Jobs

Working at Building Markets is not like any other job you've had.

We strive to be a cross between a Madison Avenue advertising firm and the Edison Labs. We're a nonprofit social enterprise that embraces competition. Our mandate is to build markets, create jobs and sustain peace in developing countries. To achieve this we have built a team of people who come from a wide range of backgrounds.

The common denominator is that they are unreasonable people who believe we can always do better. If you think you would fit on this team, if you want to be challenged to do more and make a difference, then please take a look at our openings.

Position: Training Manager
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Closing Date: August 29, 2019

The Training Manager will oversee the delivery of an effective training program targeting Building Markets’ network of Syrian and refugee-led SMEs in Turkey. This includes in-person, mentorship/advisory, and virtual training services. The ideal candidate is a results-driven professional with excellent interpersonal, communication, and teaching skills who has a proven track record of designing and delivering high impact training curriculum. Training curriculum covers topics such as procurement 101 – preparing bids and delivering tenders, business/financial management, and sales and marketing. The candidate should have a broad and deep understanding of local market dynamics to ensure training materials are in line with, and responding to, business needs.

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Closing Date: August 26, 2019

Building Markets intends to award a contract for Operation of a Refugee Entrepreneurship Center and Telephone Support Line. Interested Offerors are invited to submit a technical proposal and cost proposal in accordance with this Request for Proposals (RFP).

This contract is open to companies and organizations. Eligible organizations must be legally registered and able to operate in Turkey.

Position: Research Manager
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Closing Date: August 23, 2019

The Research Manager oversees the extensive data that Building Markets collects in Turkey to operate its program and measure its impact. In addition to excellent research and data management skills, the ideal candidate is passionate about private sector development and knows how to use data to influence opinion and behaviors. This includes designing and producing research products that highlight trends, challenges and opportunities in the local market – particularly related to increasing jobs and business opportunities for Syrian and migrant entrepreneurs.

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Closing Date: August 23, 2019

A sales-driven manager with a proven track record of assisting businesses in finding new customers and markets, the Business Development Manager (BDM) should be a quick learner and be able to assess both the demand and supply-side of a market to identify quick wins. The ideal candidate is an extrovert, loves to succeed and to help others win, is excited about solving problems, and knows how to hustle. The BDM will have excellent communication skills, enjoys building a large network, and can cultivate strong relationships among a wide-range of clients and stakeholders (institutional buyers, investors, and local companies).

This is a job that does not involve sitting behind a desk (much). The BDM will oversee Building Markets’ business development initiatives. This will include leveraging its existing matchmaking strategies that have led to SMEs winning over $1.3bn in contracts. To do this, the BDM will be making in-person introductions, hosting matchmaking events, producing matchmaking reports, providing tender distribution services, and ensuring engagement on Building Markets’ online matchmaking platform.

The BDM reports to the Country Director and will have a minimum of 5-years’ experience working in the private sector, ideally with SMEs.

Position: Operations Manager
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Closing Date: August 23, 2019

The Operations Manager is responsible for implementing actions and policies related to the administration, finance, human resources, and logistical needs of Building Markets in Turkey. The ideal candidate is highly motivated to enable team success by improving processes and policies in support of program and organizational goals. This includes ensuring Building Markets’ and its partners are compliant with local laws and regulations as well as donor and organizational compliance.

The Operations Manager is an excellent communicator, detail oriented, and has the ability to multi-task and manage competing deadlines. Reports to the Director of Finance and Administration.

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Closing Date: August 23, 2019

Under guidance from Building Markets Headquarters (HQ), and in close collaboration with the Country Director, the Director of Finance and Administration will oversee the critical operating functions of the work of Building Markets and its local partners in Turkey, including administration, finance, human resources management, procurement, and logistics. This incumbent is primarily responsible for ensuring 360-degree compliance for the work of Building Markets and its partners within Turkey, and ensuring on time reporting, record keeping, and management of all in-country finance related issues. To do this, the incumbent will ensure that all necessary systems, policies and procedures are updated and aligned with organizational and donor policy, applied evenly, understood, and implemented in all locations and among all Building Markets partners and sub-grantees in Turkey.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a finance professional with experience ideally gained through both nonprofit and corporate settings. Successful candidates will have a proven track record, experience managing United States Government grants, accounting certification or the equivalent, and proficiency in the Turkish market.

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Closing Date: August 23, 2019

The Director of Communications and Advocacy is an exciting position for a results-driven leader to guide Building Markets’ external relations and advocacy strategies in Turkey. This includes influencing how buyers, investors, and other stakeholders engage with local SMEs, including those led by refugees and Syrians. In addition, with the Business Development Manager, the Director of Communications and Advocacy will lead the execution of one of the project’s key objectives: Successful Integration of SMEs into the Turkish Business Ecosystem. The Director of Communications and Advocacy will have a proven track record of influencing policy, designing and executing successful communication and advocacy campaigns and strategies, building networks, events management, and excellent communication skills.

Position: Country Director
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Closing Date: August 23, 2019

The role of Country Director (CD) is an exciting position for a results-driven leader to guide a dynamic and talented team of staff and partners who are changing the way buyers and investors do business with local entrepreneurs in Turkey. The CD will lead the overall coordination and delivery of project services on behalf of Building Markets under a grant that expands the organization’s three-year track record supporting over 1,100 Syrian-owned and local SMEs. The CD is responsible for exceeding program targets, and for the smooth and efficient running of all aspects of the country office, including, but not limited to, overall program strategy, quality implementation, finance, HR and logistics, as well as compliance with organizational, local, and donor rules and regulations. The CD is expected to successfully oversee a demanding workload that involves external representation while ensuring the smooth day-to-day activities of the program. The CD will have a successful track record of managing large projects in challenging environments along with demonstrated skills building and maintaining productive external and internal relationships.

Location: Yangon, Myanmar
Closing Date: Open until filled

The Business Consultant is responsible for designing, implementing and monitoring comprehensive and targeted one-on-one business consultations in accordance with Building Markets’ Champions Program for MSMEs in the waste and recycling sector in Yangon, Mandalay and Mawlamyine. The design, implementation and monitoring process will be structured around a bespoke road map and tools that the Consultant will develop for each MSME it consults. The position requires the Consultant to develop in-depth analyses of the specific needs and challenges facing individual MSMEs, with a commitment to providing customized guidance/coaching/mentoring to enable MSMEs to take incremental steps towards achieving their goals.

Location: New York City with Remote Flexibility
Closing Date: August 15, 2019

The Chief Finance and Administration Office (CFAO) is a key leadership role reporting to the CEO in the areas of Finance, Compliance, and Human Resources. The role requires deep experience in financial management, strong problem solving, and analytical skills. The CFAO is responsible for directing the fiscal and HR functions of Building Markets in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, donor compliance requirements, regulatory environments in our countries of operation, and in accordance with financial management techniques and practices appropriate within the non-profit industry. As a member of the senior management team, the CFAO will be involved in strategic planning and its execution to meet organizational goals and will interact with the Board of Directors. The CFAO will also ensure that Building Markets can continue to grow by building strong internal systems that help to create efficiencies in finance and HR at both Headquarters and in our Country Offices, while minimizing and managing
risk exposure.

Position: Programmer
Location: New York City
Closing Date: Open until filled

A hands-on digital MacGyver excited about our mission and able to provide consulting services that support our technology-based initiatives. This includes managing our WordPress and Drupal sites as well as other software and systems. You will enhance the function and design of existing products and resources, and will work with management to refine strategy and improve workflows associated with Building Markets' tech. This is a flexible position that will involve 8-20 hours per week.

Unsolicited Applications

Building Markets accepts unsolicited applications. We are especially interested in candidates with a proven entrepreneurial record and who have shown that they are successful in coming up with new ideas and putting them into practice.

Candidates must be willing to work, if required, in isolated posts in difficult environments, to follow security protocols, and to be willing to learn the language of their duty station to at least basic level.  If this fits your profile, we encourage you to send a CV and covering letter to vacancies@buildingmarkets.org