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Lead Expert Economic Empowerment

Job Description and Requirements

Position: Lead Expert Economic Empowerment
Preferred Locations: Gaziantep/Istanbul, Turkey
Optional Locations: Beirut, Lebanon and Amman, Jordan
Application Deadline: 07 August 2019
Duration: Full-time for one year (2 months’ Probation Period) with the possibility of

Start Date: As soon as possible
The purpose of this position is to increase the expertise of SPARK in the area of Economic
Empowerment (EE) and to ensure SPARK stays competitive in these areas. Note that this is a new
position in SPARK and we are looking for people who want to co-develop/shape this position with us.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

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

  •  Identifies and analysis EE specific technical needs of SPARK’s projects in the Middle East region
  • Acts as focal point for EE -related questions and increases knowledge and expertise on EE through capacity building both within SPARK country teams and within partner organisations with a strong focus on innovation, entrepreneurship, SME support, and skills building approaches that focus on local markets for employment
  • Ensures to stay abreast of new developments and current trends concerning EE in the region to support development of EE strategies
  •  Develops and standardizes of content/ tools/ guidelines/ manuals/ frameworks to meet the technical needs for internal and external use
  • Capitalizes and disseminates the best practices and lessons learned of SPARK’s EE for mainstreaming within the organization
  •  Works closely the regional and country teams as a sparring partner to sharpen SPARK’s interventions
  •  Provides technical input and feedback on reports, evaluations and tools and works in closely with the acquisition team on project proposals to ensure quality and innovative interventions are integrated into proposals
  • Builds and engages in high level dialogue with private sector companies at regional and country levels
  •  Participates in cluster/sector/technical meetings as well as conferences relevant for SPARK
  • Assists RPM and CMs in stakeholder representation and management

Requirements and Skills

  •  BA or MA in social science degree in a relevant discipline related to international development or education, with a preference for candidates with some formal training in economics
  •  Substantial professional experience (at least 5 years) related to economic development in developing countries, working with multilateral, bilateral or non-governmental development organizations
  •  Proven expertise in the area of EE (publications, speaker events, skills, references, past jobs)
  •  Experience of working with affected populations, especially refugees and displaced populations
  •  Previous experience in developing tools and guidelines and delivering trainings, coaching and mentoring
  •  Fluency in written and spoken English
  •  For Turkey this position is only open to candidates with Turkish citizenship
  •  Turkish and/or Arabic highly desirable

SPARK Offers

  •  A challenging and exciting position in an international environment;
  •  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 07 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
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.