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Economic Development Specialist


Economic Development Specialist

Purpose of position:

The ED Specialist will be responsible for implementation of the Youth Eco Village project and act as a business and livelihood expert for the proposed US$250,000 project. The individual will be responsible for turning the refugee/IDP camps into an Eco Village by mobilizing the youth in community greening projects and train them in employability and entrepreneurship meanwhile administering the components of the project which include permaculture expert visits and trainings.


  • Implement project activities in accordance with the project guidelines and targets

  • Gather and report marketplace information, camp development dynamics and learnings systematically

  • Setup policy for the project at the camp level and action plans for community development projects

  • Monitor the community development projects initiated by the youth

  • Coordinate the stakeholders and ensure promotion of youth eco village’s identity and message

  • Liaise with relevant stakeholders like local Camp management, local communities, donor representatives and other stakeholders as appropriate

  • Perform other duties as required

  • Attend and participate in weekly meeting with the direct line manager

Minimum education, training and experience requirements to qualify for the position:

  • Bachelor’s degree or demonstrated experience in the fields of agriculture or civil engeneering

  • Proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners

  • Excellent organizational, analytical

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Proven ability to manage stakeholders

  • Fluency in English, Arabic and Kurdish languages

  • 5 years of professional experience in youth projects

  • Experience working with volunteering activities

  • Experience in capacity building activities

  • Experience in translation and reporting

  • Fluency in English and Arabic languages

  • Knowledge of the refugees’ context in KRI is desirable.

  • Knowledge of permaculture is a plus

  • Knowledge of the Eco Villages concept is a plus

  • Training experience

  • Working in the agricultural sector

Work Environment

  • Complete Travel and/or Work Environment statements if applicable.

  • The position requires being in the camp site 4 days a week

  • The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically up to 25% of the time.

  • Be prepared to travel to implementation sites and regional, global meetings as required.