Head of Office Ukraine

2017-05-12 14:53

Kvinna till Kvinna is recruiting a Head of Office responsible for its operations and programs in Ukraine. The recruitment is subject to funding.

Kvinna till Kvinna and its operations

Kvinna till Kvinna is a non-profit organisation that supports women’s organising in conflict-affected contexts with the aim to advance women’s rights and promote sustainable peace. It does so by strengthening and supporting women’s rights organisations (organisationally, thematically and economically). Kvinna till Kvinna is organised around three departments – Programme/Field, Communication, and Support. Through its Headquarter in Stockholm and 11 country offices, it nowadays supports more than 100 women’s rights organisations in five different regions (Western Balkans, South Caucasus, Middle East and North Africa, West and Central Africa).

Kvinna till Kvinna will, pending funding, set up a new office in Ukraine in the autumn of 2017. The Head of Office will therefore be responsible for setting-up the office, hiring staff, select partner organisations, start up and oversee the implementation of Kvinna till Kvinna programme activities.

Job Description

The Head of Office reports to the Regional Manager Western Balkans and Ukraine, based at Kvinna till Kvinna Headquarters in Stockholm.

As Head of Office you have the overall responsibility to develop and ensure the implementation of programmes in Ukraine, in accordance with Kvinna till Kvinna’s mandate, policies, delegation of authority, working methods, operational plan, budget and agreements with donors and partner organisations.

You hold managerial, administrative and financial responsibility, including for the management of the overall country budget. You supervise the work of the Ukraine office employees.

Additionally, you are Kvinna till Kvinna’s official representative in the country. This also entails networking and maintaining relationships with relevant international and Ukrainian stakeholders, and developing and maintaining partnerships, first and foremost with Ukrainian women’s rights organisations.

The assignment requires several international trips per year including attending management meetings.


Professional qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in Political Science, International relations, Development studies Peace- and Conflict studies, Gender Studies, Human Rights or other relevant field;
  • Minimum eight years of work experience, including at least two in a managerial position with responsibilities over at least 3-6 staff and a medium-sized budget;
  • Solid experience of development cooperation work in a complex, conflict or post-conflict context;
  • Demonstrated knowledge in one or more of the following thematic areas: gender equality; women’s rights; women’s empowerment; gender-based violence; peace-building/conflict resolution; support to women’s human rights defenders;
  • Experience working in partnership with local women organisations or civil society actors in any of the above mentioned fields;
  • Experience in programme and project development, management, monitoring and evaluation, reporting and learning, and strong analytical, strategic and operational planning skills, including experience in results based management and quality assurance;
  • Experience as responsible for security of an organisation and its staff;
  • Experience in fundraising;
  • Solid computer skills and experience performing or overseeing administrative and finance-related tasks (financial follow-up);
  • Fluency in spoken and written English;
  • A valid driver’s license.

Personal qualifications

  • Strategic thinking;
  • Responsible, flexible and adaptable;
  • Ability to prioritize and delegate and stay solution-focused;
  • Collaborative, team-oriented, with the ability to motivate others;
  • Engagement and interest in peace and conflict-resolution, and women’s rights;
  • Responsiveness, integrity, and ability to handle a violent and unpredictable context,
  • Ability to handle stressful situations and peaks of intense workload, and support staff in such situations;
  • Interest and experience in engaging in networking and outreach.


  • Master degree in a relevant field from a recognized university;
  • Experience working with women’s rights, voluntary or professionally;
  • Knowledge of International Human Rights Law and/or International Humanitarian Law;
  • Experience of methods development and capacity-building;
  • Familiarity with the Ukrainian crisis and the Ukrainian gender/women’s rights environment;
  • Knowledge of Russian, Ukrainian and/or Swedish
  • Familiarity with Kvinna till Kvinna’s mandate and working methods.

Terms and conditions of employment

One-year fulltime contract (international development cooperation assignment) with possibility of extension (up to five years pending funding).

Kvinna till Kvinna has collective agreement (Tjänstemän Idea, Unionen och Akademikerförbunden) and offers a competitive benefits package. This position does not offer family placement.

Start of employment in September 2017

The nature of work is such that we only hire women, either self-identified or legal. Otherwise we strive for diversity.


We will continuously do candidate selections and interviews during the application period. Send your application no later than May 28, 2017 to job@kvinnatillkvinna.se. Please write Head of Office Ukraine in the subject line.

Your application shall include a letter of motivation and CV, in English, in the same file. Please answer the following questions in the letter of motivation:

  • What do you find interesting in this position?
  • How can your previous experience and knowledge benefit this position?


If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact the Regional Manager for Western Balkans and Ukraine, Ristin Thomasson, +46 (0)8 588 89 168; ristin.thomasson@kvinnatillkvinna.se

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR Officer Masae Shimizu, +46 (0)8 588 891 70.

Representatives for the local unions: Katarina Inkinen, Akademikerförbunden, +46 (0)8-588 891 54 and Anna Sundén, Unionen, +46 (0)8-588 891 65.