Director of Entrepreneurship Training

Posted almost 2 years ago by FiveOne Labs
Location Sulaymānīyah Job Type Permanent
Salary 0 - 0 Sector NGO

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Organization: Five One Labs 

Position Title: Director of Entrepreneurship Training

Location: Based in Sulaimani, Iraq, with travel to other cities across Iraq

Start Date:  September 1, 2021 

Application Closing Date: Application is open on a rolling basis until July 25; interviews will start immediately.

Please Note: This position is contingent on donor approval and funding. 


Five One Labs is a startup incubator and entrepreneurship ecosystem builder headquartered in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) - and soon to be scaling across Iraq - that supports diverse entrepreneurs in launching scalable, innovative businesses. Since launching in 2017, we have been at the forefront of the Iraq’s rapidly growing entrepreneurial ecosystem and have supported displaced as well as local entrepreneurs to launch impressive, innovative startups. 

As the first startup incubator in the country, we have had the privilege of working with hundreds of talented entrepreneurs from Iraq and Syria, as well as global investors and supporters. As interest in entrepreneurship across the country grows, we are looking to reach more founders and continue providing high-quality programming and services to meet their needs. 

Five One Labs runs a coworking space in Sulaimani and an innovation hub in Erbil; supports growth-stage women-led businesses through our Female Founders Fellowship; and strengthens the local investment ecosystem through our Five One Invest initiative. We’re a values-based social enterprise which problem-solving, diversity of thought and background, and empathy are at the center of all that we do. For more information, please see

We are looking for a Director of Entrepreneurship Training to lead all of our training activities, support and develop our Startup Support team, and ensure the quality of our programs across Kurdistan. Our new Director of Entrepreneurship Training will have the opportunity to shape our training model and programs for impressive entrepreneurs; work with and learn from a diverse and talented team from across Iraq and Syria; and make a positive and lasting impact on the country’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. 


We are looking for an innovative business professional to join us as our Director of Entrepreneurship Training. If you have an MBA, have worked with a startup or business, or have business training experience, you are right for the role! A successful candidate should have experience in the private sector, business consulting, and/or entrepreneurship, fluency in English and Kurdish or Arabic, and management experience. 

The Director of Entrepreneurship Training will play a key role in ensuring that Five One Labs’ programs and trainings are not only high quality, but also meet market needs and the demands of Iraq’s diverse entrepreneurs. The Director will also oversee the development of our training team to ensure that their skills are relevant and that our trainers continue to grow and also cohesively manage the trainers who are based across multiple cities. Are you willing to work hard, get your hands dirty, and design and develop real programs for impressive entrepreneurs? Then you are the right candidate! 

We are searching for someone that is interested in learning, growing, and becoming a valued long-term contributor to the organization and who has the long-term to build and manage a diverse team. 

The successful candidate will support Five One Labs to:

  • MANAGE: You will be managing all of Five One Labs training programs in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, which includes our Startup Incubator, our acceleration programs, our programs supporting female founders, and more. Your job will be to make sure our programs are the highest quality, both in terms of the training and other support provided to our entrepreneurs. 

  • LEAD: You will be leading the Startup Support and training teams in both Erbil and Sulaimani, as well as new locations across KRI and potentially Iraq. We are looking for someone who will be hands-on with our teams, providing ongoing capacity and professional development to ensure our colleagues have the skills and resources necessary to run amazing entrepreneurship training and advisory. 

  • EXECUTE: This role is not about sitting on the sidelines. You will be hands-on with our team and entrepreneurs every day to build our programs, support our entrepreneurs, liaise with partners, and track progress. 

  • INNOVATE: Five One Labs iterates and innovates constantly. We run flexible programming to respond to the needs of our startups, and are constantly thinking of ways to improve and adapt our work. You will be challenged each day to improve and innovate on our current model. 

  • STRATEGIZE: In addition to the programs we are already running, we will be developing new programs and curricula to support new locations and new types of entrepreneurs and startups. You’ll be leading most of the strategic development of our programming and training processes over time. 

The candidate will report directly to Five One Labs’ Country Director. Five One Labs will ensure that the selected candidate has access to all relevant materials and support to succeed in his or her role.

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 or business may substitute;

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

  • 5+ years experience managing diverse teams, with preference for someone with remote management 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;

  • Fluent in English and Arabic or Kurdish

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 but will require travel to other cities across Iraq as needed to run programs and events.

If you are interested in this position, please send your cover letter and CV or resume to with the subject line “Director of Entrepreneurship Training”.  Make sure your application contains a CV and Cover Letter - applications without a cover letter will not be considered. The application period will close at 11:59pm on July 25, 2021.

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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