IOM Iraq

Chief of Mission IOM Iraq

Mr. Gerard Karl Waite, Chief of Mission of IOM Iraq arrived in Baghdad in August 2017. Before Iraq, he was stationed for IOM in Somalia, Uganda, South Sudan, and Sudan.  Before joining IOM, Gerard worked with Transparency International, the Scottish Refugee Council and with AIC in West Bank and Jerusalem. Gerard is originally from the United Kingdom. He earned his BA in Linguistics and Anthropology and MA in Linguistics from the University of Edinburgh, and second MA in Human Rights from the University of London.

IOM Presence in Iraq

IOM Iraq was established in 2003 and has built a strong network of staff, offices and logistics capacity. With more than 1,300 staff and main offices in Baghdad, Erbil, and Basra and 16 sub-offices in key locations, IOM works in cooperation with the Government of Iraq to provide support across all of Iraq’s 18 governorates.

Within a fragile political, economic and security environment, IOM Iraq is addressing humanitarian needs, supporting reintegration of returning IDPs, and promoting stabilization of communities. To reduce risks and vulnerabilities of displaced and host communities in Iraq, IOM integrates humanitarian and development approaches and addresses the link between security and development using area-based, tailored approaches founded on strong data analysis.

Following Iraq’s war against ISIL between 2014-2017, IOM provided immediate humanitarian assistance to many of the 6 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) who were fleeing their homes following the crisis, through a multi-sectoral response, including provision of displacement tracking data, camp management and camp coordination, non-food items and shelter, emergency health care, mental health and psycho-social support and protection.

In 2018, IOM has been scaling-up recovery and stabilization programmes to support the government’s efforts to rebuild the country, especially responding to the needs of returning IDPs and host communities affected by conflict. These programmes address drivers of displacement and irregular migration, including through strengthening the Government of Iraq’s capacity to provide services and rebuilding trust between communities, and increasing opportunities for community and civil society interaction.

IOM works in partnership with various ministries within the Government of Iraq, at national and sub-national level, the international diplomatic community, UN agencies, Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Community Service Organizations (CSOs). IOM is a member of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and the UN Humanitarian Country Team (UNHCT) for Iraq.