Vacancy for: Senior Strategic Advisor

Deadline: 15 March 2020 at 18:00


The European Partnership for Democracy (EPD) is a non-profit organisation supporting democracy worldwide. It comprises fifteen European civil and political society organisations from eleven EU Member States present in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. More information about EPD is available at

The successful candidate willadvise key project staff, in particular the Project Manager based in Bishkek and the Quality Control and Technical Advisor based in Berlin, on media support strategies and project activities focusing on media professionalisation and economic independence. This consultancy position requires regular (monthly or bi-monthly) travel to Kyrgyzstan as well as availability for regular conference calls and other forms of remote support to the project team in Brussels, Berlin and Bishkek. The duration of the contract is 14months, starting on 1 April 2019 and ending on31 May 2021.

Background information about the project

The project aims to strengthen the capacity and responsibility of media actors to operate as drivers of democracy and to prevent potential conflicts during the 2020 parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan. It follows two parallel pathways towards achieving this goal: improving the policy and legal environment affecting the media sector, consistent with international freedom of expression standards; and assisting media actors in playing a role of democratic watchdogs during the 2020 electoral cycle. The project relies on three main components, which will be implemented along the electoral cycle of the 2020 parliamentary elections: 1) policy and dialogue, 2) media professionalisation and 3) strengthening the media’s economic independence. The main target groups of the project are: (line) ministries and statutory media regulators; the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) and its territorial branches; Members of Parliament, parliamentary officials, political parties and electoral candidates; media actors, both public and private (editors, journalists, media owners/managers, bloggers, content producers, entrepreneurs); advocacy CSOs, democracy activists and human rights defenders; and media education providers


The Senior Strategic Advisor will advise the core project team in Bishkek and EPD project staff in Brussels and Berlin on media professionalisation (component 2) and strengthening the media’s economic independence (component 3) throughout the project. The Advisor will play a prominent role in the design of specific activities under these components. In particular, he/she will support the Project Manager and the Quality Control and Technical Advisor in identifying adequate strategies for promoting media professionalisation and enhancing media economic independence in Kyrgyzstan. He/she will provide advice in this regard during regular strategy meetings with the Project Manager and the Quality Control and Technical Advisor as well as in response to specific requests by the Quality Control and Technical Advisor.
Key responsibilities include:
• Advising the Project Manager and the Quality Control and Technical Advisor on strategies and actions in support of media freedom online and offline, media education and professionalism, and economic independence of the media;
• Identifying short term media experts to be recruited by EPD to conduct training workshops for media organisations, editors, journalists and related stakeholders;
• Conduct research on media education and identify best practice in this field;
• Participating in meetings of the Project Management Committee consisting of the consortium members’ management staff and advise the Committee members, as requested


A selection committee made up of the Quality Control and Technical Advisor, Project Manager and EPD’s Executive Director will evaluate all offers received by EPD before the deadline of Sunday, 15th of March 2020 at 18:00 CET. In order to be considered for this opportunity, applicants are required to send a separate technical and financial offer by email to  before the aforementioned deadline

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