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Luxembourg Red Cross is recruiting Head of mission (m/f/d) – Ukraine Response (ref:3282)

The mission of the Luxembourg Red Cross is to improve the living conditions of vulnerable people. Our thousands of volunteers and our 3000 professionals make us a major player in the fields of Health, Social, Youth and Humanitarian.

If you want to put your skills and commitment at the service of an organization playing a key role in health and solidarity in Luxembourg and active internationally, join us. We offer interesting personal and professional development opportunities in a dynamic and rewarding work environment.

Head of mission (m/f/d) – Ukraine Response (ref:3282)

For the projects of the International Aid of the Luxembourg Red Cross A.S.B.L. in Ukraine

on a 18-month CDD – renewable.

The position is based in Kyiv-city with field trip to Dnipro, Sumy and Kiev oblast only if security conditions permits. The projects consist of assistance to vulnerable, refugee, displaced and disaster-stricken populations, mainly in the areas of housing, sanitation and health.


LRC activities in Ukraine

LRC has been operating in Ukraine since 1992 and increase the response during the crises in 2014. Since 2015, LRC has an office in eastern Ukraine in Donetsk oblast, where we are implementing emergency and development actions with the aim of improving quality of life, promoting rights of vulnerable individuals, and to strengthening health infrastructures.

LRC’s current portfolio adopts an integrated and multi-sectoral approach which includes interventions centered on Shelter, WASH and Health. The operational context in Ukraine today is considered largely humanitarian/emergency while phasing in resilience programming.

The Luxembourg Red Cross is supporting the organizational development of URCS (at the headquarters and branch levels) in terms of logistics, communication and relief capacities, especially with regard to emergency shelters.

Our goal is to provide effective humanitarian assistance to people in need in Ukraine. LRC will continue to implement rehabilitation programs and distribute essential humanitarian items (food, health, hygiene and shelter) in the affected areas of the country, specifically in Kyiv, Sumy, Dnipro, Zaporijjia, Mykolavska, Luhansk and Donetsk regions, in coordination with URCS and ICRC.

LRC is an equal-opportunity employer, committed to having a diverse team where individuals of all backgrounds collaborate and learn from one another. We believe we can be most effective with diverse experience and expertise in our team.

The security context in Ukraine

The security situation in Ukraine is complex and volatile, which has a daily impact on the needs of humanitarian actors and their ability to access the field.

The Green-Response strategy

In order to protect the environment of our beneficiaries and to contribute to a positive peace, the AICRL is multiplying its climate mitigation approaches within its projects. Green Response is a Red Cross and Red Crescent Society’s own mechanism to mitigate the environmental footprint of its humanitarian projects. It also requires an evolution towards more eco-responsible and sustainable logistics.


Hierarchical links:

  • Works under the direct responsibility of the LRC desk manager based in Luxembourg.
  • Lead and manage the LRC team (international and local staff) in Ukraine including project offices in Dnipro and Donestk


  • Ukrainian Red Cross Society
  • Partner National Societies present in Ukraine
  • IFRC and ICRC
  • Members of clusters and working groups in which the employee is mandated to participate
  • LRC colleagues in Ukraine and abroad


Project management: identify the needs of the target populations and define projects, ensure the implementation, monitoring, evaluation and supervision of the projects;

Together with URCS, implement and further develop the LRC program strategy and assume the preparation of proposals and reports (internal and donors)

Introduce innovation and best practices to enhance program and operational performance

Administrative and financial management: ensuring financial supervision, quality control and monitoring of LRC supported programs in Ukraine, and provide regular progress reports to the LRC HQ

Logistical management: overseeing the logistics of the mission (tendering, ordering, stock management, etc.) and ensuring that procedures are followed

Resource management: ensuring the mobilization of all human and material resources required to achieve the operational objectives while respecting logistical, security and financial constraints; also, coordinating, supervising and supporting the teams (local and expatriate) with a view to capacity building

Security: analyzing the context and taking the necessary measures to adapt and respect security rules. LRC is under ICRC security umbrella.

Representation: representing the Luxembourg Red Cross towards URCS, ICRC, IFRC, other Movement partners and external stakeholders.

Partnership management and coordination:

Coordinating and cooperating with RCRC movement partners, lead and managing partnerships and other humanitarian actors

Flexibility and the willingness to adapt to changing circumstances is crucial in the Ukrainian context.


Essential criteria (applications that do not meet these criteria will not be considered):

Master’s degree in Management or Engineering of infrastructure.

At least 5 years of experience in the implementation of humanitarian or development projects.

Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English, French is a plus.
Professional competency in reading and spoken Ukrainian/Russian                        

Data processing:       
Excellent computer skills, in particular Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Tools such as PowerBI and Kobo is an advantage. 

Selection criteria:

  • Experience or knowledge of non-profit organizations, especially development or humanitarian organizations.
  • Training in project cycle management and knowledge of donor project management mechanisms.
  • Understanding the importance of language in humanitarian and development action especially Red Cross coordination mechanisms.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships remotely and face to face.
  • Experience of project monitoring.
  • Ability to work independently, efficiently, and reliably, to a high standard and to tight deadlines.
  • Flexible and able to innovate to find creative solutions and best practices.
  • Good organizational and logistic skills, and an attention to detail.
  • Sensitivity to cross-cultural dynamics in the workplace and ability to work collaboratively with a diverse team.
  • Resilience, flexibility, and a good sense of humor.
  • Able to work under pressure.
  • Accurate and timely reporting.
  • Budget compliance and oversight.
  • Diplomacy.
  • Organizational planning.
  • Work well in team context.


  • Job location: Ukraine with main station Kyiv-city
  • Start of employment: as soon as possible, latest May 2023.
  • Duration: minimum 18 month with option to extend
  • Prospects for career extension and development depending on the employee’s performance and investment.
  • An attractive remuneration calculated according to the experience of the candidate
  • Accommodation in a comfortable Guest House/ apartment.
  • A place in a dynamic multicultural team and work in collaboration with colleagues from the national CR movement and local companies on our projects.

Applications should be sent via our website

Direct link to apply