Communications and Advocacy Officer


Duty Station: Lviv – Ukraine

Starting Date: As soon as possible

Duration of Contract: One year with possible extension

Reporting Lines/Line Management: Country Representative

Job Summary:

The Communications and Advocacy Officer works to increase public awareness of CARE’s work and to influence policies affecting the communities that CARE and its partners serve in Ukraine. The role supports international CARE communications, media and advocacy teams with up-to-date information, media angles, human interest content, photos/videos, analysis of the Ukraine context and relevant policy analysis. The role liaises in-country with all relevant stakeholders and represents CARE’s position externally.


  1. External communications and media relations
  • Works with program team and partner organizations to collect stories and visuals (photos, videos) about CARE’s impact on the ground to inform fundraising, communications and donor reporting.
  • Responds to requests for information from journalists, members of CI, and donors, including arranging interviews and field visits.
  • Acts as media focal person to coordinate media and COMWG calls.
  • Proactively develops newsworthy media angles, press releases and other content.
  • Undertakes local media and social media monitoring to advise on current trends and conversations.
  • Provides media/communications training to CARE staff and partners.
  • In coordination with external designers or consultants (when appropriate), produces brochures, posters, videos, presentations, etc. (written or visual), to support and promote CARE’s programming ensuring alignment with CARE International Brand Standards
  • Other (communications) tasks and meetings as directed, including translation and assistance with site visits and visitors.
  1. Advocacy – from local to global
  • Works with program team and partner organizations to develop and disseminate relevant advocacy positions that support CARE’s operations and the interests of the communities CARE serves.
  • Liaises with multiple stakeholders in country for up-to-date political developments that may influence CARE’s humanitarian operations.
  • Co-develops, edits and disseminates policy briefings, position papers and other documents to highlight CARE’s key messages for change.
  • Maintains strong relationships with key CARE internal stakeholders through provision of regular information.


CARE Ukraine Program team, CARE Germany Communications and Advocacy Team, CARE International Communications Working Group and Advocacy Working Group


  • Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Flexibility
  • Quick learner
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Hands on attitude
  • Diplomacy
  • Innovation/creativity
  • Use of best practices
  • Works well in an international team context


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, political science or related field

Minimal requirements:

  • Strong written and oral communications skills in Ukrainian and English
  • Demonstrated experience of advocacy tools and context analysis
  • Demonstrated editorial skills for public-facing communications products
  • Demonstrated experience of an ability to craft clear, concise and engaging messages and stories
  • Demonstrated experience and creativity in storytelling and digital skills (photography, social media etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a diverse team and on short deadlines: the position requires an individual who can work overtime when required
  • Demonstrated commitment to CARE’s humanitarian mission including principles of gender justice and equality

Desired requirements:

  • 5years + Journalism / public relations experience
  • Previous NGO experience

Working & Living Conditions

Main duty station will be the office in Lviv in the Western region of Ukriane with possibility of moving this office to Kyiv. Expected percentage of travel time: 10 – 15% to CARE project locations in any of the oblasts where CARE programs activities are conducted.

The security situation is currently moderate in Lviv but may differ in project locations.

About CARE

CARE International (CARE) is a non-religious, non-political international development and humanitarian organization, dedicated to fighting global poverty. CARE works in around 95 countries globally, engaging diverse partnerships to support communities to overcome poverty through development projects and delivers humanitarian assistance. CARE programmes address social injustice whilst placing women and girls at the core of programming in order to create sustainable positive change in poor communities. CARE is an equal opportunity employer irrespective of nationality, religion, ethnicity, caste or gender.

CARE is currently establishing its presence in Ukraine to provide relief and development assistance to vulnerable populations affected by conflict. The core sectors of CARE Ukraine’s work encompass WASH, Sexual Reproductive and Maternal Health services, Livelihoods, NFI, and multipurpose cash assistance and interventions to assist vulnerable households to meet basic needs and to increase their social-economic resilience. The Country Office continues re-orienting its programming to strengthen mainstreaming of gender and protection (GBV, Child Safeguarding, Disability Inclusion, etc.) with a focus on the empowerment of women and girls in all diversities, recognizing the disproportionate effect disasters have upon their lives.

Accountability within CARE

A commitment to CARE values and CARE’s integrity framework is critical to working with CARE. Any candidate offered a job with CARE will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability:

  • Comply with CARE’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols.
  • Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area.
  • Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a CARE staff or partner.


Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with CARE as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that CARE shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

Gender equality

CARE Ukraine is committed to meeting the standards of the CARE International Gender Policy (2019). Through this policy, CARE seeks to promote the equal realization of dignity and human rights for girls, women, boys and men in all diversities, and the elimination of poverty and injustice. Specifically, this policy seeks to improve the explicit incorporation of gender in programmatic and organizational practices.

How to apply

Please send your complete application package (CV, motivation letter, references) only in English to Jo Fox [email protected], no later than 25 June 2022.Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.