Supporting capacity building in profiling 

Our Support in Iraq

Erbil Governorate

JIPS’ engagement with the operation in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) was initiated by a support request led by the Erbil Refugee Council (ERC) and UNHCR in June 2015, to support the planning of a collaborative profiling exercise of IDPs, refugees and host communities in urban areas in the Erbil Governorate. To lead the exercise, a Profiling Steering Committee consisting of ERC, Joint Crisis Coordination Centre, Erbil Statistics Directorate, IOM, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNHABITAT and UNOCHA was set up. JIPS was invited for a scoping mission in September 2015 to support the Steering Committee members to identify the relevance of a profiling exercise in Erbil and outline a methodology approach for the exercise.

The profiling was agreed to focus on major urban areas in Erbil Governorate, analyzing the situation of IDPs, refugees and the host community. The methodology and tools were developed in late 2015, and in December 2015 the Erbil Statistics Directorate conducted the household survey. In February 2016, the profiling partners organized an analysis workshop with relevant partners in order to discuss the initial survey findings. Based on these discussions, a qualitative data collection methodology was developed and data gathered in March 2016.

The report, titled “Displacement as Challenge and Opportunity: Urban profiles of refugees, internally displaced and host communities. Erbil Governorate, Kurdistan Region of Iraq” was launched in June 2016 by the Governor in Erbil and UNHCR.

Duhok and Sulaymaniyah Governorates

In November 2015, JIPS received a second request to support two additional profiling exercises of displaced and host populations in the urban areas of the Duhok and Sulaymaniyah Governorates of the KRI. These exercises are also overseen by the KRI Profiling Steering Committee and implemented by the Statistics Offices of each Governorate.

A technical working group was established in both Duhok and Sulaymaniyah and the methodology and tools developed for Erbil Governorate were adapted to these contexts with support from JIPS. The household survey data for both Governorates was collected in May 2016 by the respective statistics offices (DSO, SSO). The profiling data was analysed in June 2016 and discussed during an analysis workshop in each Governorate with a wide range of stakeholders from the humanitarian/development community and the local government. A JIPS/Statistics Norway mission took place in June 2016 to support the cleaning and analysis of the data.

The reports from Duhok and Sulaymaniyah were launched in KRI in November 2016. 

Datasets available on HDX

Download the datasets from Erbil, Duhok and Sulaymaniyah directly from HDX!