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Kvinna till Kvinna is looking to recruit an Advocacy Officer based in Kyiv, Ukraine. The Advocacy Officer reports to the Head of Office in Ukraine and closely cooperates with the Ukraine team and the Advocacy Unit at the Head Office in Stockholm.

Deadline for Applications: 31 July 2019.

 Kvinna till Kvinna is a Swedish non-profit organisation that supports women’s organising with the aim to advance women’s rights and promote sustainable peace. Its work focuses on supporting women’s rights organisations (organisationally and thematically) in advancing women’s rights and peace in conflict situations. Through its Head Office in Stockholm and about 14 country offices and 20 programmes, it supports more than 110 women’s rights organisations in five different regions (Western Balkans, Ukraine, South Caucasus, Middle East and North Africa, West and Central Africa). In 2018, Kvinna till Kvinna opened an office in Kyiv, Ukraine, and started to support local women’s rights organisations in three areas: strengthening women’s rights organisations and the development of a women’s movement, promoting women’s participation in decision-making and peacebuilding, and preventing and responding to gender-based violence.  

Kvinna till Kvinna works without paying heed to religious, political, national or ethnic origin, or to linguistic affiliation, gender identity or sexual orientation.

For further information please visit: http://kvinnatillkvinna.org/  

As an Advocacy Officer, you are responsible for the following main tasks:

  • Assist and advice our partner organisations on how to develop advocacy components and strategies under their projects and means to implement them such as the use of social media and related digital security;
  • Assist and advise coalitions / networks on how to develop short and long-term strategic advocacy plans and strategies, and the means to implement them such as the use of social media and related digital security:
  • Map entry points for Kvinna till Kvinna advocacy and/or its partner organisations vis-a-vis institutions such as the EU, the UN, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, national and local authorities in Ukraine, including events or processes such as conference/meetings and progress reports;
  • Develop, organise and provide coaching and advocacy sessions, trainings and seminars for Kvinna till Kvinna’s partner organisations and coalitions / networks of women’s organisations in Ukraine; 
  • Contribute to the advocacy work of Kvinna till Kvinna as an organisation in Ukraine and globally as part of the Kvinna till Kvinna Office in Ukraine and the Advocacy Unit at the Head Office in Stockholm;
  • Lead the work of the Kvinna till Kvinna’s Office in Ukraine and its partners related to advocacy campaigns, statements, press releases, articles and other publications for internal and external online and offline communications, in consultation with the Head of Office and Programme Officers in Ukraine, and the Communications Department at the Kvinna till Kvinna’s Head Office in Stockholm;
  • Represent the Kvinna till Kvinna Office in Ukraine at national and international advocacy platforms related to Ukraine, contribute to their work and identify synergies in line with Kvinna till Kvinna’s policies and methodologies;  
  •  Support in organising in-country and international exchanges and study visits related to advocacy;
  • Develop an advocacy strategy on the work of the Kvinna till Kvinna’s Office in Ukraine;
  • Interact with other relevant local, regional, national and international organisations and institutions engaged in advocacy in Ukraine and internationally;
  • Support fund-raising opportunities related to Ukraine;
  • Provide up-to-date information and coverage of relevant news and developments in and on Ukraine.

As Advocacy Officer you are part of the Kvinna till Kvinna Office in Ukraine based in Kyiv. The assignment requires several in-country and international travels per year. 

 Professional qualifications

  • Preferably Master or bachelor’s degree in Communications and/or Public Relations studies, journalism, marketing, social and political sciences, human rights or other related field or equivalent in professional experience;
  • Three to five years of relevant work experience in the field of communications, advocacy and project management, preferably related to women’s rights, gender equality, Women, Peace and Security, and/or gender-based violence;
  • Proven experience of identifying and providing coaching or capacity building in the field of communication and advocacy, preferably to non-governmental organisations;
  • Preferably good understanding and interest in women’s rights and the application of a rights-based approach in development cooperation;
  • Experience of working with international donors is an asset.
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent written and oral communications skills in both Ukrainian, English and possibly Russian.

Personal skills, merits and other requirements

  • High interest in work of social, networking and outreach character.
  • Good analytical and strategic thinking.
  • Willingness to assume responsibility and the ability to work independently with limited supervision whilst also operating well as a team-player;
  • Professionalism and integrity.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work effectively on a range of tasks, be responsive and adaptable and able to handle stressful situations and peaks of intense work load with time pressure.
  • Ability to prioritise and remain solution-oriented.
  • Engagement in women’s rights work, voluntarily or professionally, or interest in women’s rights and gender equality issues and commitment to human rights and gender equality.
  • Willingness to act as a good ambassador for the organisation even outside work.
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively within the country, and on occasions abroad.
  • Experience of working abroad or in international environment.
  • Experience of working in/or knowledge of the region.
  • Preferably a driving license.


Terms and conditions

Full-time employment, local contract. Start of assignment September 2019.

Please note that due to the nature of the work, women (legal and/or self-identified) applicants are particularly encouraged to apply. Otherwise Kvinna till Kvinna strives for diversity.


Send your application no later than 31 July 2019

The application shall include a letter of motivation, CV and the contacts of at least two references, at least one of which a (previous or present) supervisor. 


If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Acting manager Monica Nordenwald: monica.nordenwald@kvinnatillkvinna.se. 

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