Kazakhstan: Civil Society Forum Coordinator


  • Location: Kazakhstan
  • Type: Consultant
  • Period of performance: February – September 2021
  • Deadline: 17 January 2021


Eurasia Foundation (EF), a US non-profit organization promoting civil society development and good governance, is accepting applications for a Civil Society Forum Coordinator for the Civil Society Support Program in Central Asia (CSSP). The purpose of CSSP is to cultivate a vibrant and responsive citizen-oriented civil society in Central Asia. The program is a five-year initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by EF.

Beginning in February 2021, EF will host at least five (5) public discussions among a wide range of participants, including representatives of NGOs, government agencies and the country's civil society expert community to identify the problems and opportunities for Kazakhstan’s civil society and develop solutions that contribute to the development of civil society in the country. The discussions will provide an opportunity for different stakeholders to thoroughly review problems from their unique perspective, articulate their positions and collaborate on solutions, and collect further information needed to address challenges.

To ensure a professional and high-quality approach for these public discussions, EF seeks an external Civil Society Forum Coordinator (individual or team) who will be responsible for a full range of activities needed to develop, host and promote this series of public discussions. The activities include organizing a platform for the discussion of socially significant issues, finalizing each agenda, preparing logistics, facilitating conversations during fora, developing recommendations, and, in consultation with the participants, drafting a summary to document the results of each discussion. Preparation of topics and participant lists for the discussions will be carried out in close cooperation with EF staff and other civil society experts in Kazakhstan. With EF approval, the Coordinator may also recruit additional subject experts to support implementation of the fora.


  • Work with CSSP specialists and consultants to identify key events and trends in Kazakhstan connected to civil society in the country, including corresponding with members of the local civil society expert community;
  • Propose discussion topics and event concepts/formats that will be timely and of interest for civil society stakeholders;
  • Recruit speakers and negotiate topics for their speeches;
  • Prepare guest lists and manage invitations to speakers and other participants;
  • Design and publicize promotional materials via social media and traditional media outlets;
  • Facilitate fora, including organizing live broadcasts of discussions on popular platforms (e.g., Facebook, Telegram) and answering participant questions;
  • Produce discussion transcripts;
  • Prepare brief event summaries and comprehensive policy papers that cover the main ideas and recommendations of experts and distribute them among participants and other interested stakeholders;
  • Publish the results of discussions in the media and other public platforms; and
  • Carry out all activities in a highly professional manner – consistently, holistically and impartially – both during the discussion and in the coverage of results.


Deliverables for each Civil Society Forum

  • Finalized forum agenda and plan (reviewed and approved by EF prior to delivery);
  • Workplans and materials for all sessions;
  • List of participants (reviewed and approved by EF prior to sending invitations);
  • Written short and comprehensive policy papers for each forum; and
  • Photographs, video and content for social media posts for each event 


  • Proven experience in organizing, facilitating and promoting public events with the participation of an expert community, including round tables, fora, discussions and conferences;
  • Capacity to create a team of specialists in event management, policy analysis, IT, graphic designing, media and SMM coordination and other skills, as necessary;
  • Experience in preparing analytical reporting for diverse audiences;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Kazakhstan’s socio-political context related to the current state of development of civil society;
  • Outstanding presentation skills and in-depth knowledge of how to leverage online delivery to maximize outreach;
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, political science, public policy or other relevant areas of study (Master’s degree preferred); and
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Kazakh and Russian required; English preferred.


Both organizations and individuals are eligible to apply. Applicants must submit the following documents:

  • CVs of key personnel involved (maximum two pages each)
  • Technical proposal, including a list of proposed topics for public discussions, illustrative list of speakers and promotional strategy (maximum three pages)
  • Detailed budget for the series of discussions (up to $3,000 per session; maximum $15,000 total)
  • Agenda from a previously organized public discussion delivered by the applicant and links to video and other online content about the event (if available)


Applications will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • Clarity and suitability of proposed topics
  • Experience in facilitating and moderating events
  • Technical expertise and suitability of proposed facilitators and experts for proposed topics
  • Cost competitiveness


To apply, please send all materials to CSSPconsultants@eurasia.org with “CSF Coordinator” in the subject line no later than 23:59 Nur-Sultan time, 17 January 2021. For questions regarding the filing of an application for this competition, please contact the above email address. No phone calls, please.

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