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Project Assistant (Kyiv)

Location: Kyiv and Kyiv region, Ukraine 

Reports to: Youth Entrepreneurship Specialist (Ukraine-based) 

POSITION SUMMARY: 

Making Cents International seeks a Project Assistant to work on the USAID-funded Ukraine National Identity Through Youth (UNITY) activity. UNITY seeks to foster vested ownership among young people in the country’s democratic, European future by further mobilizing youth leadership of a values-based conception of Ukrainian identity grounded in innovation, engagement, and pluralism. To that end, this activity will simultaneously address the key domains identified in USAID’s Positive Youth Development (PYD) approach: building youth assets, fostering resilience, offering age-appropriate experiences for youth contribution, and strengthening the enabling environment, while intentionally and safely promoting dialogue and belonging around this pluralistic identity and incentivizing participation and leadership by historically marginalized groups. 

The Project Assistant will support the effective implementation of the activity’s Objective 1Expand economic opportunities for youth through innovation, entrepreneurship, and career preparedness. 

GENERAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Support day-to-day management of Objective 1 activities; 
  • Coordinate project components by providing programmatic, administrative, and logistical planning and implementation; 
  • Provide web-based research assistance for projects and publications; 
  • Translate program-related documents between English and Ukrainian (example document types include training sessionsgrantee reports, talking points); 
  • Support effective collaboration with project team, partners, consultants, stakeholders, experts, trainers, program regional coordinators, mentors and coaches, youth, representative of targeted hromadas; 
  • Assist in organization of events such as trainings, meetings, and workshops; 
  • Travel to UNITY activity sites (as COVID-19 restrictions allow); 
  • Coordinate with UNITY staff and Making Cents’ technical staff based in the United States; 
  • Contribute to activity planning, reporting, data analysis, and budgets as requested; and 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

REQUIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE: 

  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • A minimum of two years of work experience 
  • Strong command of spoken/written English and Ukrainian 
  • Excellent writing skills (Ukrainian and English) 
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills 
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office applications 
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and complete tasks in accordance with stated deadlines 
  • Ability to travel within Ukraine 

OUR IDEAL CANDIDATES HAVE: 

  • Experience in working with youth from ages 15-35 and/or young entrepreneurs 

  • Experience supporting programs funded by the US Government and/or other donor funding program 

COMPANY BACKGROUND 

Making Cents International (www.makingcents.com) is a results-driven women-owned small business founded on the principles of social entrepreneurship. Since our founding in 1999, we have been fostering human potential and promoting economic opportunities for disadvantaged populations around the world. We have implemented more than 130 projects in over 60 countries to date and are a trusted partner to public- and private-sector clients who benefit from our expertise and broad industry exposure. 

TO APPLY 

Submit resume and cover letter online through “Join Our Team” under the Contact section of www.makingcents.com. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. 

Only complete applications will be considered. No telephone inquiries will be accepted. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the high number of applications, Making Cents will only contact shortlisted candidates. 

Making Cents International is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. 

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