Programme Coordinator

Published: 25.02.2020 11:44:05
Deadline: 02.03.2020 23:59:59 The deadline for applications has expired
Salary: According to the interview results
Location: Bishkek
Type of involvement: full time

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Background information:  The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) established its Regional Office for Central Asia (ROCA) in Bishkek in 2008. ROCA works to assist governments, national human rights institutions, civil society and the international community in the region to promote and protect human rights.

In early 2018, ROCA Kyrgyzstan launched the Judicial and Social Equality Programme (JSEP), working towards promoting equality and combatting discrimination on all internationally protected grounds in Kyrgyzstan. The planned work includes a broad array of activities with civil society, justice and security sector institutions, national and local authorities. The project also seeks to reduce the risks of human rights violations in the context of state efforts to counter and prevent violent extremism by way of reducing discriminatory practices.

The programme is funded by the European Union’s Instrument for Stability and Peace and the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund.

In order to ensure successful and coherent implementation of the Office’s Programme, ROCA requires the assistance of a Programme Coordinator.

Under the overall supervision of the OHCHR Regional Representative for Central Asia, as well as the Deputy Regional Representative for Central Asia and under the direct supervision and guidance of the OHCHR Human Rights Officer, the Programme Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring high-quality coordination of programme implementation of the OHCHR Regional Office for Central Asia. This includes timely and efficient planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programming. The Programme Coordinator is guided by and promotes a client, quality and results-oriented approach.

Qualification requirements


  • Master degree or equivalent in law, political science, social sciences or other related field. Bachelor-level degree in law, political science, social sciences or other related field in combination with two additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of a Master degree).


  • At least 2 years of relevant experience in coordinating and implementing projects and hands-on experience in design and monitoring of activities in the areas of non-discrimination and human rights in the context of preventing and countering violent extremism and terrorism;
  • At least 1 year of specific experience on human rights issues related to non-discrimination, equality, including within the context of state efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism and terrorism would be a strong asset;
  • Experience in managing teams
  • Outstanding communication and advocacy skill and ability to navigate politically sensitive contexts required;
  • Proven knowledge of human rights and rule of law advocacy in Kyrgyzstan;
  • Familiarity with issues of human rights defender security, in particular in Kyrgyzstan;
  • Experience of coordinating work with multiple actors including government representatives, donors and other stakeholders;
  • Maturity, excellent inter-personal, negotiation and team leading skills required;
  • Ability to work under pressure, to tight deadlines and to handle multiple tasks;
  • Ca acit to draft hi h ualit documents in Russian
  • Ability to use information technology as a tool and resource;

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and Russian required.


Project management functions

  • Plans and designs all activities as per the project document, together with the project team and under the guidance of the OHCHR Human Rights Officer;
  • Prepares and updates work plans for the entire project, facilitating timely implementation of all activities;
  • Together with the OHCHR Human Rights Officer, assists in designing budgets and ensures efficient financial planning of all project activities, in accordance with rules and regulations;
  • Monitors and analyses the project environment and progress, using applicable M&E and risk management tools where relevant, and advise on timely readjustments of strategies and corrective actions as necessary;
  • Under the guidance of the OHCHR Human Rights Officer, facilitates reporting for both internal and external purposes, including annual project progress reports and financial reports to donors, as well as periodic internal reporting;
  • Distils lessons learnt and best practices from the project activities

Advocacy and coordination functions

  • Works and coordinates closely with external stakeholders to ensure that the project is contributing effectively to the overall intervention eco-system;
  • Assists the OHCHR Human Rights Officer in outreach to government authorities, for the purpose of implementing project activities as per the project document;
  • Assists to establish and further develop contacts and cooperation with relevant UN Agencies, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society;
  • Ensure and coordinate meaningful participation of all national and international stakeholders in all phases of planning and implementation processes as well as playing an active advisory role on the issues of human rights compliance of state efforts to counter and prevent violent extremism;

Communication functions

  • Ensures regular communication and coordination with project donors and partners and develop and maintain effective mechanisms for integrating and responding to their feedback and insights;
  • Ensures appropriate representation of project results to broader public, including distilling human interest stories;
  • Drafts and assists in design of visibility materials in line with guidelines of the implementing as well as funding agency;
  • Maintains contact with relevant media outlets and services and disburse relevant materials to them, when appropriate;

Technical functions

  • Provides technical assistance and delivers trainings to governmental, non-governmental and UN partners on international human rights mechanisms, human rights law and related subjects,
  • Monitors political, economic, social and legal developments that affect the human rights situation in Kyrgyzstan;
  • Assists the Regional Office with interpretation and translation from and to English, when required;
  • Performs other tasks as required


Contact information:  All interested candidates should submit cover letter, reference letters and filled in P-11 form in English with indication of position title not later than 10.00, 2 March 2020 to: Applications missing P-11 will not bvited for the written test and interview.

Please find ToR ande considered. Only candidates meeting essential requirements will be in P.11 in FILE DOWNLOADS section. 

ToR OHCHR Programme Coordinator

P.11 OHCHR Programme Coordinator

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