Program Officer, Asia Programs

Country: United States of America Organization: Freedom House Closing date: 14 Jul 2021 Freedom House is a non-partisan non-governmental organization that monitors, strengthens, and defends human rights and democracy worldwide through programs that support civic activists, research, and advocacy. Freedom House is seeking to add a new Program Officer to our Asia Programs team. This is an opportunity for a rising professional in international program management to further develop their expertise in designing and implementing programs in the Asia region. The Program Officer will provide critical support to several projects, including tracking and managing diverse tasks and deliverables, responding to the needs of field-based staff, drafting reports and other communications, drafting language for subgrants and contracts, and tracking and managing project finances. The PO serves as the key liaison between field staff and the leadership of the Asia team as well as FH’s finance team. The

Business counselor | Iraq | 2021

Country: Iraq
Organization: Chemonics
Closing date: 3 Jun 2021

Chemonics seeks long-term business counselor for the USAID Durable Communities and Economics Opportunities (DCEO) project in Iraq. The project aims to support vulnerable communities to build community resilience against destabilizing factors by increasing their adaptive capacity and economic well-being. The Business Competitiveness and Job Creation Initiative (BCJCI) is a five-year strategy within DCEO to support private sector firms as they identify and overcome specific business constraints hindering growth.

The business counselor will advise and work with micro, small and medium Iraqi businesses in Iraqi communities to promote and grow their businesses. The business counselor will be the face of the project working collaboratively with businesses, entrepreneurs, and relevant associations. They will help identify potential businesses, build and manage the relationship with businesses, and asses the viability of the business plan and management team. We are seeking individuals that have run successful businesses, worked at a start-up business and/or has advised businesses on how to grow.

This position will be based in Baghdad, Iraq. Applicants will be expected to live in, and work with businesses located in, Baghdad. However, applications are encouraged from across, Iraq if candidates can demonstrate an ability to be based and work in one of DCEO’s target governorates. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Identify, profile, and assess potential partner firms, leading and/or actively supporting the selection process within the wider BCJCI team, and build and maintain close and trusting professional relationships with selected partner firms within their portfolio
  • Work closely with selected Iraqi businesses, of all sizes and in any sector, to identify key constraints to sales and jobs growth faced by partner firms and support the development of Client Growth Plans under the guidance and leadership of the BCJCI Director and other staff
  • Identify needs of buyers and markets, and opportunities for those buyers and markets to source from local companies in the targeted geographic zones of the program
  • Provide direct technical assistance and/or identify other means to provide agreed upon targeted support to firms within their portfolio, in line with agreed Client Growth Plans, in order to overcome the identified growth constraints; for example, by improving business operations, strategic planning, upgrading packaging, product design, packaging, production techniques, organizing supply, upgrading technological innovations, assessing credit and finance needs and investment portfolio and/or cash flow management options
  • Coordinate with the BCJCI team to identify, deploy and monitor short-term technical assistance from specialists where this is needed by partner firms
  • Coordinate with the DCEO Enterprise Support Fund in the development, oversight, and management of all technical assistance scopes of work, consultants, and support mechanisms to ensure cohesive demand driven activity implementation
  • Coordinate with the DCEO monitoring, evaluation, and learning team to incorporate explicit data collection and verification requirements into all Client Growth Plans, and ensure that these plans set realistic targets and periodic data collection requirements to track key indicators over several years
  • Actively contribute to and support coordination of private sector outreach and communications
  • Actively coordinate with and across geographically dispersed business counselors’ team, and across the entire project portfolio


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in a field related to business administration, finance, or economics. DCEO may consider equivalent years of working experience and exceptional skills in lieu of a formal degree
  • Minimum three years of work experience, with two years of direct, demonstrable experience working with or in the Iraqi private sector sector, including business, finance, sales, production, marketing, and management consulting, especially in a managerial capacity
  • Actively involved and/or demonstrated knowledge of business networks (formal or informal) preferred
  • Proven knowledge, and/or understanding of market demand, flow, opportunities working backwards from market driven demands, not supply push
  • Flexibility and willingness to adapt to a changing business environment.
  • Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills
  • Good English language skills are required and fluency in Arabic or Kurdish language is also required
  • Strong business ethics
  • Excellent verbal, written communications, and interpersonal skills, ability to work closely within a team and across a matrixed organization
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity

How to apply:

Application instructions:

Please submit your CV and cover letter through this Smartsheet link ( by June 3, 2021. No telephone inquiries, please. Chemonics will contact finalists.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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