Business Trainer and Advisor

Posted about 1 year ago by FiveOne Labs
Location Sulaymānīyah Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector NGO

Organization: Five One Labs 

Position Title: Business Trainer and Advisor

Location: Based in Sulaimani, Iraq

Start Date: August 18, 2019

Application Closing Date: Application is open on a rolling basis until July 13th; interviews will start immediately.

Application Form: Please fill out our application form here


Five One Labs is a start-up incubator that helps talented entrepreneurs in conflict-affected areas launch and grow their businesses. We aim to empower individuals to rebuild their lives and livelihoods to contribute to the economic growth of their communities. 

Five One Labs creates flexible programs for early-stage and aspiring entrepreneurs that are focused on human-centered design, the core building blocks of business fundamentals, and leadership development. Our trainers are steeped in lean startup and design thinking methodology, and thus our trainings are hands-on, active, and highly practical for early-stage entrepreneurs. 

We now operate a coworking space, The Lab:Suli, in Sulaimani, and are expanding our operations in Erbil in partnership with the German Development Agency (GIZ). This will be a new full-time office for Five One Labs, which we hope will be a center for entrepreneurship, innovation and technology in Erbil for all community members. In the coming year we will run our first, three-month Arabic-language incubator program and a second English-language incubator cohort in Erbil, in addition to running other entrepreneurship programs, trainings and events.

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We are looking for an innovative business professional to join us as a Business Trainer and Advisor. The Manager will help run Kurdish and English entrepreneurship training programs in Sulaimani, improve and build upon our curriculum, and provide business advisory services to the entrepreneurs in our startup incubator and broader network. This is a critical role for the success of our team, organization, and, most particularly, our entrepreneurs. 

As a Business Trainer and Advisor, you will become a leading part of a growing social enterprise, and will have a huge hand in shaping both our organization and our entrepreneurs’ futures. We are a fun, hardworking, and fast-moving team searching for someone who is interested in learning, growing, and becoming part of the Five One Labs family. This will be a great opportunity to see the inner workings of Iraq’s first full-time startup incubator! 

The successful candidate will support Five One Labs to:

  • Take the lead in translating the Five One Labs incubator curriculum into Kurdish and adapting it to suit the needs of the Kurdish cohort;

  • Support in the logistical and training aspects of Five One Labs intensive entrepreneurship programs:

    • Deliver trainings to entrepreneurs throughout our shorter programs and Startup Incubator program (3 months long) and through other workshops, bootcamps, and events;

  • Provide one-on-one business advisory services to Five One Labs entrepreneurs, both in the incubator program and in other Five One programming;

  • Coordinate with the other training staff day-to-day;

  • Together with Five One leadership, develop M&E processes, records, and program reports to ensure sustainability and improvement of the Five One Labs incubator program over time;

  • Other tasks as required by our growing organization.


The Business Trainer and Advisor will work closely the program team in Sulaimani and will liaise frequently with our trainers in Erbil and other locations. 

The Five One Labs team is seeking candidates with the following profile:

Skills and Knowledge

  • Graduate degree in business preferred; bachelor’s degree plus previous experience in entrepreneurship may substitute;

  • 5+ years work experience in related fields, with an emphasis placed on prior training, teaching, or business consulting experience;

  • Deep familiarity with the following topics, particularly how they relate to startups:  business fundamentals, including basic strategy, operations, financial modeling, market sizing and management; innovation; and leadership;

  • Previous experience in coaching or mentoring individuals or small teams;

  • Fluent in English and Kurdish; knowledge of Arabic is a plus

  • Ability to design and implement effective training programs, with the occasional creation of new sessions;

  • Previous management or entrepreneurship experience a plus.


Personal Characteristics

  • Team-oriented and enthusiastic about working with and supporting others;

  • Willingness to listen, learn and engage with the local culture and entrepreneurial ecosystem, with particular sensitivity to working with vulnerable populations;

  • Outgoing, positive, and interested in developing a strong community;

  • Attention to detail, conscientious about accuracy and professional presentation at all times; desire for continuous improvement;

  • Self-starter personality – able to initiate and lead projects or tasks with minimal supervision;

  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced work environment;

  • Experience working and thriving in multicultural teams.

The position will be based in Sulaimani, Iraq.


If you are interested in this position, please fill in this application form and send your CV or resume to The application period will close at 11:59pm on July 13, 2019. Note: this is a rolling application process, so apply as soon as possible! 


Five One Labs is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds, and of any gender, to apply for this position.


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