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Country Representative – Pakistan (f/m)

Position Location: Islamabad, Pakistan

Start Date: As soon as possible

Contract period: 1 year, with possibility for extension



Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes the political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions worldwide.

In Pakistan, DRI is implementing a set of projects, focusing on promoting electoral reforms and integrity, human rights standards, social accountability and parliamentary strengthening. DRI’s portfolio of projects is managed by the Country Representative in DRI’s Pakistan Country Office, located in Islamabad, who oversees the project team and works with a wide range of stakeholders, ranging from parliamentarians, political parties, and independent oversight institutions to civil society and business, at both national and provincial levels.


Your Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of DRI’s Director of Programmes, the Country Representative will be responsible for overseeing the entire portfolio of work of the DRI Pakistan country office. This entails the design, implementation and evaluation/reporting on DRI Pakistan’s projects, the external representation of DRI and coordination with relevant stakeholders as well as the management of the DRI Pakistan office.

More specifically, the Country Representative will be responsible for the following tasks:

* Ensuring that the projects’ outputs and activities are responsive to the political context and project goals, as well as delivered in an effective, timely and efficient manner;

* Identifying significant developments (political, security, etc.) and their impact on the projects’ activities or entry points for engagement;

* Drafting, reviewing or contributing to reports, briefing papers and other knowledge products;

* Developing a visibility and outreach strategy for the projects;

* Monitoring the implementation of the projects and proposing any modifications to the projects’ work plans; ensuring a continuous and effective Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning process throughout the project management cycle;

* Ensuring that gender mainstreaming is applied throughout the project management cycle and within the country office;

* Overseeing the recruitment and work undertaken by local and international experts;

* Overseeing project budgets and financial reporting, in cooperation with the Finance Manager and DRI HQ Finance Unit, as well as ensuring that procurement is carried out in accordance with DRI standard practices and donor regulations;

* Ensuring the safety and security of all DRI operations and persons contractually affiliated to DRI;

* Managing the DRI team in Islamabad, supervise the staff, including the provincial coordinators;

* Ensuring effective coordination with and reporting to DRI’s Director of Programmes and other relevant staff at DRI Headquarters;

* Providing advice and briefings to key stakeholders on relevant issues of democracy (including elections and parliament), constitutional reform and human rights implementation;

* Liaising with donor agencies present in Pakistan to explore potential partnerships, in close coordination with DRI’s Director of Programmes;

* Maintaining close relationships with key stakeholders including representatives of civil society organisations, parliament, government and independent national and provincial human rights institutions;

* Coordinating DRI’s activities with other national and international organisations and meeting with partner organisations on a regular basis to ensure programmatic synergies and explore relevant partnerships.


Your Education & Experience

* Master’s Degree in human rights, law, political science or a related field;

* At least ten years of relevant professional experience managing projects related to democracy assistance, human rights and legal reform. Experience with international organisations is preferred;

* Sound knowledge of international democracy and human rights standards, with a particular focus on the core international human rights and labour rights conventions;

* Knowledge of the European Union’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) is an asset;

* Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office (particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint);

* Experience of working in Pakistan is a distinct asset;

* Fluency in English, both spoken and written is required;

* Fluency in Urdu is a strong asset;

* Strong presentation skills (written and oral);

* Excellent interpersonal, managerial and communication skills, and a strong administrative track record, including proven leadership, staff and financial management;

* Good negotiation skills and the ability to work as part of a culturally diverse team;


DRI values diversity and aims to be an equal opportunity employer.

For interested applicants, please send your application (cover letter, CV and three references) to [email protected]. Please include “Country Representative – Pakistan” in the subject line and also inform us about your earliest possible starting date.

DRI offers a competitive salary according to donor regulations and incumbent experience.


Closing date for applications: 31 March 2018 (midnight CET). The position may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.


Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. If you are one of those shortlisted, we will contact you within one week after expiration of the deadline at the latest.

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