Our mission

Our mission is to protect the rights of refugees and displaced people in Iraq and Syria and to accompany and help them.
RRI is committed to helping people in Syria and Iraq, regardless of their ethnicity, religion, nationality and political opinions.
This can be done by acting as an independent and courageous spokesman for the rights of people on a national and international level.
We provide humanitarian aid in emergency situations and strengthen the capacity of the UN agencies.

Team

RRI currently employs around 270 people. Their education, skills and tasks are as diverse as their home countries. The administrative headquarters of the German-based NGO is Berlin. Head of Mission and Program Management is located in Baghdad.

A team of national and international professionals with continuous experience in the humanitarian field are implementing the projects in Iraq.

Through strong connections with decision makers on a local and regional level, RRI relies on solid information and support to implement in hard-to-reach areas.

RRI has armored cars in Iraq to enable staff to work safely in the project regions. These are also available for visits by field staff.

Arndt Fritsche

Managing Director/Head of Mission

Since 2004, the law graduate Arndt Fritsche has been in charge of RRI projects in Iraq and Syria. As Head of Mission, he maintains close and personal contact with the local employees and all the related parties in Germany and in the areas of operation.

Nadine Flache

Managing Director/Program Director

Nadine Flache manages the projects in Iraq for more than 13 years. As managing director and program manager she is responsible for personnel management and the use of funds.

Jutta Goldbecker

Executive Assistant

Jutta Goldbecker manages RRI’s office in Berlin. She has been a competent contact person for many years.
Jutta manages the administration and is the communication interface in the German headquarters of RRI.

Nazar Al-Hiti

Senior WASH-Specialist

The qualified engineer has been working at RRI since 2011. Nazar has been leading WASH projects throughout the region.

Yaser Ghazi

Senior Project Manager

Yaser has been working for RRI for over nine years. As a Senior Project Manager, he is responsible for the planning, execution and overview of all our projects in Iraq and Syria. He is further in charge of creating and maintaining fruitful relations to all the relevant humanitarian actors and stakeholders and to coordinate our work with the local authorities.

Supervisory Board

Christian Bernzen is a social law expert, lawyer and professor at the Catholic University of Social Sciences in Berlin. He has been chairman of the Supervisory Board of RRI gGmbH since 2013.

Johannes Kahrs has been representing the electoral district of Hamburg-Mitte in the German Parliament for many years. He is spokesman of the Seeheimer-circle and budgetary spokesman of the SPD-fraction. Johannes Kahrs has been a member of the Supervisory Board of RRI gGmbH since 2013.

The defense expert has been a member of the Supervisory Board of RRI gGmbH since 2013. During his time as a member of the German Parliament he was chairman of the defense committee and defense commissioner. Reinhold Robbe is also a Honorary Consul of the Republic of Rwanda.

Programs

Partner

Organisation

All projects are planned, directed and monitored by the RRI Project Management Board (PMB). The PMB includes experts from human resources, finance, logistics, and health and safety fields.

The PMB is led by RRI Head of Mission, Arndt Fritsche, the organization’s central authority and contact person for everyone involved.

On-site Project Management reports the project-status to the PMB on a daily basis, while members of the PMB physically visit the project site periodically.

RRI currently employs around 270 people. Their education, skills and tasks are as diverse as their home countries. The administrative headquarters of the German-based NGO is Berlin. Head of Mission and Program Management is located in Baghdad.

A team of national and international professionals with continuous experience in the humanitarian field are implementing the projects in Iraq.

Through strong connections with decision makers on a local and regional level, RRI relies on solid information and support to implement in hard-to-reach areas.

RRI has armored cars in Iraq to enable staff to work safely in the project regions. These are also available for visits by field staff.


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