14 October, 2020, 09:11

The Open Budget Survey (OBS) is the world’s only independent, comparative and fact-based research instrument that uses internationally accepted criteria to assess public access to central government budget information; formal opportunities for the public to participate in the national budget process; and the role of budget oversight institutions such as the legislature and auditor in the budget process. DOWNLOAD RESEARCH-2019.pdf  

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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: JULY 22, 2020 The Civil Society Scholar Awards (CSSA) support doctoral students and university faculty to undertake academic projects that will enrich socially-engaged research and critical scholarship in their home country or region.  In view of the global uncertainty created by the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus, this year we invite applications from PhD students and full-time faculty to undertake specific research clearly related to their primary field of study, or to focus on work which would allow the completion or publication of a dissertation or academic articles, books, or other academic products. Eligibility: The Awards are open to the following academic populations:  • PhD students of the social sciences and humanities studying at universities inside or outside of their home country; or • Full-time faculty members in the social sciences and humanities (minimum of a Master's degree) teaching at universities in their home country. The Civil Society Scholar Awards is provided for a number of countries, including Tajikistan. Applicants with permanent resident status in or dual citizenship with Australia, Canada, countries of the European Union, New Zealand, Nordic countries, the United Kingdom, and the USA are not eligible to apply. Subject Areas: CSSA look to support academic research conducted within any field of the social sciences and humanities, but will prioritize research which specifically addresses pressing societal issues in the following broad themes:  • Defense against rising authoritarianism; • Sustainable development, climate action, and mitigating the effects of climate change; • Economic justice and worker rights; • Information democracy; • Addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on an applicant’s home country or region. Supported Grant Activities: The Awards support short-term academic projects and dissertation completion taking place within your home country or abroad. Examples of eligible activities include: • fieldwork (data collection); • extended research visits to libraries, archives or universities within your home country or abroad; • course/curriculum development which can be completed at an international location or online from your home country in collaboration with academic faculty based abroad; • research leading to a peer-reviewed publication; • dissertation completion for final year students only who are or will be writing their dissertations in their home country or abroad. CSSA can only accept one application with one research project per person each year. Please note that CSSA no longer consider requests for tuition fee support. • Project Duration: Between 3 - 10 months. • Project Location: research activities can take place within an applicant’s home country or abroad. Applicants are responsible for arranging all travel, accommodation, and related travel permissions (visas). • Eligible Dates: March 1, 2021–December 31, 2021 • Maximum Funding Request:  $15,000 Supporting Documentation. The following documents are required from all applicants. Please note that requirements for faculty applicants and doctoral student applicants differ.  All Applicants: Program Guidelines 1. Completed Application Form; 2. Up to date CV; 3. Copy of the identification pages of your passport(s); 4. Scan of current official graduate school tran (doctoral applicants) or the final tran of highest degree obtained (for faculty applicants and PhD student applicants in their first year of study); and 5. A letter of invitation from a faculty member or a senior administrator at the institution where your research will take place, if applicable to your project (scanned and attached to application). Doctoral student applicants should also provide: 1. An official letter from your academic institution confirming your enrollment status, department, and expected completion date (scanned and attached to application); 2. A personal reference letter from an academic or professional in your field in your home country who can speak to your accomplishments, future aspirations, and ties to your home country (scanned and attached to application); 3. An academic reference letter from your academic supervisor supporting the research for which you seek funding.  Supervisors should also confirm if the activity will need IRB/ethics committee approval prior to the activity taking place (scanned and attached to application). Faculty applicants should also provide: 1. An official letter from your institution of employment confirming your status as a faculty member and endorsing the proposed time away from your position (scanned and attached to application); 2. An academic reference letter from a senior colleague in your field with direct knowledge of your work and your proposed research topic (scanned and attached to application). How to Apply Deadline for Applications: July 22, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time Interested applicants must complete and submit a CSSA application. Online applications are strongly encouraged.  Online Application  All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online. To apply online, please go to this link to register, and then follow instructions. For more detailed information please consult our frequently asked questions at: For more eligibility criteria of CSSA program please contact either or consult Educational Advising Center of Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation in Tajikistan:  Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation-Tajikistan Trade and Business Center "BOKHTAR" 37/1 Bokhtar Street, 4th floor, room # 404 phones: (+992) 372275558 e-mail:   

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              Mr. Almaz Saifutdinov  Board Chair Mr. Almaz Saifutdinov is the Economic/Commercial Specialist at the United States Embassy in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.  In this capacity, he is responsible for promoting and protecting U.S. economic and commercial interests in the region.  In December 2016, he became a Chairman of the Board of Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation in Tajikistan.   Almaz founded Economic News Tajikistan - one of the most active Facebook groups in the country, which serves as the primary source of information, news, analytical reports and discussion platform.  As the Deputy Head of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development in Tajikistan, Almaz helped establish T-Cell, one of the first mobile operator companies in Tajikistan, and the Pamir Energy public-private partnership, which provides hydroelectric power to most of Tajikistan’s Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region and to bordering regions of Afghanistan.  Mr. Saifutdinov holds a B.A. in English and French languages from Dushanbe State Pedagogical University, a Master’s Degree in Development Administration from Western Michigan University, USA.  He regularly publishes, under a pseudonym articles and comments on economic, and business issues.                                                           Prof. Ramazon Nazarie Board Member Professor, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Dr. Nazariev is currently the Professor at the Tajik State Pedagogical University (TSPU) named after S. Aini. He is also the Liaison Officer of the Institute of Ismaili Studies, UK in Dushanbe, the researcher in the Institute of Philosophy, Political Sciences and Law, the Tajik Academy of Sciences and Member of the Dissertation Committee at the Tajik National University. Prof. Nazariev previously worked as the Arabic Translator for Soviet-Russian Companies in Libya (1983-1984), Yemen (1985-1989) and Syria (1994-1995), Yemen (1995-1995). He started his professional career in 1997, as a post–graduate student of TSPU and the Tajik Academy of Sciences where he defended his Kandidate nauki dissertation (2000) and then Doctoral dissertation (2011). His current research projects focus on philosophy of sciences, history of philosophy and social philosophy. He has authored and edited 3 monographies, co-edited 4 textbooks and over 75 articles on these topics in the related philosophy journals and proceedings. Prof. Nazariev has received grants from various funding agencies including the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (2006-2007 - Junior Faculty Development Program and 2013-2014 – Fulbright Program), RSS Open Society Support Foundation (2005, 2018-2019). He is appointed as the Head of Philosophy Department (2011-2013), received his Docent (2006), Professor (2013) and award of “A’lochii maorifi Tojikiston” of Tajik Ministry of Education and Sciences (2011), order “Peter the Great” of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (2016).                     Ms. Gulnora Beknazarova Board Member Sociologist, member of the board of directors in Zerkalo-Group. Ms. Beknazarova is a member of the gender-working group of the Women and Family Affairs Committee under the President of the Government of Tajikistan. Ms. Beknazarova previously worked as a Director of LLC “Z-analytics in Tajikistan. She started her professional career in 2008, as a Head of Research unit of the Sociological Research Centre “Zerkalo”. Ms. Beknazarova holds a B.A. from the Tajik National University in Dushanbe, a Master in Gender sociology from European Humanitarian University (2003) and PhD on Social philosophy from the Higher Attestation Commission of the Russian Federation (2007). Ms. Beknazarova is an author and co-author of the several publications on sociology.                   Mrs. Malika Dodoeva Board Member Director of NGO “Javononi peshsaf” in Panjakent, Tajikistan. Mrs. Malika Dodoeva previously worked as the teacher of mathematics. She started her professional career in 1985, as the teacher of Math at the secondary school. June 2000 to March 2005, the Chief of Jamoat Kolhozchien (current Loik Sherali) of Panjakent disctrict, Sughd Region. Mrs. Malika Dodoeva founded NGO “Javononi peshsaf” in February 2014- one of the most active  public organization in Tajikistan which works on prevention of domestic violence and violent extremism.  Dodoeva Malika participated and had a speech  at the following international conferences: 23-28 June 2015, “Preventing violent extremism and terrorism” Istanbul, Turkey 29-30 June 2015, “Countering violent extremism”, Astana, Kazakhstan 28-30 September 2015, UN Summit “Countering violent extremism”, made a speech on the topic describing problem in Tajikistan and possible solutions to counter extremism a. 04-09 December 2015, “CVE International Research Conference” in Abu Dhabi.  At the moment NGO “Javononi peshsaf” is implementing the project “domestic violence and violent extremism”  with support of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs U.S. Embassy, Dushanbe, Tajikistan                   Mr. Rustam Gulov, Board Member Media Specialist/ Media-Trainer at Internews Network in Tajikistan. Mr. Gulov is a Founder and Admin of Blog platform – the first independent blog platform for Tajik bloggers in Tajikistan, and, focused on knowledge capacity building of journalists and bloggers on using new trends and new technologies media on online-journalism and blogging. Rustam Gulov graduated from Tajik State University of Law, Business and Politics and holds Advanced Program in Law and Economics Degree from the Riga Graduate School of Law (2015). Rustam has rich experience in human rights defense, monitoring of human rights observing, organizing trainings and workshops on human rights and interactive learning tool in human rights. Rustam Gulov is committed to develop media sector in Tajikistan as a main tool of supporting free of speech and promotion of democracy                   Mr. Umed Kalandarov Board Member Mr. Kalandarov has Bachelor and Master Degrees in Law. He graduated Law faculty of People’s Friendship University of Russian, Moscow in 2003.  He has been working on ICNL’s legal enabling environment for civil society projects for over twelve years.  He has been ICNL’s Country Director in Tajikistan since 2011. Mr. Kalandarov has contributed to the analysis and drafting of several laws affecting civil society in Tajikistan, including the new Tax Code, the Law on the Ombudsman Institution, and amendments to the Law on Public Associations. Umed has written a series of publications on different aspects of CSO Law in Tajikistan.                   Dr. Gulnora Razykova, Board Member Dr Gulnora Razykova is a medical doctor, public health system specialist and a proven health administrator with over 20 years’ experience, including ten years in management of health and social sector projects. Currently implementing USAID funded Feed the Future Health and Nutrition Activity as DCOP. Dr Gulnora has implemented a wide variety of health care-related projects both in the public and private sector in Tajikistan, including: System-wide health care reforms activities, at the primary health care level for TB, HIV and MCH; Health system development, including participation in design of the country’s action plan for implementation of the national health care strategy; Health resource management; Family medicine development and implementation; Introduction of evidence-based approaches to medical service delivery. In 2004 Dr Razykova was instrumental in establishing first International private medical practice of Prospekt Dushanbe and has been the key driver in its development during almost 14 years.  Currently is a shareholder, manages and leads coordination of development, all client services as well as all negotiations with local government, non-government structures, international agencies and insurance companies.  Having experience in both (private and government) health systems Gulnora also has proven program management and coordination skills which include planning, budgeting, financial monitoring; results based management and human resource management. Dr Gulnora received professional training in USA, Russia and Germany and started her carrier in international programs in 1996 joining United Nations, during her carrier has been working for UNDP, UN Drug Control Program, DFID, Projects funded by ADB, WB, USAID and others Dr Gulnora has PhD in medical sciences (Moscow, Russia) and executive MBA diploma in Steinbeis University Berlin, Germany. Published more than 10 scientific articles in medical research field, including 2 monographs.
TERMS OF REFERENCE for contracting a Consultant to assist with identifying a grant management software solution   Location: Remote Type of Contract: Consultancy Contract Languages Required: English Starting Date: April 2019 Duration of Initial Contract:   6 months   Background: The Open Society Foundations, founded by George Soros, are the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights. George Soros opened his first international foundation in Hungary in 1984. Today, the Open Society Foundations support a vast array of projects in more than 120 countries, providing hundreds of grants every year through a network of national and regional foundations and offices. Every year, the Open Society Foundations give thousands of grants to groups and individuals that work on the issues we focus on - promoting tolerance, transparency, and open debate. We also engage in strategic human rights litigation and impact investing, while incubating new ideas and engaging directly with governments and policymakers through advocacy to advance positive change. Building long-term relationships of trust with the entities we support, and understanding their health, effectiveness, strengths, and the challenges they face, is an integral part of the Open Society Foundations’ organization-centered approach to grant making. The vast majority of our grants are awarded to organizations that we approach directly. The kind of grants any Open Society program makes depend on its strategy and its vision of how to use its budget most effectively. The Open Society Foundations form a global network of entities and programs committed to local knowledge and national expertise. Open Society Foundations network includes National and Regional Foundations, as well as programs with regional or global reach, operating in more than 120 countries, including hubs in Europe and the United States.   Purpose:   The OSF is seeking proposals from experienced and qualified individuals (henceforth: “Consultant”) to assist with identifying of a software solution for managing grants, which will be referred to as the Grants Tracking System (GTS). The identified software solution will be used separately by 8-10 National Foundations. Each foundation is a separate entity located in a country, though all are a part of a larger Open Society Foundations network.   The consultant will work with Working Group that consists of 1-2 representatives from each National Foundation.   In your proposal, please provide details of the services you can offer and the rates/prices to perform these services.  We are particularly interested in understanding why you believe you are the best placed Consultant to meet our requirements and what sets you apart from your competitors.     Objectives:   The assignment of the Consultant’s will be to identify a software solution to support the grant making workflows that make up the larger Grants Management work stream of each foundation. The Consultant will carry out this assignment taking into account the expectations that each individual National Foundation (NF) has from the software solution that should be identified (see Annex 1). The identified solution will be used by NFs that are currently using Serenic Navigator (Microsoft Dynamic NAV) as accounting system.   Deion of Responsibilities:   The Consultant will: Develop a work plan based on the given scope. The work plan should be agreed with the Working Group; Review the list of “system expectations” outlined in Annex 1. Suggest clarifications and improvements and work with the Working Group to create an updated requirements list. Facilitate a process for prioritizing the requirements on this list. The end result is a prioritized list of requirements for use in software selection; Conduct a search of possible grants management software packages and narrow it down to 5-7 options to be evaluated by the Working Group. Organize on-line demo presentations of the preselected software pieces; Instruct and advise the Working Group members on industry-specific considerations that should be taken into account during the software selection and assessment process; Prepare the evaluation scorecards that shall be filled out by the Working Group members after presentations of preselected software; Instruct the Working Group on how to work with scorecards during the evaluation process; Process scorecards filled out by Working Group members for each evaluated software; Help the Working Group to reach an agreement on the selected software. assist Working Group  and OSF in negotiations with the Vendor of the selected software; develop guidelines for NFs involved in the project on how to prepare their staff and IT infrastructure to ensure a smooth implementation of the selected software;     Information on Working Arrangements: The Consultant will closely communicate with OSF representatives as well as the Working Group (national foundations) representatives. The Consultant will be home-based (will not need to work in a foundation space);  The initial contract would be for 6 months ( April 2020 –  September  2020); The contract would be signed with one of OSF entities (National Foundations) on behalf of all other members of the Group.     The Consultant is expected to be available for web-based meetings as needed and be in reliable email contact;   The Consultant will be given access to relevant information necessary for the execution of the tasks under this assignment; The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own work station (i.e. laptop, internet, phone, scanner/printer, specific software if required, etc.) and must have access to reliable internet connection;  Given the global on-line consultations to be undertaken during this assignment, the Consultant is expected to be reasonably flexible with his/her availability for such consultations taking into consideration different time zones; Payment for services will be made upon satisfactory submission of outputs, a detailed time sheet, and certification of payment form, and acceptance and confirmation by the Advisor delegated by the Working Group. Competencies: Corporate: Demonstrates integrity by modelling the OSF’s values and ethical standards; Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability; Treats all involved parties fairly without favoritism; Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment. Functional Competencies: Knowledge Management and Learning:  Willingly shares knowledge and experience; Actively develops substantive understanding and experience in one or more knowledge areas. Communication:  Communicates effectively in writing and orally to a varied and broad audience in a simple and concise manner. Professionalism:  Capable of working in a high-pressure environment with sharp deadlines, managing many tasks simultaneously;  Able to handle a large volume of data and reports accurately and thoroughly, with great attention to detail; Excellent analytical and organizational skills;  Exercises the highest level of responsibility and is able to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner. Teamwork:  Works well in a team;  Projects a positive image and is ready to take on a wide range of tasks;  Focuses on results for the client;  Welcomes constructive feedback. Required Skills and Experience: Education (10 points max.) High Education in computer sciences, software engineering, programming or other closely related field is required;   Experience: At least 10 years of experience in software architecture design and implementation (10 points max.); Excellent knowledge of design and implementation on relational database level, SQL (10 points max.); Strong experience with modern grants management systems (20 points max.); Experience with grants management process and databases is an advantage (20 points max.).   Case Studies/ References: Please provide details of any previous experience you have had working with organizations similar to OSF and/ or relevant case studies (2 max). Provide two client references (we will not contact any client referees without your prior permission). Please list any certificates/ accreditations you hold which are relevant to your industry.   Language Requirements:  Excellent oral and written communication skills in English language.   Risk Management Please identify what you consider to be the key risks and challenges for Open Society Foundations network in this project.                   Cost: Please provide a full breakdown of proposed costs in USD showing all applicable taxes. Please describe any discounts you offer for not-for-profit organizations such as OSF.   Evaluation method:   Only those applications, which are compliant will be considered and evaluated; Offers will be evaluated based on the criteria outlined in the competencies and experience Applicant receiving the highest score will be awarded the contract.         Documentation to be submitted: •  A technical proposal with brief deion of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a detailed clear methodology, on how he/she will approach and   complete the assignment; • The technical proposal should also contain personal CV, indicating education background/ professional qualifications, all  past  experience,  as  well  as  the contact  details  (email  and  telephone  number)  of  the  candidate  and  at  least  three  (3) professional references; • Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs. Language of bid: The bid, as well as all correspondence and documents relating to the bid shall be written in English language.   Application Process: All interested applicants are required to provide a technical and financial proposal of no more than five pages, by email to Soros Foundation Moldova by 9.00am GMT Monday 30 March 2020. Please make sure you receive a confirmation email, otherwise do not hesitate to request a confirmation from the contact person.   Contact address for electronic application submissions: The contacts for this call for proposals are: Dumitru Chitoroaga –
Branch Office of the International Organization of Open Society Institute – Assistance Foundation (OSI AF) in the Republic of Tajikistan is seeking a Finance Director to lead the Finance Department. The responsibilities of the Finance Director include, but not limited to: • Advise Foundation’s Executive Director on the overall financial aspects of its programs and projects, including financial planning, future obligations and budgetary implications. • Lead preparation and submission of the Foundation’s annual budget. • Ensure that Foundation guidelines, procedures, and policies are in line with statutory regulation and national legislation. • Update and implement financial policies and procedures. • Coordinate external audits of the Foundation as well as its programs and projects, acting as key contact point for audits and account examinations. • Participate in the development, communication and implementation of the Foundation’s risk policies and processes. • Monitor cash flow, accounts and other financial transactions. • Maintain and provide monthly reports to the Open Society Foundations and other donors. • Manage donor contributions, ensuring correctness of financial reports and responsiveness to donor requirements. • Review budget and financial reports to ensure that expenses are in line with projections. • Track administrative and program spending of the Foundation. • Apply data analyses to provide solutions and recommendations for improved financial monitoring and controls. • Maintain Foundation’s financial system Serenic Navigator ensuring timely upgrades and integration. REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATION • High degree of integrity and accountability. • Understanding and sharing the Foundation’s mission and goals. • 7-10 years of complex finance management / operational experience, ideally in an international organization. • University degree or equivalent in Finance or Accounting. • Professional certification in Finance or Accounting (such as ACCA) is a plus. • Excellent organizational, analytical, interpersonal, and proactive problem-solving skills. • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to translate concepts across domains. • Sound understanding of Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Serenic Navigator is a plus. • Experience with data models and data analysis. • Experience with fundraising. • Experience in working with non-governmental organizations. • Strong leadership and team working skills. • Ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds in a pluralistic work environment. • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously. • Ability to work under pressure. • Ability to track tasks through completion. • Experience with developing policies and procedures. • Fluent in English, Tajik and Russian languages. All applicants must submit their CV, cover letter, copy of diploma(s), relevant certificates and two recommendation letters before January 31st 2020 to OSI AF in Tajikistan, via email, or hard copies to the following address: 37/1 Bokhtar street, Bokhtar Business Center (former Vefa Business Center), 4th floor, #404, Dushanbe, Tajikistan. OSI AF is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin or disability status. Only short-listed candidates will be invited to the interview. Incomplete documents and applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
A presentation entitled “Guidelines for implementation of parliamentary oversight of the formation and execution of state budget in the Republic of Tajikistan” will be held on December 19, 2019, at the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, within the next round of “Tavozun” Economic Journalism Press Club. This Practical Guide aims to streamline and systematize the process of parliamentary oversight of the budgetary cycle in the Republic of Tajikistan, carried out by members of the committees under Majlisi Namoyandagon of Majlisi Oli of the Republic of Tajikistan, both at the state budget formation stage and in the process of its implementation in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Tajikistan in the field of public finance . The Guide was developed by Economics and Finance Committee under Majlisi Namoyandagon of Majlisi Oli of the Republic of Tajikistan in full compliance with the requirements of the legislation of the Republic of Tajikistan, taking into account the best international practice and is intended for members of Majlisi Namoyandagon of Majlisi Oli of the Republic of Tajikistan, in order to strengthen parliamentary oversight by ensuring its timely and effective implementation. The goal of this event is to engage the civil society, a wide range of journalists and media leaders in an active discussion of issues related to improving parliamentary oversight in the general system of public finances and enhancing its forms and methods. Conduction of such events with involvement of a wide range of media and civil society representatives will contribute to the development of economic journalism and increase the financial literacy of the population. Representatives from the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Science and Education, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the Presidential Advisory Council on Improving the Investment Climate, the Committee on Investments and State Property Management, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Tax Committee and other relevant governmental departments have been invited to the presentation. Tavozun Press Club is held at the initiative of Khoma Public Organization (, as part of Tajikistan Public Finance Management Support Program, supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Open Society Institute – Assistance Foundation, Tajikistan. Information: To establish a platform for sharing different views and experience on quality coverage of economic information in Tajik mass media and to conduct discussions on burning economic issues among international and local experts, government bodies, scientists and analysts, PO “Khoma” holds regular meetings and discussions for journalists under “Tavozun” Press Club umbrella. For more details, please, contact us at: 227 34 78.

24 November, 2019, 23:19

Dear readers, We would like to present the regular annual report for 2018 of the branch of the International Organization “Open Society” Institute – Assistance Foundation in Tajikistan. The report presents detailed information about programs, projects and grants of the Foundation implemented in 2018.
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