Malteser International, the worldwide relief agency of the Order of Malta for humanitarian aid, works in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas for people in need, regardless of their religion, origin or political affiliation. Its mission is to provide emergency relief as well as to implement rehabilitation measures and to facilitate the link between emergency relief and sustainable development. Christian values and the humanitarian principles of impartiality and independence form the basis of its work in the following areas: Relief, Reconstruction & Rehabilitation; Health & Nutrition; Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH); Livelihood & Social Programs and Disaster Risk Reduction.


Malteser International has been operational in Iraq, Kurdistan Region, since August 2014, providing emergency relief for the affected IDP population by implementing programmes focussing mainly on Health and WASH. In addition to a livelihood related Cash for Work Project which has been finalised recently, Malteser International plans for further growth in the region and plans to extend its portfolio in terms of geographical reach, programmes and partners.


In support of our work in Iraq with a particular focus on the Kurdish Region in Northern Iraq, Malteser International is looking for a Dohuk/Erbil based


Health Advisor


As Health Advisor, you will be in charge for the quality standards of all health related activities of Malteser International in Iraq. As such you will liaise especially with the program teams of Malteser and its local partner organisations in Dohuk and Erbil, North Iraq/Kurdistan Region. You will be responsible for identification of new partners in health, for respective capacity building of the medical teams and the roll out of health related guidelines in medical facilities supported by Malteser International. You will closely align with the authorities in charge (i.e. Ministry of Health) and international partners (i.e. WHO). Furthermore you will provide guidance and input to new initiatives, proposals and concepts for the provision of assistance to IDP’s, refugees and host communities in Northern Iraq.


  • Work closely with the local Team of Malteser International based in Iraq and the Headquarters to assure quality standards in Malteser International interventions related to health

  • Ensure overall quality of primary health services supported by Malteser International and provide further recommendations as well as training to strengthen local health structures, including referral systems

  • Roll out of new guidelines in health in medical facilities supported by Malteser International

  • Provide strategic guidance related to health to allow for growth of Malteser International and support local partner organizations in planning and designing for new interventions

  • Identification of new partners and development of capacity building plans for medical staff of existing and new partners

  • Ensure quality monitoring and reporting related to health, data-gathering and analyses at project health facility, including epidemiological surveillance system in line with the health cluster and Directorate of Health (DoH) guidelines

  • Support the set up of a functioning supply chain for quality medicine and medical supplies including technical procurement support

  • Closely align with the national health institutions and international health partners and participate at relevant health coordination meetings organized by the DoH, UN-Organizations or other parties


  • Medical degree/Nursing Background, Master in Public Health

  • Knowledge in the field of Mental Health would be an asset

  • 5 years of professional experience in health programs with relevant experience in refugee/IDP camp settings

  • Evaluation experience of health facilities desirable

  • Able to network with other organizations and partners and to coordinate with local authorities

  • Experience in the development of strategic interventions related to health

  • Experience with relevant tools in project cycle management e.g. results based planning, Logical Framework would be an asset

  • Excellent ability to provide guidance and training to local staff

  • Team spirit and experience in leadership

  • Physical and mental strength

  • Excellent written and spoken English; knowledge of Kurdish, Arabic and German would be an asset

  • Fully computer literate (i.e. Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Working experience in the Middle East desirable



  • Start Date: as soon as possible

  • Duty Station: Dohuk or Erbil, Northern Iraq / Kurdish Region with frequent travels in the region

  • Duration of contract: 12 months, extension possible, subject to additional donor funding approvals

  • Salary according to qualification and experience, insurance package, accommodation in the team house, R&R

  • Please note that this is an unaccompanied position

If you are interested in this position, please apply online at .

Kindly submit your application (CV, letter of motivation, copies of diplomas and three professional references) by January 22nd, 2017.


Malteser International

D-51103 Cologne / Germany