Anti-Corruption Programme Officer

We're hiring a Programme Officer to help us expand our support for anti-corruption work across Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It is a full-time position based in Prague. Apply by September 30, 2021.

A word about this role...

Pilfer state budgets and stash the money abroad–that is the modus operandi of authoritarians across Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Whether they spend the money on extravagant villas and yachts in the Mediterranean, bribes, funding disinformation campaigns and rogue secret service operations to undermine democracies, or all of the above, the effect is the same–to impoverish whole nations and steal their future. Systemic corruption has become the backbone of authoritarianism across Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Both in the region and internationally, networks of investigative journalists, anti-corruption organisations and campaigners are growing and tackling corruption with impressive skill and courage. Yet given the size of the problem, far more needs to be done. How can we enhance existing initiatives, help connect the dots for more impact, and where relevant, bring about new collaborations and projects? We’re looking for someone to help us find the answers.    

As Programme Officer, you will:

• Work closely with the programme director and senior advisor to develop and manage the anti-corruption programme;

• Maintain and build trusting relationships with a wide variety of relevant actors in investigative journalism, anti-corruption campaigning and the broader civil society and expert community;

• Organize workshops, trainings, accelerators, peer exchanges and more (both online and offline), making sure the Centre’s finance and administration procedures are followed;

• Be a key resource on anti-corruption for the Grants Programme;

• Draft and evaluate project proposals, draft reports;

• Contribute to the Centre’s strategic planning;

• Represent the Centre at external meetings and forums;

• Travel to the region once the pandemic situation allows.

A good candidate will have:

• Degree-level education in a relevant field, such as journalism, social sciences, business, communication or area studies (Eastern Europe/Russia studies);

• At least two years of experience working with investigative journalists, anti-corruption civil society groups or campaigners;

• Fluency in English and Russian. Knowledge of Czech is not required;

• Experience with programmatic and financial management and reporting;

• Excellent communication and relationship-building skills, capacity to work in a multi-national team;

• Excellent computer skills (MS Word and Excel), cybersecurity literacy, data-processing skills are an asset;

• High-level of motivation, self-organisation, reliability and diligence;

• Understanding of political issues and trends, in particular the context of repressive countries across Eastern Europe and Central Asia;

• Personal courage, integrity, ability to operate in the challenging environments of unfree societies, risk-awareness as well as dedication to the mission of the Prague Civil Society Centre.

How to apply:

If you think you’re the right match, we’ll be happy to get your motivation letter (up to 1 page) and CV in English by September 30, 2021 via our application form. Please include in your CV the contacts of three people who can provide a reference. You will receive an automatic confirmation of your submission, but please note that we will only be able to personally contact shortlisted candidates. Interviews will take place in September and October.

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