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Status: Open
Department: Civil Society Initiative
Duty station: Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Closing Date: 06/26/2022

Civil Society Initiative The Civil Society Initiative (CSI), established in 2017, enriches development thinking by bringing to the foreground the importance of associational life in the well-being of communities and society and civil society organizations as drivers of efforts to give people a voice on policy and governance. CSI achieves its goals by serving as a platform that convenes stakeholders, offers educational programmes, undertakes applied research and public communication. CSI helps build the organizational and analytical capacity of a wide range of civil society groups and broader awareness of their essential contribution to society. CSI also promotes dialogue with governments to foster a more enabling policy environment for civil society's development, including measures that unlock the potential of philanthropy to support activities for public benefit. It has built excellent relations with the various donors whose support underpins innovative programmes. CSI has programmes in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan. This year CSI launched a significant multi-year initiative on civil society's engagement in advancing gender equity.

The Position

The Director is responsible for all aspects of CSI’s work. While managing current operations, the Director will advance forward-looking planning and engage with a broad range of civil society actors, public agencies, and donors. The Director will have a granular understanding of issues facing civil society development in Central Asia, experience in leading civil society organizations and projects, securing grants from domestic and external, and interaction with public officials. The Director will be alert to innovative best practices in the region and internationally and advance their application.


  • Analytical skills to develop a sound understanding of the state of civil society in the region and the ability to craft impactful programmes.
  • An awareness of the knowledge gaps in the current understanding of civil society and the capacity to craft relevant and impactful research projects
  • Significant work experience in the civil society sector in a Central Asian country, a record of cross-regional involvement.
  • Excellent writing, communication and networking skills.
  • English and Russian language proficiency, knowledge of one of the national languages of Central Asia is an asset.
  • Relevant higher education degree, a post-graduate degree is desirable.

Candidates from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to by 26 June 2022. Please write “CSI Director” as the subject when sending your application by email.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.