Free to Run

Leadership Facilitator

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Job Overview

About Us:

Free to Run’s mission is to drive change in community gender norms in conflict areas by supporting adolescent girls and young women to develop their leadership and wellness through running. We are a registered nongovernmental organization that has been operating community-led programs for migrants and ethnic minority populations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Hong Kong since 2014. We deliver long-term, youth-led, progressive running, leadership, rights and health programs directly to individuals (ages 10-24) to build assets and social access. However, the longer-term impact of our work is building enduring social change – decreasing barriers to public participation, increasing women in leadership and making power structures more equitable and inclusive. The organization is in a position of significant growth, in terms of our strategy, reach, impact and operating budget.

Position Overview

The Leadership Facilitator implements and coordinates Free to Run activities in Sinjar, in close coordination with, and reporting to the Project Officer. The position is full time capacity.

Core Accountabilities

  1. Implementing the day-to-day activities of Free to Run’s program areas in Sinjar, including through:
  • Leading Life Skills through Sports curriculum sessions for program participants under the guidance of the Project Officer.
  • Supporting Running activities (liaising with participant’s families, coordinating participants and team drivers; reimbursing transportation costs where appropriate; tracking participants; and organizing photos and feedback stories)
  • Supporting hiking activities in northern Iraq (liaising with participant’s families, coordinating participants and team drivers; reimbursing transportation costs where appropriate; tracking participants; and organizing photos and feedback stories)
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with local authorities, volunteer groups, relevant community-based organizations, and partner NGOs
  • Engaging in regular dialogue, as appropriate, with members of the community, including family members of participants
  • Working with the Project Officer and local partner organization on establishing volunteer projects for program participants and overseeing their implementation on a regular basis
  • Coordinating transportation and communication with program drivers
  1. Preparing and submitting timely and quality Weekly Reports to the Project Officer.
  2. Supporting monitoring and evaluation of programs, including leading survey implementation, focus group discussions, parent interviews, etc.
  3. Planning and attending events during Free to Run programmatic cycle, including Sports Weeks activities, and working closely with the project officer to compile and purchase materials, events logistics, and participant outreach.
  4. Tracking attendance for participants
  5. Translation help, as required, from Kurdish/Arabic- English and English-Kurdish/Arabic
  6. Assistance with developing monthly action plans  and ensuring team’s adherence

Location (Duty Station)

The leadership facilitator position will be based in Erbil, with frequent travel to Sinjar.

Working Hours

The leadership facilitator position is a full-time role, estimated at 40 hours per week. Due to the nature of the organization’s business, hours may fluctuate outside regular core hours (9:00 AM -5:00 PM), with the possibility of some nights or weekends, depending on the needs of the organization.


Based on experience. Aligned with market rate in Kurdistan and Iraq

Education, Experience and Competencies

Below is what we are looking for as we evaluate applications.  Candidates don’t need to have all these experiences and competencies but should be able to display strengths across multiple areas.

Education: Bachelor degree in Social Work, Public Health, International Development, or another relevant field of study preferred.

Eligibility: Candidates must not hold concurrent employment or contractual obligations to be considered eligible for this position.

Language: Proficiency in written and spoken command of Kurdish and in Arabic is required and Knowledge English is preferred.


  • 2 years of professional experience in community development and program implementation in relevant field (NGOs, business for social good, activism, community organizing)
  • Experience in leading a team, group or projects.
  • Good Knowledge and experience regarding gender mainstreaming
  • Experience with non-profit organizations and governmental ministries

Skills and Competencies

  • Ability to conduct integrity, take ownership of own work and be goal oriented.
  • Ability to work independently and against multiple deadlines.
  • Organized, able to multi-task and a creative problem solver
  • Ability to coordinate logistics and implement action plans
  • Ability to learn quickly
  • Proficient in written communication skills and use of MS Office
  • Iraqi citizenship or permanent residency in Iraq

Free to Run is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We don’t just accept differences — we celebrate, support and thrive on them for the benefit of our team, our programs, and our organizational strength. We are proud to be an affirmative action employer, committed to diversity, equity and inclusion of ALL people in our hiring and employment practices. We encourage applications from people who have non-dominant identities based on race, ethnicity, migration status, ability, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, etc.


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