Vacancy: Programme Associate

We are hiring a Programme Associate (Russian-speaking) to join our growing international team.

We are a new non-profit organisation launched to support and empower civil societies across Eastern Europe and Central Asia. We believe civil society is the key driver of social change, and work to ensure it has the flexibility, connections and tools to play a leading role in the development of the region. In the face of difficult conditions, the Centre emphasises creativity, innovation and technology as the cornerstones of a sustainable

Position & Responsibilities

The programme associate will work in close partnership with one of the Centre’s Programme Officers to:

  • Develop and manage sections of the Centre’s grant portfolio and grant-making schemes
  • Evaluate and monitor the implementation of projects supported by the Centre (including field visits, where appropriate)
  • Assist with the evaluation of project proposals
  • Maintain communication with potential and existing grant recipients
  • Organise the process for invitation calls, project selection and the awarding of grants
  • Track political developments in the region, research and monitor important local organisations and individuals, and help to inform the Centre’s overall strategy


Qualifications & Requirements

  • University degree and/or equivalent experience in a relevant field (e.g. international affairs, political/social sciences, media, international development, human rights, area studies or languages)
  • General understanding of closed societies, civil society issues, and a familiarity with civil society networks and individual activists in the region
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in Russian (fluency required) and English
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Word and Excel), cybersecurity literacy and experience with managing databases
  • High degree of self-organisation, reliability and ability to take initiative
  • Excellent communication and relationship-building skills, including the capacity to work in a multi-national team
  • Patience and team spirit, as well as personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a dedication to the mission of the Prague Civil Society Centre.



The role is full-time (40 hours per week). The Centre can provide visa/relocation assistance to successful candidates, if needed (details can be discussed at interview stage). The position comes with a competitive salary and 25 days of annual leave.

Interested candidates should send their CV (no longer than two sides of A4), a covering letter (no longer than one side of A4), and details for at least one professional recommendation to before Monday 21 August. Unfortunately, due to the expected number of applications, only those candidates who have been shortlisted for interview will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews in late August/early September.