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Regional Director, USAID Governance and Local Accountability (HOVERLA) Activity (Kyiv)

DAI is a global development company with corporate offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, EU, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Palestine and project operations worldwide. We tackle fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. DAI works on the frontlines of global development. Transforming ideas into action—action into impact. We are committed to shaping a more livable world. DAI and its employees are committed to confronting racism and holding ourselves accountable for positive change within the company and in the communities, cultures, and countries in which we live and work.  DAI is committed to attracting and retaining the best employees from all races and backgrounds in our continued effort to become a better development partner. DAI upholds the highest ethical standards. We are committed to the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment as well as other ethical breaches. All of our positions are therefore subject to stringent vetting and reference checks.

DAI is seeking qualified candidates for the Kyiv-based Regional Director position on its newly awarded USAID Governance and Local Accountability (HOVERLA) Activity. Interested candidates should submit their application through the following portal:

The deadline for applications is May 3, 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


The Regional Director will serve as the bridge between the main office in Kyiv and six regional offices. S/he will ensure that the management of each regional office is efficient and guarantee coherence and comprehensiveness of the HOVERLA interventions in the targeted areas and the fulfillment of expected activities and results as detailed in annual workplans as well as the achievement of indicator goals. The Regional Director will coordinate the activities of the regional offices and supervise and support six regional Team Leaders. As part of the senior management team, the Regional Director will be expected to provide advice, input, and overall guidance to the HOVERLA team as needed.


The Regional Program Director will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following tasks: 

  • Assist in the development/review of the implementation plans, workplan and project guidelines as requested.
  • Assist with the development of project deliverables including but not limited to weekly reports, quarterly reports, annual reports.
  • Provide coordination of activities between the objective leads (Kyiv) and regional offices and vice versa.
  • Meet with clients, donors and counterparts as required.
  • Meet with grantees and provide support to the grants team as required.
  • Develop job descriptions for regional positions and in coordination with operations recruit regional staff.
  • Supervise regional work and ensure harmony across all regions in technical support.
  • Provide technical input on oblast/rayon and CTC profiles.
  • Strengthen linkages between Objectives 1, 2 and 3
  • Coordinate the activities of the COP and senior management team.
  • Assist the senior management in facilitating effective decision-making.
  • Coordinate the execution of strategic initiatives in the regional offices.
  • Participate in regular meetings with the COP and senior management team to discuss technical, administrative, and staffing issues.
  • Assess inquiries directed from the regions (staff or others) to determine the proper course of action and delegate to the appropriate individual to manage.
  • Maintain records of meetings and follow through as needed.
  • Oversee the field work done by the program and the grantees and ensure that lessons learned are cycled back into the program’s future work planning.
  • Travel to regional offices to support six regional Team Leaders, provide technical support, manage relationships with partners and regional government officials, and provide quality assurance of the activities in the field.
  • Supervise the field activities of the program, distill and communicate best practices across regions, and ensure clarity and consistency of communications between the main office in Kyiv and regional Team Leaders and partners in the field.
  • Provide capacity building opportunities to CSOs in the targeted regions based on methodologies agreed on with the M&E/CLA team.
  • Other activities as directed by COP or DCOP.


  • A bachelor’s degree and at least 10 years of relevant and progressively responsible, including managerial, experience.
  • Experience working and interacting with local authorities, private‐sector partners, representatives of civil society, and other donor agencies.
  • Fluency in Russian and Ukrainian languages.
  • Fluency in English language preferred.
  • USAID experience is a plus.


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