In Ukraine, Geneva Call runs a multi-donor country program focusing on enhancing the protection of civilian population through humanitarian engagement with fighting parties and constituencies. The multipronged program encompasses direct and indirect humanitarian engagement, training, local advocacy and mass media awareness raising on humanitarian norms applicable in armed conflict.

Role : The HoM will provide overall leadership, technical oversight, management and strategic vision of the Humanitarian engagement program of Geneva Call in Ukraine while strengthening accountability initiatives and ensuring that the financial management and organizational setup is adapted to the operational context, as well as to internal and external compliance demands.

Location of work : Kyiv, Ukraine – Regular, extensive travel within the country up to 50% of the time

To provide vision and strategic direction to country program in Ukraine. This includes the qualitative implementation of Geneva Call’s humanitarian response (humanitarian engagement, research, community-based approach), advocacy, fund-raising and representation.


Strategy and programme implementation:

  • Leads on development of humanitarian engagement country strategy;
  • Analysis the humanitarian and security situation in country and identify areas of interests of work for Geneva Call;
  • Ensure conflict sensitivity in country programs’ design and planning;
  • Provide leadership, quality delivery, management, monitoring, evaluation and learning of the country program, against Geneva Call mulit-year strategy;
  • Ensures that programs are monitored and evaluated. Promotes sharing of learning with others and drawing on learning from across Geneva Call and externally, utilizes the results to inform program decisions and enhance institutional knowledge;

Safety management

  • Ensure that the GC Ukraine country programmes are delivered in a safe and secure manner.
  • Responsible for anticipating and managing risks that could threaten the safety of the staff, operational viability and the organization’s reputation. Responsible for managing security in line with Geneva Call’s Policy.

Mission Management & Coordination

  • Overall responsible for all resources and implementation of programs and activities within Country
  • Builds partnerships and represents GC.
  • Manages staff, budget, assets and funding as per procedures and national requirements;
  • Ensures transparent and timely financial management respecting deadline and procedures;
  • Ensures the mobilization of necessary resources (financial, logistics, HR) to implement the country programs and contribute to the growth of the missions;
  • Identify human resources needs, recruit, and ensure induction;
  • Overall development and supervision of country teams (including coaching and evaluating) in accordance with internal policies and procedures and national labour laws;
  • Promotes and creates a culture to ensure knowledge sharing, innovation and capacity building and further professional development opportunities for all staff in appropriate fields;
  • Communicate regularly with staff and promote positive conflict resolution;


  • Ensures that Geneva Call’s work in Ukraine is adequately funded. Build relationships with external donors and proactively identify new donors in the two countries;
  • Develop and implement a country fundraising strategy that contributes to achieving the overall aim of Geneva Call in the field of humanitarian engagement for enhanced civilian protection;
  • Approves all technical and financial proposals before submission to donors and ensures they are contextual and address specific needs;

Communications and advocacy

Represents Geneva Call in Ukraine. Working with internal and external audiences at the most senior level to influence and inform decision-makers and opinion leaders in country and within the international community in Ukraine; Build alliances and networks within the humanitarian sector.

Internal relations

Work under the supervision Head of Eurasia Region (HQ based) and closely with the departments of Administration/Finance, Communications and External relations, Policy and Legal Unit (PLU), Monitoring and Evaluation.

External relations

Ensure cordial and frequent relations with central and military authorities, state public services, diplomats, UN, INGOs and CSO involved in similar areas of work



A relevant master is required; Knowledge of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) or International Human Right Law is an asset.

Technical skills:

 Striving for excellence: Focusing on reaching results while ensuring efficient processes.

Collaborating: Involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.

Taking the lead: Taking ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.

Communicating: Listening and speaking effectively and honestly.

Demonstrating integrity: Upholding and promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation to GC’s values.

Work experience:

Minimum 10 years equivalent work experience in a humanitarian organization, including in managing teams of at least 10 people;

Experience of capacity building and mentoring, team leadership and management;

Demonstrated skills and experience in security management


Outstanding interpersonal skills with experience of negotiations with weapon-bearers and other high-level stakeholders. Demonstrable experience of humanitarian dialogue with armed actors would be an asset;

Ability to work under pressure, travel frequently in conflict-affected areas and to handle numerous tasks simultaneously;


Full professional proficiency in English – Professional proficiency in Ukrainian or Russian is an asset.


  • Position : Head of Mission
  • 1 year contract based in Kiev/Ukraine
  • 100%
  • Preferred start date: February 2021.


To apply, please send your cover letter, CV, work certificate / recommendation letter and diplomas in PDF format to, Ref: “HOM Ukraine” no later than January 18th 2021

All applications will be kept confidential.  Please note only shortlisted candidate will be contacted for further processing.

Conflict of interest

Any candidate affiliated to, or openly supporting, one or more interest groups opposed to the Foundation’s principles and values, or whose previous position could engender safety issues for co-workers at Geneva Call, will be excluded from this selection process.


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