Salary band
$74,400 – $93,750
FCM Programs
Bilingualism in Ukrainian is considered a strong asset
Contract until March 2021
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For more than 25 years, FCM has helped local governments around the world develop their capacity to deliver basic services, promote economic growth and encourage the participation of citizens in planning and decision making. Working in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) and other donors and partners, FCM International mobilizes Canadian municipal expertise to build more sustainable communities. Since 1987, FCMI has implemented a portfolio of projects and programs that had a lasting impact on the lives of millions of people in more than 50 countries around the world.

The Partnership for Local Economic Development and Democratic Governance Program (PLEDDG) is a 6-year, CAN $19.5 million program funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) that started in 2015 and will end in March 2021.  PLEDDG aims to strengthen Ukraine’s municipal sector by increasing capacities in 16 cities to advance local democracy and economic development. Working in 4 oblasts, PLEDDG supports Ukraine’s local government reform initiatives through 3 inter-related components that aid in bridging the gap between east and west and between local and other orders of government.  PLEDDG activities help to:

  1. Empower local governments to implement an “open government” model to create transparent and participatory decision-making processes and facilitate more inclusive approaches that enable stakeholders to more actively contribute to shaping the local development agenda and devising local solutions to economic development challenges.
  2. Stimulate and support the growth of locally based small and medium enterprises through business services centres, skills/professional development and other support programs to help expand and strengthen the middle class.
  3. Facilitate improved structures and capacities, practical policy and planning enhancements and intergovernmental cooperation to facilitate decentralization and promote local investment, trade and business development.  The municipal sector’s association, the Association of Ukrainian Cities (AUC), is supported to introduce new services related to democratic governance and local economic development (LED) and, together with PLEDDG, facilitate the exchange of experience and best practices and disseminate project knowledge and experience to all Ukrainian cities and other stakeholders.

Major Purpose

Reporting to the PLEDDG Program Director in Ukraine, the PLEDDG Senior Governance Advisor is a member of the PLEDDG Leadership Team and provides strategic guidance to the implementation of PLEDDG.  The Senior Governance Advisor advises project personnel and partners and provides technical assistance in democratic governance and one or more of PLEDDG’s other thematic areas: local economic development, investment, small/medium business development, municipal sector training/capacity development, gender equality and/or environmental sustainability.

She/he supports PLEDDG staff to manage PLEDDG program components by bringing Canadian and international experience, resources and best practices to program deliberations; providing contextual analysis; helping to design activities and determine inputs (budget and human resources) to achieve expected outputs; and monitoring, evaluating and reporting on program results.  She/he works closely with the Canada Program Manager and Ukraine-based Senior Experts to implement the technical assistance strategy and support Canadian and international volunteers and consultants working with PLEDDG.  She/he helps ensure good relations and coordination between PLEDDG and Global Affairs Canada and other donor programs and organizations in Ukraine that are involved in the same field. She/he supports FCM’s role as a leader in international cooperation.

Key Responsibilities

Strategic Guidance

  • Identify and bring relevant Canadian and international best practices, knowledge resources and tools in the areas of democratic governance, local economic development and intergovernmental relations being addressed by PLEDDG
  • Assist Senior Experts to identify success factors that enable governance results in targeted partner cities and to design and provide interventions to achieve expected results.
  • Assist Senior Experts to identify and implement strategies to support the institutionalization of plans, tools and processes introduced in partner cities by PLEDDG and to ensure the sustainability of results at the city and oblast levels.
  • Provide strategic guidance and technical advice when necessary to partner cities in area of expertise according to cities’ needs and in support of their sustainability strategies, city development plans, business development programs and other initiatives supported by PLEDDG.
  • Provide strategic advice to partners, in particular the Association of Cities of Ukraine and selected ministries within the Government of Ukraine, on ways to sustain, document, disseminate, replicate and scale up PLEDDG results. 
  • Provide analysis of the municipal governance development situation in Ukraine and produce periodic updates and briefs as requested by the Program Director on the status of governance, risks, issues and successes in Ukraine.

Planning and Project Management

  • Participate as a member of the PLEDDG Leadership Team, providing advice on and assistance with the design, planning and implementation of PLEDDG capacity development interventions, including the small funds, in accordance with the Project Implementation Plan and Annual Work Plan.
  • Contribute to PLEDDG annual work planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring and reporting processes in compliance with the FCM-GAC contribution agreement.
  • Provide advice and technical assistance to the implementation of PLEDDG´s Gender Equality Strategy, Environmental Sustainability Strategy, Anti-Corruption and other program strategies to ensure their efficient integration within the program.
  • Work collaboratively with PLEDDG staff, and FCM staff and consultants assigned to work on PLEDDG, to ensure effective and efficient project management, operations and administration.
  • Support the involvement of relevant FCM staff (Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Knowledge Sharing, Communications, Operations, Recruitment, Finance, People and Culture, etc.) in PLEDGG planning, monitoring and reporting. 
  • Participate with other members of FCM International teams in activities to contribute to effectiveness of FCM Programs management.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Knowledge Sharing (MELKS)

  • Advise and collaborate with the PLEDDG M&E Advisor, the PLEDDG Manager Knowledge Management and Communication and other staff to refine and implement monitoring, evaluation, learning and knowledge sharing strategies to ensure that they contribute to effective project management, meet donor reporting requirements and promote learning and knowledge sharing.
  • Support the implementation of the PLEDDG performance management framework, including contributing to the design and development of tools and methods for the timely collection, management and analysis of performance information as input into GAC reports and knowledge sharing.
  • Take a leadership role, under the direction of the Program Director, in preparing mid-year and annual narrative reports following FCM and GAC guidelines and other reports as required by GAC.

Canadian and International Experts and Events

  • Collaborate with the Canada Program Manager and Senior Experts to identify annual and quarterly program needs for Canadian and international technical assistance in various thematic areas.
  • Provide input into the development of Terms of Reference for and the recruitment of Canadian and international volunteers and consultants.
  • Provide guidance, orientation and support in Ukraine to Canadian municipal volunteers (staff and elected officials), representatives of provincial and territorial municipal associations, FCM staff and Canadian consultants to ensure their effective involvement in PLEDDG programming.
  • Facilitate collaboration between Canadian/ international technical assistants and Ukrainian counterparts.
  • Assist the PLEDDG team to organize and implement technical missions of Canadian experts to Ukraine and of Ukrainian partners to Canada as well as key networking events involving Ukrainian and international partners. 

Networking and Representation

  • Develop contacts with Ukrainian government counterparts, representatives of Global Affairs Canada, and other donors and international agencies working in the field of municipal governance and local economic development in Ukraine.
  • Communicate with government contacts, projects and the international community in Ukraine with the aim of coordination to optimize the implementation of PLEDGG.
  • Participate in working groups with the donor community in Ukraine on governance and local economic development.
  • As requested by the Program Director, represent PLEDDG at various events and prepare and deliver reports to the Program Steering Committee, the FCM Board of Directors/Standing Committee on International Relations and other stakeholder groups.

Knowledge, Education and Experience

  • Master’s Degree (or equivalent experience) in international development, public administration, municipal affairs, planning, or related field.
  • Minimum 7 years proven experience within the Canadian municipal sector in governance policy, planning/budgeting, local economic development, operations and service delivery as well as stakeholder consultation mechanisms, partnerships and intergovernmental cooperation. Experience in “open government” methodologies and practice is an asset.
  • 5 years of experience in international development cooperation projects.
  • Strong skills in budgeting, work planning and results-based management including monitoring, evaluation and reporting. A good understanding of Results Based Monitoring and report writing for GAC will be an asset.
  • Knowledge of Ukraine and of its developmental challenges.
  • Knowledge of the Canadian municipal network and the expertise available in the network.  Previous experience managing senior volunteers is an asset.
  • Excellent skills in leading, organizing, coaching and facilitating and strong ability to support knowledge exchange.
  • Demonstrated experience integrating gender considerations and environmental sustainability into municipal development plans and work environments
  • Demonstrated experience working within a team in a cross-cultural context
  • Strong public relations and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent computer skills:  Word, Excel, Internet, E-mail.
  • Ability to participate in frequent trips within Ukraine and occasionally to Canada to accompany technical missions, represent PLEDDG and undertake monitoring.

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in English is required.  Fluency in Ukrainian is considered a strong asset.

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