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DAI is seeking qualified candidates for the Kyiv-based Civic Engagement Lead position on its newly awarded USAID Governance and Local Accountability (HOVERLA) Activity.



The deadline for applications is May 9, 2021.



DAI Global is implementing the USAID-funded Governance and Local Administration (HOVERLA), based in Kyiv, Ukraine. This project is designed to support Ukraine advance self-reliant local governance including legislative reforms, participatory strategic planning methodologies, service improvement, local economic development, civil society engagement, and capacity building of sub-national government entities.

Objective 1: Ukraine’s system of local self-governance is increasingly institutionalized and effective

Objective 2: More self-reliant subnational governance

Objective 3: Citizens play an increasingly influential role in local governance processes



Through the development and implementation of evidence-based and context-driven interventions, the Civic Engagement Lead will help the HOVERLA team to support consolidated communities establish participatory mechanisms and capacity for cross-sectoral dialogue, planning, and budgeting, increasing own-source revenues. The Civic Engagement Lead will support visible service improvements and ensure that core public administration and public financial management functions (budgeting, planning, management, and citizen engagement) are strengthened in partner districts. The Citizen Engagement lead will lead the implementation of HOVERLA’s activities under Objective 3 (O3).



General duties

  • Lead and coordinate all O3 team-members embedded in Kyiv and oblast offices.
  • Build and manage relationships with oblast- and rayon-based HOVERLA stakeholders, and coordinate with cooperating partner-funded programs operating at the local level.
  • Develop, implement, monitor and evaluate citizen engagement activities that involve partner oblast and rayon civil service and elected officials, service providers, private sector entities, civil society organizations (CSOs) and local citizens (including women and disadvantaged communities).
  • Oversee logistics for assessment exercises, activities and events in the partner oblast as needed.
  • Deliver timely, detailed and accurate updates on oblast-based activities that inform trip, activity, inception, quarterly, annual, and final reports, the annual work plan, and other deliverables.
  • Work closely with and support the Grants Team on proposal and budget development; the solicitation process; activity implementation; deliverable completion; and monitoring, evaluation and learning for grantees under O3.
  • Identify and contribute to success stories as required by USAID.
  • Collect quality data for the Activity, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan (AMELP) for quarterly and annual indicators.
  • Develop and tailor strategies to engage national and local government (oblast, rayon and community) stakeholders to support civic engagement.
  • Refine existing training tools and develop workshops to improve the civic engagement and public outreach.
  • Provide technical assistance and support to government counterparts and grantees as needed.
  • Develop training modules to meet O3 goals.
  • Other duties as assigned by COP and DCOP.


Civic engagement duties

  • Build technical and organizational capacity of CSOs and private sector entities to participate in local decision making, assess service delivery, and hold government counterparts accountable.
  • Manage awareness and engagement efforts, including strengthening social accountability mechanisms for improved citizen-government relations.
  • Build linkages between communities and organizations working at the grassroots level, and those that can influence the actions of local or national leaders and decision-makers within or outside of the government.
  • Develop social accountability tools, such as community score cards, citizen report cards, social audits, and public expenditure tracking surveys, at the local level.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned.




  • University degree in relevant field required
  • 15+ years of relevant experience
  • Experience in working on local level civic engagement and advocacy activities on donor-funded projects (USAID experience preferred).
  • Knowledge of decentralization in Ukraine, including local level
    • Delivery of essential services
    • Citizen, private-sector, women and disadvantaged community involvement in government decision-making, including development planning and monitoring
  • Ability to respond effectively to time sensitive demands & inquiries
  • Demonstrated commitment to exceptional customer relations (both internally & externally)
  • Excellent organizational skills with a willingness to take initiative and be proactive


Interested candidates should submit their application through the following portal:


  • To help us track our recruitment effort, please indicate (on the application form and in your cover letter how ( you heard about this position.


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