Regultaion on the EKHN Secretariat

General Provisions

  • The EKHN Secretariat is a standing body of the Network and includes the director and staff members who work full time or part time – in accordance with the terms of the contract.
  • The Secretariat is managed by the director and is subordinated to the Founder.
  • The Secretariat is managed by the director of EKHN, who is appointed by the Founder.
  • An office shall be rented for the activities of the Secretariat, if reasonable.
  • The Secretariat shall operate in one of the countries where the Network carries out its activities or at the place of registration.

Key functions of the Secretariat

  • The Secretariat is an executive body of the Network and shall perform its activities within the mission of the Network, its goals, objectives, action plans and strategic plans based on the decisions of the Board and/or the Founder.
  • The Secretariat shall perform the following functions:


  • Ensures preparation and conduction of meetings, sessions, consultations, conference calls of the Network;
  • Ensures that minutes of such meetings, sessions, consultations are taken (prepared) and distributed;
  • Performs preparation of the materials and collection of the information required to conduct meetings, sessions, consultations and/or implement action plans and strategic plans of the Network;
  • Creates conditions for the effective communication and collaboration between members of the Network and the Board members, in particular coordinates collection, systematization, analysis, storage and distribution of information from members of the Network, characterizing their activities within the Network, including applications and profiles from members of the Network, reports on their activities within the Network, etc.
  • Ensures and coordinates communication between EKHN and external partners, such as mass media, donors, international organizations and other stakeholders;
  • Prepares and presents draft letters and applications to government authorities, donors, international and partner organizations as well as other stakeholders;
  • Maintains regular contacts, organizes collection and consolidation of proposals from members of the Network related to the activities of the Network and submits relevant information to the Board;


  • Ensures the development and implementation of projects and programs of the Network to achieve the mission and perform strategic and action plans;
  • Ensures projects and programs performance and activities monitoring, for implementation of which it is responsible, and submits reports based on the results of such monitoring;
  • Prepares preliminary and annual reports to donors on activities of the Secretariat and assists the Chair of the Board in preparing reports on the activities of the Network for its members and all stakeholders, including governmental agencies, donors and international organizations;


  • Performs collection, systematization and analysis of strategic information in Eurasia: research results, analytical reports, publications, statistics data, etc.;
  • Drafts program documents (press releases, position papers, internal policies and procedures, information materials of the Network, etc.) to be revised by members of the Board and/or the Network, and, based on the feedback, finalizes and shares those documents and coordinates the activities to comply with the said documents;
  • Facilitates the receipt of technical support and assistance by members of the Network;
  • Contributes to fundraising, creates a donor database, drafts project proposals, etc.;
  • Ensures monitoring and evaluation in terms of implementation of the Network action plan, achievement of its goals and objectives;
  • Prepares and distributes information messages and news on activities of the Network;
  • Ensures operation of the Network website (regular updates of the information);
  • Contributes to sharing information and experience among the Network members;
  • Performs other functions in line with the decisions of the Board and/or the Founder




Executive Director

In his capacity of the EKHN Executive Director, Karen serves as a liaison between Board, Secretariat and Membership, as well as regional and national partners, KP communities and other stakeholders. He leads projects portfolio, manages activities, initiatives, oversees and develops key deliverables connecting dependencies across strategy, budget and operational plan.

Karen possess diploma of Master of Sciences from Yerevan State University and Doctor of Biology from Armenian National Academy of Sciences. Main topic of studies are immunology, virology and immunogenetic. He is the author of 17 scientific publications, including studies and research and 23 books and IEC.

From 2006 – 2016, he was the elected chair of “We For Civil Equality” community based NGO in Armenia working on HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care among key population. Since 2011, he is the Executive Director of the South Caucasian HIV/AIDS Network. Karen attended more than 100 trainings and workshops, as well as special courses on: Diplomacy, Leadership Styles and Social changes (France, Paris – VI University), Non – Profit Organizations and Civil Society (USA, Brandeis University), Group dynamic (UK, Oxford University), etc.

With 15 years of experience in HIV/AIDS, Human Rights, Public Health and Gender, he used to serve as peer reviewer, expert, trainer and consultant for several institutions: amfAR, USAID, UNDP, WHO, UNAIDS, EQUITAS, EATG, GF, MSMGF, etc.

In 2014 – 2016, he was the Ombudsperson of EATG and from 2015 he is The Council of Europe SOGI Expert in the framework of the implementation of activities in the field of combating discrimination on grounds of SOGIE.



Financial Director

Sergiy has a Master’s degree in finance and MBA from SMBS — University of Salzburg Business School.

After 15+ years of experience in financial sector on top-level positions, he started working in NGO sector in 2018 in the role of Finance director of the biggest NGO in Ukraine and moved to EKHN starting in 2019 in the capacity of EKHN Financial Director.

Sergiy is responsible for effective work of first level of financial controls and compliance requirements, liaises with donors, works closely with auditors and inspectors to ensure accurate financial reporting based on international financing standards. Sergiy has a profound experience of project finance work in grants of the Global Fund, USAID, European Commission, RCF etc.



Projects Manager

Pavel has a M.Sc. degree in Public Policy and Management. He has more than 15-year programme management experience in HIV/AIDS, human rights and key populations, in the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA).

Before joining EKHN, Pavel was acting as an independent consultant on Human Rights and Sustainable Development, as well as strategic analysis and strengthening the role of civil society in changing political, economic and social context of the region. Earlier, in 2009-2016, Pavel was working for NGO sector running a number of large projects on HIV/AIDS prevention and care among key populations supported by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, European Commission, private foundations and other recognized donors.

Pavel takes responsibility for the management of the EKHN project portfolio including planning and implementation of the project activities, regular communications with different partners, monitoring and evaluation, contributing to reporting to the EKHN Board and donors.



Programs Officer

Lilit is the founder and president of the first Armenian trans community-based organization, which is the first one also in her region – the South Caucasus. As the chair of “Rights Side” Human Rights Defender humanitarian organization, Lilit leads transgender movement and mobiles community to stand for TG rights, health and wellbeing.

Lilit has been involved in TG rights activism for more than 10 year. Over the years, she helped many trans people in transitioning and document changed process and she is committed to advocate for inclusive polices for trans people and sex workers in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Lilit has been elected as a Board Member of the TGEU – Transgender Europe since 2018.

Within EKHN Secretariat Lilit leads TG community empowerment, capacity building and awareness raising on the issue of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care, as well as communities engagement into regional dialogue and advocacy.



Finance Manager

Anahit possesses a Master’s degree in auditing. Her profession experience in auditing has started since 2013. She has practiced as an external auditor and made the financial statements produced in accordance to IFRS’s in companies operating in different industries: finance, constructions, communication, retail and charity etc.

In parallel of the Auditor career, Anahit has worked as an accountant for 7 years and has a strong knowledge and practical competences of taxation legislation of VAT, CIT, and Payroll Tax also has strong math skills, calculations, data analyzing, spreadsheets, general ledger applications, cost accounting and fraud prevention.

Since 2017 she is working in Key Populations based NGO sector where she is responsible for financial reporting and budgeting process, accounting, reporting to tax authorities, analyzing expenses to assist in budget planning. During her career she received additional education in economics and international relationships enhancing her professional activities.