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. 
  • At least 5 years-experience running complex educational, humanitarian, or civil society programs, and administering budgets accordingly
  • Extensive knowledge of the Iraqi context and experience working across the country’s various regions
  • Wide network of political and civil society contacts in Iraq (and Iraqi Kurdistan)
  • BA in a relevant field (international relations, business, political science, etc.); Masters preferred
  • A skilled orator capable of giving presentations and communicating to diverse audiences in both English and Arabic
  • Fluent in Arabic and English (Knowledge of Kurdish preferred)
  • Planning the ILF activities:
    • Communicating with current fellows and alumni and conduct research and evaluation of other leading fellowship programs around the world to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the current program, and to creatively suggest new ideas for how to make sure the ILF program provides maximum possible valuable to fellows
    • 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 KAS, IRIS-AUIS and DT
    • 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
  • Documentation:
    • 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.
  • 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
The deadline for applications is September 1, 2019. 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.
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