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Job Title:
Senior International Assistance Officer

USD 41,732 (paid in UAH equivalent)

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
This position is a LES (Locally Engaged Staff) position, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in Ukraine. Full time – 37.5 hours per week



Kyiv, Ukraine

Closing date for applications:
02-08-2021 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
This position is a Senior International Assistance Officer in the Canadian Embassy who is responsible for peace and security programming. Although the position is in the Development section, the candidate will work closely with the Political and Defence sections of the Embassy and the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program in Ottawa. Reporting to the Deputy Director (Development), and as part of a team comprising Ukrainian and Canadian staff, the Officer is primarily responsible for:

• Identification, assessment and development of opportunities for Canadian support to Ukraine through international assistance programming and advocacy;
• Management of bilateral international assistance projects funded by Global Affairs Canada as assigned by the Deputy Director (Development), including monitoring and reporting on results;
• Advocacy for Canadian policy priorities with relevant officials and organizations;
• Provision of advice and support to Canadian, international and local implementing agencies;
• Provision of advice and recommendations to senior management in areas as assigned by the Deputy Director;
• Preparation of analytical reports, briefing notes, speeches and strategies;
• Preparation of public communications, including social media content;
• Coordination with Ukrainian, Canadian and international officials to assess and report on Ukraine’s reform agenda, consistent with Canada’s foreign policy objectives;
• Knowledge of the local international assistance programming environment, including the activity of other international development partners;
• Analysis of programming opportunities from all relevant points of view (e.g. Ukrainian needs; Canadian foreign policy, international assistance, commercial and administrative priorities);
• Coordination with the Embassy’s administration, financial, trade and political sections to ensure coherence with other Canadian priorities and programmes;
• Maintenance of a wide network of contacts in support of project monitoring and policy advocacy;
• Ensuring accurate, timely and appropriate information management;
• Translation/interpretation from English to Ukrainian and vice-versa, when required; and
• Organization of events and meetings.

Essential qualifications:
Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their application that they meet all the essential qualifications.

Education: Master’s degree from a recognized university in a field relevant to the position, such as (but not limited to): public administration/policy; economics; sociology; political science; international affairs/development/business.

• High level of proficiency in English (reading, writing and speaking)
• Native fluency in Ukrainian (reading, writing and speaking)

• At least five (5) years’ work experience in international assistance projects or programs, including responsibility for the management of project budgets through grants, contributions and/or contracts; ;
• At least (3) years’ work experience in the field of peace and security and/or security sector reform;
• At least five (5) years’ experience working in political, policy, legal, or government settings;
• At least three (3) years’ experience working in an international environment; and
• Recent experience (in the last 5 years) writing for public communications and advocacy, including social media content.

Rated Qualifications
The following may be specifically tested in an interview or written exam:

• Knowledge of the issues currently facing reforms in Ukraine;
• Knowledge of the project management cycle;
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite of programs.

• Ability to communicate clearly, effectively and succinctly in English and Ukrainian (written and verbal);
• Ability to follow direction, and request clarification when necessary;
• Ability to analyze information from various sources;
• Ability to organize work to meet competing demands and to function effectively in a high-stress environment;
• Ability to lead and participate in work-related teams;
• Ability to problem-solve and propose potential solutions/recommendations independently;
• Ability to lead horizontally.

• Sound judgment and tact
• Creativity and initiative
• Adaptability and flexibility
• Networking and alliance building

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to those candidates who also meet the following:
• Experience: Additional experience in managing international development projects and programs beyond the minimum of five (5) years
• Experience: Experience working for an embassy
• Language: Proficiency in French
• Language: Proficiency in Russian
• Knowledge: Knowledge of Canadian foreign policy and international assistance programming and priorities in Ukraine
• Knowledge: Knowledge of results-based management
• Personal suitability: established professional networks in their field

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:

Condition(s) of Employment:
The candidate must be:
• Able to obtain and retain a reliability status (security screening)
• Legally permitted to work in Ukraine
• Willing and able to travel domestically and internationally
• Willing and able to work overtime, often on short notice

Any appointment is conditional on a one (1) year probationary period.

Area of selection:
• This competition is open to external applicants who are residents and legally authorized to work Ukraine and to all Embassy of Canada employees occupying an indeterminate or term position who meet all of the essential qualifications and whose applications are received by the closing date. • The Government of Canada does not sponsor candidates to obtain work authorization. • To be eligible for the position, applicants must meet all of the essential qualifications. • The Government of Canada is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from diverse sections of the community. Candidates will be considered based on merit. Our organization offers an inclusive workplace where respect, teamwork, and collaboration are part of our culture. Canada’s missions abroad are committed to promoting and supporting an environment free from harassment and discrimination, as well as encouraging and supporting employees to learn and develop their skills and competencies.

Important Notes:
How to apply:
• Candidates are required to upload a cover letter and CV in English or French. Applications which do not include the requested documents or information in the CV or cover letter will be rejected. Any additional information must be included as part of these two attachments.
• Please do NOT include personal data in these documents (cover letter and CV) such as; age, date of birth, gender, marital status, family status, religion, a picture. Please only include information relevant to the vacancy as requested in the job poster.
• Candidates who are unable to submit their application due to technical difficulties must report these to: prior to the closing date. Failure to so will result in the application being rejected.

Important notes:
• Please do not use a tablet or cell phone to submit your application, as mobile browsers are not supported by our on-line portal. Candidates should only apply using a laptop or desktop computer.
• Only applications submitted in one of the official languages of Canada will be accepted (English or French).
• Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidates to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required.
• Candidates who apply to this vacancy should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users and regularly check their email, including spam folder.
• Reference checks will be sought for candidates that reach interview stage and may form part of the selection process.
• The Embassy of Canada in Kyiv does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
• Candidates requiring any special assistance in attending exams or interviews are requested to inform us.
• The results of this recruitment process may also be used to establish an eligibility list of qualified candidates for similar term, indeterminate, part-time or full-time openings at the Embassy of Canada in Kyiv, which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this recruitment process.

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