Conflict Advisor | Kyiv, Ukraine | 2023

The Partnership Fund for a Resilient Ukraine (PFRU) is a multi-year, multi-donor funded programme managed by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and governed in collaboration with the Government of Ukraine.

The PFRU’s aim is to set improved conditions for the Ukrainian state, in partnership with civil society and the private sector, to lead on an inclusive national recovery, strengthening resilience in frontline areas and revitalisation in the context of Russia’s aggression. The fund is designed to facilitate the rebuilding of socially cohesive, sovereign, and prosperous Ukraine. Support is focused on frontline, at-risk and recently liberated areas. PFRU prides itself on its evidence-based and politically driven approach to pursue its stabilisation objectives.

The Conflict Adviser is a cross-cutting role with a focus on ensuring that PFRU’s strategy, programme design and implementation are sensitive to the war dynamics, minimise doing harm and maximise their contribution to PFRU’s stabilisation objectives. The Adviser will support technical as well as operational and research teams to ensure compliance with key principles of conflict sensitivity in project design, implementation and monitoring, evaluation and learning, and conflict and context analysis.


Context/conflict sensitivity in PFRU

  • Guide project development and management staff across PFRU to ensure that all aspects of the project cycle are conflict sensitive: sub-project assessment (including analysis), design, scopes of work, implementation, approaches adopted, and MEL are conflict sensitive and reflect the conflict analysis.
  • Familiarise the team on CS and develop systems to mainstream it.
  • Lead capacity building for PFRU staff on CS and work with VFM lead to ensure linkages, especially around opportunities.
  • Support all teams to ensure that strategies and plans (research, monitoring, evaluation and learning, project concept notes and design, implementation, processes employed by the Operations teams etc) are conflict sensitive and coherent with findings from other PFRU programming and relevant research and conflict analysis.
  • Risk management: proactively support teams on identifying and managing political, governance, context and security risks and keeping the portfolio-level risk register active and up to date and provide guidance to project teams to ensure conflict sensitivity risks are full integrated into project and programme level risk management.
  • Guide teams on PFRU CS framework, including tracking and refining conflict sensitivity markers at project and programme level.

Context analysis:

As part of PFRU in-house research capacity, contribute to guiding the focus of PFRU’s various research capabilities and ensuring these are conflict sensitive (CS). Including:

For Research, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning:

    • Support RMEL team with its research strategy, quality assurance, CS and networks of research resources and to turn PFRU into a round-table for ideas and discussion
    • Ensure learning from PFRU and other initiatives in Ukraine is captured to inform programming in all conflict-related thematic areas
    • Support information flow and improved access to research for the team
    • Carry out specific CS conflict analysis as required.

For Revitalise:

    • Provide guidance, insight and written inputs on the Revitalise advocacy, policy and research component to help navigate Ukrainian political and social dynamics and ensure that conflict sensitivity is embedded into our design, research, policy and pilot work;
    • Provide guidance, insight and written inputs during grants and technical assistance design and implementation to avoid entrenching existing inequalities or undermining social cohesion; and
    • Provide ad hoc briefings and insights in advance of politically sensitive stakeholder meetings.

For Early Recovery Community Safety subproject

      • Provide technical advice on scopes of work for grants to civil society organisations and any PFRU sub-contracted technical assistance.
      • Potentially over time provide technical oversight and support for PFRU sub-contracted technical assistance for community safety and for community security grantees, working closely with the Early Recovery Deputy Director and Community Engagement Officers.
      • Provide advice on relationship management with the relevant technical experts within the Ministry of Interior and National Police, Regional and Local Government and Civil Society.


  • 5-10 years of experience working on policy development or programming, and demonstrated ability to navigate in a complex political context;
  • Proven experience of effective collaboration with a broad range of individuals within and outside one’s own organisation.
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluation approaches.
  • Experience of working with and influencing external stakeholders
  • Designing and quality-assuring research proposals and deliverables so that they are conflict sensitive
  • Experience in stabilisation and/or development programming and an understanding of the continual relationship between programmes and the context
  • Deep knowledge of the Ukrainian context (politics, social dynamics, economics, threats and opportunities presented by the war
  • Fluency in English essential. Knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian highly desirable
  • Experience of and project or programme design, implementation and management, in particular working with major donors, such as the UK, US, Sweden, Finland, Canada or Switzerland.

Demonstrated interest and awareness of programming and/or policy development regarding the following themes:

  • Inclusive conflict and political analysis and applying it to develop strategies to address the risks of conflict and instability
  • Conflict sensitivity: understanding the relationship between projects and approaches adopted by PFRU and the context, minimising harm and maximising opportunities for stabilisation
  • Stabilisation: Developing and designing stabilization interventions to address fragility and violence including early warning, stabilisation and early recovery.
  • Adaptive programming

Place of Assignment: Kyiv, Ukraine

Reporting: The Conflict Adviser will report directly to the RMEL Director.

Application Details  

Please use this link PFRU Conflict Advisor by 28th March, 2023. Candidates will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No telephone inquiries, please. Chemonics will contact finalists. Chemonics is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.