Business Development Expert

Posted 5 months ago by World Vision
Location Kirkuk Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector NGO

World Vision International is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision - Iraq Office is looking for a highly qualified and motivated person for the position of Business Development Expert - Kirkuk.

Purpose of the job:

This position supports the daily implementation of the WASH business management components of the project, specifically will include facilitating business appraisals for targeted micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) supporting entrepreneurs to shape their business ideas through capacity building and business plans that address the key gaps. Business Development experts build beneficiaries’ skills and knowledge on WASH business plan development and market research through providing training sessions to the trainees to acquire skills and knowledge on starting and management of MSME/business, and Financial Literacy (bookkeeping and accounting) skills, to Enhance beneficiaries’ soft skills to effectively manage their businesses. The business development expert will also support, coach, and mentor beneficiaries on pathways for faster sustainable growth and greater survival rates.



Quality Project Implementation

Implement project activities in accordance with the project guidelines and targets and work closely with other partners and project coordinator to catalyze best practices in the project management and implementation out Perform the daily field activities including but not limited to household assessment supervision, beneficiary selection, FGDs with communities, vendor selection and contracting, and:

  • Contribute to the contextualization of project components to local area dynamics in due consideration of conflict and do no harm to ensure the activities do not cause any harm. 
  • Work closely with key local government personnel, local leadership, interest groups, and Programme staff in the design of appropriate strategies for the target population 
  • Work closely to target MSMES on regular basis to support them to accomplish their goals through training and mentorship
  • Work closely with government actors to enhance program effectiveness.
  • Strengthen the relationships among groups members, which can enhance collaboration, continuity, and sustainability
  • Organize and facilitate training on entrepreneurship and business development skills 
  • Create a platform of learning and exchange of ideas and resources among MSMEs, Chamber of commerce, and institutions with a special focus on strengthening enterprises.
  • Documentation of best practices and lessons learned. 
  • Build beneficiaries’ skills and knowledge on WASH business plan development and market research through business development training 
  • Provide quality knowledge content on starting and management of MSME/business and Financial Literacy (bookkeeping and accounting).
  • Enhance beneficiaries’ soft skills to effectively manage their businesses. 
  • Support, coach, and mentor beneficiaries on pathways for faster sustainable growth and greater survival rates


Coordination and Capacity Building:

  • Capacity building and training of staff (business coaches) on business coaching and mentorship on specific thematic areas based on capacity gaps identified.
  • Coordinating closely with the chamber of commerce, relevant government ministries, WASH cluster and Emergency Livelihood Cluster
  • Private sector engagement- conduct training to project beneficiaries and identify market linkages with private sector.


Monitoring and Reporting

  • Regularly track project activities in coordination with MEAL 
  • Submit weekly/monthly reports to the project coordinator 
  • Based on the donor requirement, support the project manager/coordinator to submit the required donor report


Planning and Budgeting 

  • Support project Coordinator to administer project budget to ensure accurate and timely budget spending 
  • Follow up and coordinate with other departments e.g. Procurement, Security, Finance, Fleet, PDQA etc.
  • Perform other duties as required



  1. Three (3) years of experience working experience in WASH, livelihood and economic development programs,
  2. Field experience working with communities and liaising with government departments.
  3. English required, Arabic and/or Kurdish preferred
  4. Higher education – Bachelors degree 
  5. Proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners
  6. Excellent organizational, analytical and report writing 
  7. Strong interpersonal skills
  8. Proven ability to manage stakeholders
  9. Fluency in Arabic, English and Kurdish languages
  10. Knowledge of the displaced population profile in Kirkuk.
  11. Ability to manage multiple tasks and work under pressure, efficient task prioritization and time management
  12. Knowledge about key elements of WASH and the interventions   
  13. Ability to establish and maintain relationships with the community
  14. Use reflective practice and promote its use for learning, use critical thinking and analysis
  15. Strategic, creative, and innovative thinking
  16. Ability to establish and maintain relationships with partners
  17. Understanding of community mobilization and empowerment principles and approaches
  18. Excellent coordination skills
  19. Ability to engage in personal learning and development 
  20. Practice in community development
  21. Training experience
  22. Experience of coordination as communicating with Government, Non-Government, organizations and other related area stakeholders.
  23. Familiar with the specific needs of women, girls for project initiation.
  24. Familiar with disability and considerate of the specific needs for the group for MSME and entrepreneurship.
  25. Possessing leadership skills to influence and encourage trainees in pursuing their goals
  26. Familiar with the principles of Do No Harm, Safeguarding, and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion policies.
  27. Fluency in English and Arabic languages.

Work Environment

  • The position is based in Kirkuk
  • The position requires the ability and willingness to travel domestically up to 60% of the time.   

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

Mode of Application:

No information inquiries will be handled over the phone. Only short-listed candidates will be notified of the interview. The deadline for application is 22 September 2022. 


As a Child focused organization, World Vision is committed to the protection of children and does not employ staff whose background is not suitable for working with children. All employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks.

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