Deadline for applications: 15 November 2022
Employment type: Full-time
Location: Almaty, Kazakhstan
Start date: ASAP
The Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) works with media and civil society to promote democratic values, peace building, and good governance in conflict-affected and fragile states. Since our founding during the Balkans conflict in 1991, IWPR has helped civic activists, human rights defenders, women’s rights advocates, and independent journalists make their voices heard and drive positive change in MENA, Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. We currently work in nearly 30 countries to build local capacities, strengthen civil society and media organisations, and empower civic actors to remove barriers to free expression and to promote citizen engagement and public dialogue.
The Project Coordinator will have direct responsibility for implementing a 2-year long project aimed at promoting and protecting fundamental freedom of expression in Kazakhstan. The project coordinator will be responsible for the overall project implementation.
- To manage the start-up, development and implementation of the project activities of the IWPR representative office in Kazakhstan;
- To engage CSOs, media outlets/journalists, bloggers, state authorities and representatives of minority groups as project partners, and work with them;
- To identify and contract consultants to conduct training workshops for partners and media representatives;
- To monitor the progress of program work and control expenditures against budget lines;
- To produce regular narrative and financial reports on the projects.
TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Working with the CA Regional Director and Regional Programme Manager; to produce a detailed strategy and practical work plan for the projects;
- To manage implementation of project work, as follows:
- To identify CSO groups, representatives of media outlets/individual journalists, bloggers, state authorities, minority groups and engaging them as project partners and providing support for them within the terms of the project;
- To design, arrange and lead training events for partners, experts and media workers;
- To assist the editorial team to deliver editorial output, some of it generated by the editor and the rest by selected media outlets and journalists.
- Ensure that the project is well managed, and appropriate, and delivers effective and relevant interventions within the target countries.
- Ensure that the current grant delivers within the project timeline, whilst maintaining the overall quality of the work and against contracts within budget.
- Ensure that relevant IWPR and donor organization procedures and policies are in place and oversee their implementation.
- Work with other IWPR staff to maintain and improve the quality of all training, editorial and other project outputs.
- Ensure timely and accurate project monitoring and evaluation activities according to the project monitoring and evaluation plan.
- Oversee project expenditure and ensure it is in line with the budget and with IWPR and donor requirements, in conjunction with IWPR finance staff in Central Asia and London.
- Produce scheduled narrative and financial reports for IWPR and the donor in line with their requirements.
- The project coordinator will establish effective partnerships with partner organizations, media, bloggers, minority groups and state authorities in Kazakhstan; inviting them to participate in project activities.
- Facilitate dialogue between key national and regional actors, particularly civil society leaders and media.
- Strong command of written and oral English and Russian
- Fluency in Kazakh language is desirable
- Strong analytical and reporting skills
- M&E technical skills
- Excellent computer skills
- People-management skills
- Ability to analyse and distil financial and narrative information.
- Ability to establish and maintain contacts with representatives of government, think tanks, experts, CSOs, minorities, and media outlets.
- Ability to show initiative and creativity
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
- Higher education in social science or other relevant fields
- At least 3-year experience of work in international projects, preferably in media development or a similar sector.
- Media development project’s management experience is an asset
- Financial management
- Ability to implement systems and procedures
- Working on multiple priorities to very tight deadlines
Principals only. No calls please. Only those who have been considered for an interview will be contacted.
IWPR is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, veteran status or pregnancy and maternity. IWPR will never ask for payment for recruitment.