Country Representative – Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

Based in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
Fixed term contract for services, Full Time contract
April 2018-March 2020 (with possible extension)
Competitive local salary

WFD in Kyrgyzstan

WFD has been working in Kyrgyzstan since 2006, when we first established a presence in Bishkek. Our work has supported the national parliament, capacitated civil society and now focused on working with local self-government institutions across the country. We work closely with numerous stakeholders and seek to enhance our work over the coming years. WFD is currently supporting two programmes from our office in Bishkek.

• The Kyrgyzstan Local Accountability Programme was commenced in 2016, supporting local self-government institutions. The programme works directly with councillors and officials in three pilot cities to support them in their various roles and effective delivery of services to citizens. The programme also works with national agencies, focusing on the way local authorities are represented with central government, and with civil society to support monitoring of local government services.

• Our work with the Women MPs Forum of the Jogorku Kenesh aims to support strengthening the capacity of the cross-party body of women MPs. Our work will share international practices with the Forum with a focus on legislative oversight and facilitating public inquiries on legislation which aims to enhance gender equality.

Main Purpose of the Role

The Country Representative will have responsibility for management of WFD’s programming in the Kyrgyz Republic as well as other managerial and representational duties. The post-holder is the head of the country office and maintains responsibility for its effective operations and compliance with Kyrgyz law and regulations. The Country Representative line manages all other country staff and will be the main point of contact in-country, leading our relationships with key stakeholders and growth.

The post-holder plays a key role in the design of new programmes, planning and implementation, through to transition/end of project, as well as budget management, monitoring and evaluation. The Country Representative will be expected to contribute to development of future business opportunities and to contribute to WFD’s wider work in the Central Asia region.

The successful candidate will have the following skills and experience

• Educated to at least degree level in a relevant discipline. Significant (10+ years) experience would be considered in lieu of an academic qualification
• Thorough knowledge of the Kyrgyz political environment
• Solid experience of working on good governance and democracy with a track record of supporting national and/or local government institutions
• In-depth understanding of legislative framework and process
• Excellent written and spoken English, Russian and Kyrgyz
• Thorough understanding and experience of financial management and numerical competency
• Significant experience of producing programme reports with analysis and documentation of outcomes and programme learning in English
• Experience of fundraising and business development with institutional donors

This is a locally based field role and therefore the successful candidate must have eligibility to work in the relevant location.

The appointment will be made on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.

Please note this statement is for information only and does not form part of a contract.

All applicants must submit a completed application form to by 23:59 (GMT) 22nd February 2018 to be considered for this role. For more information, please download the job description and candidate guidance notes.

Please note: Due to the volume of application we receive, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.