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Vacancy: Kazakhstan-based project manager

Vacancy: Kazakhstan-based project manager

International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) has a vacancy for a local project manager position in a new EU-funded Action on Kazakhstan entitled “Coordinated Civil Society Action to Promote Rule of Law for All”.  Please send a letter of motivation and your CV to apply@iphronline.org by 12 February 2024 if you are interested.


The EU-funded Action, in which IPHR will cooperate with the Public Foundation ‘Legal Policy Research Centre’ (LPRC), has been designed to improve the capacity of civil society to monitor, assess and support rule of law and criminal justice reforms in Kazakhstan. The project aims to build a civil society network to this end, the National Network for the Rule of Law in Kazakhstan (NNRLK), whose members will benefit from tailored capacity building and assistance in order to better respond to challenges in the criminal justice system. Based on monitoring and assessments of legislation and practices using a common, comprehensive methodology, members of the NNRLK will promote concrete recommendations on justice sector reform and advocate for improvements through a coordinated and sustained dialogue with the Government. This will be consistent with the concept of the Listening State introduced by the Government for the stated purpose of creating a just society.

The postholder will be based in Kazakhstan, and the duration of the contract will be around 34 months, with a starting date as soon as possible. The position is full time.

Description of the post

The Project Manager will be responsible for managing IPHR’s participation in the joint Action, coordinating closely with IPHR’s Project Team and liaising with partner LPRC on an ongoing basis on planning, initiating and implementing Action activities, including civil society capacity-building, coordination, outreach and dialogue with state authorities and other stakeholders. The postholder will work on the administration and management of a sub-grant scheme to support civil society monitoring of the criminal justice system, including the application and selection process, and monitoring and supervision of the use of grants and processing reports from sub-grantees. Other responsibilities will include project progress reporting and ensuring compliance with legal, donor and internal rules and procedures. 

Essential skills

  • Masters’ degree or equivalent in Law, Political Science or another relevant field;
  • Fluent written and spoken Russian, Kazakh and English;
  • At least 5 years’ experience of management and implementation of rule of law and human rights related projects in Kazakhstan, including EU-funded Actions;
  • Proven interest and experience of working on issues similar to those covered by the Action under which the position is announced;  
  • Good organisational and communication skills; and
  • Ability to work independently but also as part of a team, and readiness to work remotely.

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