We are looking for an innovative business professional to join us as our Training and Business Development Manager. The Manager will oversee all of our training programs in Erbil, improve and build upon our curriculum, and provide business advisory services to the entrepreneurs in our startup incubator and
broader network. This is a critical role for the success of our team, organization, and, most particularly, our
As our Training and Business Development Manager, you will become a leading part of a growing social enterprise, and will have a huge hand in shaping both our organization and our entrepreneurs’ futures. We are a fun, hardworking, and fast-moving team searching for someone who is interested in learning, growing, and becoming part of the Five One Labs family. This will be a great opportunity to see the inner workings of Iraq’s first full-time startup incubator!
The successful candidate will support Five One Labs to:
Take the lead in translating the Five One Labs incubator curriculum into Arabic and adapting it to suit the needs of the Arabic-speaking cohort;
Manage all logistical and training aspects of Five One Labs intensive entrepreneurship programs:
Deliver weekly trainings to entrepreneurs throughout the our Ignite programs (one month long) and Startup Incubator program (3 months long) and through other workshops, bootcamps, and events;
Provide one-on-one business advisory services to Five One Labs entrepreneurs, both in the incubator program and in other Five One programming;
Manage the local training staff day-to-day, and work with them to develop their knowledge and skills;
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.
The Training and Business Development Manager will work closely the new team in Erbil and will liaise
frequently with the training team based in Sulaimani. They will report directly to the Executive Director of the
organization. The team 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 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 and Arabic; knowledge of Kurdish is a plus
Ability to design effective training programs, with the occasional creation of evergreen sessions;
Previous management or entrepreneurship experience a plus.
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.