Project Officer Higher Education – Turkey

Position: Project Officer Higher Education
Location: Gaziantep, Turkey
Application Deadline: 15th August 2019
Duration: Full-time until the mid–December (possibility of extension based on donor funding and performance)
Start Date: As soon as possible

Under supervision of the Country manager (C M) and in close coordination  with Turkey Projects Coordinator, the Project Officer (PO) will be assigned on implementation of the large structural programme addressing educational needs of Syrian Students living in Turkey.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

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

  • Coordinate SPARK Scholarships with Universities and Higher Education
    Institutions in Turkey;
  • In collaboration with  the Turkey Project Coordinator , ensure smooth progress of organizational and logistical matters linked to the project;
  • Establish and maintain contacts with relevant stakeholders from the educational sector;
  • In consultation with Turkey Project Coordinator, maintain relations with the cooperation partners, especially local universities and educational CSOs;
  • Provide organizational and logistical support for other missions and ongoing activities in the region;
  • Main focal point and support point for scholarship holders;
  • Other key administrative tasks.

Requirements and Skills

  • BA or Master Degree in relevant department
  • Practical experience in a prior comparable position is an advantage,
  • Thorough knowledge of the political and economic situation in Turkey and MENA, Background in education is an asset;
  • Minimum 1-3 years practical experience in a prior comparable position in NGOs.
  • Proven organizational skills and the ability to work independently;
  • Proven IT skills;
  • Accurate, structured and precise;
  • Flexible, responsible, proactive and being able to work under high workload/pressure
  • Advanced English and Native Arabic (strong reading ,writing and speaking skills in both language);
  • Knowledge of Turkish is an asset (at least C1 level)
  • Strong writing and reporting skills;
  • Good communication and social skills and the ability to work in a multicultural setting with young generation;
  • Gender awareness;
  • Good time management skills;
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions;
  • Turkish nationality only.

SPARK Offers

  • A challenging and exciting position in an international environment;
  • Remuneration based on experience between 1.100 EUR – 1.200 EUR net per month;
  • Full-time until the mid–December (possibility of extension based on funding and performance)
  • Training opportunities

How to apply?

If you are interested, please apply with your motivation letter and your CV (both in English) on  until 15th August 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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