ILF Program Manager

The Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) is searching for a candidate to act as the Program Manager of the Iraq Leadership Fellows (ILF) program. As a joint effort between AUIS, the DT Institute, and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), the ILF program seeks to equip a generation of educated and socially engaged young Iraqis with the skills they need to positively transform their country. The program offers future Iraqi leaders an opportunity to learn cutting edge techniques in campaigning, communication, community organizing, and advocacy. This is accomplished through three multi-day training workshops with world-class trainers, interactions with guest speakers and through peer-to-peer engagement with alumni of the ILF program. The Program Manager shall be responsible for establishing outreach to and understanding the needs of young Iraqi social and political activists, for creatively suggesting new ways in which the fellowship could be designed to provide the greatest value for fellows, for building relationships with new potential trainers and guest speakers who could contribute to the fellowship, for applying for grants to provide financial support for the program, and for the day-to-day operations of ILF. 


  • Program management experience running educational, humanitarian, or civil society programs
  • Experience working closely with young activists and leaders from across Iraq
  • Wide network of political and civil society contacts in Iraq (and Iraqi Kurdistan), particularly among young professionals and early career leaders
  • BA in a relevant field (international relations, business, political science, etc.)
  • Capable of communicating to diverse audiences in both English and Arabic
  • Fluent in Arabic and English (Knowledge of Kurdish preferred)
  • The position is full-time and requires residence in either Sulaymaniyah or Baghdad.


  • Planning the ILF activities:
    • Identifying and evaluating potential new trainers and guest speakers who could enhance the ILF program and the alumni-oriented events
    • Draft and present a strategic plan for the ILF program and activities to the partnering institutions
    • Drafting programs and training agendas with the trainers and other stakeholders involved (content, training material, format, etc.), in order to provide the most utility to fellows and alumni.
    • Coordinate the fellows selection process (based on agreed upon criteria with the ILF Partners)
    • Implement the three annual ILF workshops as well as alumni-oriented events to keep active a network of ILF graduates based on the agreed-upon strategic plan.
  • Communication, organization, and coordination:

    • Coordinate between the three partnering institutions KAS, IRIS-AUIS and DT Institute (strategy, planning, budgeting, implementation, reporting, monitoring and evaluating, application and selection processes, etc.)
    • Coordinate with the trainers and guest speakers
    • Communicate with the fellows
    • Coordinate with the website designer (translate the website into Arabic, update the website regularly with the most recent developments, upload the latest material collected during the workshops, etc.)
  • Budgeting:

    • Raise funds to enable the program to grow and expand (after consultation with the ILF Partners)
    • Keep the budget expenses dedicated to the three core training workshops in check, while also monitoring the budget for alumni programs
    • Report on the activities of the ILF program (monitoring and evaluation, notes, assessment and feedback for each session)
    • Create and manage a database with all the ILF fellows (portraits, CVs, evaluation, career, etc.)
    • Monitor social media, including a Facebook group for the ILF alumni (in order for them to share experience, best practices, etc.
  • Documentation:

  • Reporting:
    On day-to-day matters the position will report to the Director of the Institute of Regional and International Studies at AUIS. The Program Manager will coordinate strategic decisions with the ILF Board (consisting of the three partnering institutions KAS, IRIS-AUIS and DT).


How to Apply
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and the position will be open until filled. Applicants should submit the following attachments in English via email to with “ILF Program Manager” in the header:

  • Cover letter in English explaining your qualifications and interest in this position (1 page maximum)
  • Resume or CV (2 pages maximum)
  • The names and contact information of three references
  • No telephone calls please. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for a follow-up interview. AUIS is an Affirmative Action / Equal Employment Opportunity employer that believes cultural diversity is essential to education.

The Iraq Leadership Fellows Program is generously supported by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and GPD Charitable Trust and hosted by the Institute for Regional and International Studies at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. The Fellowship was founded in 2017 in response to the growth of a generation of educated, politically and socially engaged young Iraqis who are keen to positively shape the future of their country. Whether these young activists engage through the formal political process, through protest movements, or through civil society organizations – their energy and passion for Iraq is to be applauded and encouraged. We offer these future leaders an opportunity to learn cutting edge techniques in campaigning, community organizing, and advocacy. We do this through training workshops with world-class teachers, and through peer-to-peer engagement with other young leaders from across the Middle East. Through the course of the Fellowship, our Fellows develop, refine and launch their own political or social campaigns with intensive mentoring and support. The Fellows also develop deep relationships within the Fellowship, equipping them with a diverse network of Iraqis with whom they can collaborate and continue to develop their movements.



Founded in 2007 for the public benefit of all Iraq, AUIS is an independent, non-profit, coeducational, English-speaking liberal arts college in the secure cultural capital of the Kurdish region in Iraq. In 2011 AUIS moved to its new 400-acre marble-and-glass campus overlooking historic Sulaimani, a thriving economic center of more than 1 million. The campus has 50 classrooms, high-tech computer labs, an expansive library, auditoriums, dining facilities, and sports courts and fields. Its 1,400 students are taught in English by faculty members from 19 countries, with more than 40% of its full-time faculty from the United States and 30% from Iraq.  The University’s acclaimed foundation program is the only such program in Iraq to receive U.S. accreditation (CEA).  AUIS graduates have continued their studies at leading universities in the United States and Europe.  More information is available at