Country Director, Ukraine 2017

  • Country Director, Ukraine
  • £36,093 gross per annum, 8.5% pension contribution and other benefits
  • Based in Kiev, Ukraine

·         Scope for flexible working hours

  • Opportunity to work for a leading organisation working with and for older people globally


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Our employees have a wide range of benefits including 30 days holiday (plus bank holidays), life insurance, enhanced maternity and adoption pay, and generous employer pension contribution. We also actively support our staff with a variety of flexible working arrangements to help balance work and home life.

The organisation
HelpAge International's vision is a world where older people fulfil their potential to lead active, dignified, healthy and secure lives. We are the secretariat of the HelpAge global network, bringing together more than 114 affiliates and 200 partners working with older people in over 50 countries.

Key responsibilities

We are currently seeking a Country Director who will be responsible for managing and developing the existing humanitarian programme in Ukraine, in line with the HelpAge global and regional strategy. In cooperation with HelpAge’s Regional Office for the Middle East and Eurasia (based in Amman, Jordan), the Country Director will contribute to supporting HelpAge’s local affiliate, TLU, in developing and managing joint programmes with HelpAge International as appropriate. He or she will also be responsible for pursuing strategic opportunities with other partners, and local and national authorities in support of the health, wellbeing, and rights of older people. The Country Director should ensure the proper implementation of the following functions:

1.  Working with the Regional Office in Jordan to define an appropriate and effective strategy for HelpAge’s humanitarian and development work in Ukraine, ensuring it contributes to HelpAge’s global strategy.

2. In collaboration with the Regional Office, to produce regular programme plans and reports in accordance with approved strategic plans.

3. To manage HelpAge’s humanitarian intervention in Ukraine, ensuring an effective and efficient response for older people that is accountable to beneficiaries, donors and other stakeholders.

4. To support the delivery of the advocacy plan to ensure the inclusion of older people in the humanitarian programmes of other humanitarian actors responding to this crisis.

5. To explore new operational and strategic opportunities for the programme and develop plans for current emergency intervention in Ukraine.

6. To identify, develop and manage the financial resources required to support the programme including proposal development, maintaining good donor relationships and donor reporting.

7.To manage and develop HelpAge’s partnerships and relationships in Ukraine with partner agencies, local and international.

8.To represent HelpAge in relevant Clusters, UN inter-agency meetings and other coordination fora and ensure that programme activities are coordinated with relevant authorities, UN agencies and NGOs.

9. To be responsible for staff management, including recruitment, development, capacity building and appraisal.

10. To ensure HelpAge’s practice complies with the Ukrainian laws and NGO regulations, including labour law.

11. To maintain the security policy and plan for HelpAge staff and ensure staff safety through adherence to security guidelines and evacuation plans and to ensure the security and maintenance of HelpAge property in Ukraine.

12. In cooperation with finance and programme staff, to provide monthly financial reports and monthly and quarterly narrative updates on programme activities and relevant contextual developments, and to monitor overall project expenditure and project progress.

13.In cooperation with programme staff, to document evidence and learning from the programme so that it can be shared within HelpAge and also developed as external advice, advocacy and communication materials.

14.To ensure public communication materials on the Ukraine programme are provided regularly for the HelpAge website, intranet and other outlets.

15.To undertake project/ programme monitoring and evaluations, in collaboration with partner organisations.


16.To undertake travel both within and outside Ukraine as necessary in order to fulfil the above.


17. To undertake any other responsibilities and tasks in furtherance of the goals of HelpAge International as required.


Essential skills, knowledge and experience

The ideal candidate will have:


· Substantial experience of managing international development and humanitarian programmes and a strong understanding of humanitarian policy and principles and challenges

· Demonstrable knowledge and experience of major bilateral and multilateral donors, specifically the EC, ECHO, UN agencies, DFID, OFDA including excellent understanding of contract compliance

· Substantial professional experience in at least one of the following fields in humanitarian contexts: protection, public health, livelihoods

· Creative, entrepreneurial approach to programme development, proposal development and fundraising, including excellent knowledge of project cycle management and logical framework analysis

· A self-starter with the capacity to work with limited supervision and support

· Strong communication and diplomatic skills including representation, networking and negotiation

· Experience of leading and managing teams, including international and national staff in different locations

· Proven capacity to develop and manage budgets with multiple funding sources

· Strong analytical and numerical skills

· Experience of working with local partner organisations and of working in collaboration with other INGOs, including large consortia

· Experience of working in insecure and politically sensitive environments and willingness to work in difficult conditions

· Experience of managing security policies and protocols to ensure the safety and security of programme staff and beneficiaries, including remote management experience

· Able to prioritise work and meet tight deadlines

· Fluent written and spoken English


·Relevant post-graduate degree

· Experience of working in Ukraine and/or post-Soviet region

· Knowledge and experience of ageing and issues facing older people in emergencies

· Russian and/or Ukrainian language skills

Closing date: 06th of June 2017

Interview week: 12th – 15th of June 2017

Start date: As soon as possible


HelpAge International is an equal opportunities employer.


HelpAge International is committed to providing our staff with continuous professional development, flexible working and opportunities to thrive within an inclusive and diverse environment. As part of our commitment to promoting gender diversity, we are a member of the Business in the Community gender campaign


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