resources in a transparent manner.
  • At all times the country director is accountable to the donors and program participants.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Development Studies or Technical field.
  • Demonstrated high-level interpersonal and cross-cultural skills including the ability to build collaborative relationships internally and externally with sensitivity to cultural, ethnic, social and political issues.
  • Experience of managing budgets and multiple donor contracts
  • Arabic and Kurdish language skills are highly recommended.
  • Ability to deal with stressful situations.
  • Ability to work within a team setting.
  • Ability to adapt within the working environment.


  • At least 2 years previous field experience in a relief NGO.
  • Minimum of one year’s previous experience in an NGO in managerial position.
  • Previous management experience is highly preferred.
  • Minimum 2 years working knowledge or experience of donor guidelines.
  • Experience in security management.


We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against candidates on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, or veteran status. We strongly encourage and seek applications from people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, women, men, bilingual and bicultural individuals, veterans, and members of other minority or marginalized groups. Please see Equal Employment Opportunity for more information.


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