Pakistan is at a key moment in its history. The 2013 elections saw the first democratic transfer of power from one civilian government to another; in May 2018, the next elections to the National Assembly (parliamentary lower house) will be held. It is crucial that the overall success of 2013 is not only replicated in 2018, but consolidated and strengthened as a pathway to long term sustainable democracy in Pakistan.

Political inclusion is essential for peace. Pakistan has long established democratic structures in place: 2013 demonstrated that these have a level of effectiveness. However, the fragility of Pakistan’s democratic process remains fragile.

Peace is sustained not only by inclusion, but also by legitimacy. This means building confidence in the mechanisms by which the democratic process takes place, including through capacity building; technical assistance; and facilitation of space to enhance dialogue within the democratic process.

Consolidating Democracy in Pakistan (CDIP) is a two and a half year, £22 million programme funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) via the UK’s Conflict, Stability & Security Fund. The objective of CDIP is to support the consolidation of democratic practice in Pakistan, through strengthening the capacity of its political institutions to be more capable, accountable and responsive to the needs and aspirations of the Pakistani people.  Consolidating democracy through enhanced inclusion and legitimacy begins – and continues – beyond election day. The programme will work closely with the Electoral Commission of Pakistan (ECP); the Parliament; Provincial Assemblies; political parties; and civil society. It will also focus particularly on enhancing the participation and empowerment of marginalised groups, including women, youth, persons with disabilities and minorities. CDIP will utilise its convening power to broker sustainable relationships that will bring together disparate groups in Pakistani society, and facilitate the building of consensus around the democratic process.


The Political Party Development Lead will hold the overall responsibility for successful delivery of programme Output 3, with a focus on enhancing the capability of Pakistan’s mainstream political parties to represent, respond to and deliver for their constituents.


Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Ensuring delivery of all contractual deliverables under Output 3.
  • Leading and overseeing the strategic direction, work planning and implementation of Output 3, in conjunction with selected mainstream political parties, CDIP’s Team Leader, Programme Strategy Manager and other Outputs of the programme (Electoral Capacity; Parliamentary Strengthening; and Democratic Space).
  • Lead on stakeholder engagement with parties, in conjunction with the Team Leader.
  • Contributing to CDIP’s monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) processes, including sharing and disseminating lessons learnt, with regard to Output 3.
  • Contributing to CDIP’s reporting on a quarterly and annual basis with regard to Output 3.
  • Contribute to engagement with stakeholders, DFID and FCO, as appropriate.
  • Provide other support to CDIP’s delivery as requested by senior management and as appropriate.


  • With support from the Operations and Finance Team, follow project management practices that are in compliance with DAI and DFID contractual rules and regulations.


  • Support recruitment and selection of short term technical assistance for Output 3.
  • Supervise short-term technical assistance relating to Output 3.
  • Provide leadership in order to motivate the political party development team to deliver a successful Output.
  • Ensure quality of programme delivery through mentoring the CDIP Output 3 team and providing feedback on their performance, as well as areas for improvement.


The Political Party Development Lead will report to the Team Leader and coordinate closely with the PILDAT team.



The Political Party Development Lead will be based in Islamabad, with anticipated frequent nationwide travel.



  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in relevant field (such as political science, public administration or international development) – postgraduate degree in relevant field also preferable.
  • At least 10 years’ relevant experience of developing political party leadership, organisational capacity and structures, covering:
    • Strategic planning;
    • Policy and manifesto development processes;
    • Inclusive and equal opportunity candidate selection processes;
    • Youth and women wings;
    • Electoral codes of conduct and ethical campaigning; and
    • Communications and outreach with a range of stakeholders to develop consultative, inclusive and evidence based policy, manifesto commitments and campaigning platforms.
  • Experience and commitment to working to build cross-party consensus is desirable.
  • Experience in politically smart programming informed by political economy analysis highly desirable.
  • At least seven years’ experience in a line management function.
  • Experience of contributing to complex programmes with international development agencies (UK preferred).
  • Fluency in written and spoken Urdu and English.
  • Computer skills in MS Office, good knowledge of other relevant software applications.
  • Proven capability to work well with others and in a team.
  • Solid experience in Pakistan and/or relevant contexts ideal.



To apply for this position, please send your CV as soon as possible at hr@pildat.org