Background & Description

Providing a forum where citizens can actively work to meet their own needs, whether in terms of freedom of expression or provision of services, civil society is an integral part of any democracy and essential for socio-economic development.

In Pakistan, civil society has evolved over the years with periods when the government’s policy has been broadly supportive to periods where the work of CSOs was limited to some extent. Globally, we are seeing a trend in the space for civil society being curbed and the same has been observed in Pakistan in the last few years. Internationally, a debate has been initiated on how to address the issue and efforts are being made worldwide to support the civil society in regaining its position. There is also a need to orient Pakistani politicians and media to understand the positive role of civil society sector and how a better regulation can make them even more effective in contributing to improving the conditions for the population as a whole.

Keeping this notion in consideration, DRI intends to initiate a debate by engaging with parliamentarians, politicians, government bodies, media and the general public with the aim of primarily increasing their awareness of the issue.

DRI currently seeks an incumbent who will support the project team in carrying out project activities.

Your duties and responsibilities:

The Project Assistant will work in close collaboration with the Project Team in the Country Office (CO) for effective achievement of project results through:

  • Provision of technical and administrative assistance for implementation of project.
  • Provision of support to the project consultants in planning and preparation of events including briefings, consultations, etc. This will include but will not be limited to preparation of agendas, invitation letters, arranging meetings, sending out invitations, following up with participants for confirmations and minute-taking.
  • Contribution to the preparation of project reports.
  • Preparation and maintenance of contacts database.
  • Coordination with various project stakeholders.
  • Any other tasks assigned by the team.
Requirements and Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in any social science field preferably political science and /or humanities or any related field, (Master’s degree an advantage).
  • At least three years of working experience with NGO/INGO.
  • Experience of engaging/working with public institutions and politicians.
  • Extensive experience in organising events, workshops and meetings
  • Familiarity with concepts and developments related to civil society in the country
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Windows and MS Office applications

Interested candidates are expected to ensure their availability for assigned tasks for a period of 4 months starting from September 2019.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this position, please send your application (cover letter and CV) to Please include “Pakistan: Project Assistant” in the subject line and refer to the source you have found this opportunity. Applying for this position by post mail is possible, please find our address details below.

The position may be filled before the end of the deadline so early applications are encouraged.

About Organization

Democracy Reporting International (DRI) is a non-partisan, independent, not-for-profit organisation registered in Berlin. DRI promotes political participation of citizens, accountability of state bodies and the development of democratic institutions world-wide.

DRI has been operating in Pakistan since 2010. It supports Pakistani stakeholders in undertaking electoral reforms, human rights compliance and strengthening parliamentary institutions. DRI has been working with the federal parliament, the provincial assemblies, the Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Affairs (PIPS), the National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) and the Sindh Human Rights Commission (SHRC).