Business Development Manager

Private Sector Relations and Partnerships


(Open to Turkish Nationals Only)

Employment Type: Full-time

Deadline to Apply: September 5, 2019

About Re:Coded

Re:Coded is nonprofit organization registered in the United States, with operations in Iraq, Turkey and Yemen. Our mission is to prepare conflict-affected youth to enter the digital economy as software developers and tech leaders. Since 2017, we have trained more than 450 children and young adults how to code. Over 85% of our graduates, seeking employment after graduation find technical work within 6 months. Our activities include coding bootcamps, entrepreneurship training, a co-working space, and tech workshops and events.

Re:Coded was founded on the belief that learning how to code should be available to everyone, especially populations affected by conflict. As war-shattered economies start to get back on their feet, we train the generation that will drive these countries forward with the help of technology, while helping to solve the global technical talent shortage.

We’re are supported by some of the world’s leading foundations & development agencies, including GIZ, UNDP, WeWork, Western Union Foundation, Slack and SAP.  

What We Want

Re:Coded is seeking an individual with a strong private sector network in Turkey and business development experience to create employment opportunities for Re:Coded graduates and forge new partnerships with startups and companies. As relationships are key to our business, you’ll spend time creating and maintaining strong relations with startups and businesses by attending events, cold calling, and organizing networking opportunities. Your ability to not only find employers but to build relationships into meaningful connections will be key to your and our growth.

You will also spend your time helping to connect technology entrepreneurs going through our founder learning accelerator to mentors and help to source speakers for our weekly activation talks. 

The Business Development Manager will be based in Istanbul with frequent travel to other cities in Turkey. 

Key Responsibilities

Career Development Support 

  • Develop and maintain partnerships with the private sector to create employment opportunities for Re:Coded fellows.

  • Organize events that connect Re:Coded graduates and prospective employers.

  • Work with Re:Coded’s team in Turkey to organize additional employer engagement initiatives (Career Speaker Series, Employer Info Sessions, etc).

  • Survey employers on skills in demand in the technology industry and deliver messaging and materials for students accordingly.

  • Track student employment statistics through periodic surveys.

  • Track employer satisfaction through periodic surveys.

Tech Startup Support 

  • Manage a leadership program for refugee and local tech business founders.

  • Provide coaching and support to participants of the leadership program.

  • Organize activation talks with local and international speakers.

  • Coordinate a roster of mentors and link them to program participants. 

Community Awareness and Public Relations 

  • Attend and speak at relevant events to increase visibility for Re:Coded and its programs in Turkey.

  • Help organize alumni meet ups to keep the community of Re:Coded graduates active and engaged.

The ideal Candidate

  • You thrive in a fast-paced environment and you “get” how the recruitment cycle in Turkey works. You already have ideas of how we connect with and offer value to prospective employers and love the idea of having a job that puts you out in Istanbul’s tech community. 

  • You take a data-driven approach to business decisions.

  • You love education and are excited to change education for the better.

  • You are extremely organized and know how to plan ahead in case the unexpected comes up.

  • You are ready to get your hands dirty in any unanticipated task that may come up, whether that’s jumping in as a trainer, helping problem solve with a community member or advising an entrepreneur on their business plan.

  • You are on a path of personal growth with a desire to make a massive impact on countless lives.


  • Previous experience working with or for tech businesses, as a business development officer, recruitment officer, partnerships officer or founder.

  • Strong professional network in the Turkish tech business community is a must.

  • Outgoing personality and strong networking abilities.

  • Proven communication and multi-tasking skills.

  • Ability to develop, own and execute projects with minimal direction.

  • Highly organized with excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Desire and ability to work collaboratively with others.

  • Ability to constructively receive and give critical feedback.

  • Relevant experience as a trainer is a strong asset.

  • Strong computer skills and the ability to easily navigate all platforms within G-Suite and Microsoft Office. Knowledge of programming languages is an asset.

  • Fluency in English and Turkish required. 

  • Availability for frequent travel in Turkey and, occasionally, abroad.

To Apply 


Please send your CV and cover letter to with the subject line Business Development Manager, Turkey. Your cover letter must answer the following questions:

  1. How do you think technology and entrepreneurship can help create purposeful employment opportunities for refugees and disadvantaged youth in Turkey?

  2. What makes you the best candidate for the role of Business Development Manager?

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the next phase of the hiring process. Applications without CV or cover letter will not be considered