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:
Investigating innovative approaches for service and product development, business opportunities, efficient business support, access to finance, etc.
contributing in the development of Capacity Development concepts
implementing and monitoring of the project’s activities: taking over operational tasks; coordinating, aligning, guiding individual activities
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
organizing, contributing, and supervising different events like workshops, missions, webinars, virtual conferences, etc.
supporting the communication between partners, beneficiaries, experts, GIZ staff and others, if necessary by translations.
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.)
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