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UNITAR Hiroshima Iraq Fellowship on Entrepreneurship and Leadership Youth Training, 2018 Cycle

About the Fellowship

UNITAR has launched the third cycle of the UNITAR Iraq Fellowship: Entrepreneurship and Leadership Youth Training, a programme aimed at building the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for entrepreneurship, project management, and leadership. The Programme targets 20 junior-mid level professionals from public and private sectors, civil society organizations, and academic institutions in Iraq. Participants, known as Fellows, are trained to be able to identify local needs and national priorities and successfully design and implement projects to address said needs and priorities in ways that will help shape their nation’s path toward sustainable recovery and development. The Fellowship consists of a toal of four workshops, two taking place in Baghdad, Iraq, one taking place in the region, and one in Hiroshima, Japan.

UNITAR believes developing entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship is critical to Iraq’s future development and success, due to entrepreneurship's ability to help solve social problems and create employment opportunities, especially for youth. The Programme’s six-month-long training will deliver a deep understanding of its thematic content, as well as guide participants in putting what they learn into practice, with constant engagement through face-to-face workshops, online sessions, and assignments.

UNITAR would like to sincerely thank the Government of Japan for its funding support, the Government of Iraq and the Embassy of Japan in Iraq for their institutional support, and the United Nations Development Program Iraq for its logistical support in the realization of this unique training programme.

Learning Objectives

The Programme aims to equip participants with two sets of concrete skills:

  • Hard Skills: Project and business planning, need assessment, implementation, sales strategy, evaluation - needed for effective project and business development and implementation.
  • Soft Skills: Team work, communication, conflict identification and resolution, presentation, and leadership - needed for effective management of social businesses.

With these skills, participants can transform ideas into action. The skills will help widen the community of social entrepreneurs in Iraq as they work to generate social good for the people of their country.


The workshops themselves will feature various learning methodologies, including lectures, group discussions, and small group and individual exercises. Fellows will have frequent opportunities to consult individually with Resource Persons and UNITAR staff.

Resource Persons

In addition to UNITAR staff, a network of international and local Resource Persons will continually engage with and support the participants through sharing of knowledge and experiences and by providing advice and feedback.

Application Process

Applications are due by 25 June 2018. Please see the following link for the online application form, as well as all necessary application documents and essay questions. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.

Download the Call for Applications document here.

Apply online here.