Forensic Anthropologist

Job Overview

Organization profile

Every year, millions of people around the world go missing as a result of conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration, and other causes. This is a complex global challenge that can be tackled effectively through cross-cutting programs that address a variety of difficult, interconnected issues.

The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is the only international organization tasked exclusively to work on the issue of missing persons. It works with governments and other stakeholders, including families of the missing, to help them develop and maintain successful missing persons processes. To learn more about ICMP click here.

Iraq Program

ICMP is implementing a multi-year project in Iraq to support authorities in their efforts to account for persons missing as a result of armed conflict and violations of human rights.

Position Background

The Forensic Anthropologist will train and mentor and give technical advice to domestic institutions involved in the analysis of human remains and evidence related to missing persons.

Under the overall technical guidance and supervision of the Head of Program (Iraq), the duties of the Forensic Anthropologist will include the following:

  • Design and deliver targeted anthropological training for personnel employed in domestic institutions responsible for the search, location, recording and recovery of human remains and associated evidence in mass graves and other body disposal scenes;
  • Design assessment frameworks and conduct targeted assessments to establish capacity and infrastructure gaps in the processes and procedures used to carry out anthropological examinations and ensure effective mortuary management;
  • Provide technical advice to domestic partners on all aspects related to the planning, management and implementation of mortuary operations and mentor and monitor the conduct of forensic anthropological examinations and mortuary activities;
  • Collection, management, protection and quality assurance of data collected in accordance with admissibility and rules of evidence for future judicial proceedings;
  • Undertake outreach activities relevant to ICMP’s Iraq Program objectives, including the establishment and maintenance of contacts with forensic specialists in relevant domestic institutions;
  • Maintain and contribute toward the development of the scientific standards of the ICMP’s AAD and ICMP’s informatics tools, including data entry into the ICMP’s Identification Data Management System (iDMS);
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Masters/graduate degree in forensic anthropology, or related forensic discipline
  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience with precious experience in international organizations
  • Extensive practical experience conducting forensic anthropological analyses and the management of mortuary processes
  • Experience in the design and delivery of training and mentoring activities
  • Experience in carrying out needs and capacity assessments related to forensic anthropological analyses and mortuary processes
  • Proven diplomatic and negotiating skills and an ability to work effectively in complex political environments;
  • Self-organized, self-controlled, and self-reliant, with a high level of personal and team responsibility
  • Capable of performing well under pressure and meeting tight deadlines.

Mandatory Requirements

  • Professional fluency in written and spoken English; Knowledge of Arabic and Kurdish is an asset
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications, including Word, Excel and Power Point
  • Proven ability to interact positively with colleagues regardless of culture, nationality or gender
  • Ability to travel at short notice and to work flexible hours including weekends and evenings
  • Commitment to the underlying objective of helping the authorities and families of the missing to account for missing persons in an impartial and transparent manner
  • Physical and mental resilience, with the ability to operate effectively in hostile environments
  • Willingness and ability to work and live in hardship conditions with limited infrastructure and personal privacy.


In addition to an attractive base salary, this position is eligible for expatriate benefits and up to 6 weeks of paid time-off each year and a regular rest and recuperation leave cycle. This position is at the E5 level on the ICMP salary scale. For more details, please see the ICMP website.

Review of applications will begin on 23 November; however, the position will remain open until filled.

ICMP is committed to maintaining an environment of mutual respect, where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. ICMP believes that diversity and inclusion among our staff are critical to our success as a global organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented individuals from a thoroughly diverse range of candidates. ICMP is proud to be part of the International Gender Champions network.