03 Mar 2015

A New Look for NCCI’s Website

Tuesday, 03 March 2015
The NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) continuously aims to improve its services and communication strategy. Sharing information between stakeholders is one of NCCI’s key strategic objectives, and the NCCI website (which receives an average of 550 visitors per day) is a crucial resource to achieve this objective. As part of a bigger website update, NCCI recently updated the vacancies and CV pool sections of its website. One of the services NCCI offers to its members is the publishing of vacancies on the website; NCCI published almost five vacancies a day during 2014. In an effort to improve the usability of this section, the old format of posting vacancies in a different subdivision for every NGO has been replaced with…
02 Mar 2015

Publication Annual Report 2014

Monday, 02 March 2015
In February the NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) published its annual report for 2014. The annual report gives an overview of NCCI’s activities during the past year and also describes NCCI’s structure, goals and mission. 2014 has been an intense and eventful year, both for NCCI and Iraq in general. In response to the security deterioration and sudden increase in number of IDPs, the presence of NGOs in Iraq increased significantly. Following the takeover of Mosul by IS in June, the majority of NGOs moved their operations and staff members from Baghdad to the KRI, and more specifically to Erbil. NCCI’s response to these changes, which affected the operations of its member organizations, is reflected in the annual report.…
On 12 February the NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) held an Advocacy Working Group meeting at NCCI’s Erbil Office. The Advocacy Working Group (AWG) is one of NCCI’s thematic working groups and aims at collecting and sharing information on advocacy issues related to humanitarian operations in Iraq. The group also develops joint advocacy products. The main topic of the AWG meeting was humanitarian funding for Iraq. Participants discussed the various processes currently going on, including the Fast-Track Priority Needs Assessment Plan and the Kuwait III donor conference. It was decided that the Fast-Track priority process will be evaluated by NGOs in order to identify successes and potential problems, to adequately engage in the upcoming Strategic Review Plan (SRP) review…
12 Feb 2015

Supporting the UN Cluster System

Thursday, 12 February 2015
The United Nations’ offices in Baghdad are based in the heavily protected International Zone, where access is difficult for international NGOs and almost impossible for national NGOs. Accessing the UN compound in Erbil can also be time-consuming and cumbersome due to different security measures. In order to ensure maximum NGO participation in the UN Cluster coordination structure, and to avoid having to go through multiple security checks, the NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) has been facilitating Cluster meetings either by providing an audio connection or by hosting the meetings in NCCI’s offices in Baghdad or Erbil. On 12th February NCCI hosted a WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) Cluster meeting at its office in Baghdad. This was the first meeting for…
10 Feb 2015
Responding to its members’ needs the NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) establishes and facilitates thematic working groups, which gather on a bi-monthly or monthly basis. During the past week NCCI facilitated two working group meetings, one for the HR/Admin WG in Erbil and one for the Safety and Security WG in Baghdad. These meetings aim to improve coordination among NGOs in Iraq by sharing information and best practices about humanitarian operations in Iraq. The HR/Admin WG meeting was held on February 2nd in the NCCI office in Erbil and was attended by thirteen international NGOs. The monthly meeting started with a discussion on the recent problems in obtaining visas and residency cards for certain nationalities, which is starting to…
03 Feb 2015
In December 2014, Lise Grande was appointed to become the new DSRSG/RC and Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) for Iraq. Grasping the opportunity to welcome the new HC, NGOs operating in Iraq decided to draft a joint letter through the Advocacy Working Group (AWG), voicing key concerns and recommendations regarding the current humanitarian situation in the country. This joint letter, which was signed by twenty international NGOs, was warmly received and on 29th January a follow-up meeting between Ms. Grande and the signatories to the joint letter was held in Erbil.The participants discussed a wide range of topics connected to humanitarian aid delivery in Iraq. The new humanitarian coordinator briefly described her suggestions to effectively reform the humanitarian aid structure in Iraq.…
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