Trainer and Business Advisor

Posted over 1 year ago by FiveOne Labs
Location Erbil Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector NGO

Organization: Five One Labs 

Position Title: Trainer and Business Advisor 

Location: Based in Erbil, Iraq, with some travel to other cities

Start Date: October 1, 2022 or as soon as possible

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

Application Form: The form is available here.


Five One Labs is an international startup incubator that helps talented entrepreneurs from conflict-affected areas launch their startups. We aim to empower individuals to rebuild their lives and livelihoods and contribute to the economic growth of their communities.

With offices in Erbil, Sulaimani, Duhok, Baghdad, and Basra, Five One Labs creates flexible programs for early-, advanced-stage, and aspiring entrepreneurs that are focused on human-centered design, the core building blocks of business fundamentals, and leadership development. Our trainers are steeped in lean startup and design thinking methodology, and thus our training is hands-on, active, and highly practical. 

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We are looking for an innovative business professional to join us as our Trainer and Business Advisor in Erbil. 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, Kurdish and Arabic, and the ability to deliver trainings and advisory sessions on business concepts. 

This is a critical role for the success of our team, organization, and, most particularly, our entrepreneurs. We are searching for someone that is interested in learning, growing, and becoming a valued long-term contributor to the organization.

The successful candidate will support Five One Labs to:

  • Support the training team in running outreach and training sessions; 

  • Conduct innovative trainings and consulting on design thinking, business, and entrepreneurship in English, Kurdish and Arabic; 

  • Support the development of new trainings, sessions, and webinars;

  • Assist in the marketing outreach for Five One Labs programs; 

  • Provide one-on-one business advisory services to entrepreneurs in Five One programming;

  • Together with Five One leadership, develop M&E processes, records, and program reports to ensure sustainability and improvement of the Five One Labs incubator program over time;

  • Other tasks as required by our growing organization.

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 consulting may substitute;

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

  • Previous experience in coaching or mentoring individuals or small teams;

  • Fluent in English, Kurdish and Arabic.

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 Erbil, Iraq but may require travel to other cities across Iraq as needed to run programs and events.

If you are interested in this position, please fill in this application form and send your CV or resume to with the subject line “Trainer and Business Advisor - Erbil”.  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 September 25, 2022.

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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