Application Deadline:15th February 2019
Duration:Full-time for 12 months with possibility of extension
Start Date: March 2019
SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship to empower young, ambitious people to lead their fragile and conflict-affected societies into prosperity. SPARK is a dynamic and growing, international not-for-profit development organisation with 80+ staff members, in more than 14 offices around the world. SPARK supports refugees in the Middle-East by providing them with scholarships in universities and higher education institutions in the region. SPARK also supports young entrepreneurs in fragile states, to start or grow their own businesses.
The Programme Manager will be assigned to work on implementation of a expected new programme that supports entrepreneurs in starting up a company and support existing entrepreneurs in scale their existing business.
The Programme Manager can be based in SPARK’s Iraq (Mosul) office; frequent travel throughout the region is required. This vacancy is subject to approval of a new programme in 2019.
The responsibilities and tasks include, but are not limited to:
Responsible for the overall management, reporting and implementation of the programme in collaboration with local partners, in-house experts, external experts and advisors;
A key role in logistics, financial and administrative management of the programme implemented by SPARK and its local partners;
Supervise financial and administrative management of the programme, among timely submission of reports to institutional donors according their and SPARKs requirements;
Providing technical advice and support to staff and partner organisations;
Represent SPARK in lobbying, advocacy activities on entrepreneurship for youth;
Networking with relevant donors, government institutions and other stakeholders.
Work closely with and manage the partner organisations on the start-up of the programme and implementation of the activities
Other tasks as required
Requirements and Skills
A minimum of 5 years of relevant working experience in the non-profit sector, dealing with private sector development programming, managing large, multiyear complex projects with budgets exceeding 5 million EUR
Large network in the private sector in the Middle East
Thorough knowledge of the political and economic situation in the Middle East
Proven organisational and programme implementation skills and the ability to work independently
Accurate, structured and precise
Excellent networking skills
Ability to adjust flexibly to rapidly changing situations
Fluent in English, strong writing and reporting skills
Arabic language a strong asset
Ability to travel
Good communication and social skills, flexibility and the ability to work in a multicultural setting
Full-time contract for 12 months (2 months’ probation period), with the possibility for extension;
A challenging and exciting position in an international environment;
A gross monthly salary based on professional experience and based on a fulltime appointment of 40 hours.