Job Title:                                                        Senior Governance Advisor
Location:                                                        Pristina, Kosovo
Position Type:                                               Employee
Job Stage:                                                     Currently Open
Category:                                                       Local (CCN)
Number of positions available:                  1
Employee Status:                                         Full-time
Close Date:                                                    8/21/2024

Job Summary

Democracy International (DI) is seeking to hire a Senior Governance Advisor for the USAID’s Social Contract Activity in Kosovo is a five-year activity that began in 2022 and is implemented by Democracy International (DI). The Activity works with local governments and local communities to build sustainable practices for public participation in order to improve citizens’ quality of life and strengthen their partnership with the municipal government. 

DI is looking to hire a Senior Governance Advisor who will provide overall management guidance and technical direction to the governance elements of the program. The goal of the activity is to introduce sustainable practices for public participation in order to improve Kosovo citizens' quality of life and strengthen their partnership with the municipal government's. This will be a full-time position based in Pristina, Kosovo, and this position is only open to Kosovo citizens.

Essential Job Duties

The Senior Governance Advisor will be responsible for the following: 

  • Provide overall management guidance and technical direction to the governance elements of the program;
  • Provide leadership for the Advisory Council, which will advise the process of assessing public participation barriers and facilitators in the pilot municipalities, including refining the Theory of Change, ensuring a common vision, analyzing data, approving proposed tools (e.g., Problem Prioritization tool, below), drafting exit strategies, assigning tasks identified in the action plans to stakeholders, crafting a scale-up strategy, informing the learning agenda, leveraging existing efforts implemented by the Ministry of Local Governance Administration (MLGA) and other donors, exploring solutions and recommending how to adapt interventions, and going on monitoring visits;
  • Serve as chief liaison to municipal government actors;
  • Liaise with community actors, public officials (including the MLGA), and donors to design strategies to improve the quality of public participation mechanisms and strategies;
  • Provide technical guidance to ensure the sustainability and local leadership and ownership of public participation mechanisms and government initiatives;
  • Support the Chief of Party (COP), along with the Deputy COP, to oversee and manage the Program, Operations, and Learning Teams;
  • Work with the Deputy COP to provide guidance to CSOs;
  • Provide technical inputs and support the development of deliverables;
  • Ensure technical excellence.

Requirements and Qualifications: 

  • Advanced university degree in international development, political science, management, or other relevant fields;
  • Nuanced understanding of the Kosovo context with regards to municipal governance and public participation and experience working within that context, strongly preferred;
  • Minimum 5 years of experience working on governance in the Balkans;
  • Experience and technical expertise working on accountability, good governance, local governance strengthening, civic engagement, and social inclusion, particularly in an international development context, strongly preferred;
  • Strong interpersonal skills to effectively coordinate with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Professional fluency in English is required.


This position reports to ​the Chief of Party.​

Application Process:
Interested applicants MUST submit a cover letter and CV, by July 21, 2024. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position will be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified. DI will only contact candidates of interest.  

Application Link: 


About the Organization:

DI provides technical assistance, analytical services and project implementation for democracy, human rights, governance and conflict mitigation programs worldwide for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. State Department and other development partners. Since its founding in 2003, Democracy International has worked with civil society organizations, political parties, election-management bodies, government agencies, legislatures, justice-sector institutions, and others in 80+ countries.

DI welcomes and supports a diverse and inclusive work environment. We are committed to equal employment opportunities (EEO) for all applicants seeking employment and for DI employees. DI makes employment decisions based on organizational needs, job requirements and individual qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, personal appearance, military status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation, educational status, unemployment status, place of residence or business, source of income, or reproductive health decision making. Additionally, harassment or discrimination based on these characteristics will not be tolerated at DI. To perform the essential functions of this position, reasonable accommodations are available to qualified individuals with disabilities.

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