Project Manager, Kazakhstan

We are seeking a full-time Project Manager, Religious Freedom Kazakhstan (RFK) for the management and implementation of a IWPR project designed to build religious and community leaders’ capacity to advocate for legislative change; broaden support and awareness from diverse communities for religious freedom; and open spaces for dialogue with policy-makers to affect durable changes which respond to local priorities while reflecting international standards and provisions in Kazakhstan through delivery against all project specific objectives; ensuring timely and accurate monitoring and reporting; ensuring appropriate and effective communications with partner organizations, beneficiaries and IWPR CA staff and donor organization.

Main responsibilities

The Project Manager will have direct responsibility for implementing a 24-month project Religious Freedom Kazakhstan (RFK) the purpose of which is to work to build religious and community leaders’ capacity to advocate for legislative change; as a result of human rights abuses, including religious freedom abuses by building local resistance to violent extremist ideology.


  • Ensure that project is well managed, appropriate and are delivering effective and relevant interventions within the target country.
  • Ensure that the current grant deliver within project timeline, whilst maintaining overall quality of the work and against contracts within budget.
  • Ensure relevant IWPR and donor organization’s procedures and policies are in place and oversee their implementation.
  • Work with partner organizations in the region IWPR staff to coordinate cross-border activities, meetings and trainings.
  • Work with other IWPR staff to maintain and improve the quality of all training, editorial and other project outputs.
  • Coordinate the outputs of the regional online learning center on freedom of religion and belief.
  • Ensure timely and accurate project monitoring and evaluation activities according to 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.


  • Establish effective partnership with partner organizations, religious communities, youth, experts and media in Kazakhstan; inviting them to participate in project activities.
  • Facilitate dialogue between key national and regional actors, particularly policy makers and civil society leaders, on freedom of religion, belief, or non-belief across Central Asian countries to prevent radicalization to violence.


  • Strong command of 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, religious communities, women, youth, CSOs and media outlets
  • Ability to show initiative and creativity
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.


  • High education in social science or other relevant fields
  • At least 3-year experience of work in the international projects, preferably on RF and Belief or 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
Almaty, Kazakhstan

IWPR is an equal opportunities employer, committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership.  We encourage applications from suitably qualified candidates from a wide range of backgrounds who can help continue to evolve our culture and contribute to an inclusive environment.

Principals only. No calls please. Only those who have been selected for interviews will be contacted. IWPR will never ask for payment for recruitment.

Almaty, Kazakhstan
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