May 19, 2017

Saudi Arabia: Crafts Training Director, Turquoise Mountain, Saudi Arabia

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Turquoise Mountain
Country: Saudi Arabia
Closing date: 16 Jun 2017

• Oversee and manage existing skills development and training programmes in varied locations around Saudi Arabia, from the central office in Riyadh.
• Work with Country Director and Operations Director to build and develop a training and skills development team combining consultant designers, trainers and support staff.

• As new opportunities arise, work with Country Director and consultants to create and implement skills development content, over timeframes of 1 week, 1 month, 3 month or longer as required by the programme.
• Oversee crafts curriculum development and ensure learning outcomes and products match the requirements of the market whilst also remaining authentic to the crafts traditions.
• Implement training standards to rationalise and create a uniform approach to crafts development.
• Ensure and oversee proper recruitment of committed candidates for training, to ensure the success of each project.
• Travel to different crafts training centres around the country as required to oversee and ensure proper implementation of skills development programmes.
• Regularly review consultant trainers’ profiles, building network to meet the needs of artisans and courses, and encouraging wherever possible inclusion of Saudi trainers.
• Ensure regular review of programmes with all senior managers, to ensure skills development and training are relevant to wider market needs, appropriate to the crafts traditions of Saudi Arabia, and practical in implementation.
• Attend all necessary meetings and contribute to senior management discussions to enhance the project’s vision, mission and strategic development.
• Work alongside colleagues to build a positive team environment, excellence of internal communications, and continuous high level of positive and polite communications with all stakeholders, artisans and partners.
• Further develop policies and procedures to support these areas of activity.
• Other tasks as may be required from time to time by the Country Director.


• The contract is for a permanent role, with a probationary period on both sides, and flexible starting date depending on individual notice period.
• The position reports to the TM Country Director, Saudi Arabia.
• The position is full-time and requires significant presence in Saudi Arabia to ensure proper project oversight. The project office is in Riyadh.
• Attractive salary package commensurate with experience.
• The working week in Saudi Arabia is 5 days per week, Sunday to Thursday, with a 7-hour working day. Hours may be flexible during the day according to the needs of the project; some work may be required outside general office hours.

• Presence in Saudi Arabia is not required during Ramadan, Hajj or Eid periods. During these times project work will be based in the UK. Some flexibility between Riyadh and domicile-based work is possible at other times during the year.
• The contract includes 30 days paid leave and government-recognised national holidays in Saudi Arabia.
• All work travel, visas and accommodation are provided.
• Travel, personal liability and emergency medical insurance cover is provided.
• Accommodation in Riyadh is at the AEI Saudi villa in the Diplomatic Quarter. A double room with attached bathroom is provided, with shared living room, TV room, dining area, and mini-business centre. Wifi is available free of charge at the AEI Saudi residency. Equivalent costs may be provided for alternative accommodation.
• A minimum of 3-star hotel accommodation elsewhere is provided by TMT for work travel in KSA.
• Personal travel costs for local transportation are not covered by TMT; a car is bookable for personal use through AEI Saudi for Riyadh local trips. Taxis, hotel cars, or Uber is available elsewhere.
• Breakfast and access to a lightly stocked, fully-fitted kitchen is provided at the AEI Saudi residence. Dinner and other food costs are not provided by TMT.
• A Saudi mobile phone and laptop computer are provided for work purposes by TMT.

How to apply:

Application Process:
To apply for this role, please send your CV with a supporting letter outlining your suitability and reasons for applying for the position, to
The closing date for applications is Friday 16 June 2017. Candidates will be contacted within two weeks of this date with the initial outcome of their application.