Director of the Laayoune Learning Center (Morocco)
Morocco , Laayoune
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Established in 1951, Amideast is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to creating hope, opportunity, and mutual understanding among people in the Middle East, North Africa, and United States through life-changing opportunities for education and cultural exchanges.

Working with local, regional, and international partners, we provide programs and services that improve educational opportunity and quality, expand access to U.

S. study, empower youth and women, strengthen local institutions, and develop language and professional skills for success in the global economy.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Amideast operates offices in 11 countries in the MENA region. For more information, visit us at


The Director of the Laayoune Learning Center (LLC) is responsible for managing the LLC’s programs and activities and for ensuring the smooth functioning of the center.

This includes supervising all local staff, managing operations and the facility in Laayoune, ensuring the successful implementation of all programming and associated activities, and interfacing with the Foundation Phosboucrâa on a regular basis.

The position requires management and technical skills across a range of competency areas, including workforce development, human resource management, communications and external relations, strategy development and execution, financial and administrative oversight, and evaluation of program impact.

Established by the OCP Group in 2013, the Laayoune Learning Center is supported by the Phosboucrâa Foundation and managed by Amideast.

The Laayoune Learning Center offers communities in Morocco’s southern region a welcoming and dynamic environment dedicated to supporting youth and women in their economic and social integration through the enhancement of workforce and entrepreneurial skills and personal and professional development.

The Director of the LLC will also be responsible for coordinating program implementation and associated activities with the Manager of the Dakhla Learning Center, which is a similar entity that Foundation Phosboucrâa supports and that Amideast manages.

This coordination is required to ensure that there is an alignment of activities and approaches between the two learning centers.


Specific responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to, the following :

Program Management

  • Develop annual work plans and innovative activities associated with youth entrepreneurship opportunities.
  • Ensure all LLC activities are designed and implemented on schedule as per the work plan.
  • Develop a system for monitoring program activities and evaluating results.
  • Report regularly to the Foundation Phosboucrâa and Amideast on the progress of ongoing projects, training programs, and special events, including outcomes, success stories, and challenges.
  • Ensure a follow-up of the activity of each department and establish systems and tools for ensuring transparency, accountability and compliance within workplace norms.
  • Supervise, promote and edit content associated with all communications forms linked to the LLC’s activities.
  • Ensure that all deliverables respond to the expectations of the client regarding quality and quantity, as set forth in the work plan.
  • Collaborate with the Amideast Rabat office to ensure smooth operations of the LLC.
  • External Relations

  • Ensure relations with external stakeholders and organizations are positive and constructive and respond to the Foundation Phosboucrâa’s needs.
  • Nurture relationships with local partners who can contribute to, or complement, the LLC’s actions and objectives.
  • Represent the LLC at selected conferences and events.
  • Host local, regional, and international delegations interested in learning about LLC activities and their impact on the economic development of the region.
  • Interface with local public authorities and other interested entities in a professional manner that advances the goals of the LLC.
  • Support planning and preparation of steering committee meetings with clients.
  • Review and approve all external communication related to center’s activities and programs.
  • Human Resource Management

  • Supervise all employees and ensure their understanding of the goals and technical approaches for all activities.
  • Ensure overall management of human resources within the framework of the LLC’s status and Amideast’s personnel policies.
  • Recruit and orient full-time staff and independent contractors required to implement all workplans.
  • Facilitate professional development training for staff, as required.
  • Ensure effective monitoring and advisory functions for the beneficiaries of the LLC’s projects.
  • Financial Management

  • Participate in the development of a budget that supports the annual work plan.
  • Ensure that all Amideast financial policies and procedures are adhered to and result in transparent and professional accounting practices.
  • Maintain up-to-date inventories of resale items and fixed assets.
  • Supervise the procurement of office supplies, equipment, furniture, etc., following Amideast regulations, and ensure that all associated documentation is maintained in hard copy and e-copy files.
  • Compile documentation required for the annual financial audit.
  • Assist in monitoring of budgets, as required.

  • A Master’s degree in Business Administration, Educational Development, or a related field.
  • A minimum of 8 years of management experience, including the oversight of institutional partnerships, projects, and staff.
  • Familiarity with educational, governmental, and corporate environments in the southern regions of Morocco.
  • An in-depth knowledge of entrepreneurship and workforce development eco-systems in Morocco.
  • Excellent program conceptualization and design skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience with, monitoring and evaluation activities for youth, workforce development, and entrepreneurship programs and courses.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within deadlines and to manage multiple priorities.
  • Effective communication, organizational, supervisory, and interpersonal skills.
  • Advanced proficiency in written and spoken Arabic, English, and French.
  • Demonstrated experience in marketing educational, professional, workforce development, and entrepreneurship training programs and services via traditional and online platforms.
  • Demonstrated experience designing projects and programs, developing and writing proposals.
  • An ability to balance sensitive political and cultural issues and to develop a board base of working relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to draft technical reports and briefings in French.

  • The incumbent in this position will work in a professional office environment and will utilize the following equipment when working from the corporate office or remote home office (temporarily due to COVID-19).
  • Computer (laptop or desktop)
  • Printer / Photocopier / Scanner / Fax
  • Telephone
  • Other (Specify if any)
  • The physical demands and work environment that have been described is representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.

    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • This position description is an overview of the major functions and requirements of this position. This document is not intended to be an exhaustive list encompassing every duty and requirement of the position;
  • the Employee’s Manager may assign other duties as related or as otherwise deemed appropriate and necessary within the general scope, without the need for additional compensation.

    Amideast is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

    Positions that involve interaction with children will be required to read, acknowledge, and comply with and attend special training in accordance with the Child Protection and Safeguarding policy.

    All Amideast representatives must comply with the Code of Conduct and all applicable organizational policies which include but are not limited to, Anti-Human Trafficking and Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.

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