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Project Coordinator

Job Title: Project Coordinator
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Erbil, Iraq
REF: 1630
Contact Name: Susan Rafat
Job Published: 12 months ago

Job Description

MSELECT is looking to hire a Project Coordinator for an international development organization in Erbil. Candidate must have at least 3 years’ relevant experience and fluency in English, Kurdish and Arabic.


PSD is a project commissioned by the German government which aims to support employment creation via the private sector nationwide. With its holistic, two-way approach of supporting the Government of Iraq in improving the business and investment climate for private entities, as well as matchmaking and qualification measures for job seekers and companies, the project targets sustainable short-, medium-, and long-term build-up of employment opportunities in order to provide perspectives to young people and returning refugees.

For the extension of its operations to Ninewa (with a focus on Mosul), the project is hiring a project coordinator responsible for the implementation of activities targeting the support to micro-, small and medium companies as well as employment creation.

A. Responsibilities

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 Mosul. 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 component

  • 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 organization

In this context, the position holder performs the following tasks:

B. Tasks

  • 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 organization 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 Mosul. The position holder communicates local efforts and encourages sharing of ideas and information with colleagues undertaking similar tasks in other project regions.

B. Required qualifications, competencies and experience

  • Academic degree (BSc. Or Masters) in relevant fields such as (but not exclusively) economics, management, social sciences

  • At least 3 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). Knowledge of Kurdish would be an asset

  • Ideally academic and/or professional experience in the field of business development, private sector development or labor market measures

  • 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 Ninewa would be an asset

D. 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 Mosul on a regular (weekly or biweekly) period as well as within Iraq for limited periods of time.

*Only applicants meeting the strict criteria outlined above will be contacted as part of the shortlisting process