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Country Director (Russia), American Councils, Moscow, Russia

Country Director

Position Description

The Country Director provides overall administrative and programmatic direction for all American Councils activities and operations in the Russian Federation and represents American Councils to current and potential funders and partners. Located In Moscow, the position oversees and directs American Councils activities related to study in Russia for Americans and study abroad in the U.S. for Russians, as well as Russia-based programming for alumni of exchanges, development projects in higher education, and service to U.S. and Russian institutions seeking partnerships, cooperation, and learning. The Country Director exercises administrative oversight of all operations and personnel in the country, working in conjunction with respective Office Directors in St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, and Vladivostok. The Country Director oversees and provides on-site academic monitoring of American Councils’ academic programs for Americans, and periodic evaluation of teaching effectiveness and program design. The portfolio in Russia includes exchanges such as Open World, FLEX, NSLI-Y, CLS, LFP, the Tatarstan Higher Education Fellowship, and development and other higher education initiatives such as the Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity (EURECA) Program, EducationUSA, and Legislative Institutes. In support of programming, the Country Director consults with Washington-based staff to make recommendations concerning personnel matters, policies, budgets, and innovations in programmatic and administrative structures.

This position reports to the Washington-based Managing Director for Field Operations and Programs, and as a key member of American Councils field-based leadership team, works closely with senior staff members, program managers, and colleagues in other field offices.


Oversight and Leadership
* Maintains American Councils’ organizational relations in the country with relevant US government offices and institutions (the US embassy, USAID, and other US government agencies); with the Russian federal and regional governments and private institutions (government ministries, agencies, and offices; national corporations; and American Councils’ institutional partners); international and domestic foundations organizations and foundations; and the media;
* Provides overall supervision of American Councils programs in Russia by communicating, as needed, with Russia-based and U.S.-based staff members concerning academic, operational, and other policy matters as affected by Russia’s political, economic and cultural conditions; Makes recommendations on general program matters, on perceptions of American Councils administered programs and on the influence of local conditions on administration of programs in Russia;
* Represents American Councils as related to all programs in individual consultations, public appearances, and meetings with potential and existing partners; advances goals of international cooperation and learning in the larger NGO, exchange, donor, and education community in Russia
* Participates actively in developing new programs, seeking new funding sources, cultivating philanthropic opportunities for the region and enhancing external relations.

Administration and Finance:
* Oversees American Councils internal operations, ensuring smooth operations of American Councils in the country in terms of infrastructure and staffing
* Advises staff on American Councils policies and employment matters and coordinates implementation of HR policies and practices related to hiring, training, evaluation, and professional growth and development
* Works closely with Program Managers and Grant Accountants to ensure budgets for the region are developed, monitored, adjusted and maintained according to government regulations and sound accounting practices.
* Oversees all general Moscow office administrative matters such as negotiating contracts; interacting with landlords, maintaining proper work environment, and providing DC office with finance reports monthly, and budgets every six months; monitors all outgoing and incoming funds
* Assists Office Directors with the coordination of all general office administrative matters in the region such as negotiating contracts.

Program Administration:
* Oversees and assists in organizing, implementing and reporting on activities, including recruitment and alumni activities delivered by program offices;
* Monitors all recruitment activities to assure timely and proper conduct of competitions;
* Assists with recruitment activities
* Meets with ministry and US government officials regularly to provide appropriate information and overview of the program administration processes and alumni activities
* Ensures accurate, full and timely reports are filed as appropriate

* Fluent in Russian; additional regional languages desirable;
* Graduate degree — related to region in: economics, international education or development, history, or related area; experience working with higher education a plus
* Professional-level program management experience;
* Experience in budget management;
* Demonstrated experience in developing external sources of funding support;
* Supervisory experience; experience supervising host-country national staff preferred;
* Experience traveling extensively under difficult conditions;
* Overseas work/living experience, preferably in Russia;
* Cross-cultural skills;
* Strong written and oral communication skills.

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American Councils improves education at home and abroad through the support of international research, the design of innovative programs, world. American Councils employs a full-time professional staff of over 370, located in the U.S. and in 40 cities in 24 countries of Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Asia and the Middle East.

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Moscow Summer School in Human Rights, Application Deadline May 20


The Russian Consortium on joint master’s programme in human rights is proud to present its first common Moscow Summer School in Human Rights which will take place in Moscow from 20 to 25 June 2011.

The Moscow Summer School is organized in partnership with the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia.

Being a key element of the implementation of the joint master’s programme in human rights the Moscow School aims to provide participants with a framework of understanding what are human rights and what is the human rights development in different regions around the world.

The Moscow Summer school’s aims include:

–          Raising Awareness on human rights issues;

–          Networking: brining graduate students, doctorates, practitioners, professors from all over the world;

–          Pitching: participants learn how to develop their ideas into projects and how to pitch them.

It is expected that Moscow summer school will bring together around 50 participants from all over the world. In addition to providing participants with new skills and knowledge this pilot project is a direct follow-up to the model of the EIUC Summer School in human rights. To achieve this goal such professors as Prof. Shane Darcy from the Irish Centre for Human Rights of the National University of Ireland, Prof. Mozetic, Vinícius Almada, President of the Latin America International University Center (Brazil), Prof. Felipe Gomez from the Institute of Human Rights of the University of Deusto, Prof. Brice Dickson, Director of the Human Rights Centre, School of Law, Queen’s University in Belfast and others have been invited to lecture during the Summer School. The opening lecture will be given by the Senior Human Rights Adviser UN Country Team – Russian Federation Dirk Hebecker and many other famous practitioners in human rights.

Within the framework of the Moscow summer school the Roundtable “Protection of reporters’ rights” will be organized. The event will be hold in the A.D. Sakharov’s Museum in Moscow. It is expected to involve the  practitioners into the disputes.

We invite everyone to attend the Moscow Summer School in Human Rights (participation is free of charge).

More detailed information you can find on the webs site of the first Russian joint master’s programme in human rights:

If you wish to participate in the School please fill out the registration form and send it back to the organizers at with your CV by 20 May, 2011, after that the availability is not guaranteed.


Moscow Summer School

20-25 June 2011

19 June (Sunday) – arrival

20 June (Monday)

10:00-10:30     Opening ceremony

10:30-11:00     coffee-break

11:00 –12:30   lecture of Dirk Hebecker (Senior Human Rights Adviser UN Country Team in the Russian Federation)

12:30-13:00     coffee-break

13:00-14:00     lecture of Dirk Hebecker (Senior Human Rights Adviser UN Country Team in the Russian Federation)

14:00 – 15:00 lunch

15:00 – 17:00 Extraterritorial Obligations in the Field of Economics, Social and Cultural Rights (1 lecture) and Business and Human Rights (1 lecture) (Prof. Felipe Gomez, Spain)

17:00 – 18:30 Reception at PFUR

21 June (Tuesday)

09:30-11:30     the Inter-American system for protecting rights, and the work of National Human Rights Institution (Prof. B. Dickson, UK) – 2 lectures

11:30-12:00     coffee-break

12:00-13:30     the role of human rights treaty bodies in encouragement of States to promote human rights (Prof. Aslan Abashidze)

13:30 – 14:30 lunch

14:30 – 15:45 Russian professor (Protection of children’s human rights)

15:45 – !6:00 break

16:00 – 17:00 seminar/workshop (Prof. Felipe Gomez)

17:00 – 17:30 coffee-break

22 June (Wednesday)

09:30-11:30     Prof. John J. Cleary (USA) – 2 lectures (short break included)

11:30-12:00     coffee-break

12:00-14:00     “International Criminal Justice” (Prof. Shane Darcy, Ireland)

14:00 – 15:00 lunch

15:00 – 16:00 seminar/workshop (Prof. B. Dickson)

16:45 – 16:30 coffee-break

Reception at OHCHR office in Russia

23 June (Thursday)

09:30-11:30     Introduction to HR in Latin America (Prof. Vinicius Almada, Brazil) – 2 lectures

11:30-12:00     coffee-break

12:00-14:00     Russian lecturer (Protection of women’s human rights)

13:30 – 14:30 lunch

14:30 – 15:30 seminar/workshop (Prof. Shane Darcy)

15:30 – 16:00 break

16:00 – 17:00 seminar/workshop (Prof. John J. Cleary)

17:00 – 17:30 coffee-break

24 June (Friday)

09:30-11:30     Russian lecturer

11:30-12:00     coffee-break

12:00-13:30     Russian lecturer

13:30 – 14:30 lunch

14:30 – 15:30 seminar/workshop (Prof. Vinicius Almada)

17:00-19:00  Roundtable in the D.A. Sakharov’s museum on the Protection of journalists’ human rights”

25 June (Saturday)

10:00 -11:00 Certificate ceremony award

11:00 – 13:00 Protocol event at PFUR



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A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University Professional Training Program, Deadline January 4

American Repertory Theater / Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University

A two-year, five-semester professional training program that includes a three-month residency at the Moscow Art Theater School in Russia.

Scott Zigler, Director
Julia Smeliansky, Administrative Director

Financial Aid

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Winter Program Abroad, Center for International Education, Higher School of Economics, Deadline November 17

Title: International Winter Session 2011 at HSE (Moscow)

National Research University – Higher School of Economics is glad to offer an International Winter Session. The Winter Session gives students a unique opportunity to immerse in intensive studies at the Higher School of Economics – one of the biggest research universities in CIS and Eastern Europe. The International Winter Session will take place January 4-21, 2011. HSE provides a choice of courses enabling students to earn academic credit and speed up the progress towards their degree or focus on the enhancement of a particular skill. Students are offered courses in

  • Russian Studies,
  • Political Science,
  • International Relations,
  • Energy Policy,
  • Economics,
  • Mathematics,
  • Russian Language.

Rich and engaging cultural program will allow to fully experience the beautiness of Russian winter and participate in great networking events together with other international students. It is a great opportunity to study Russia from inside with internationally renowned professors and make full use of abundant intercultural and tourist opportunities. More detailed information is available at HSE website

Applications deadline for the Winter Session: November 17.

HSE is the leading Russian university in the socio-economic sciences, it is a dynamic and progressive university. This year QS have included us in top 500 world best universities. We are currently the biggest socio-economics think-tank in Russia and Eastern Europe. Our 18 000 students study at our four campuses – in Moscow, St.Petersburg, Nizhniy Novgorod and Perm.

Please address all your questions to

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