Senior Project Officer– CIVIC Ukraine


10 Jul 2018

Kyiv, with regular throughout eastern Ukraine, approximately 30%



The Center for Civilians in Conflict’s mission is to improve protection for civilians caught in conflicts around the world. We call on and advise international organizations, governments, militaries, and armed non-state actors to adopt and implement policies, tools, and training to prevent civilian harm. When civilians are harmed, we advocate for the provision of amends and post-harm assistance. We bring the voices of civilians themselves to those making decisions affecting their lives.



Work with the Country Director, and CIVIC Ukraine Program team to ensure successful implementation of the EU-funded project “Building capacity for protection of civilians in eastern Ukraine”. The incumbent will lead the post-harm assistance component of the country program, including the project implementation and program development. He or she will serve as the CIVIC’s interface to the military, government, communities, and civil society as regards all aspects related to the assistance to civilians harmed in armed conflict.


This includes developing and executing strategies for successful implementation of the project; leading the post-harm assistance thematic research; conduct advocacy activities for adoption of policies on protection of civilians and post-harm assistance; work with civil society and local populations to understand how civilians are being harmed in the conflict and treated by the military personnel (understanding civilian needs) to best contribute to the policy advocacy; work with other NGOs to develop mechanisms for addressing civilian needs; represent the organization at UN clusters and other international organization platforms; facilitate civilian-military and government-civil society workshops and dialogs.


LOCATION:             Kyiv, UKRAINE


TRAVEL:                 As needed throughout eastern Ukraine, approximately 30%.


REPORTING TO:      Country Director, Ukraine





  • Ensure effective implementation of the post-harm assistance and protection of civilians policy components of the project, including meeting deliverables on time, within budget, and according to CIVIC and donor standards;
  • Support the Country Director in the interaction with the Cabinet of Ministers, Presidential Administration, MTOT, and other political offices of the state to mainstream post-harm assistance at the state policy level;
  • Organize, produce, and deliver the post-harm assistance research, including coordination of the research team and of relevant partners on data collection and analysis, facilitating focus group discussions, production of the report and following up on the recommendations;
  • Contribute to the definition of recommendations to relevant stakeholders on improving the delivering of post-harm assistance in Ukraine;
  • Based on research findings, propose next steps on post-harm assistance for CIVIC in Ukraine, and contribute to shape CIVIC’s future activities on post-harm assistance in 2019 and beyond (if relevant);
  • Develop plans, and prepare reports under the thematic portfolio for regular and ad hoc planning and reporting products;
  • Develop plans for partner engagement and technical assistance to the Ministry for the Temporarily Occupied Territories and IDPs, Ministry of Social Policy, Ministry of Health, and other governmental post-harm assistance actors as well as to the post-harm assistance facilitators and providers within the Joint Force in eastern Ukraine;
  • Work with national NGOs to identify and leverage existing post-harm assistance mechanisms and enable them to facilitate the civilian access to post-harm assistance;
  • Inform project implementation in Kramatorsk and work with the Project Coordinator based in eastern Ukraine as related to the post-harm assistance component of the project;
  • Work with CIVIC personnel at the HQ and Europe regional program to develop the framework for post-harm assistance and work with relevant stakeholders on developing implementation mechanisms;
  • Work with the Senior Military Advisor on incorporating post-harm assistance topics in trainings for the military and other defense and security sector actors;
  • Coordinate CIVIC program interventions within the international and national civilian protection community of practice, contribute to the coordination within the regional community of practice through the delegation to the Project Coordinator;
  • In coordination with the Country Director, liaise with the IHL Implementation Committee or alternative/auxiliary bodies to ensure coordination with government institutions and (I)NGOs engaged in post-harm assistance to civilians at the government-led level;
  • Represent CIVIC with international, non-governmental organizations, and government stakeholders, promote effective collaborations and partnerships on delegated areas of responsibility;
  • Represent CIVIC at inter-agency coordination platforms such as the UN Protection Cluster and its sub-clusters, humanitarian and civil-military coordination fora, delegating the representation and coordination to the Project Coordinator when necessary;
  • Identify new opportunities for advocacy, dialog, and portfolio expansion;
  • Perform other duties as required to further the organization’s mission and goals in Ukraine.


  • Experience in projects in the field of conflict and security and/or protection;
  • Understanding of the post-harm assistance landscape and main players in Ukraine;
  • Policy-making and advocacy experience is a plus;
  • Knowledge, experience, and understanding of civilian protection issues in armed conflict;
  • Familiarity with qualitative and quantitative research methods;
  • Proven experience in writing research and/or policy documents in English and Ukrainian;
  • Willingness and experience working with conflict-affected populations and security forces;
  • Proven ability to think analytically and plan strategically, including setting objectives and identifying and capitalizing on opportunities;
  • Poise, flexibility, discretion, and mature judgment to handle and respond appropriately and professionally in a fast-paced, high-pressure atmosphere and as a team member;
  • Well organized, self-motivated, and able to conceptualize and implement programs in stressful environments;
  • Experience in representing organizations in sensitive political and security environments, ability to maintain neutrality and impartiality in line with the organization’s mission;
  • Good knowledge of the eastern Ukraine and the overall Ukraine conflict context;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills in English and Ukrainian;
  • Must be Ukrainian national.



  • Advanced university degree in a social science, political science, international relations, law, or a related field. Post-graduate degree would be an asset;
  • Training in project management, human rights, humanitarianism, mediation would be an advantage;
  • Minimum seven years of relevant work experience, including work in conflict zones;
  • English, Ukrainian, Russian fluency mandatory.


Please apply following the link before July 25: