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Managing Director of Alsama Studio
Full-on women empowerment, way outside your comfort zone
Show your Girl Power
What is the job?
Transform a small refugee-run project into a profitable, internationally-renowned social enterprise with delighted customers around the world.
Alsama Studio is looking for a managing director to help 30 refugee women living in the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut to turn their small camp business into a successful social enterprise by the end of this year.
This is a truly entrepreneurial opportunity for you to drastically reshape women’s lives.
Full-time, unpaid, > 6 months, location: Shatila refugee camp, Beirut, Lebanon.
Who will you be working with?
Alsama Studio creates hand-made needle art, such as embroidery, knit wear, macrame. A social enterprise set up by Alsama Project in 2020, it is run by two Syrian refugee women living in Shatila – Zainab and Juhayna – and employs the mothers of students attending Alsama Project schools. Many of the women are the only breadwinners in their extended families.
The studio is financially independent from Alsama Project, which means that all the money that the studio makes goes back to the studio and the women. It has the opportunity to be a successful business, entirely run by refugee women, for refugee women.
In order to scale and make their business sustainable, Zainab and Juhayna and their team now need help.
What will you do?
- Excite & expand our clients and markets:
- Get us online globally – Develop, implement and expand online presence, customer relationship management, online sales channels, marketing strategy, social media (for sales in the camp, Beirut and internationally)
- Get us into the corporate market – Significantly expand international corporate client base with annually returning orders
- Build the business – Institutionalise the studio’s operations:
- Mentor women leaders – Coach Zainab and Johayna and their team how to run an expanding business (including finance, marketing, communication etc)
- Institutionalise – Put the right ‘backbone’ in place to meet evolving client demand, including readiness to rapidly fill large orders, new product lines, etc
- Attract philanthropic investment
Who is the ideal candidate/ Who are you?
- A woman who is at the stage of her career where she has done her ‘earning’ and is now ready for ‘returning’ (giving back to society).
- A woman who wants to empower other women.
- A woman who is both fluent in English and Arabic.
- A woman who is not afraid of new challenges.
- A woman who wants to continue to learn.
- A woman who is willing to put herself into a situation unlike any other she will have known before – inside an overcrowded refugee camp in a country undergoing the world’s biggest economic meltdown in the last 150 years.
- A woman who is determined, hard-working, open-minded and open-hearted, professional.
- A woman with previous business experience.
- A woman with expertise in basic tools – Word doc, google drive, excel, powerpoint, WordPress.
- And a woman who ideally also has (but doesn’t need to have) a passion for – and even a network within the world of – design, fashion, photography and needle art.
If you are that woman, than please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
IT teacher for Alsama/tech
Alsama Project is looking for a full-time and a part-time IT teacher for its teenager education institute in the Shatila camp in Beirut. We kindly ask you to consult our website carefully before applying.
Application deadline: Sunday 19th June, 2022
- You will be teaching students in Grade 3-7, age range 12-18 years-old.
- You will be teaching two to four 90 minute lessons per day (depending if you are full-time or part-time), to both beginner and more advanced students.
- Your lessons typically take place between 10:30am to 4:30pm.
- You will also be expected to spend around an hour per day on non-classroom related activities. These activities will include lesson preparation, organisation and collaboration with your colleagues, and feedback and status reporting to the program lead.
Requirements for eligibility:
- You have a minimum of 3 years teaching experience.
- Fluency in English and Arabic is a must.
- You need to be willing to work in refugee camps in Beirut, Lebanon.
- You are able to adapt your teaching style to the needs of Alsama students.
- You enjoy working in small, dynamic teams and are keen to develop their own skills sets further.
- Please only apply if you are able to be present in Shatila 5 days a week. Moreover, preferably you live within walking distance of the camp.
How to apply:
Please read the following instructions carefully. Incomplete applications will be rejected.
Please send us the following to email@example.com
- 1 page CV
- 1 minute Selfie-video on ‘what am I most proud of having achieved’ (linked to accomplishments/work on their CV)
- 1 page Cover letter answering questions: (a) Why Alsama, (b) Teaching experience with a student-centered approach, (c) How do you embody Commitment+ Collaboration+ Ambition
- Minimum 2 References (name, phone number, email, role, organisation)