Vacancy Announcement: Coordinator for Education Concept Implementation.

June 22, 2017

Vacancy Announcement

The Open Society Foundations – Armenia is currently seeking applications for the following position:

Coordinator for Education Concept Implementation

This position is under the supervision of the Executive Director. The candidate’s responsibility will be to oversee the successful implementation of the Foundation’s Education Concept strategy in synergetic cooperation with other concepts and fields. He or she must work closely with the Foundation’s other Program and fields coordinators, experts of education area, representatives from education institutions, policy makers and international community to facilitate the Foundation’s Education initiatives.

Qualifications will include:

 Dedication to the ideas of open, democratic and tolerant society and transparent and accountable government
 Strong interest and relevant experience in the field of education policies
 Adequate knowledge of the current education field and reforms underway in Armenia
 Minimum Masters degree preferably in social sciences
 Seven years minimum experience in an international organization working in the education or relevant field
 Good working knowledge and understanding of the policy context with policy analytical and writing skills
 Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently
 Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues
 Self-motivation with an ability to set and meet goals
 Ability to work under pressure and willingness to work long hours
 Strong communication and interpersonal skills
 Capacity and willingness to study new areas and develop new skills
 Fluency in English and Armenian

Deadline for submission of CV and a cover letter is July 04, 2017. Please submit your application to the OSF-Armenia via email it to

The Open Society Foundations – Armenia is currently seeking applications for the following position:

May 10, 2017

Program coordinator for the areas of Human Rights/Policy Fellowship

This position is under the supervision of the Executive Director

and local Board of Directors in the department of human rights

and Policy Fellowships. The specialist’s responsibility

will be the successful implementation of the Foundation’s

strategy in the areas of Human Rights and Civil Society

Policy Capacity Development

Job Profile:

  • Assisting with managing, monitoring, and evaluation of grants and projects within the Human Rights and Policy Fellowship programs of the Foundation
  • Reviewing proposals and preparing summaries for follow up
  • Preparing case briefs in mentioning areas for Foundation’s website
  • Undertaking research tasks within the Foundation’s priorities in the areas of the Human Rights and Civil Society
  • Awareness of the development trends in Armenia and in the world

Qualifications will include:

  • A minimum of five years of experience in the area of human rights, rule of law and/or policy development in an international organization
  • University degree preferably in law, human rights or any relevant area of study in Public Policy, Law, Human Rights or Social Sciences
  • Clear understanding of the critical human rights challenges in Armenia and familiarity with international trends in human rights, rule of law, democracy promotion and civil society development
  • Understanding of public policy issues in major areas of reform in Armenia, including but not limited to human rights, education, social inclusion, human security, media and information
  • In-depth knowledge of national strategies, legislation, regulations, commitments, obligations related to human rights and relevant international frameworks
  • Strong dedication to human rights promotion in Armenia
  • Experience of working with civil society groups/networks, state institutions and agencies, international organizations
  • Research experience supported by publications
  • Ability to handle confidential issues
  • Willingness and capacity to learn new approaches
  • Self-motivation with an ability to set and meet goals
  • Ability to work under pressure and willingness to work long hours
  • Strong communication skills
  • Fluency in English and Armenian

Deadline for submission of applications (CV and a cover letter) is 15:00 p.m. on May 31, 2017, via e-mail: Only short listed candidates will be invited to the interview.

Cal for participation in inclusive education summer school

May 4, 2017

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Statement on Gevorg Safaryan’s Judgement

January 24, 2017

January 20, 2017, Yerevan


On January 16, 2016 Gevorg Safaryan, a member of the “New Armenia” political bloc, was sentenced to two years imprisonment after approximately a year-long lawsuit. On December 31, 2015 He and several other activists tried to put up a Christmas tree in the Freedom Square of Yerevan. The police reacted to their action with brutal force and arrested four of the activists on January 1, 2016. Gevorg Safaryan was one of them, but unlike the others he was apprehended for using force against a representative of the Armenian Police based on the 316th article of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Armenia. The court decision regarding Gevorg Safaryan’s case once again emphasized how politicized the judicial system of Armenia is and showcased that Armenia has prisoners of conscience. The content of the court decision, which was announced by judge Mnatasakan Martirosyan, was predictable considering Gevorg Safaryan’s noticeable struggle against injustice, frequent participation in different assemblies, and severe criticism toward the government. It is noteworthy, that Mr. Martirosyan is known for his harsh punishments towards people with certain political and civic views.

The court decision made in the beginning of the year indicates that before the upcoming elections this is the way the incumbent government shows its approach towards civic activist, who attempt to establish real democracy in the country.

We, the undersigned civic organizations and individuals, view the court verdict for as authorities vendetta Gevorg Safaryan for harsh criticism of them, consider Gevorg Safaryan as a prisoner of conscious ’s and demand his immediate release.

Helsinki Committee of Armenia Human Rights Defender NGO

Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly–Vanadzor

Open Society Foundations-Armenia

“Asparez” Journalists’ Club

Union of Informed Citizens NGO

Analytical Centre on Globalization and Regional Cooperation

Committee to Protect Freedom of Expression

Collaboration for Democracy Centre

Ecolur Informational NGO

“Sose Women’s Issues” NGO

Peace Dialogue NGO

Artashat Civic Youth Centre

Women’s Support Center

For Equal Rights NGO

Article 3 Club

Yerevan Center for Protection of Human Rights NGO

Boundaries of Our Rights NGO

Foundation Against the Violation of Law NGO

Women’s Rights Center NGO

Transparency International Anticorruption Center

Ecological Right NGO

LogoS Human Rights Defence NGO

Helsinki Human Rights Group of Spitak NGO

New Generation Humanitarian NGO

Ani Aghagyulyan, High School of Economics, Master’s Degree Student

Karen Tumanyan, Attorney

Tigran Hayrapetyan, Attorney

Call for Proposals. Policy Fellowship Initiative 2017

December 23, 2016

The OSF-Armenia announces the Policy Fellowship Initiative 2017 for policy researchers eager to carry out rigorous and innovative study identifying the most fundamental open society challenges, developing practical solutions and advocating towards their implementation. Applicants are invited to submit proposals for any policy-research relevant topics on Armenia’s open society challenges that include but are not limited to the areas of democratic governance, fight against corruption, equality and non discrimination; human rights protection mechanisms, EU integration, promotion of democratic reform, social, economic and fiscal policies.
The Fellowship is intended to attract civil society representatives, university faculty and policy analysts with at least an MA degree in political science, law, social science, economics, international relations or related fields. The Fellowship competition will take place in two stages. The Fellowship guidelines and additional information are available via the following link Questions on the application process should be sent to Mariam Matevosyan, e-mail:, phone 53-67-58; 53-38-62.
To be considered for the Policy Fellowship, applicants should submit a filled-in Letter of Inquiry to by 5 pm, on January 25, 2017. For additional information, please attend the Information Session planned on January 16th, 5.00 p.m., Golden Tulip Hotel, Vivaldi Hall.

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