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Community Mobilization Officer

Mariupol (Ukraine)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Mariupol (Ukraine)
  • Grade: SB-4 (SC8/SC9), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-16

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In 2015 the Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme (RPP), a multi-donor funded framework programme was formulated and launched by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with the Government of Ukraine and in cooperation with a number of partnering UN agencies (UN Women, FAO, UNFPA). 
The UN RPP is an area-based programme specifically developed for the conflict-affected areas of eastern Ukraine, the Programme addresses the key stabilization, peacebuilding, economic and governance priority needs in eastern Ukraine following the start of the conflict. 
Component ІІІ of UN RPP «Community Security and Social Cohesion» (CSSC) aims to reach the goal of Enhanced community security for people in conflict-affected areas, with a focus on IDPs and host communities through enhancing community security; civic mobilization and empowerment of communities; reconciliation and restoration of social cohesion. 
In October 2018, four UN agencies (UNDP, UN Women, FAO and the UNFPA) have countersigned a new joint project document, funded by the European Union. The overall objective of the project is to restore effective governance and promote reconciliation in crisis-affected communities of Donetsk and Luhansk  regions of Ukraine, thereby enhancing the credibility and legitimacy of local governments in the government-controlled areas (GCAs) of the regions. In 2019, Community Mobilization Activities will be reinforced along the Azov Sea coastline, including extension to Zaporizhzhya region. This will contribute to peace-building and the prevention of further conflict in Ukraine through effective and accountable decentralization, gender-responsive recovery planning, and equal access to services, as well as enhanced economic recovery and community security and social cohesion.
The Project operates  at the community level, it is closely-linked to national and regional structures and reform processes. Furthermore, the Project will operate in Azov region of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhya oblasts, including conflict affected communities. 
UNDP Ukraine invites applications from highly qualified and experienced Ukrainian professionals for the post of the Community Mobilization Officer to ensure the implementation of activities and support to management at the local level.
The incumbent will prioritize gender equality and women’s empowerment within all implementations and promote UNDP’s mandate as a gender-responsive organization with zero tolerance to any kind of discriminatory and abusive behaviour, including sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse.
The main Project Office is in Kramatorsk, with the sub-offices in Sievierodonetsk and Mariupol. The Community Mobilization Officer (CMO), will work under the direct supervision of Community Mobilization Specialist and overall supervision of Community Security and Social Cohesion Specialist.  The Community Mobilization Officer (CMO) will support the scale up and implementation of community engagement and empowerment initiatives in Azov region of Donetsk and Zaporizhzhya oblasts. He/she will be responsible for implementation of project activities to strengthen community security and social cohesion by overall mobilization of the communities. The CMO works closely – to provide design and implementation support to Community Security and Social Cohesion Specialists among other rule of law and community security personnel of the Component to support program implementation in target areas.
The key stakeholders the CMOs will work with are: local communities, rayon and hromadas administrations, amalgamated communities, civil society organisations (formal and informal groups in the community), community leaders, active citizens, volunteer groups, local business representatives, and district police.

Duties and Responsibilities

Providing support to the implementation of the programme activities: 
  • Collect and analyze information disaggregated by sex, age, and other identifiers to map numbers, locations, and other data of security and justice institutions within target region;
  • Lead needs assessments in target areas to inform program development and implementation utilizing tools developed by Community Security and Social Cohesion Specialist and other rule of law and community security personnel of the project;
  • Identify communities with particular needs and vulnerabilities where Project activities should be prioritized in keeping with the programme implementation strategy;
  • Provide technical advice to local communities to assess and prioritize key threats to community security, taking into account experiences and needs of women and men, and help them develop plans to respond at the  local level for enhancing security and access to justice;
  • Mobilize local communities, police, public prosecutors’ offices, and local government to implement community security coordination mechanisms that benefit equally women and men;
  • Prepare the work plan for all community mobilization activities. The content of community mobilization activities will include but are not limited to the following: local problem analysis; assessment of vulnerabilities and gender inequalities, capabilities, and available resources; preparation of community profiles; support and capacity building of Community Security Working Groups (CSWG); assisting communities in developing community profiles, preparation of prioritized Community Security Action Plans (CSAP) and implementing them through project-based activities; supporting target communities in monitoring and evaluation activities implementing;
  • Provide support for the strengthening of community-based organizations and associations to undertake their own development initiatives with special emphasis on empowerment of vulnerable men and women (including IDPs, youth at risk, elderly people, people with disabilities and others); 
  • Ensure coordination with local partners to facilitate the implementation of community projects through the Small Grants Facility managed by Small Grants Officer and assist him/her in monitoring how funds are used, and results are achieved;
  • Together with the Community Mobilization Specialist, lead in the capacity building activities, including trainings for community organizations, leaders or focal points;
  • Ensure that capacity development activities will target all stakeholders through on-the-job training, awareness-raising activities, knowledge and information sharing, and formal capacity development activities, particularly in community mobilization;
  • Develop training designs, modules, and a work plan and organize training programs in relation to the gender-responsive program implementation;
  • Prepare regular progress reports, and other reports as required;
  • Promote the Project by providing substantive input for stories, articles, and other PR activities;
  • Assist with donor visits and events;
  • Perform other duties as required.
Building partnerships with Project stakeholders and partners:
  • Liaise with local authorities, civil society organizations, security services providers, and local business partners to ensure programme related activities are implemented in a coherent and coordinated manner;
  • Ensure expanding partnerships and cooperation between communities and the local municipalities for the implementation of local community projects and to ensure local needs, priorities and initiatives are integrated into the planning of the local authorities, police, public prosecutors, courts, and security services;
  • Promote skills for achieving the gender equality agenda with partners and beneficiaries;
  • Ensure close coordination with the activities of other UN agencies, with special focus on those by UN Women, UNFPA and UNICEF. 
Provide support to the Project management and implementation:
  • Lead the quarterly community programme review;
  • Provide inputs and maintain a systematic database to store and information on community needs, capabilities, and resources available disaggregated by sex, age, and other identifiers;
  • Provide inputs into regular programme reports to the donor;
  • Collect and maintain information for hromada profiles – safety, security and environment risks (i.e. information regarding key personnel, locations of key institutions, SWOT analysis etc.);
  • Contribute to external communication by drafting input for press releases and information notes, producing news write ups, maintaining thematic blogging and social media accounts, etc. Based on corporate principles of gender-responsive communications and non-discriminatory language; 
  • Ensure supervisors are aware of changes to community security and access to justice issues on the ground;
  • Perform other duties as necessary.
Measurable outputs of the work assignment:
  • Monthly/quarterly/annual/ad hoc reports, risks assessments are prepared and updated;
  • Programme activities implemented in keeping with personal work plan;
  • Organize and support community workshops, focus group discussions, meetings and other community mobilization activities;
  • All programme activities implemented in keeping with project Communications Strategy and using the community mobilization for empowerment methodology and participatory tools; 
  • All assignments performed in a quality and timely manner.
Performance Indicators for evaluation of results:
  • Programmatic activities on Community Security and Social Cohesion area duly overseen, timely enhanced, and properly reported on.



Core Competencies:
  • Leadership;
  • Communication;
  • People Management;
  • Delivery;
  • Innovation;
  • Demonstrate/safeguard ethics and integrity; 
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment; 
  • Self-development, initiative-taking; 
  • Encourage and participate in open communication in the team, communicate effectively; 
  • Create synergies through self-control; 
  • Manage conflict; 
  • Informed and transparent decision making.
Corporate competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender equality  and zero tolerance for sexual harassment or any discriminatory behaviors.
Functional competencies:
  • Excellent organizational skills; 
  • Excellent computer skills (including, MS Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.); 
  • Sound knowledge of local community development principles, trends, and policies in Ukraine;
  • Participatory methods implementing skills;
  • Familiarity with the rights-based approach to development;
  • Ability to set priorities, meet specific objectives, use political judgment and knowledge; 
  • Gender mainstreaming;
  • Good interpersonal skills, diligence, open mindedness, and dedication.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Social sciences, Law, International Relations, Political Science, Civil Engineering or other relevant areas.


  • At least 3 years of relevant experience in community development and community mobilization and civic activism, including 2 years of practical experience in a field related to human rights/access to justice/community security, or related area;
  • Experience of work in conflict-affected settings would be an asset;
  • Experience of work with security services providers (police, emergency etc.) with connection to on citizens’ involvement in community security issues, including Centers for Safety and Security;
  • Previous relevant experience with a multilateral or international technical assistance or development organizations would be an asset;
  • Experience in writing reports and analytical documents is desirable.

Language Requirements:

  • Working level of English and fluency in Ukrainian and Russian are required.


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