Hrachia A. Kazhoyan, PhD
||24B Sarian Street, Apt. 27, Yerevan, 0002, Armenia
||Landline: +374 10 587124 | Mobile: +374 98765410
Dr. Kazhoyan is an international development professional with over 20 years of experience in institutional development and all aspects of programme and project development – from grantmaking to implementation and external evaluation, as well as advanced social research and support to policymaking. He has excellent analytical skills and expertise in strategic planning for organizational development, grant management, HR/personnel management, and adult education mostly gained in Africa, Balkans, Caucasus, Central Asia, Middle East, and Southern Asia-Pacific. He is proficient in gender mainstreaming, fundraising, advocacy, forging partnerships, as well as in minority issues and conflict resolution. Holding a magister’s degree in Sociology of Culture from the University of Ljubljana and PhD in Sociology from Yerevan State University and practising and training in qualitative and quantitative research, he has publications in four languages, including textbooks in community development and communication.
Hrachia conducted research and consulted governments, international organizations, and NGOs in South Africa, Jordan, Cambodia, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244), and other countries, worked as Research Director of the Caucasus Research Resource Centre, coordinated the OSCE field teams, led IOM Mission and the Program Department of Eurasia Foundation in Armenia. He is proficient in USAID, EC, and other donors’ procedures and regulations on organizational development and project cycle management. He developed strong mediating and intercultural skills, working in conflict-prone northern Kosovo and bringing together leaders and organizations of different ethnic groups. He is an ILO-certified gender auditor and a member of the Armenian Sociological Association, Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research – SIETAR Europa, and other associations.
May 2020 - present:|
Eurasia Partnership Foundation, Consultant, Evaluator
- Developed the methodology and conducts a midterm evaluation of the Foundation’s “Partnership for Justice Reform” project funded by the US Government.
October 2013 – May 2020:
July 2018 – February 2019:
February 2016 – July 2017:
August 2014 – June 2015:
June 2014 – February 2016:
September 2013 – February 2016:
February 2006 - February 2013:
February 2004 - February 2006:
March 1999 - March 2003:
February 1999 - 2006:
January 1996 – June 1997:
September 1994 - November 1995:
August 1990 - November 1995:
Dec 2017 – March 2018: Caritas Armenia,” Family-oriented support of children and youth in critical circumstances” program funded by German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
April – May 2015: Hakastver NGO, EC-funded project on development of trade unions February - May 2015: American Council on Education, USAID, Women Leadership Program
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
November 2014 – July 2018: Armenian UN Association, Human Rights-Based Programming, Project Cycle, Gender Mainstreaming, October-November 2014: Gender Equality for the students of the Armenian State Pedagogical University and Yerevan State University
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
May 2016 – December 2016, Caritas Austria: Conducted a full-cycle strategic planning and organisational development exercise for the Emily Aregak Centre for children with multiple disabilities in Gyumri
December 2015 – February 2016, Save the Children – Armenia: Localised, further developed and tested the Save the Children’s Organisational Capacity Assessment Tool
July 2014 – February 2016, Eurasia Partnership Foundation: Developed the CSO Capacity Assessment Tool, conducted pilot assessments with 12 CSOs, prepared reports
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||7 May – 7 August 2018: Council of Europe, HELP Online courses, Rights of Persons with Disabilities
26 June – 5 July 2018: ILO, International Training Centre, Turin, Italy, Participatory Gender Audit Facilitation
26 April 2016: UNDSS Cambodia, Emergency First Aid
11-13 December 2014: ASCN Tbilisi, Qualitative Research Design and Data Generation
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
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:
1995-98: Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia MA, Sociology of culture
1979-84: State Engineering University of Armenia, Yerevan:
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
|Listening||Reading||Spoken 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 Europa (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.
Respect for Difference: Alternative Report on the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (lead writer). AUNA, Full Life, Pyunic Association for the Disabled, and others, 2018.
Volunteerism and Youth Employment in Cambodia, UN Volunteers, July 2017
Mapping Volunteer Involving Organisations in Cambodia, UNV Cambodia, February 2017
Kurdish Minority Study in Aragatsotn (ed.), Yerevan: Armenian UN Association
Moats-Gallagher, C & Kazhoyan, H. Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Armenia, USAID, Washington, DC, September 2015
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.