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National Capacity Building and Advocacy Specialist at DAI Global, LLC (Kyiv)

About DAI

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 National Capacity Building and Advocacy Specialist 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 – until the position is filled in. Due to a high volume of applications received, we are unable to contact each applicant individually regarding the status of their application. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted in response to this job advertisement.

Project Background

DAI Global is implementing the USAID-funded Governance and Local Accountability (HOVERLA) Activity, 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.  The Activity has three objectives:

  • 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

Position Overview

The National Capacity Building and Advocacy Specialist will support, and coordinate activities related to Objective 3 engaging citizens, including people with disabilities, youth activists, and civil society organizations, in opportunities for local development. The National Capacity Building and Advocacy Specialist will work under the supervision of the Civic Engagement Lead to strengthen the civic engagement in HOVERLA’s partner communities, enabling for public oversight of and involvement in local governance processes, as well as contributing to capacity development of civil society organizations and ensure the participation of people with disabilities and youth activists.

Objectives and Duties

  • In close consultations with Civic Engagement Lead develop and support the implementation of the capacity development activities for partner CSOs/NGOs enabling them to deliver better results on engaging citizens to the local government processes
  • Work closely with HOVERLA partner CSOs/NGOs to assess their capacity and contribute to its enhancing
  • Support effective issue-based coalitions building and networks of CSOs/NGOs in HOVERLA partner communities
  • In the course of delivering the HOVERLA’s objectives, advocate for and ensure participation of people with disabilities, youth activists and other underrepresented groups of citizens.
  • Contribute to and support the capacity-building activities of youth centers and youth groups in HOVERLA partner communities.
  • Assist in coordinating the activities of partner CSOs/NGOs in HOVERLA partner communities
  • Provide organizational support to and participate in program events of HOVERLA and/or partner CSOs/NGOs when necessary for delivering on program results
  • Work closely with grantees and program beneficiaries, disseminate program updates and collect input
  • Contribute to the preparation of learning products
  • Contribute to the capacity assessment of partner CSOs/NGOs
  • Contribute to the preparation of program reports, work plans, and budgets
  • Contribute to the communication of HOVERLA-supported activities and results
  • Work closely with other technical teams to ensure cohesion among HOVERLA’s activities and interventions
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor, DCOP, and COP


  • A bachelor’s degree in the field of public administration, education, project management, or other relevant fields. Master’s degree is preferred.
  • At least 3 years of relevant experience in the capacity development of CSOs/NGOs
  • Ability to work in a multi-sector environment
  • Knowledge of the civil society sector in Ukraine and regional development
  • Experience working with USAID or other international donor-funded projects is a plus
  • Solid communications and facilitation skills
  • Fluency in Ukrainian and strong English language skills, both verbal and written required


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