Project Coordinator, Market Innovations

Posted 6 months ago by GIZ
Location Iraq Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector Services
The GIZ Private Sector Development & Employment Promotion Project (PSD) supports the government of Iraq and the government of the Kurdish Region to develop its private sector with the objective to create more job opportunities for young people. The project comprises the two Modules of Macro Economic Policy Consulting and Labour Market Interventions.  Thereby the latter Module includes the component of SME development support, innovation, and cooperation with the international private sector, which will be the area of placement. 
We are working on job-related qualification measures for the product, process, or market innovations within the framework of cooperation with international companies, professional associations, or chambers, providing technical and process advice for local actors to identify innovation potential and upgrade strategies in the selected sectors. Thereby we are enabling  “innovation coaches” within the private sector linked organs and doing entrepreneurship promotion e.g. by supporting the development of business plans in the area of product,  process, or market innovations from MSMEs and start-ups.
The PSD project is looking for a project coordinator, who has collected work or education experiences in the relevant fields. The duty station for this position is the GIZ Office in  Baghdad or Erbil.  
As part of its approach to foster private sector company growth, the PSD project implements  
The position holder is responsible for: 
  • Adequate support to the Project Director and Team Leaders in project implementation matters, which includes planning, implementing, reporting, and  monitoring & evaluation. 
  • Adequate support of the Team Leader and the team in the design, coordination and  implementation of activities for Entrepreneurship Development with a specific focus  on Market Innovation within the Module for employment Promotion, mainly in one or  more of the sectors Agribusiness / Photovoltaics / Waste Management / Tourism: 
  1. Investigating innovative approaches for service and product development,  business opportunities, efficient business support, access to finance, etc. 
  2. contributing in the development of Capacity Development concepts 
  3. implementing and monitoring of the project’s activities: taking over operational  tasks; coordinating, aligning, guiding individual activities 
  4. liaising with any partners and other direct or indirect stakeholders, either  companies, chambers, official bodies, etc. and set up meetings and dialogues o supporting the emergence and maintenance of innovative clusters 
  5. organizing, contributing, and supervising different events like workshops, missions,  webinars, virtual conferences, etc.  
  6. supporting the communication between partners, beneficiaries, experts, GIZ staff and others, if necessary by translations. 
  7. maintaining a good flow of communication and information between all involved  institutions and counterparts and GIZ 
Research & development 

The position holder will support in 
  • conducting desk and field research, collecting and assessing data and information ▪ conceptualizing, drafting ToRs, reports, procurement documents, guiding analysis  and assessments, reviewing texts  
The position holder supports 
  • the implementation and monitoring of activities along the project cycle and assist the  team and the Team Leader in all respective matters. 
  • the designing, conceptualizing and realization of measures for skill and capacity  development measures and training programs, formal and nonformal education and  learning; job-oriented training systems, professional development, capacity  development for entrepreneurship, youth enabling, job creation and counselling and  mentoring for youth employment  
  • accompany international consultants in meetings with actors from the private and  public sector and provide minutes of those meetings 
  • the development, review and dissemination of sectoral expertise, learning and knowledge materials with training participants, local companies, company staff,  private sector representations, etc. 
  • the identification of participants; identifies and reviews applicants for training and/or learning journey participation and advertisement of training and activities  
  • compiles relevant data for the Project impact monitoring and contributes to progress reporting on his/her scope of work.  
Communication, knowledge sharing, networking, and initiating cooperation The position holder will operate and contribute to 
  • identify, develop and establish and guide networks of institutions, entities, and  persons from the private sector, public sector, research and education facilities, society,  etc., and knowledge partners (Universities, NGOs, INGOs…) 
  • identify, develop and establish contacts with local resource persons, experts, and  knowledge holders, and influencers and integrating them  
  • adopt and apply modern methods of communication and cooperation by working with suitable digital methods and tools: social media, virtual meeting tools, etc. 
  • identify, liaise, communicate, cooperate and ensure knowledge transfer with entities and networks working in formal and non-formal education, skills training and  entrepreneurship development, private sector, and its representations, with companies with a strong potential for growth and employment creation,  
  • improve SMEs, start-ups, and entrepreneurs’ access to information about networking opportunities. 
  • Coordinating with his/her colleagues in Baghdad and other regions on a daily basis 
Other duties/additional tasks  
The position holder will support the project with any additional task if necessary, e.g. she/he ▪ supports the project with translation duties and any additional tasks if deemed necessary. 
  • contributes to the development of communication material and presentation supports. 
Required qualifications, competencies, and experience 
  • Education: University degree (Bachelor / Master) in a relevant field (e.g. environmental and/or Engineering department, economics, business development,  innovation management, institutional building, etc.) 
Professional experience 
  • Experience: Minimum of 1-3 years of relevant occupational experience. Work for an international company or development organization is an advantage. 
  • Experience on the interlinkages between job creation / private sector development  and Agribusiness / Photovoltaics / Waste Management would be a clear advantage 
  • Working experience in one or more of the above-mentioned sectors in an academic,  policy advice, skill development or business capacity would be an advantage 
  • Working experience in one or more relevant fields of non-formal education and  learning; job-oriented training systems, professional development, capacity  development for entrepreneurship, youth enabling, counseling, and mentoring for  youth employment  
  • Experience conducting desk and field research of a similar nature as required by the  assignment 
  • Experience in target-group orientated communication 
  • Being acquainted with administrative procedures in government and administrative offices is an advantage. 
  • Above-average academic Arabic, and fluent English language proficiencies are mandatory (written and spoken). Kurdish proficiencies are an advantage. 
Other knowledge, additional competences 
  • ▪ Tasks require constructive creative thinking, sometimes also conceptual initiative ▪ Microsoft Office software literacy 
  • ▪ Team player, proactive and responsible personality, innovative and flexible. ▪ Ability and willingness to travel within Iraq including to Norther Region and abroad for  limited periods. 
Requirements for application:  
  • Subject line of the application should clearly indicate the vacancy applied for.  ▪ CVs and motivations letters that are in the form of IMG, pictures, screenshots and  links will not be accepted.  
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  
  • Applications passed the expiration date of the advertisement will not be considered 

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