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Research and Policy Advocacy Director

from Pact
Closing date: 30 Jun 2019

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.


Program Delivery (PDEL) - Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions, and take ownership of their future. The Program Delivery Team, contributes to realizing this purpose by: Forging smart partnerships and treating all people with dignity and respect; Applying organizational policies and regulatory compliance appropriately and consistently; Facilitating team spirit among colleagues and promoting the organization through communications; Influencing decision makers through focused, relevant communications; Continually striving to learn and share knowledge and find small ways to make the workplace more enjoyable for all; Cultivating and harvesting innovation; Contributing to the organization’s ability to think and act strategically at all times; Inspiring and spreading our desired organizational culture across the global enterprise.

Position Overview

The Research and Policy Advocacy Director is responsible for research activities, including assessments, data analysis, and operations research; conduct quality assurance; and contribute to building the evidence base for programming, and supporting training and assisting in the development of training materials and advocacy campaigns to increase the capacity of civil society actors to advocate for the needs of their citizens.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead/coordinate all activities related to research and advocacy.
  • In collaboration with the Civil Society CD Director, support CD of research institutions, think tanks, NGOs/CSOs and networks to conduct advocacy and monitoring, including providing mentorship and training for researchers and policy experts.
  • Develop operational/implementation research design, including methodology, sampling strategy, and data collection instruments.
  • Help establish new and build capacity of existing research institutions/think tanks and build capacity of researchers.
  • Develop a strategy for civil society engagement and utilization of data to inform advocacy efforts.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Grants Director to identify window of opportunity to support advocacy campaigns.
  • Monitor relevant legislation and regulations across the region and keep project team informed.
  • Provide input for reports, M&E activities, and feedback on other important activities as they relate to advocacy and policy.

Basic Requirements

  • Advanced degree in a relevant field, such public policy or social sciences.
  • At least 6 years of experience implementing international development programs to strengthen civil society’s research and advocacy role.
  • Demonstrated ability to research and analyze state policies and legislation and make recommendations for improvement to relevant stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of the social, political, and economic context in Central Asia.
  • Prior experience in a senior management role.
  • Demonstrated experience of successful interactions with a wide range of stakeholders, including civil society actors and representatives of local government agencies.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated high-quality report writing and presentations.
  • Fluency in English and Russian and/or one of the local languages (Kazakh, Tajik, Turkmen, Uzbek).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working on other USG-funded projects pertaining to civil society advocacy.
  • Advanced advocacy and policy analysis experience in Central Asia.

Pact provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.