Project Coordinator – SME Development and Job Creation

Posted 10 months ago by GIZ
Location Baqubah Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector Services
The GIZ “Private Sector Development Project” (PSD) supports the Government of Iraq to develop its private sector with the objective to create more job opportunities for young people. GIZ is a fully German Government owned organisation active in 130 countries with over 21.000 employees.
The duty station for the “Project Coordinator – SME development and job creation in Diyala” is Diyala (possibly home office).
The position is in a motivated, dynamic, and idealistic team which welcomes personalities with similar qualities. We’re looking for people who like to think outside the box and are proactive in their approaches.
The position holder is responsible for the implementation of the project’s activities related to SME support, job creation and cooperation with the international private sector in Diyala, with a focus on Baquba. A central element of this project’s component is the cooperation with business associations and chambers to support those organizations with the development of business development services for micro, small and medium companies. 
This is a new position which will require the establishment of new partnerships and the identification of activities with a strong potential for supporting the growth of small and medium business as well as job creation for young people.
In detail, the responsibilities cover:
  • implementing daily operational aspects of all issues related to the project’s field of action “SME development and job creation”
  • processing technical aspects and implementing the activities under supervision of the line manager
  • identifying relevant stakeholders and beneficiaries
  • ensuring appropriate documentation of activities as well as appropriate monitoring and evaluation measures
  • maintaining of a good flow of communication and information between all involved institutions and counterparts and GIZ 
Implementation and coordination

The position holder supports the implementation of the project’s operational plan in coordination with the field of action Head, with the aim to support the project’s objectives to provide professional advisory services to target groups such as chambers and small and medium companies. This includes the full responsibility for certain activities, such as the design, preparation and implementation of trainings, workshops, consultancy missions and other events connected with the project’s area of activity. 
The position holder assists national and international short-term experts in carrying out their work. He/she assists the project with organizational issues and regularly consults with the project management on all project activities. 
Planning and monitoring
The position holder provides local, practical, and academic knowledge to the project planning process and monitors the implementation of the project’s operational plan. He/she participates in formulating activities and is jointly responsible for documenting events, trainings, workshops and other project activities. 
Furthermore, the position holder is responsible for results assessment according to GIZ standard M&E schemes as well as with the preparation of reports and communication material. He/she ensures knowledge transfer based on lessons learnt from the implementation. 
Cooperation and stakeholder management
The position holder oversees stakeholder identification and maintains regular contact and dialogue with partners and beneficiaries. This includes representing the project and its activities, build-up and maintain relationships, identify potential cooperation partners, as well as serving as contact person for the project’s liaison in Diyala. The position holder communicates local efforts and encourages sharing of ideas and information with colleagues undertaking similar tasks in other project regions.  
Required qualifications, competencies and experience
  • Academic degree (BSc. Or Masters) in relevant fields such as (but not exclusively) economics, management, social sciences
  • At least 7 years of experience in a comparable position
  • Proven work experience in the field of development cooperation
  • Practical experience in the design and implementation of technical advisory measures (trainings, advisory missions, etc.)
  •  Above average academic Arabic and fluent English language proficiencies are mandatory (written and spoken)
  • Ideally academic and/or professional experience in the field of business development or private sector development 
  • Strong managerial and organizational competence
  • Ability to cooperate and establish links with a wide range of actors from the private and public sector
  • Knowledge of the business landscape and economic context of Diyala would be an asset
Other knowledge, additional competencies
  • Very good working knowledge of MS Office
  • Team player, proactive and responsible personality
  • Distinctive diplomatic and social skills as well as good ability to create networks
  • Willingness to upskill as required by the tasks to be performed – corresponding measures are agreed with management 
  • Ability to travel to Baghdad on a regular (monthly) period as well as within Iraq for limited periods of time
  • Ability to work from home until an office has been set up 

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