Location: Erbil, Iraq

Employment Type: Full Time Fellowship

Start Date: As soon as possible

Duration: 6 months (fellowship may be extended for an additional 6 months of mutually agreed upon and contingent on the availability of funds)

Deadline: July 30, 2017


Technology is changing the way the world responds to crisis - and Re:Coded is at the center of it all. We are a fast-growing humanitarian innovation startup equipping refugees and vulnerable youth in conflict affected areas with fundamental coding skills and professional experience that together create access to careers in technology.

Re:Coded runs a signature coding bootcamp for refugees and displaced youth between the ages of 17 and 30 - the first of its kind in Iraq. We provide technical and language training to extraordinary human beings who would not otherwise have access to first-rate materials, mentorships, and education and job opportunities. We believe in the strength of diversity, the beauty of code, and the power of education. We believe that learning is a lifelong pursuit, the doors of which should be closed to no one.


We are looking for someone to teach and coach the incredible individuals who participate in our coding bootcamp. Because our students have a good comprehension of English, your role is to get them up to speed with technical vocabulary scraped from our coding curriculum. This is not a traditional language trainer position. While we do want our students to perfect grammar, we also expect that they learn business communications and e-mail and phone etiquette in English. You will also be a career coach, helping students to write resumes and covers letters, finesse job interview skills and fine-tune business pitches. You will work in a fast-paced team environment and collaborate on a daily basis with other members of the Re:Coded team to ensure the goals of the program are met.

you are...

A native or near-native speaker

You have an excellent command of English and are able to express yourself clearly and thoughtfully when speaking or writing. A gifted grammarian with impeccable insight into idioms, you’re primed to provision preposition practice at the drop of a hat.

A soft skills savant

You can craft great cover letters, refine cluttered curricula vitae, and draft formal emails. You know your way around an interview and would feel comfortable conducting mock interviews and interview trainings.

Enthusiastic about teaching

You have a talent for explaining complex concepts in simple terms. You can keep a classroom full of students engaged while also identifying and helping out those in need of a little extra assistance. You live for that look in the students’ eyes when something just clicks.

Interested in technology

Programming experience is not required, but a baseline of technological literacy is preferred. Part of everyone’s job — not just the coding trainers — is keeping fellows motivated and excited about what they’re learning.

Adaptable and industrious

You’re flexible and ready to brainstorm solutions when a situation arises. In a fast-paced, dynamic workplace, even the best-laid plans occasionally come undone. Perhaps the students struggle more than expected with a particular concept, and the curriculum has to be tweaked to account for an extra day of practice. Things will come up in the students’ lives that necessitate extracurricular assistance. You can handle it all — bring it on!

Organized and goal-oriented

You’re able to structure lectures and assignments to explain the important concepts, but you can also recognize when it’s time to move on to the next item on the agenda. You love it when students ask questions, but you always keep an eye on the high-level goals and know to not get too bogged down in the minutiae.

Aware and compassionate

You’re perceptive, caring, and nonjudgmental. Your classroom is a safe space for all people, regardless of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or any other distinguishing trait. Many of our students lead exceedingly complicated lives, so it’s important to be tolerant and empathetic. However, if a student tries to make the learning environment in any way hostile for their peers, you feel comfortable escalating the issue so that it can be dealt with swiftly.

An excellent communicator and collaborator

You interact professionally with students, peers, partners, and the press, and you always represent Re:Coded well. In and out of the classroom, you set a shining example for your students on how to communicate and operate in the professional sphere.


  • Teach English to between 30 and 40 students. The English curriculum is based on technical vocabulary and grammar pulled from our coding curriculum.

  • Plan, prepare and deliver lessons.

  • Prepare and set tests, examination papers and exercises.

  • Mark and provide appropriate feedback on oral and written work.

  • Coach and support students with career-related training such as resume and cover letter writing, mock job interviews and online employment application.

  • Basic classroom administration, such as keeping student registers and attendance records.

  • Document and communicate lessons learned on an ongoing basis with team.

  • Participate in and contribute with weekly team sprints to track program performance.


  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Education, Linguistics or equivalent field required; master’s degree preferred.

  • CELTA certified or equivalent.

  • At least 2 years of prior teaching experience.

  • Comfortable using digital learning platforms.

  • Metalinguistic skills an asset.

  • A competitive monthly fellowship stipend commensurate with experience.

  • Airfare to facilitate getting to Erbil.

  • Assistance in securing housing and settling in to the local community.

  • A range of training and growth opportunities for further professional development.

  • A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet amazing people, influence countless lives, and leave your mark on the global effort to combat the largest humanitarian crisis since WWII.



Start date as soon as possible. Send your CV and cover letter to careers@re-coded.com with the subject line English Language Trainer Fellowship and let us know why you think you'd be a great fit for our organization! Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. Applications without CV or cover letter will not be considered.