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Career Development Program - Project Assistant

Career Development Program
Reports to:
Head of Career Development Program
Full-time | 40hrs/week
12 months, with the possibility of extension
Date of Commencement:
August 1, 2024
Contract Type:
Consultancy Contract
Benchmark salary per location
Preferred Time Zone:
Deadline to Apply:
Sunday, July 14, 2024

About Jusoor

Jusoor, which means "bridges" in Arabic, is an international NGO with the mission of “Maximizing the potential of Syrian youth through education”. Founded in 2011 by Syrian Diaspora in the private sector, Jusoor is a unique model of humanitarian intervention known for its innovative approach, dynamic and continuously improving programs, high-velocity execution, and the strength of its global partnerships. We believe in lean impact, and hold ourselves accountable for being nimble and responsive to the realities of Syrian children and youth on the ground and in the diaspora. We are also non-political, non-religious and globally registered in the US, Canada, UK, Jordan and Lebanon.

Over the last 12 years, Jusoor has been bridging the opportunity gap for war- and displacement- affected children at each developmental stage through to their early career. Through our 4 programs – Refugee Education, Scholarships, Entrepreneurship  and Career Development — we have impacted the lives of over 15,000 children and youth through creating diverse and meaningful educational pathways in the Middle East, US, UK, Europe, and Asia; trained over 2,000 entrepreneurs; and empowered over 600 businesses and startups through mobilizing over 23million USD in global support. Our specialized and committed team of 25 staff and 50 frontline educators work passionately to empower and elevate generations of Syrian youth.

Join our

Career Development Program

and Make an Impact

Jusoor's newest pillar of impact, the Career Development Program, is dedicated to devising and executing innovative programs aimed at addressing career and skills development challenges, particularly focusing on refugees and vulnerable youth within the Middle East. The department's projects encompass a range of initiatives that address skills gaps and foster socio-economic mobility in the Middle East. This department holds significant potential for several impactful outcomes such as early skills development for resilience, access to decent work, inclusive economic growth, meaningful employment opportunities, labor mobility and integration, and career exploration.

About the Role

As a member of the Career Development Program (CDP) team, the CDP Project Assistant plays a pivotal role in supporting the planning and implementation of the CDP projects. Working alongside with CDP Program Manager and Projects Coordinator, the CDP Project Assistant contributes to the realization of our mission by providing vital assistance in various aspects of project management to ensure the facilitation of dignified career development opportunities for refugee and marginalized youth in the Middle East.

Since its launch in 2023, the CDP has started on several projects and established partnerships to drive positive change. These include the (1) Tech Talent Pipeline in partnership with TalPods, (2) EMPP project in collaboration with the Canadian Embassy in Lebanon, and (3) Future Skills Project 2.0. In 2024, two projects are being launched – specifically, (4) The Aya Project which addresses youth and female refugee unemployment in the Levant by providing matching talent remotely in administration, research, graphic design, and digital marketing with employers in the US and UK.

Key Responsibilities
1. Administrative Support:
   1. Provide administrative assistance to the CDP team, including scheduling meetings, preparing agendas, and organizing project documentation and contracts.
   2. Assist in the planning and coordination of various CDP projects from inception to completion.
   3. Support in coordinating CDP project consultants and their deliverables as necessary, efficiently and professionally.
   4. Collaborate closely with the CDP Team and Committee to achieve project objectives and goals.
   5. Provide updates, draft reports, and progress assessments as required.

- Research:
   1. Map career and employment opportunities for Syrian and refugee youth in the Middle East and globally.
   2. Develop research tools (e.g. surveys and focus group questions) to understand the learning needs of Syrian students and youth.
   3. Survey and conduct online focus groups with refugee high school students and university graduates in Lebanon, Jordan, Türkiye, and potentially other countries.
   4. Analyze data from primary and secondary research, including desk and literature reviews, and develop recommendations for the initiative
   5. Coordinating with Jusoor’s Research Assistant where required.

- Project Specific Tasks:
   1. The Aya Project: 
       1. Assist in identifying, shortlisting, and interviewing candidates to participate based on predetermined projects’ criteria.
       2. Act as the project focal point, and maintain accurate records of project activities.
       3. Facilitate the matchmaking process between project participants and employers, by providing detailed profiles for the project candidates.
       4. Assist consultants in development and implementation of training for project participants, focusing on skills development and professional growth.
       5. Provide technical and administrative support to project participants
       6. Conduct regular check-ins with project participants and the CDP team together with feedback and address any issues or concerns.
   2. The English Project
       1. Co-develop an English language learning bootcamp curriculum for refugee youth designed to help them access higher education and employment opportunities
       2. Conduct outreach to potential partners who may be able to offer English language learning services that enhance the curriculum. 
       3. Work closely with the English curriculum consultant and CDP Projects Coordinator to design a structured bootcamp curriculum that targets professional speaking and writing English skills.

- Data Management & MEAL:
   1. Ensure along with the CDP Projects Coordinator the proper collection, analysis, and archiving of data related to program activities.
   2. Support the CDP Projects Coordinator and MEAL department to develop MEAL material such as project Gantt charts, Logical Framework, KPIs, Data Tracking System, and Stakeholder Analysis Matrix to evaluate projects.


  • Access to a computer or laptop and high-speed internet
  • Fluency in Arabic, oral and written
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both oral and written
  • Computer skills, confident using Google Sheets (excel/word), slack, and Zoom
  • Ability to work in a team and capacity to work on own initiative
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment with gender-sensitive behavior and attitudes
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information
  • Deeply empathetic
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information
  • Passionate about working with numbers and motivated to prove yourself in the organization

Required Skills and Experience

1. Core Qualifications
- Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and execute projects within defined time frames.
- Strong project management skills, including the ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines effectively.
- Familiarity with the career and professional needs and challenges faced by Syrian youth, particularly in accessing career opportunities.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage diverse audiences effectively.
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

2. Technical Skills
- Excellent Time Management skills and the ability to be productive in remote work.
- Communication Skills: Strong interpersonal and communication skills to work smoothly between teams.
- Database Management: Basic understanding of database management systems to input, organize, and retrieve project-related data as needed.
- Internet Research: Strong research skills to gather relevant information from online sources quickly and accurately, utilizing search engines, databases, and academic journals effectively.
- Document Management: Familiarity with document management systems, and collaborate on project documents securely.
- Partner Relationship Management: support in the Management of the partner relationships, track interactions, and maintain project-related contact information.
- Research & Data Analysis: Basic data analysis skills, generate reports, and identify trends or patterns.
- Experience in facilitating collaborative work is helpful.
- Experience in curriculum development and/or establishing skills in bootcamps is a plus.

3. Experience & Education
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field (e.g., business administration, or communication) is an advantage.
- Minimum 2-4  years of experience in administrative or support roles preferred.
- Familiarity with remote work practices and tools (Google Workspace, Slack, and Zoom) is required.

Culture, Values & Expectations

At Jusoor, we place integrity, accountability, and respect at the core of our values. Jusoor is an equal-opportunity employer committed to creating a welcoming work environment. Jusoor does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, religion, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation. People with disabilities and people of all gender identities are encouraged to apply.

Why Work with Us

  • Energetic, diverse and all-star team to work with and learn from
  • Generous paid time off and parental policies
  • Yearly professional development stipend for courses, conferences, learning materials, and a variety of training opportunities across the organization.
  • Opportunities for creativity and directing your career path within the organization

Learn more about Jusoor and the team behind it

How to Apply

How to Apply

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Job opening closes on
July 14, 2024
at GMT midnight

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