Program Specialist- Scholars Training and Development

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The Program Specialist- Scholars Training and Development will be leading the development of TIYYD’s newest initiative in support of refugee undergraduate university students. S/he will be responsible for co-leading program design and implementation of program activities aimed at coaching and mentoring students in their field, in pursuit of fair employee opportunities post-graduation


You are a builder: You are excited about the potential of piloting a new program and are willing and ready to invest time in design, implementation and adjustments as needed and love bringing out the best in people.

You are a communicator: You know how to develop your messages and present the information appropriately to your audience. who loves working with a team of diverse individuals, and coaching them with and towards great communication and listening skills.

You love relationship building: You know how to leverage common interest and opportunity to create partnerships that serve those in need. who thinks outside the box when tackling big problems.

You are a leader: You know how to use your words and actions to inspire people to pursue their passions while accomplishing their more immediate goals. and make sure no details or paperwork is lost.

You are empathetic: You understand the difficulty of navigating the unknown, and know how to support those on their journey.

You love innovation: You know that there are always better and more innovative ways to teach and share knowledge and you are willing to try research them and try them.

You take risks. You are joining a team of people rethinking how education and aid is delivered to marginalized communities affected by conflict. We make mistakes but we don’t stop trying. You are open to all paths to success*


Karam House is an innovative workspace for Syrian refugee teens, in Istanbul and Reyhanli, Turkey, which defy traditional approaches to refugee education. At Karam Houses, hundreds of Syrian refugee teens learn through access to technology (maker spaces, internet, computers), expert mentorship (including Syrians refugee architects and engineers), and a sophisticated design-based curriculum (developed by MIT grads) that teaches youth how to build their ideas and their community. We think about refugees and humanitarian aid differently and so we do things differently. We believe in investing deeply in communities affected by conflict.

What We’re Looking For: The Essentials

  • Full professional proficiency in Turkish and English, Arabic is an asset
  • Proven work experience as a Trainer.
  • Proven ability to complete full training cycle (assess needs, plan, develop, coordinate, monitor, and evaluate)
  • Experience with various training methods including, coaching, mentorship, and e-learning.
  • Turkish citizen or Istanbul Turkish Residency Permit Holder


Program Planning:

  • Co-develop pilot project with Scholarship Manager
  • Determine key indicators and evaluation tools for program.
  • Create selection criteria process for student participation in the program On-going follow up with the interns regarding their development and growth within the internship sites
  • Communicate with students’ advisors to continuously identify training needs and knowledge gaps among our high school students.
  • Map out professional development workshop plans and schedules
  • Select appropriate methods or activities to build students’ professional development capacity (simulations, mentoring, courses, etc).

Research and Partnership Development:

  • Establish partnership framework/agreements with partners ensuring accountability and monitoring mechanisms in place.
  • Research local organizations/companies for possible program partnerships Initiate and maintain partnerships for the pilot internship program

Training and Mentorship:

  • Actively develop content on professional development workshops in accordance with ongoing trends of the professional job market, while also catering it to the dynamic context of the refugee community in Turkey.
  • Workshops should be developed to be delivered in person, online or blended.
  • Coach and advise interns through their professional development.
  • Deliver professional development workshops to undergraduate university students.
  • Organize seminars with field experts, and community building panels/gatherings for our community of scholarship recipients.
  • Select appropriate methods or activities to build students’ professional development capacity (simulations, mentoring, courses, etc).
  • Conduct TOT (training of trainers) sessions for basic subject matters

Reporting and Documentation

  • Reporting on regular basis to the Scholars manager
  • Preparing and archiving the needed paperwork for workshops and training sessions as needed.

Other tasks as may be assigned by the Scholarship Program Manager

REPORTS TO: Scholarship Program Manager

LOCATION: ;Eyüpsultan, Istanbul, Turkey

HOURS: Full-time - 40 hours per week Saturday - Wednesday**.**

COMPENSATION: Based on the candidate's level of experience, qualifications, and the organization's salary scale in Turkish Lira.

How to apply

Interested candidates should fill out this application form. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted via email. Only English CVs will be accepted