Central Asia Director

  • Salary: Competitive salary
  • Contract duration: 12 months with the possibility of extension
  • Location: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan / Dushanbe, Tajikistan
  • Closing date: 30 June 2022 (23:59 UK Time)

International Alert is looking for an exceptional fundraiser and peacebuilding expert to lead its Central Asia programme. Based in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan or Dushanbe, Tajikistan, you will lead and further develop Alert’s strategy and peacebuilding work in Central Asia, including outreach and relationship development with key strategic partners and donors, mapping and pursuing areas of strategic growth, and ensuring programming quality in existing initiatives on community peacebuilding, resilience and reintegration.

You will oversee teams in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and the neighbouring countries, with potential expansion into new areas, including Afghanistan and Pakistan. You will ensure effective management and oversight of implementing partners, including travel to the offices in Tajikistan and/or Kyrgyzstan.

Due to the shifting nature of donor funding and priorities in Central Asia, you will be expected to develop a clear fundraising approach and targets for 2022-25, targeting various funding streams and donors, including traditional grants and commercial contracts and exploring how to situate the Kyrgyzstan/Tajikistan programmes as a hub for regional programming.

You will demonstrate strong fundraising experience, with the ability to develop and implement strategies, target key stakeholders with appropriate messaging, and maintain strong relationships with donors and implementing partners. You will have experience designing, monitoring and evaluating peacebuilding programming and packaging positive peacebuilding outcomes for strategic influencing. You will have strong managerial experience and a track record of successfully overseeing programmes in difficult operating environments, ideally with experience of remote management of field offices.

You will practice principles of fairness and equity in your professional career, and you will be able to bring together your colleagues around common objectives.

Kindly note the above are some of the requirements for the job. For the full job requirements, please view the job description.

The closing date for all applications is the 30th of June, 2022.

All applicants must have existing right to work in Kyrgyzstan and/or Tajikistan.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged. 

International Alert prides itself on being an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from underrepresented people including women, people from the Global South, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ people, disabled people, and other historically marginalised people.

While International Alert will endeavour to contact all candidates within a reasonable time, this may not always be possible due to limited resources. Therefore, if you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, you can assume that your application has, on this occasion, been unsuccessful.