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As a part of preparations for a potential research project on Niche Markets / Value Chains in Northern Iraq, QANDIL is seeking three qualified experts in this area. Minimum required qualification is Master degree in Economics, Development Studies, or any other related field, higher qualifications will be a plus.

Significant experience in market analysis studies is a must; to go parallel with a good understanding of the humanitarian context and developments in the KRI.

This potential opportunity is for a short-term assignment. The project is to be an intensive study conducted and completed in 35 days from the end of February to the beginning of April this year.

The objectives of the study are;

  1. To identify niche market systems in Northern Iraq as well as to gain an overall understanding on the trends, opportunities and bottlenecks on the selected markets,
  2. To map potential value chains within the selected niche markets where target populations can be included as market actors,
  3. To recommend further tailored livelihood interventions to be undertaken within the selected niche markets in Northern Iraq.

The three experts will form the management team of the project with one project manager, one senior expert and one junior expert. The management team will be responsible for designing the projects, setting clear goals and objectives, mapping, designing methodology, data collection methods and analysis and more importantly drafting and finalizing a final comprehensive project report. Data collection will be through managing and monitoring teams 40 field researcher (field monitors). The field researchers are organized in teams to conduct data collection throughout Duhok, Erbil and Sulemaniyah governorate.

Please Note: this is a potential employment opportunity not a job vacancy announcement. Candidates are encouraged to apply by sending a detailed CV along with a cover letter highlighting relevant experiences in a similar field of study.

HOW TO APPLY: Kindly send your CV and cover letter to:

Your Subject line must read: Research Expert


QANDIL, is looking for a Country director for supporting its country program in Iraq. In charge of organization’s strategic vision, staff leadership and operational management supervision, S/he is responsible for the identification, design and delivery of responsive, high-quality programs; donor and government relations; fundraising; budget management; security; operational management; and recruiting, developing and maintaining a motivated and professional team. Based in Erbil, the Country Director will oversee all QANDIL operations in Iraq as well as an expanding base in northeast Syria. Reporting to the Board in Sweden, the Country Director will work closely with and receive support from regional staff and headquarters-based technical units, safety and security services, finance and operations staff. This position oversees five senior positions in a country program of approximately 350 staff. This position is limited accompanied, and requires extensive in-country and cross-border travel. Please click here to read the job announcement in detail.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send your application (CV and cover letter) with salary request at the latest 31st of January 2016 to the President of Qandil Carina Eriksson, and the Member of the Board of Directors of Qandil Karouk Said, For more information please contact the same persons mentioned. Subject line must read: Country Director – Iraq

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What is QANDIL?

QANDIL is a not-for-profit, non-governmental, non-political, and non-religious Swedish humanitarian aid organization that was founded in 1991 in Stockholm, Sweden. Initially focusing on raising awareness on the rights of the people of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, QANDIL’s operations gradually extended to providing humanitarian aid in other parts of the country as well.

QANDIL has traditionally been funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). However, various UN agencies have recently become QANDIL’s most important funders as well. Through its wide range of humanitarian activities and joint projects in the three governorates of Duhok, Erbil, and Suleimaniya over the last few years, QANDIL has now grown to become one of the biggest implementing partners of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. QANDIL has also received funding from UNDP, UNICEF, WFP, and many other smaller donors and the private sector.

With its head office in Stockholm, where the 9-member Board of Directors resides and meets, QANDIL currently has offices in Duhok, Erbil, and Suleimaniya, and employs more than 250 full-time staff. QANDIL’s operations in Iraq are led by a team of professional staff in the Country Management Office (CMO) based Erbil.

QANDIL’s reputation as an international non-governmental organization lies in the high quality and quantity of projects it has implemented in various parts of Iraq, especially the Kurdistan Region. Since the beginning of its humanitarian efforts in 1991, QANDIL has always remained loyal to its promise and never left the region. It has been there in times of armed conflict, unrest, civil war, and during peace to rebuild the devastated rural and urban areas.

To meet the demanding urgencies and to respond to the deadly humanitarian crises that the Kurdistan Region of Iraq has been witnessing since the beginning of 2014, QANDIL has exerted and maximized all immediate and urgent efforts to maintain its uninterrupted humanitarian commitment and the principles by which it has always abided. QANDIL has worked, and is working, on projects in the following areas:

Construction and Infrastructure:
Shelter, Camps, Community Centers
Hospitals, Clinics, (including supplies)
Schools, Kindergartens, Playgrounds
Warehouses, Offices, Compounds, etc.
Health, Water, and Sanitation:
Distribution of Hygiene Kits
Supplying Health Equipment
Water Wells and Dams
Sewage and Water Networks, etc.
Refugees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and Returnees:
Vulnerability and Risk Assessments
Identification of Extremely Vulnerable Individuals (EVIs)
Registration Services
Legal Aid
Protection Services
Camp Management and Maintenance
Residency Permit Assistance
Community Services
Cash Assistance Distribution
Reintegration Services
Distribution of Food, Winterization, and Non-Food Items, etc.
Capacity Building:
Awareness Raising
Life Skills and Vocational Training
Human Rights, Psychological Aid, etc.

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