Project Officer HES – Erbil

Position: Project Officer HES – Erbil (local position)
Location: Erbil, Iraq
Application Deadline:  19th July 2019
Duration: Until 15th December with the possibility of extension based on available budget and performance (2 months’ probation)
Start Date: 1st August 2019

The Local Project Officer (PO) will work within a team and under the supervision of SPARK’s Country Manager in KRG to manage the country specific activities for SPARK’s Access to Higher Education. Tasks include, but are not limited to, managing administration related to student registration, selection, intake and monitoring in, scholarship payments and monitoring, as well as all administration related to agreements with participating Higher Education institutions and tuition payments. The PO will also support the country manager in all outreach activities in KRG including heading the student desk.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Under supervision of the Country Manager, implements the HES programme in KRG according to the annual work plan;
  • Following up with Higher Education Institutes partners
  • Following up with SPARK supported students
  • Maintaining and updating the database of students
  • Overall administration for the office and project activities;
  • Monitoring and data entry of all student registration, selection, intake and monitoring;
  • Organise and coordinate major workshops and activities with local partners;
  • Following up with implementing partners on the progress and deliverables as per the work plan;
  • Other tasks as required

Requirements and skills:

  • Advanced Educational background or relevant experience in project management and/or the Education Sector
  • 3-5 years of working experience in administrative management in projects
  • Good communication and social skills and the ability to work in a multicultural setting.
  • Accurate, structured and precise;
  • Multitasking;
  • Flexible and responsible;
  • Full professional proficiency in Kurdish and English is a requirement, Arabic is an asset;
  • Iraqi nationality preferred.

SPARK Offers

  • A challenging and exciting position in an international environment;
  • Remuneration based on experience between 1600 and 1800 USD gross per month;
  • Full-time contract 40h/per week with possibility of extension based on performance and available budget.
  • Training opportunities.

How to apply?

If you are interested, please apply with your motivation letter and your CV (both in English) on until 19th July 2019. Please, with application send to us three references (phone number and email) which we can contact in the selection process.

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.


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.

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