Senior Policy Advisor (m/f/d) Decentralisation

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  • Posted on 17 October 2020
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Job Description

Job description

The Ukraine Local Empowerment, Accountability and Development Programme (U-LEAD with Europe) has supported the decentralisation reform in Ukraine since 2016 and has now entered its second phase. It will continue with full-scale support to the decentralisation process in Ukraine, which has been ongoing since 2014. This process includes an amalgamation process of municipalities and the devolution of functions and tasks to the new and larger local governments. U-LEAD supports all elements of the reform including policy development, new legislation and capacity development. U-LEAD Phase II is funded by the EU and some member states including Germany and Denmark. It is managed by GIZ with its main office in Kyiv and Regional Offices in all 24 regions in Ukraine.

Your tasks
  • Support the work within all four result areas of U-LEAD
  • Integrate experience and good practices from Denmark as well as from other EU countries
  • Support and work closely with Ukrainian stakeholders on all levels
  • Facilitate a Twinning Cooperation with a Danish municipality and Ukrainian regional associations
  • Ensure that experiences from these activities are shared and spread through U-LEAD’s capacity development programmes
  • Ensure actively that other relevant Danish and European experiences are contributing to U-LEAD’s result areas.
  • Conduct training and capacity development activities
  • Coordinate with the Danish partners, the Danish embassy, the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and different EU Institutions
Your profile
  • Proven expertise from the municipal sector in Denmark
  • Ability to promote and represent relevant Danish experiences in a multicultural setting
  • International experience and solid knowledge of municipal systems in other countries and municipal reform processes
  • Experience in capacity building, project management and change management
  • Managerial and leadership skills
  • Diplomatic skills and political sensitivity
  • Ability to work independently and in teams
  • Fluency in English and Danish (knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian a distinct advantage)
Location information

Under the following link you will find information about living and working in the Ukraine.

The security situation is tense. Tailored security risk mitigation measures are in place for GIZ staff in country. GIZ staff must adhere to security measures at all times. Please also check the county-specific information provided by the German Federal Foreign Office. GIZ runs a professional security risk management system in the field of deployment. The freedom of movement is restricted. GIZ does not impose any restrictions on life partners and family members to move with you to the country of deployment. We kindly ask you to inform yourself which forms of relationships are legally and socially accepted in the country of deployment.


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GIZ would like to increase the proportion of employees with disability, both in Germany and abroad. Applications from persons with disabilities are most welcome.

About the Organization

We create prospects for people and with people. As GIZ has an international mandate, we offer a multicultural working environment. We are committed service providers and dedicated professionals, even under difficult circumstances. We take pride in enabling our employees to develop their professional and personal skills. There are plenty of reasons to join our motivated team – ranging from the diverse challenges you will face on a daily basis in one of our 130 partner countries, to the broad scope you will have for shaping your work.

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