Advocacy Coordinator – Ukraine NGO Forum

NGO Forum

27 Jul 2018

Kyiv with travel to field locations, including Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast, GCA

NGO Forum Advocacy Coordinator, Kyiv

Closing date: ASAP (the interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis)

Ukraine NGO Forum*
Position Title: National Advocacy Coordinator
Reporting to: NGO Forum Director | In absence of the NGO Forum Director, to the Deputy Director
Duty Station: Kyiv with travel to field locations, including Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast, GCA
Employment Period: As soon as possible, contract for 6 months (with possible further extension)
Salary Level 1208 – 1409 USD


The Ukraine NGO Forum was established to facilitate information sharing and coordination activities amongst international and national NGOs providing assistance in Ukraine in order to positively increase the impact of humanitarian activities in Ukraine.  The Ukraine NGO Forum welcomes participation from international and national NGOs providing humanitarian assistance in Ukraine.  Currently, the Forum is a membership organization consisting of 17 Ukrainian national and 18 international NGO members. As well, NGO Forum engages and coordinates with non-traditional humanitarian actors, including agencies, departments and offices of the United Nations and Ukrainian government. The Forum is committed to working with existing coordination mechanisms in Ukraine.

The humanitarian community operating in Ukraine is a diverse collection of actors. The Ukraine NGO Forum acknowledges this richness and is actively encouraging the development of cooperative and collaborative platforms for capacity development and training, information exchange, and cooperation. The Ukraine NGO Forum recognizes the likely long-term nature of this crisis and is keen to see an integration of emergency and stabilization activities where appropriate, as well as a greater role for national organisations and civil society groups.

The Forum has an important role to play in minimising gaps and duplication in humanitarian activities, including support and management functions performed. The current strategic cycle consists of the following pillars, and all programming shall be developed to meet these objectives in an appropriately balanced manner, all that while maintaining overall organizational capacity and sustainability:

  • Advocacy
  • Internal and External Information Sharing
  • Coordination
  • Capacity Building


Roles and Responsibilities

The Advocacy Coordinator contributes to the achievement of the advocacy-related strategic objectives of the Ukraine NGO Forum: to develop a strong, evidence-based advocacy voice for its membership and the NGO community working on behalf of IDPs and those affected by conflict at the national level. This objective will be achieved through:


Leadership and Coordination

  • Reporting back to and seeking advice from the NGO Forum Steering Committee;
  • Leading the development of the NGO Forum advocacy strategy in coordination with NGO Forum partners and the external facilitator, and providing leadership in its implementation, by ensuring that activities fit within the scope of the strategy and are coordinated with members;
  • Ensuring the proactive participation of relevant NGO Forum members in the NGO Forum advocacy working group;
  • Conducting, coordinating and administrating meetings of the Ukraine NGO Forum Members` Advocacy Working Group, including taking minutes and sharing with members;


Policy and situation analysis

  • Monitoring current legislation, policies and situation, in accordance with the strategic objectives of Ukraine NGO Forum and conduct analysis in coordination with NGO Forum members ;
  • Based on the abovementioned monitoring & analysis of the current legislation, developing and implementing advocacy activities towards strategic objective aimed at influencing decision making;
  • Leading the process of drafting NGO Forum positions and related advocacy strategies based on identified priorities;

Advocacy strategy implementation

  • Organizing advocacy activities as per plans, engaging for participation Ukraine NGO Forum members and other relevant stakeholders, informing decision making and other organizations (through e.g. round tables, public awareness raising events, promo materials, field visits with decision makers, etc.);
  • Developing and implementing advocacy capacity building activities for NGO Forum members and wider NGO Community, including advocacy mentoring for organizations based in the Donbas and advocacy trainings for organizations;
  • Developing advocacy components in project proposals;
  • Leading Advocacy projects and/or Advocacy components of the projects and reporting to Donors;
  • Other assignment that may ensure effective advocacy strategic objective fulfilment;



  • Representing NGO Forum with external advocacy targets;
  • Representing NGO Forum in external events, coordination meetings (such as Protection Cluster or ad-hoc working groups), round tables, as well as consultation fora organized by the government of Ukraine;





  • University degree in Law, Public Administration, Political Science, or related field;
  • Preferably 3+ years’ experience in a similar position, preferably in advocacy and in the NGO sector;
  • Excellent understanding of public policy process and ability to analyze and report on legislations and policies development, amendments and discussions; humanitarian situation and related government strategies; etc.
  • Understanding of the main issues regarding the humanitarian situation in Ukraine;
  • Knowledge of law- and policy-making in Ukraine;
  • Understanding of the advocacy strategy development, implementation and monitoring processes;
  • Representation and facilitation skills and experience;
  • Advocacy experience with CSOs, in particular related to eastern Ukraine;
  • Highly preferred advanced level of Ukrainian, Russian and English (speaking/reading/writing);

Personal profile

  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Strong communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills;
  • Integrative approach: ability to coordinate among different actors with a variety of positions and perspectives, willingness to consult;
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member;
  • result oriented;
  • Ability to adapt priorities according to the changing situation based on the context or on the organizations changing priorities;
  • Ability to manage stress and pressure;
  • Willingness to learn and extend his/her scope of work;



Interested candidates should submit their CV and cover letter. Applications should be sent before to, with “application for the Advocacy Coordinator position” in the title. NGO Forum will contact only shortlisted candidates.