Business environment consultant | Iraq | 2020

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 13 March 2020

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a business environment consultant for the ongoing Iraq Regional Program. The program aims to increase stability in Iraq by supporting accelerated recovery in conflict-affected areas and strengthened social fabric in Iraqi communities. The program delivers assistance primarily through small grants to partners including local governmental and civil society organizations. The consultant will assess local business environments to support the business development plans of partner organizations. The selected candidate will ideally have experience working with news outlets in transitioning environments, particularly in Iraq. This assignment is based in Erbil, and portions of this assignment may be conducted remotely. This assignment begins April 1, 2020, and ends on or around May 15, 2020. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Review open-source research to understand the Iraqi news operating and business environments
  • Interview key informants about operating in Iraqi news, including the heads of Iraqi media outlets, donors operating in the sector, and researchers
  • Meet with current program partners to understand current sustainability plans

Upon assignment completion, the consultant will submit a report that will:

  • Provide background on the current status of news outlets in Iraq, focusing on local news outlets
  • Identify challenges and opportunities facing the sustainability of local news outlets
  • Analyze potential income sources for local news outlets
  • Identify any business trends facing local news outlets, focusing on digital outlets
  • Outline recommendations to support the sustainability of local news outlets


  • Experience working with media organizations and news outlets in transitioning or politically sensitive environments, with experience in Iraq preferred
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision to prioritize multiple work assignments in an extremely fast-paced environment
  • Ability to meet deadlines and exercise professional judgment
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills required
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; Arabic or Kurdish proficiency preferred

Application instructions:

Please submit your CV and a brief cover letter to, with “Business environment consultant” in the subject line. Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No telephone inquiries, please. Only finalists will be contacted.

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Chemonics is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

About the Organization

Owned entirely by employees, Chemonics is an ISO-9001 certified international development company. For more than 40 years, we have partnered with local and international organizations to promote social and economic change around the world.

Chemonics International is a leading international development consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. with more than 40 years of experience implementing programs around the world.

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