|Office Country||United Kingdom|
|Division||Policy and Partnerships|
|Contract Type||Short Term|
|Contract Length||06 months|
|Posting End Date||23/11/2023|
Purpose of Job
The Principal Counsellor, Governance is responsible for overseeing effective delivery of key programme components and outcomes (including ensuring overall financial and operational health of the programme); assesses risks to successfully delivery of reform and recovery outcomes and formulates strategies for their mitigation; and contributes to strategic programme design. S/he monitors, analyses and reports on policy developments affecting the recovery and reform landscape in Ukraine and formulates proposals for potential new assignments within the areas of his/her responsibility; provides advice to senior management on recovery related topics; supports high-level policy dialogue with the Government of Ukraine and liaises at an appropriate level with political leaders, international partners and inter-governmental organisations active in the transition region.
Accountabilities & Responsibilities
Oversee the work of Reform Support Teams (RST in the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine and RST for Legal Approximation of EU Acquis in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine), including oversight of formulation of priorities, work plans, results delivery and monitoring, team management, and overall support to successful RST operations;
Manage the operations of the Ukraine Reforms Architecture Foundation (URAF) and act as a contact person/facilitator for all related counterparts;
Manage sub-contracting agencies (accounting agency and HR agency) and act as a contact person/facilitator for all relevant counterparts;
Oversee negotiations and selection of service providers (sub-contracting agents and individual consultants);
Oversee procurement in compliance with the Banks Procurement Policies and Rules;
Conduct regular quantitative and qualitative analysis of the financial and operational health of the programme;
Regularly assess operational and programme risks and formulate appropriate mitigation strategies;
Ensure coordination with relevant EBRD internal teams (e.g. Grant Unit, DCF, Communications, Banking, Compliance, DFO, etc.);
Contribute to the negotiations on priority reforms with government counterparts;
Conduct research on specific policy developments and provide briefings/presentations for Senior Management to be delivered to EBRD stakeholders and external audiences;
Identify and analyse emerging needs of Ukrainian authorities with respect to short-term recovery as well as medium to long-term reconstruction, and formulate proposals for new potential engagements/projects in support of Ukraine recovery in the specific areas of responsibility.
Knowledge, Skills, Experience & Qualifications
Advanced degree in a relevant field, such as public policy/politics, law, international relations, journalism, political economy, economics, business.
Significant hands-on experience with project management and coordination of complex donor funded projects related to policy development and reform implementation in Ukraine;
Extensive hands-on experience in Ukraine or other EBRD recipient countries, including strong understanding of the ongoing reform and recovery processes in Ukraine;
Understanding of economic reforms, economic regulation, governance, public administration and political economy issues in the transition region and knowledge of economics/finance;
Strong ability to establish trusted professional relationships with local and international stakeholders;
Ability to operate independently in political, diplomatic and business environments, diplomatic skills required for regular contact with senior national and international officials;
Good understanding of the Banks mandate;
Excellent communication and report writing skills in English at the standard required for official documents.
What is it like to work at the EBRD?
Our agile and innovative approach is what makes life at the EBRD a unique experience! You will be part of a pioneering and diverse international organisation, and use your talents to make a real difference to people's lives and help shape the future of the regions we invest in.
The EBRD environment provides you with:
- Varied, stimulating and engaging work that gives you an opportunity to interact with a wide range of experts in the financial, political, public and private sectors across the regions we invest in;
- A working culture that embraces inclusion and celebrates diversity;
- An environment that places sustainability, equality and digital transformation at the heart of what we do.
Diversity is one of the Banks core values which are at the heart of everything it does. A diverse workforce with the right knowledge and skills enables connection with our clients, brings pioneering ideas, energy and innovation. The EBRD staff is characterised by its rich diversity of nationalities, cultures and opinions and we aim to sustain and build on this strength. As such, the EBRD seeks to ensure that everyone is treated with respect and given equal opportunities and works in an inclusive environment. The EBRD encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of the EBRD member countries to apply regardless of their racial, ethnic, religious and cultural background, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities. As an inclusive employer, we promote flexible working and expecting our employee to attend the office 50% of their working time.