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UN Jobs / NGO Job Vacancy : Turkey: Project Officer – Refugee Entrepreneurship Programme - Turkey

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Organization: Spark
Country: Turkey
Closing date: 20 Jun 2018

The Project Officer Entrepreneurship will be working under supervision of the Regional Programme Manager

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

The responsibilities and tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Work with the program management and stakeholders in order to ensure a successful implementation of the program activities.
  • Develop and timely implement the programme, focussing on starting a business in a fragile context;
  • Work closely with implementing partners and beneficiaries among entrepreneurs and existing businesses.
  • Main focal point and support point for Implementing Partners
  • Identify, welcome and coach selected entrepreneurs in the creation and/or development of a company;
  • Liaise with government and business stakeholders to ensure the impact of the programme and synergy with other relevant initiatives;
  • Study, analyse and evaluate the business plans presented by entrepreneurs;
  • Accompanying entrepreneurs for information gathering and development of markets;
  • Provide organizational and logistical support for other missions and ongoing activities;
  • Provide support with internal and external reporting.
  • Other tasks as required.

Requirements and Skills

  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience working in the field of SME and business development within a fragile context, including hands on experience/knowledge in SMEs or start-ups;
  • The organizational ability to coordinate hands-on training for SMEs and/or start-ups;
  • Relevant educational background, for example in business development or economics is an advantage;
  • Previous experience in developing and conducting trainings for students;
  • Proven experience in analysing business needs;
  • Has a network of Syrian entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship ecosystem;
  • Has knowledge of the business market, gaps and roles of different industries;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Fluency in English and Arabic required.
  • Knowledge of Turkish is an asset.
  • Turkish nationality only.

SPARK Offers

  • Remuneration based on experience between 1.000 EUR – 1.400 EUR net per month;
  • International and dynamic working environment;
  • Full-time contract for 8 months with possibility of extension.


SPARK develops higher education and entrepreneurship to empower young, ambitious people to lead their fragile and conflict-affected societies into prosperity. SPARK is a dynamic and growing, international not-for-profit development organisation with 80+ staff members, in more than 14 offices around the world. SPARK supports refugees in the Middle-East by providing them with scholarships in universities and higher education institutions in the region. SPARK also supports young entrepreneurs in fragile states, to start or grow their own businesses.

In Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan, SPARK is implementing a programme to support Syrian refugee entrepreneurs and existing MSMEs through economic empowerment and business opportunities by starting or expanding their own businesses and creating jobs. SPARK provides a wide range of training programmes and services for new entrepreneurs: from business idea, business plan writing to management skills, from marketing to access to finance. By coaching and staying in close contact with these young and ambitious entrepreneurs, they can create employment opportunities – for themselves and others.

How to apply:

If you are interested, please apply with your motivation letter and your CV (both in English) on until 20 June 2018. Please, with application send to us two references (phone number and email) which we can contact in the selection process.

For questions about the vacancy, please contact reference Project Officer Entrepreneurship – Turkey.

All applications will be assessed on rolling basis; interviews can, therefore, take place before the application deadline. However, due to the large volume of applications we receive, we cannot respond to every applicant. There may be a delay between the deadline and the moment we contact selected applicants.

If you have not received a reply we regret to inform that we have continued with other candidates.