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NRC in Iraq

Since the Government of Iraq declared that combat operations against the Islamic State Group (IS) had ended in 2017, Iraq has been recovering from the significant damage and destruction caused by the armed conflict. Of the more than six million Iraqis who fled their homes since 2014, 4.5 million Iraqis have returned to their area of origin and 1.4 million remain internally displaced. Many Iraqis have returned to areas that lack basic infrastructure, services and livelihood opportunities, or where explosive devices have not been cleared. Other challenges returnees and secondarily displaced people face include the lack of security, community acceptance, housing, property and civil documentation issues as well as critical educational and health service gaps. Throughout this, Iraq continues to host over a quarter of a million Syrian refugees.

The UN estimates that more than 4.1 million Iraqis will need assistance in 2020, 1.77 million of them in acute need. With military operations against IS group having ended, the Iraqi government faces new challenges to ensure an inclusive reconstruction and reconciliation that will sustain peace. Since 2010, NRC Iraq has been assisting internally displaced Iraqis, Syrian refugees, returnees, and host communities in Ninewa, Dohuk, Erbil, Kirkuk, Basra, Salahdeen and Anbar Governorates.  

We focus on assisting the newly displaced, those experiencing protracted displacement in camps, and people returning to and living in hard-to-reach places by improving their chance of obtaining a durable solution.  NRC runs integrated programmes across Iraq to respond to people in need using our shelter and settlements, education, camp management, legal assistance, livelihoods, and cash activities. 

Application deadline:15.10.2020
Employer:Norwegian Refugee Council
Title:Anti-Corruption and Investigations Advisor
Employment type:Contract
Percentage of full-time:100
Webcruiter ID:4295495435

Duties and responsibilities

The purpose of this position is to be responsible for supporting and conducting administrative investigations in Iraq, in coordination with the Regional Specialist for Anti-Corruption and Investigations, and mitigating against the need for future investigation.
The Anti-Corruption and Investigations Adviser will conduct internal investigations into allegations of misconduct, such as mismanagement, fraud, corruption, workplace harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse, abuse of authority and other potential violations of NRC’s rules and regulations and, be responsible for prevention measures including the delivery of training and capacity building. The incumbent will work closely with the Country Management Group and a variety of staff across NRC programmes in Iraq.

Generic responsibilities

  • Together with Compliance Team, deliver NRC’s anticorruption training packages to counter corruption including induction programmes and tailored training packages at Country office, field offices and local partners.
  • Ensure a strategic and compliant approach to investigations procedures in accordance with NRC investigation guidelines.
  • Advise NRC managers and staff on prevention and reduction of fraud, corruption and dishonest loss, including fraud, theft, bribery, nepotism, money-laundering, aid diversion and terrorist financing/support. 
  • Development of loss prevention strategies, Anti Bribery & Corruption (ABC) methodologies, counter fraud techniques, interviewing staff and basic investigative techniques. 

Specific responsibilities

  • Design and deliver effective strategies, projects, tools and training for countering corruption across NRC Iraq
    Assess initial reports of possible misconduct.
  • Carry out high-quality, internal investigations at NRC locations throughout Iraq.
  • Provide training, advice and guidance on anticorruption, ensure compliance with anticorruption policy. 
  • Influence and support managers and staff to adopt ways of working that minimise corruption.           
  • Produce high-quality reports to managers at all levels. 
  • Collect and analyse qualitative and quantitative data to understand the dishonesty threat and in support of investigative work. 
  • Research and develop innovative approaches to countering corruption. 
  • Work with colleagues to incorporate best practice into risk and control activities. 
  • Contribute to NRC’s risk management processes and follow all NRC anti-corruption processes and procedures.         

Professional competencies:

  • University degree in investigations, law or other related field, or significant training and experience in the field of investigations.  
  • Formal training and or certification in investigative methodology.   
  • Knowledge of the Arabic language highly desirable.      
  • At least 5 years relevant investigations and anti corruption experience.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English.

Context/Specific skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Knowledge of the context in Iraq desirable.        
  • Experience in administrative investigations in the United Nations or INGO sector.
  • Experience of finances and logistics in a humanitarian context.
  • Relevant international work experience.         
Personal qualities
  • Analytical thinking.
  • Communicating with impact and respect.
  • Initiating action and change.
  • Handling insecure environments.
Additional Information
  • Contract period: 12 months.
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions.
  • Duty station: Erbil, Iraq, with 40% field travel within Iraq. The position holder will be expected to travel to all areas of Iraq where NRC is operational.

Female candidates encouraged to apply.

Please download Job Description of the position here.

We will review applications on an ongoing basis, interested candidates are encouraged to apply early.


 Location, erbilIraq

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee.

We work in crises across more than 30 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights.

NORCAP is a global provider of expertise that contributes to solving challenges in the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors. Our ultimate goal is to strengthen the resilience, and protect the lives, rights and livelihoods of vulnerable people and communities

NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country.

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