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General Description of the Programme/GOAL 

 GOAL has responded to almost all of the world’s major humanitarian crises since its founding in 1977, working with vulnerable communities in more than 60 countries over that period of time. While GOAL continues to be an agile first-responder to humanitarian crises, it is also committed to working with vulnerable communities to help them survive crises and support them on the road to recovery. 

GOAL’s purpose is to save lives and empower communities to develop resilience and greater control over their lives and livelihoods. GOAL aims to increase the resilient wellbeing of the world’s poorest people and focuses on those who are excluded or marginalised, particularly those who are vulnerable due to socio-economic status, gender or age. 

Job Overview 

The Program Director – Ukraine  

The programme Director will be based in Kyiv Ukraine and will provide overall technical leadership and operational oversight for a one-year program to support and strengthen the capacity of our local partner Rights to Protection. The Program Director will serve as the primary liaison with and foster collaborative working relationships with key project stakeholders, GOAL partners, and the GOAL headquarters (HQ) based in Ireland. The PC will ensure the project team and partners operate with a single vision, applying effective strategic, technical, managerial, and operational leadership and planning. 

Duties and responsibilities 

  • Provide overall management, strategic direction, and technical leadership to technical, program, finance, and operational teams to deliver on program deliverables, tasks, and responsibilities within budget and timeframe. 
  • Represent the project in all technical, policy and programmatic fora at all levels (regional, national, and international) 
  • Serve as the project’s primary liaison with the donor, GOAL HQ in Ireland, and key stakeholders. 
  • Ensure high level of coordination and harmonization, as necessary, and nurture relationships with all key stakeholders, including partner organizations/at national and county level, on administrative, financial, and programmatic matters related to the project. 

Managerial Leadership 

  • Oversee the management of a project team based in Ukraine. 
  • Lead preparation of annual work plans, project activity updates and other project- related communication and reporting materials 
  • Represent GOAL at various fora and identify funding opportunities.  

Operational Leadership 

  • Ensure regular reporting and timely submission of deliverables as required under the award. 
  • Ensure compliance with policies and procedures, donor rules and regulations, and quality and progress standards by project staff and sub-awardees. 
  • Ensure the development and adherence to policies and protocols to identify, manage, and mitigate risks, and to ensure the safety and security of staff and assets. 
  • Ensure adherence to GOAL’s safeguarding and PSEA policies and ensure development and maintenance of safeguarding protocols. 
  • Monitor annual workplans and monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) plans to ensure that the activity is meeting goals and challenges are identified and addressed in a timely manner. 


  • Respectful of local sources of knowledge and with the recognition that Technical Advisors do not bring all the solutions to a problem. 
  • Skilled communicator and ability to work effectively across multiple cultures, including remotely. 
  • Act as a representative of GOAL and demonstrate the highest standards of behaviour towards children and vulnerable adults both in your private and professional lives. 
  • Demonstrate clear leadership in compliance with humanitarian principles. 

 Requirements (Person Specification) 



  • senior-level management experience working on internationally funded projects. 
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities, depth, and breadth of technical, management, and evaluation expertise for complex programs in resource-constrained countries. 
  • Experience collaborating and coordinating with partner organizations and diverse stakeholder groups. 
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining broad alliances and strong relationships with health stakeholders, including international donor agencies, international and local aid organizations, civil society, and local communities. 
  • Must be comfortable in high-level representational role. 
  • Proven ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse public and private partners and the ability to lead multi-disciplinary teams. 
  • Ability to diplomatically supervise staff and coordinate programs with partners from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. 


  • Fluency in Ukranian and English required - written and verbal. 
  • Deep knowledge of the political, social, and economic context of Ukraine required. 
  • Excellent planning and prioritization skills as well as creative problem-solving and analytical skills 
  • Strong interpersonal, writing, and oral presentation skills. 
  • Knowledge and experience with international donor rules and regulations  


Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as a result of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury, and any other harm. One of the ways that GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates. 

Accountability within GOAL 

Alongside our safeguarding policy, GOAL is an equal opportunities employer and has a set of integrity policies. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability: 

  • Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behaviour protocols. 
  • Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any wrongdoings within our programming area. 
  • Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or partner.