Institute for War and Peace Reporting | Giving Voice, Driving Change


Program Manager for Central Asia

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan or Dushanbe, Tajikistan
One year with possible extension
Desired start date: 
January 2020
Closing date: 
Until filled

The Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) is an independent not-for profit organisation that works with media and civil society to promote positive change in conflict zones, closed societies, and countries in transition around the world. This position includes management of IWPR projects in the Central Asian (CA) region, supporting the development of and fundraising for new projects, and ensuring effective communication with local partners and IWPR offices in Central Asia. 

In This Role You Will:

  • Ensure the effective and appropriate coordination of IWPR projects in CA, achieving the projects’ aims and objectives within the country.
  • Realize all current grants in accordance with the provided budget and timeline and ensure the successful implementation of the project activities.
  • Engage and collaborate with representatives of state bodies, civil society organizations, and media as project partners.
  • Recruit consultants for project activities and close-out contracts  at the end of the contract term.
  • Monitor program activities and budget expenses.
  • Conduct project analysis, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Provide accurate and timely narrative reports in English for IWPR CA office and IWPR head office.
  • Coordinate and cooperate with personnel in IWPR CA regional offices.
  • Cooperate with other management personnel for improvement of the quality of the capacity-building, editorial, and other activities within the projects.
  • Ensure the compliance with IWPR procedures and policies.

The Successful Candidate Will Have:

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in communications, political science, international relations, public relations/affairs, marketing, journalism or any other related field;
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in a relevant field;
  • Knowledge of the CA media environment and familiarity with current social, political, and development issues in CA region;
  • Critical thinking skills, ability to analyse and systematize the information
  • Excellent organizational, people management, and  time-management skills;
  • M&E technical skills; 
  • Ability to write clear and strong prose;
  • Ability to promptly and efficiently prepare reports for partner organizations and donors;
  • Strong sense of initiative and creativity;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, resistance to stress, ability to work in team and independently;
  • Ability to establish and maintain contacts with state authorities and local communities representatives;
  • Strong command of English and Russian l angauges; 
  • Fluency in Kyrgyz, Tajik, or other CA language (desirable, but not required);
  • Ability to live and work in a Central Asian country without requiring employer sponsorship.

Please note that IWPR will not provide relocation expenses for this position.

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Principals only. No calls please. Women and minorities encouraged to apply. Only those who have been selected for interviews will be contacted. IWPR will never ask for payment for recruitment.

This position description is not an exhaustive list of all functions that the incumbent is expected to perform, but is instead a summary of the primary responsibilities and requirements of the job. The incumbent may be asked to perform duties not included in this position description. IWPR reserves the right to revise position descriptions at any time based on changes to the required job responsibilities. Staff will be informed of any changes to their job responsibilities.