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Hrachia A. Kazhoyan, PhD

  24B Sarian Street, Apt. 27, Yerevan, 0002, Armenia
  Landline: +374 10 587124   |  Mobile: +374 98765410
Work Experience   August 2014 – present:
Caucasus Research Resource Center (CRRC) - Armenia, Research Director
Directs the on-going research, generates research output (reports, data briefs, blog, presentations), and leads methodological innovation and training.

September 2013 – present:
Institute of Philosophy and Law, National Academy of Sciences,
Examination Board Member
Evaluates PhD studies and participates in examinations.

February 2006 - February 2013:
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission in Kosovo
Human Dimension Officer / Coordinator of Municipal Teams, Regional Project Officer
Planned the strategy and coordinated the work of MTs, wrote reports and developed recommen­dations for change on issues relevant to the work of the municipalities and resolution of the northern Kosovo conflict. Participated in strategic planning and reporting on the mission implementation plans. Designed and implemented projects in support of communities, institutions building, youth initiatives, women organizations, civil society development and humanitarian relief actions for IDPs. As the regional project officer, trained and guided colleagues in project cycle management.

February 2004 - February 2006:
International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mission in Armenia
National Program Officer, Officer In Charge (Acting Chief of Mission)
Oversaw the activities of the Mission. Developed and managed twelve countrywide and regional projects, identified new programmatic approaches. Prepared fundraising strategies, evaluation plans, and reports. Liaised with government, facilitated national policy development through the exchange of ideas among central/local authorities, donors, embassies, media, international community and NGOs. Organized press conferences, participated in talk shows.

March 1999 - March 2003:
The Eurasia Foundation Office in Armenia
Senior Program Officer
Led the Yerevan and Gyumri program staff in strategic planning and implementation of grantmaking. Trained over 100 NGOs, managed a portfolio of 200 projects totaling $5 million. Liaised with govern-ment and other donors. Reviewed thousands of open-door project proposals. Designed and rolled out national/regional programs ranging from community building and civic forums to business advocacy to fostering IT and hi-tech industry. Actively participated in Armenia and Caucasus strategic planning process. Progressively improved the evaluation, due diligence and financial monitoring practices.

February 1999 - 2006:
Institute of Philosophy and Law, National Academy of Sciences
Researcher (part time)
Conducted research on modern civilization and global communications and a doctoral research on community development, organized and facilitated group discussions, seminars and conferences.

January 1996 – June 1997:
Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis
Researcher, Technical Project Manager
Conducted a research project on political parties and the media coverage of Parliamentary elections in Slovenia; a book was published with multimedia supplements.

September 1994 - November 1995:
State Pedagogical Institute, Yerevan
Introduced communication studies at the Faculty of Culture.

August 1990 - November 1995:
ARARUM Group, Yerevan
CEO, Producer and Director
Founded and led one of the first private film and video production companies in Armenia which produced over 100 films, television and video programs.

Evaluator   October 2013 - April 2014: Triple Line Consulting, London, outcome evaluation of the Eurasia Foundation’s Equal Before Law: Access to Justice in Central Asia program
November 2008 and October - November 2012: Femida NGO, evaluation of EU-funded projects in support of the judicial reform in Armenia
March - May 2009: Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Law, National Academy of Sciences, participatory assessment of development of community-based organizations in Shirak region
November - December 2004: OSCE/ODIHR, outcome evaluation of the programme on institutionalization of gender studies in the system of higher education
May - July 2003: IFES, Institutional Assessment of the Women’s Council of Armenia

Trainer   October-November 2014: Armenian UN Association, Gender Equality (for the students of the State Pedagogical University and Yerevan State University), July 2013 - June 2014: Human Rights and Human Rights-Based Programming, Project Cycle Management
April 2014: Institute for Contemporary Arts, Community Development
May 2013: Institute of Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences, Community Assets Mapping
October 2009, May 2010: CCSD, Independent Student Union, Kosovo, Project Management
January 2004 - February 2006: School of Civil Society, Gyumri, Communication for Social Change and Community Development
October 2004: Center for Community Dialogues and Initiatives (CCDI), Institutional Development and Sustainability
May 2004: International Foundation for Election Systems, (IFES), Fundraising and Donor Relations
December 2003: Caucasus Network of NGOs for Refugees and IDPs (CRINGO), Networking

Consultant   July 2014 - present: Eurasia Partnership Foundation: Development of a CSO Capacity Assessment Tool
March-June 2014: Institute for Contemporary Arts, Organizational Development
September 2003 - January 2004: IOM, Micro-enterprise Development Project, Counter-trafficking Programme
April - May 2002: IOM, Steering Committee Member, Prevention of Irregular Migration
October 2001: USAID, Expert, NGO Sustainability Index
February 2001: Internews, Advisory Board Member, TV Competition
May 2000: IREX ProMedia, Board Member, Investigative Journalism Competition

Education and Training   6-8 November 2014 ASCN Yerevan, Making the Link from Research to Policy

1999 - June 2013: IPSL National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan State University, PhD in Sociology
Thesis: Formation and Development of Communities in the Process of Civic Organizing

March 2011: OSCE Pristina, Team Development: Communicating and Influencing

January 2011, OSCE ODIHR, Hate Crimes

June, 2010, OSCE Pristina, Project Management, Training of Trainers

October 2009, SIETAR Europe, Paris, Icebreakers and Warm-ups for Intercultural Training

September 2009, OSCE Pristina, Specialized Community Rights Training

September 2009, OSCE Pristina, Advanced Negotiations and Diplomatic Skills: Focus on Mediation

October 2008, OSCE Pristina, Conflict Analysis, Management and Resolution

June 2007, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy, Civilian Personnel in Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Operations (summer school, written exam: 5/5)

November 2004: IOM, Vienna, Advanced Project Development

February 2002: ProSME, GTZ, Germany, Staff and Organization Development

January - February 2001: knowise®, San Jose, CA, Global Teamwork: Cross-cultural competence and virtual team leading

October 2000 - May 2001: Open University, London, Effective Management

July-August 2000: The Eurasia Foundation, Washington, DC, Internal Controls

1999 - 2006: Institute of Philosophy and Law, National Academy of Sciences, research on media and community development

1993, 1998: United States Telecommunications Training Institute:
WRAL TV, Raleigh, NC, Overview of High Definition Television,
WHUT TV, Washington, DC, Public Television,
Howard University, Washington, DC Telecommunications Programming
KHTV, Houston, TX, Introduction to Independent American TV Broadcasting
Paramount Pictures, Hollywood, CA, Television Program Production

1995-98: Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia MA, Sociology of culture
Thesis: Communication of Visual Experience in the Modern Media

1979-84: State Engineering University of Armenia, Yerevan:
1979-84: Faculty of Technical Cybernetics, Engineer of Microelectronics, (Diploma, MS equiv.)
1982-84: Faculty of Social Professions, IT and Technical Translation (English)

1983-85: School-Studio, Yerevan State Academic Theatre, Acting and Directing

1977-79: Public University, Yerevan, Photo Journalism

1969-79: Yerevan Secondary School # 55

1970-77: Yerevan School of Music # 10

Personal Skills and
Mother tongue   Armenian

Other languages

European level*

  Understanding Speaking Writing
  ListeningReadingSpoken interaction Spoken production  
English   Proficient user (C2) Proficient user (C2) Proficient user (C2) Proficient user (C2) Proficient user (C2)
Russian   Proficient user (C2) Proficient user (C2) Proficient user (C2) Proficient user (C2) Proficient user (C2)
Serbian   Independent user (B2) Independent user (B2) Independent user (B1) Independent user (B1) Independent user (B1)
Slovene   Independent user (B1) Independent user (B1) Basic user (A2) Basic user (A2) Basic user (A2)
French   Basic user (A1) Basic user (A2) Basic user (A1) Basic user (A1) Basic user (A1)
    (*) Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
Skills and competences   - Policymaking: experienced in capacity building for local, national and regional policy development and supporting governments, international organizations and think tanks

- Project cycle management: proficient in USAID, EC and other donors’ procedures and regulations on grant management, project development and implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting

- Teamwork, mediating and intercultural skills: worked in conflict prone Kosovo, bringing together leaders and organizations of different ethnic groups; while leading teams, building working groups, forging partnerships and networks, learned how to maintain the atmosphere of mutual support and manage conflicting workloads and challenging environments

- Experienced in research, institutional development, adult education and public relations

- Advanced user of MS Office, incl. Project and Visio, SPSS, web design, and video editing software

Affiliations   SIETAR Europe (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research), since 2009.

International Program Evaluation Network, since May 2003.

Armenian Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior (AASPEI)

Armenian Sociological Association, since July 1998.

International Association for Survival-Development Strategies, SG since March 1998.

Publications   Community Development Leadership (in Armenian), Yerevan: Kantegh scientific works, 2013 No. 2 (55), pp. 267-276.

Volunteerism in community development processes in Armenia (in Armenian), Yerevan: Kantegh scientific works, 2013 No. 1 (54), pp. 246-253.

Community-based organisations in Armenia, Journal of Social Sciences, December 2012, No. 4. (636), Yerevan, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia.

A General Theory of Community Building in Its Application in a Multi-ethnic Setting: The Kosovo Case, Community Development, 2012 No.43/2, London: Routledge, pp.225-243.

Роль коммуникации и организационной культуры в процессах общинного развития и гражданской самоорганизации (The role of communication and organizational culture in the processes of community development, in Russian), Диалог культур. Сборник статей.– Вестник Ереванского государственного лингвистического университета им. В. Брюсова, 2010, No. 3.

К общей теории общинного развития: модель процесса (Towards the general theory of community development: the process model, in Russian), Вестник общественных наук, 2010, No3. (629) сентябрь – декабрь 2010, Ереван НАН РА.

Community Building in the Process of Civic Organizing (textbook, in Armenian), Yerevan, EP, 2009.

Multiethnic Community Building in Kosovo, Umiversum Journal: Revistё shkencore, 2008, No1 Prishtina: Universum, 2008.

Communication for Social Change: Networking Essentials (textbook, in Armenian), Yerevan, 2004.

Quality of Peace, co-authors: S. Hayrapetyan and D. Sargsyan, Yerevan, Noyyan Tapan, 2002.

Historical Varieties of Visual Experience, In Vitro, 1998, No. 1.

Komunikacija vizualne izkusnje v sodobnih medijih: specificno in splosno (in Slovenian), Ljubljana, ISH, 1997

Analiza medijskega spremljanja, co-authors: Igor Ž Žagar, Samo Kropivnik, Ali H. Žerdin, Marjeta Doupona Horvat (in Slovenian), Ljubljana, ISH, 1997, and others.



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