Country Director Ukraine Programme

Caritas Switzerland

Caritas Switzerland is one of the leading Swiss NGOs in the field of poverty reduction in Switzerland and 20 countries on four continents. International Cooperation programmes focus on humanitarian aid, income generation, climate change and migration. Within the Ukraine Programme, Caritas Switzerland works through local implementing partners, taking the localization of aid approach in its response, and focus on bringing technical value-added specifically in the fields of Livelihoods, protection, shelter, WASH in addition to supporting partners in financial controlling and compliance standards. Join us with a commitment to help us bring about a more caring society, as

Country Director Ukraine Programme (100%)

Your duties:

Strategic Leadership:

Develop and implement a Caritas Switzerland Country Strategy in line with Caritas Switzerland’s strategic directions.

Lead and oversee the planning and execution of programs, ensuring they meet people’s needs and donor requirements.

Represent the organization with government officials, donors, partner agencies, and other stakeholders.

Ensure effective implementation of the programme, including market system development, livelihood development, economic recovery, development projects, and stabilisation projects such as protection, WASH, Shelter and cash assistance.

Oversee country budget and ensure financial accountability.

Team Management and Development:

  • Lead and manage the country team, fostering a culture of excellence, collaboration, and respect.
  • Promote staff development, including training and mentoring.
  • Ensure compliance with organizational policies and local labour laws.

Safety and Security:

  • Oversee the safety and security of all staff and operations in the country.
  • Develop and implement effective risk management strategies.
  • Ensure adherence to global safety standards and protocols.

Fundraising and Donor Relations:

  • Cultivate relationships with current and potential donors.
  • Develop funding proposals and reports.
  • Ensure compliance with donor agreements and reporting requirements.

Our requirements:

Educational Background: Master’s or equivalent in International Development, Business Administration, Economics, Agricultural Development, Environmental Science, or a related field. Additional qualifications in development studies/humanitarian aid or livelihoods approaches or market system development are an advantage.

Experience: Minimum 10 years in international cooperation, including 5 years in a managerial role, preferably in post-Soviet countries. Demonstrated experience in transition from humanitarian aid to sustainable programming, emergency response projects, CVA ((including knowledge of cash transfer options, vulnerability scoring assessments as well as market assessments for different sectors), and project cycle management (PCM) in cooperation with local partner organizations.

Skills: Strong financial management and business expertise, project planning, and implementation skills. Proven ability in safety and security management. Effective in working with bi- and multilateral donors and in developing innovative project proposals.

Competencies: Excellent teamwork, communication, and relationship-building skills. Proficient in English; Ukrainian or Russian language skills are a plus.

Travel: Willingness to undertake field missions within Ukraine if security situation allows, adhering to security policies.

Location: Lviv and Kyiv, Ukraine.
Start Date: 01.03.2024. or by appointment
Contract Duration: Fixed term until 31.12.2025, with the possibility of extension until 31.12.2027.

Caritas Switzerland offers an engaging, open work environment in an international setting. We value digital and agile mindsets in our team members and encourage involvement in digital transformation initiatives.

How to apply

Does this opportunity appeal to you? We look forward to receiving your application (Cover letter and CV in English) by February 27, 2024.

We have commissioned cinfo, Center for Information, Counselling and Training for Professions relating to International Cooperation in Biel, to carry out the pre-selection.

The application procedure takes place electronically via this link. You are welcome to contact [email protected] with any questions.

Deadline: 27 Feb 2024

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