Vocational Education and Business Development Associate

  • Added Date: Thursday, 13 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 27 February 2020
  • Component 1: Economic Recovery and Restoration of Critical Infrastructure
  • Component 2: Local Governance and Decentralization Reform 
  • Component 3: Community Security and Social Cohesion.
  • To enhance local capacity for gender-responsive decentralisation and administrative reforms to improve governance, local development and the delivery of services.
  • To stimulate employment and economic growth by providing assistance to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) development through demand-driven business development services and professional skills training.
  • To enhance social cohesion and reconciliation through promotion of civic initiatives.
  • To support sector reforms and structural adjustments in health, education and critical public infrastructure to mitigate direct impacts of the conflict. 
  • Provision of technical support for the implementation of the early recovery loan, issued by the European Investment Bank (EIB) to the Government of Ukraine. 


  • Support the Component activities aimed at analysis and assessment of regional labour market needs and demand, existing VET system, SES and local business stakeholders’ activity and other relevant studies;
  • Facilitate identifying regulatory framework and policy barriers to effective development of links between the business community and regional training facilities;
  • Contribute to streamlining of communications between the key labour market actors in order to improve employability of population of the target regions in particular by ensuring efficient information exchange;  
  • Contribute to design of training and re-skilling programmes for VET system in partnership with the SES and employers in the region to meet the needs of the labour market;
  • Facilitate recruitments of potential candidates for training and up-skilling activities stipulated by the Component implementation plans in close cooperation with key stakeholders including VET system, SES, business memberships organizations, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME)  and relevant local authorities;
  • Contribute to establishing mechanisms for technical assistance to VET institutions, SES and business community in the field of efficient cooperation; as well as to provision of grants for implementation of joint public-private initiatives aimed at enhancing employability through strengthening links between public and private entities.
  • Contribute to the data collection and processing aimed at specification of capacity building needs for VET institutions in Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts;
  • Effectively assist in Component’s activities aimed at improvement of networking tools for VET system and local employers at regional level (Donetsk and Luhansk VET councils) and at the level of VET institution (supervisory boards);
  • Support in organization of capacity development trainings, studies and experience-exchange visits, workshops and round tables aimed at open discussion of VET system development issues and increase an effectiveness of VET institutions planning, management and implementation.
  • Full and appropriate implementation of the Component activities;
  • Component results, experiences and lessons learned disseminated at the national and regional levels;
  • Component reporting, quality monitoring and closure activities completed.
  • Component annual work plan is fully and timely implemented;
  • Component funds delivery reached 100%;
  • Component activities are carried out in strict accordance with UNDP rules and procedures.


  • Communication;
  • Delivery;
  • Innovation;
  • Leadership;
  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Knowledge Management and Learning; 
  • Development and Operational Effectiveness;
  • Conflict Management;
  • Result orientation;
  • Teamwork;
  • Self –management and emotional intelligence.
  • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things;
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies and new approaches.
  • Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion;
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines.
  • Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things;
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches.
  • Performed analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contributes to the formulation of institutional responses taking into account women’s and men’s needs and experiences;
  • Uses the opportunity to bring forward and disseminate materials for global advocacy work and adapts it for use at country level.
  • Ability to manage Component activities for results, including the ability to translate strategic aims into achievable annual work plans; and prepare reports in a timely manner;
  • Ability to handle politically sensitive issues and contacts within government authorities, public institutions and CSO’s community and within UNDP; 
  • Sound judgment and maturity to foster a positive work environment;
  • Understanding of and commitment to such UNDP values as gender equality and zero tolerance to any kind of discriminatory and abusive behavior, including sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse; 
  • Familiarity with national policies, socio-economic context of the region, and relevant legislation;
  • Demonstrated strong coordination and facilitation skills;
  • Excellent usage of computers and office software packages.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Business Administration, Education Management, Public Administration, Finance, Social Sciences or another relevant field.


  • At least 3 years of experience in assisting or supporting implementation of projects or project components in the economic field, vocational education, employment and/or private sector development;
  • Experience in usage of computers and office software packages (Word, Excel etc.), experience in handling of web-based management systems;
  • Experience in working for international organizations/projects will be considered as an advantage;
  • Familiarity with UNDP rules and regulations will be considered as advantage.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English, Ukrainian and Russian is required.

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Contract Duration: 6 months with possible extension

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