Job Title:  Director, Anti-Trafficking Program 

Location: Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (KRI), with occasional travel to other areas of KRI. 

Type of position: Employment contract/ Expat contract

Length of Contract: one year

Compensation and Benefits: Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with skills and experience. Expatriate Compensation Package: includes relocation expenses and housing and local transportation allowances

Posted on: 10th October 2019

About SEED Foundation: SEED is a locally registered NGO in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, whose mission is to protect, empower, and support the recovery of survivors of violence and others at risk. SEED provides comprehensive services, integrating mental health, case management, legal and protection services, with psychosocial support activities to protect and empower survivors, and improve individual, family, and community well-being. SEED supports women, men, boys, and girls who are survivors of violence and other rights abuses, including survivors of conflict, gender-based violence (GBV), trafficking, torture, human rights violations, including internally displaced, refugees, foreign citizens, and host community. Through our Center for MHPSS, SEED strengthens skills of service providers and government actors through education, training and capacity building to better support vulnerable individuals and communities. SEED promotes policy, institutional, regulatory, practice, and social change to strengthen human rights, protections, and services for vulnerable individuals and groups. SEED combats human trafficking through services for survivors and those at risk including shelter protection; strengthen institutional protections through technical assistance, training, public awareness, and advocacy. SEED’s work reflects international best practices and expertise combined with local experience.

Role of the Director, Anti-Trafficking Program:

SEED is seeking a Director of Anti-Trafficking Program to be based in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (KRI) with occasional travel to other areas of KRI. The Director will lead  the design, planning, and implementation of SEED’s Anti-Trafficking programs across all of SEED’s field offices in the KRI including policy, prevention, and direct service programming, ensuring SEED’s programs are in alignment with global best practices. This will include providing technical oversight for SEED’s prevention efforts and services and protections for survivors of human trafficking, including a shelter for survivors; serving as the agency representative to local, regional, and state-level human trafficking coordinating bodies; and leading efforts to partner with local authorities to enhance government anti-trafficking programs, to include making policy recommendations, leading capacity building initiatives, and maximizing other strategic opportunities to partner with the KRG to combat human trafficking. He/she will be responsible for budget management and work to ensure SEED’s program and project goals are met in accordance with program timelines and reporting is completed accurately and efficiently in alignment with donor requirements. He/she will develop programs as well as manage program, and anti-trafficking elements across our broader program portfolio.

Specific Tasks:

Develop a strategic framework built on global best practices and provide leadership and technical oversight  for SEED’s Anti-Trafficking Programs to include the following:

  • Protection Programming: Provision of aftercare for survivors and those vulnerable to trafficking in persons (TIP);
    • Provide oversight to the management of SEED’s shelter for survivors and individuals vulnerable to TIP;
    • Identify training needs and design  and implement ongoing trainings for SEED staff and other stakeholders providing services to survivors and individuals vulnerable to TIP;
    • Ensure SEED’s model of service delivery, including comprehensive case management, legal representation if required,  and mental health services for survivors and individuals vulnerable to TIP is consistently implemented in line with global best practices;
  • Partnership Programming: Justice system enhancement;
    • Collaborate with other stakeholders to make strategic policy recommendations to the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) to make anti-trafficking efforts more robust and enhance protections for survivors and individuals vulnerable to TIP;
    • Develop and lead advocacy efforts to improve legislation and implementing guidelines impacting survivors and individuals vulnerable to TIP;
    • Support KRG to develop and implement robust procedures through technical assistance;
    • Identify training needs and design and implement training programs for government and civil society actors, to include long-term capacity building programs, targeting law enforcement, legal interventions, the judiciary, and/or social services actors responsible for protecting survivors and individuals vulnerable to TIP;
  • Prevention Programming;
    • Conduct necessary research to understand key vulnerabilities within society that contributes to TIP in the KRI and effective strategies for preventing TIP within vulnerable populations;
    • Collaborate with SEED’s communications team and other key stakeholders to develop and implement effective public awareness campaigns

Foster strategic relationships and engagement enabling SEED to play a leading role in combatting TIP in Kurdistan, to include the following responsibilities:

  • Serve as SEED’s primary representative for anti-trafficking efforts, including managing relationships with the KRG’s High Committee for Combating Human Trafficking and governorate-level sub-committees to ensure strong collaboration and coordination on policy/advocacy efforts as well as suspected cases of TIP
  • Develop and maintain a strong network with coalitions/agencies/groups within the anti-trafficking space in the KRI and globally to learn and share best practices and coordinate for service provision and/or repatriation of survivors and those vulnerable to TIP, including embassies and consulates
  • Contribute to SEED’s promotional materials including website, social media, and other campaigns

Manage anti-trafficking programs and projects, to include the following responsibilities:

  • Manage assigned budget to ensure timely and appropriate spending for anti-trafficking programs
  • Recruit and manage staff
  • Collaborate with SEED’s Monitoring and Evaluation team to ensure strong monitoring, evaluation, and learning of all anti-trafficking programming
  •  Ensure accurate and timely reporting to donors
  • Contribute to the design and drafting of proposals to support SEED’s anti-trafficking efforts

Essential criteria:

  • Masters degree in social work, international development, management, or other relevant degree
  • Five years of experience overseeing anti-trafficking and/or protection programming 
  • Experience in shelter programming for at-risk populations
  • Experience providing supervision and oversight to MHPSS service providers preferred
  • Strong belief in human rights and gender equality
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, diplomacy, and persuasion skills
  • Strong ability to work independently, including the ability to multitask, prioritize competing tasks, and manage time effectively
  • High standard of spoken and written English; Arabic and/or Kurdish a plus
  • Excellent computer skills 
  • Ability to work in a stressful setting and adapt quickly to changing environments
  • Willingness to live in Kurdistan Region, Iraq


  • Send one PDF with your cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references to using “Director, Anti-Trafficking Program” as the subject of your e-mail. 
  • Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 
  • Only complete applications will be reviewed. NO CALLS PLEASE. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.