Ukraine: Senior Advisor, Policy and Advocacy

Kyiv, UKRAINE

About The Position

Center for Civilians in Conflict is an international nonprofit with offices around the world working to improve protection for civilians caught in conflict zones. Our mission is to work with armed actors and civilians in conflict to develop and implement solutions to prevent, mitigate, and respond civilian harm. We are advocates who believe that no civilian caught in conflict should be ignored, and advisors who provide practical solutions to preventing and responding to civilian harm. Learn more at civiliansinconflict.org

CIVIC is expanding its presence in Ukraine and is looking for highly-motivated professionals to join the organization Ukraine country program. 

ADVISOR, POLICY & ADVOCACY

Work with the Country Director, and CIVIC Ukraine Program team to ensure successful implementation of projects within the Ukraine portfolio. The incumbent will lead the policy and advocacy component of the country program. S/he will serve as the CIVIC’s interface to the military, government, communities, and civil society as regards to all aspects related to advancing the policy on protection of civilians and assistance to civilians harmed in armed conflict.

This includes developing and executing strategies for successful implementation of the advocacy component of the project; conduct advocacy activities for adoption of policies on protection on 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 to best contribute to the policy advocacy; lead the development of advocacy products (policy briefs, reports, surveys) to reflect and amplify civilian perspectives; work with other NGOs to develop mechanisms for addressing civilian needs; represent the organization at UN clusters and other international organization platforms.

Location: Kyiv, Ukraine

Travel: 15% of time, mostly to east of Ukraine

Reporting to: Country Director, Ukraine, with functional links to the Senior Protection Officer and the Senior Military Advisor and their respective teams

Supervise: Communication Officer

Key functions:

  • Develop and implement a robust advocacy strategy to advance the adoption and subsequent implementation of the national policy on protection of civilians (POC policy).
  • Support the Country Director in the interaction with the Cabinet of Ministers, Presidential Administration, Armed Forces of Ukraine, and other military/political offices of the state to mainstream protection of civilians at the state policy level.
  • Contribute to the definition of recommendations to relevant stakeholders on improving the delivering of assistance to civilians affected by the conflict in Ukraine.
  • Promote recommendations developed within the CIVIC research at bilateral meetings with stakeholders, public events and presentations; follow up on the implementation of the recommendations.
  • Develop plans, and prepare reports under the thematic portfolio for regular and ad hoc planning and reporting products.
  • With contribution from the Senior Protection Officer and the Communications Officer, lead the development of advocacy products (briefings, reports, surveys) that capture and amplify the voices and perspectives of civilians in authentic and compelling ways to support CIVIC advocacy strategy.
  • Develop communication strategies to disseminate the advocacy products via meeting, public events, as well as social media and other outreach channels.
  • Support the Country Director in the organization of high profile events such as the annual CIMIC-CIVIC conference on protection of civilians, including putting together the agenda, conference panels, organizational aspects, support materials development, and communications strategies.
  • Work with national NGOs to identify and leverage existing protection of civilians mechanisms and enable them to facilitate the civilian access to protection and assistance.
  • 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 protection of 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.
  • Set workplans and manage the workflow of the Communications Officer, provide support for production of high level communication and advocacy materials contributing to the achievement of intended impact.
  • Identify new opportunities for advocacy, dialog, and portfolio expansion.
  • Perform other duties as required to further the organization’s mission and goals in Ukraine.

Requirements

  • 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.
  • Experience in projects in the field of conflict and security and/or protection.
  • Understanding of the conflict landscape in Ukraine and issues related to protection of civilians.
  • Willingness and experience working with conflict-affected populations and security forces.
  • Policy-making and advocacy experience is mandatory.
  • Proven experience in writing policy documents, briefs, reports in English and Ukrainian in a concise manner.
  • 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.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills.
  • English, Ukrainian, Russian fluency mandatory.

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