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WEWORLD – Country Representative – Ucraina

WeWorld sta selezionando un/a Country Representative da inserire nella sua operatività in Ucraina. Durata 3 mesi. Scadenza candidature 03/06/2022

Country Representative – Ucraina

Reporting Relationship: Head of Emergency Unit

Location: Ukraine, Lviv

Type of contract: a first 3 (three) month collaboration contract subject to verification of the achievement of specific objectives (these objectives will be agreed together with the Line Manager); a second collaboration contract of 9 (nine) months renewable, following the positive evaluation of the first three months of contract

Deadline: 3 June 2022

Starting date: ASAP

Gross Salary: to be defined according to the candidate’s profile


WeWorld is an Italian secular and independent organization working since 1971 in international cooperation and humanitarian aid. Italian member ChildFund Alliance, global network for the defense of children’s rights and present in 25 countries with 128 projects, WeWorld operates in the following areas of assistance: human rights (gender equality, prevention and combating violence against children and women, migration), humanitarian aid (prevention, emergency relief and rehabilitation), food security, access to water, health and hygiene, education, global citizenship education, quality teaching and international volunteering. WeWorld works mostly with girls, boys, women and youth, actors of change in every community for a fairer and more inclusive world. Supports people overcoming emergencies and guarantees a life with dignity, opportunities and a better future through human and economic development programs, in the framework of the 2030 Agenda. Joining the WeWorld team means being part of the development of a dynamic organization where the contribution of each staff member is promoted and valued, working together towards the collective achievement of shared goals and vision.

At present, the main donors are EU (ECHO and INTPA), the UN (OCHA, UNHCR, WFP and UNICEF), Italy (AICS) and the ChildFund Alliance.

Working context:

The outbreak of the war in Ukraine puts millions of boys and girls boys and girls at risk: WeWorld took action immediately to provide aid to boys, girls and their families to cope with the emergency.

Our team of professionals in Lviv are coordinating the operations in agreement with embassies, NGOs and local operators.

 Purpose of the Role

The Country Representative directs WeWorld programmes at the country level ensuring quality of the activities, from development through execution, included budget management and Human Resources Management (International and National Staff). Identifies programming opportunities and areas where the organization can demonstrate its value and relevance. The Country Representative develops relations with and represents the organization to donors, local institutions and partners. S/He is also responsible for the security management in the country.


Programme Management and Development

  • Finalize the registration process of WeWorld in Ukraine, according to the National Legal requirements, in close cooperation with HQ Legal Office.
  • Lead the development and implementation of high-quality country strategic plan relevant to the local context and the organizational priorities
  • Lead and oversee the grants acquisition of new projects in the country, ensuring a long-term portfolio and achievement of annual targets
  • Lead, guide and supervise the Projects managers on performance and quality control, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the Projects to ensure the effective and efficient execution of Projects deliverables, in compliance with WeWorld standards
  • Lead and oversee the preparation and implementation of Programs documents (including SOPs, policy briefs, Programs plans and Risk Assessments)
  • Oversee the financial and logistic sustainability of programs and operations through effective and efficient resources development effort, outstanding financial ratios, effective budget administration and procurement management (i.e. management and maintenance of project assets and regular inventories)
  • Assist the HQ to maintain public/media/donor relations to actively engage their interest/support in promoting and communicating WeWorld achievements, competencies and interest at global level

Representation and advocacy

  • Represent WeWorld in the Country in various fora on programmatic and technical issues, strategic meetings, conferences, forums and other public events and contribute towards consolidating and raising the profile of the organization
  • Engage and liaise with relevant national-level stakeholders (government representatives, donors, CSO, multilateral organizations, communities)
  • Identify, engage and strengthen strategic in-country partners engaged in child protection, migration and human rights integrated responses, in line with WeWorld Country Strategic Plan and Regional Strategies, to grow the pipeline of opportunities in Ukraine, through a participatory process
  • Identify additional areas of synergy and cooperation with donors, other NGOs, UN agencies and relevant institutions
  • Promote WeWorld organizational identity and capacity towards all stakeholders and partners in Ukraine and ensure WeWorld remains relevant to the changing needs of disadvantaged people in the country
  • Establish priorities, in consultation with the Head of Emergency Unit, for targeted investments in growth and innovation, contribute to the identification and implementation of innovation and continuous improvement, in support of organizational excellence and world-class performance
  • Coordinate with HQ, maintaining frequent contact with the Head of Emergency Unit, partners and leaders of the project as well as relevant donors, in order to keep a regular update on the implementation of the project and to develop strategic planning

Human Resources

  • Identify and plan Human Resources needs (International and National)
  • Timely inform HR HQ about both the present and the future International HR Needs (Annual and 3M updates) in order to facilitate a punctual recruitment process and deployment of the necessary workforce
  • Direct and manage staff in the country, ensuring development of appropriate capabilities and competencies according to the strategic and operational needs of Programs/Projects.
  • Ensure transparent, equal and inclusive management and training of Human Resources in accordance with Policies and Procedures, and all regulatory requirements (WeWorld, host country legislation and donor’s policy)
  • Foster an inclusive and diverse work environment, and ensure that the highest standards of conduct are observed

Security Management

  • Develop a country security strategy based on HQ and country information
  • Identify risks and threats and develop systems of early warning flags
  • Coordinate in the design, testing and communications of appropriate security and safety plans and programmes
  • Develop and document emergency preparedness and disaster evacuation plans and programmes

The duties and responsibilities set forth above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to perform additional duties.


Qualifications and Knowledge

  • An advanced university degree or equivalent in the field of Social or Political Science, Development Studies, International relations, Project Management, Human rights
  • Good knowledge of MS Office
  • Fluent in English both written and verbal

Professional experience

  • Minimum 5 years’ relevant working experience in related fields
  • Working experience with international NGOs in management of international cooperation projects funded by institutional and private donors
  • Proven experience in Project Cycle Management
  • Sound project development and proposal writing experience
  • Experience in Security Management

 Skills and Abilities

  • Strong flexibility and capacity to adapt behavior to the needs of the situation
  • Capacity to work autonomously and in problems prevention/resolution
  • Proven organizational skills and ability to effectively manage multiple tasks while fostering quality, team spirit and positive working relationships with colleagues
  • Ability to identify, initiate and maintain good relationships with partner organizations, donors and national authorities including building professional relationships with senior decision-makers and influencers/leaders
  • Good communication, negotiation skills and sensitivity in dealing with local institutions on critical issues
  • Cultural, gender, religion, and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Strong commitment to the Mission of WeWorld, genuine interest for international cooperation development topics


  • Experience in Cash and Voucher programs and/or Education in Emergency and/or Child Protection
  • Previous work experience in the area
  • Fluent in Italian, both written and oral
  • Previous work experience in the area or in similar context


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