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

Country Manager Federal Iraq

Country: Iraq
Organization: Spark
Closing date: 25 Jun 2021

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

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

  • Is responsible for the timely implementation, coordination and quality oversight of all SPARK projects and programmes in Iraq (excluding Kurdistan Region of Iraq), as per agreement with donors and partner organizations.

  • Represents SPARK towards Iraqi Government authorities (local and central), local partners and other relevant national institutions.

  • Serve as the legal representative for SPARK vis-a-vis federal Government authorities in Baghdad and Mosul and ensure that all administrative requirements are fulfilled as per local laws and regulations

  • Is responsible for the team management and serves as people manager for all SPARK staff in the Mosul office.

  • Ensure Monitoring and Evaluation and Reporting of all programmes executed for the Iraq projects as agreed with donors.

  • Establish and maintain strategic relationships with relevant stakeholders and cooperation partners working in Iraq, especially education partners, local universities and governmental institutions.

  • Ensure smooth progress of organizational and logistical matters linked to the projects;

  • Ensure budget adherence and project documentation related to the Country Programme according to internal procedures and donor requirements.

  • Provide input on Iraq for Regional and global level reporting

  • Supervise and assist national staff in developing personal work plans and achieving individual targets. Promote on the job learning.

  • Ensure a Security Plan for the Office is in place.

  • Promote SPARK values.

  • Work in compliance with SPARK policies and procedures.

  • Other tasks when required.

Requirements and Skills

  • Advanced academic degree in relevant discipline for international development, preferably related to (higher) education or entrepreneurship and business development issues.

  • Minimum 8 years experience with large multi-donor programme implementation and team management

  • Proven experience with jobs creation and private sector cooperation

  • Good understanding of the political environment and operational space in Iraq

  • Experience in managing teams with members of diverse backgrounds.

  • Experience with higher education

  • Extensive network in Mosul and Baghdad with authorities, stakeholders, universities and the private sector

  • Native or bilingual proficiency in Arabic

  • Full professional proficiency in English

SPARK Offers

  • A challenging and exciting position in an international environment;

  • Remuneration based on experience and full-time contract (40h/per week)

  • A dynamic working environment and a great team


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 100+ 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.

How to apply:

How to apply?

If you have any questions regarding SPARK or the position, please visit our website

Please apply through SPARK’s online application platform at

The deadline for application is 25th June 2021.

Reference: Country Manager Iraq

All applications will be assessed on a 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 individually. 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 you that we have continued with other candidates.

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