Project Manager

Cowater International
  • Location
    Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 03

Position description

Job Title: Project Manager

Position Type: Part-time

Duration/Level of Effort: Long-term

Position Location: Kyiv, Ukraine



The Field Services Support Project will support Canada’s programming in Ukraine by offering technical, research, logistical, procurement and administrative support to Global Affairs Canada’s activities and initiatives.


Cowater is currently recruiting a Project Manager for a proposal under development for Global Affairs Canada’s Field Services Support Project (FSSP) in Ukraine. This position, conditional on the project being awarded to Cowater, is part-time (estimated at 150 days/yr) and based in Kyiv, Ukraine. 


  • Collaborating with Global Affairs Canada and partners in assessing needs and setting priorities;
  • Identifying risks for the FSSP and developing and implementing emergency and mitigation plans;
  • Developing and maintaining professional relationships with networks of key stakeholders (government, civil society, other donors, private sector);
  • Ensuring consistent integration of key cross-cutting themes in all deliverables;
  • Co-leading the preparation of all key FSSP project management documents, tools, and reports;
  • Overseeing the deliverables, activities and completion of tasks related to administrative, financial, logistical and transportation rental services; vii. Communicating with the High Commission of Canada, the recipient country’s government authorities or representatives, and other key FSSP stakeholders as needed;
  • Able to work effectively in a dynamic team environment (working both independently and as part of a small team);
  • Ensuring the overall quality and management of all services offered by the project;
  • Developing and maintaining networks of key stakeholders (government, civil society, other donors, private sector) and convening and facilitating project-related policy dialogues and consultations;
  • Planning and coordinating procurement services of technical specialist services through local and international competitive processes;
  • Analyzing, planning, directing and assessing the administrative tasks to be carried out by technical specialists, including timely submission of deliverables, adherence to basic professional requirements and alignment with activity specifications;
  • Supervising the management and quality of reporting and invoicing for services rendered;
  • Ensuring the effective management and internal monitoring of project progress and results, including managing through project issues and problems as they arise.



  • Advanced (post-graduate) degree in a relevant discipline such as political sciences, law, international development, economics, finance, business administration, project management, social sciences, engineering, or applied sciences.

Minimum Experience:

  • At least eight (8) years of international development project management and delivery experience;
  • Prior experience implementing/managing at least three (3) prior international development projects (at least 70% completed);
  • Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate this experience on long term (projects with a duration of 5 or more years), high value (projects with a total value at or above 5 million CAD) projects;
  • The candidate should have demonstrable experience in the following key functions:
    • Preparing or overseeing the preparation of project planning documents (such as Operating Procedures Manuals, Procurement Plans and Annual Work Plans);
    • Preparing or overseeing the preparation of project reports (such as annual technical reports and final technical reports);
    • Ensuring the overall quality of all services delivered within a project;
    • Ensuring the cost-effectiveness of all services delivered within a project;
    • Communicating with government authorities or their representatives;
    • Planning and coordinating administrative and logistics management services;
    • Ensuring the effective management of resources and internal monitoring of project progress and results;
    • Resolving unanticipated project issues and problems as they arise.
  • The candidate should be able to develop and maintain working relationships of key international development assistance stakeholders, including identifying stakeholder priorities and needs, facilitating consultations, and liaising with multiple stakeholders such as: Civil Society Organizations; private sector organizations; humanitarian sector; and local governments and ministries.
  • Project experience should be for work in developing countries, ideally Ukraine.

Language Proficiency:

  • Candidates must possess an advanced professional proficiency in English and Ukrainian.

Employment Conditions:

  • Candidates must be able to live and work in the project country. The ideal candidate will already be living in/based in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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