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Economic Recovery Specialist


  • Organization: DRC - Danish Refugee Council
  • Location: Kyiv
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Economics
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
  • Closing Date: 2022-10-09

Danish Refugee Council, one of the world’s leading humanitarian NGOs working in 40 countries worldwide, is currently looking for a highly qualified Economic Recovery Specialist for Kyiv office.
DRC has been operating in Ukraine for more than 10 years with emergency and durable solution interventions for assisting IDPs, returnees, Host communities, and conflict-affected populations. With the outbreak of the conflict in February 2022, DRC has shifted its programming to emergency response to meet the urgent needs of conflict-affected population in the country. Current DRC programming is focusing on protection activities such as protection monitoring, information dissemination, Individual protection assistance, and legal aid. DRC is also planning to add to the ongoing emergency protection response activities such as GBV prevention and response, Psychosocial support (PSS), and community-based protection. In addition to protection programming, DRC is currently implementing Multipurpose Cash Assistance (MPCA), NFI and Food distributions, Shelter & WASH interventions, and Economic Recovery, Humanitarian Demining and Explosive Ordnance Risk Education. The organization counts with 6 offices in the country.

The overall purpose of the role

Under the supervision of the Economic Recovery Team Leader and Economic Recovery Coordinator, leads research, new proposal development and coordination functions. The special focus will be placed on exploring the opportunities for cooperation with the private sector and banking/finance institutions operating in Ukraine. In addition, this position will act as a focal point to co-coordinate the livelihoods technical working group in partnership with the Food Security and Livelihoods Cluster, and to lead of piloting of IT education for women activities.

Programming & Operations

  • Under the supervision of the Economic Recovery Team Leader and Economic Recovery Coordinator, leads research activities, including initiating new studies, collection and analysis of data produced by other actors in the economic recovery field, etc.
  • Provides lessons learnt analysis of the ongoing DRC livelihoods projects in Ukraine that will be used for new proposal development.
  • Mapping of the potential donors, private sector partners and other relevant stakeholders that can partner with DRC’s economic recovery programme.
  • Provides liaison function with the private sector (both national and international) operating in Ukraine and explore cooperation and co-investment opportunities with them that could benefit the population targeted by DRC.
  • Explores cooperation opportunities with the Ukrainian banking and finance sector, with the purpose to develop available business and housing loans schemes for the vulnerable population targeted by DRC.
  • This role will also employ regular analysis and updates on the business loans situation in the region and their availability to the micro, small and medium enterprises.
  • Coordinates livelihoods activities implemented by DRC with other similar actors to ensure synergies and most effective use of the available resources.
  • Ensures integration of economic recovery programmes with other DRC programmes and activities.
  • Leads the activities of livelihoods technical working group which has been established together with the Food Security and Livelihoods Cluster.
  • Participates in the development of various PR materials, as well as monitoring and evaluation exercises undertaken within the Economic Recovery Programme.
  • Leads implementation of IT education for women component in close collaboration with external IT company, that is aimed at providing opportunities to IDP and conflict-affected women of employment in IT sphere, through high-quality IT skills education.

Required experience and competencies

  • Minimum three years of practical experience in the economic development field, business and/or in the finance sector, such as private companies, banks or micro-loan institutions
  • Advanced project presentation skills, proven by at least two years of relevant work experience
  • Experience in economic-resilience projects in the context of the ongoing conflict in the east of Ukraine would be considered as an advantage
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • Good knowledge of key office programmes
  • Advanced English proficiency
  • Fluency in Ukrainian


  • Experience of working with an international NGO or similar
  • Experience in engaging in win-win cooperation schemes with the private sector, e.g. corporate social responsibility (SCR) schemes
  • Ability to draft reports and project proposals in English, supported by recent work experience in the non-governmental sector

We offer:

Contract length: 3 months with the possibility of extension based on a successful probation period and available funding

Level  Gnm

Start date: ASAP

The application is open for Ukraine citizens only. Salary and conditions will be in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for National Staff. 

Application process

All applicants must send a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages) in English. Applications sent by email will not be considered.

Closing date for applications: October 9, 2022

All DRC roles require the post-holder to master DRC’s core competencies:

  • 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 DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

For further information about the Danish Refugee Council, please consult our website

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