International Program Manager for Ukraine to RFSL
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RFSL is currently looking to recruit 1 committed and passionate professional to join our team in the position of “International Program Manager ” to work with supporting LGBTQI organising in Ukraine.

As International Program Manager you will be working in the Ukraine team to implement the program: Resilient movements, stronger communities 2023-2024.

In this role, you will work to create pre-conditions for LGBTQI groups, initiatives and organisations to sustain their work through stronger organisational structures including financial and human resources. This implies working with partner organisations systematically and supporting them in their on-going work through re-granting.

You will be part of the International Unit and report to the Head of Program.

The role includes the following tasks:

  • Be responsible for the whole cycle of grant management including reviewing partner applications and reports, reviewing and tracking budgets, preparing decision memos, agreements and other documentation and routines, related to project and grant management in the non-profit sector
  • Plan calls and criteria for partnerships, together with the Head of Program and the RFSL regional team
  • Work with the Head of Program, Controller and the Financial Team on financial follow-up and oversight
  • Organize workshops / trainings/ consultations
  • Coordinate work with other funders and donors in the region with a focus on Ukraine
  • Monitor and evaluate the activities in relation to the program goals as well as learn and adjust activities to ensure that the program implementation is relevant and responsive to a changing regional context
  • Evaluate, record learnings and report on the results and related budget expenditure
  • Provide support in drafting reports, applications and other documentation needed for the program
  • Participate in office and team meetings and processes and contribute with experience and knowledge in the drafting of applications for funding or other relevant documents
  • Perform administrative tasks

We assume that you share RFSL’s values of anti-racism, feminism, accessibility, and intersectionality.

To be suitable for this position you have:

  • At least 3 years of relevant working experience with re-granting such as review partner applications and reports, budgets, prepare decision memos, agreements and other documentation and routines
  • Experience working with budgets, financial reports, and oversight in the NGO sector, ideally in Eastern Europe
  • Expertise in the lived realities of LGBTQI persons in Eastern Europe and Ukraine in particular
  • A strong commitment to the advancement of LGBTQI rights, justice, and equality
  • At least 3 years of relevant working experience within a national or international non-governmental organisation
  • Understanding of the security implications related to LGBTQI activism in Ukraine
  • Excellent knowledge (spoken and written) of English and Ukrainian
  • High administrative capacity
  • Solid IT skills, including good knowledge of Google Suite and Microsoft 365 (Excel, PPT, Word)
  • A Bachelor’s degree in gender studies, international relations, political science and sociology or other social sciences or equivalent qualifications obtained through relevant work experience
  • A Swedish work permit or permission to work in Sweden under the EU Temporary Protection Directive for Ukraine

Qualifications that are desirable but not required for the position are:

  • A proven track record of knowledge and experiences from human rights work in Eastern Europe
  • Experience in organising trainings and other capacity-strengthening events for civil society activists, preferably in Eastern Europe

This is a full-time temporary employment, starting in April/May 2023 or as soon as possible. The employment is initially until December 31 2024, with the possibility of prolongation. The employment begins with a 6-month probationary period, after which a mutual notice period applies in the event that either party wishes to end the employment early.

Furthermore, RFSL are part of a collective agreement and offer a number of valuable work benefits.

The organization is working in a hybrid mode. The position should preferably be based in Sweden, while some travel to the region and elsewhere will also be expected (depending on context and safety). RFSL can provide support with work permit applications, if relevant.

RFSL strives to be an inclusive workplace for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics, religion, race, ethnicity, country of origin, disability status, age and other grounds of discrimination. Candidates with lived realities and experiences of LGBTQI communities, especially individuals with trans, intersex and gender-non-conforming experiences and identities and with diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please apply as soon as possible, as we recruit on an ongoing basis, but no later than March 26, 2023. If you have any questions about the position please contact Jenny Sundberg, International Director, at

Contact information to local Union representative Natia Gvianishvili:

Many strong applicants will have some qualifications but not others. We highly encourage everyone to apply!

Founded in 1950, RFSL, the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Rights, is one of the oldest non-profit, membership based LGBTQI organizations in the world. RFSL’s vision is an equal world where all LGBTQI people’s human rights are respected, and nobody is left out. The Federation has over 7000 members and 36 chapters around Sweden. The Head office with its 45 staff members is located in Stockholm.

RFSL’s global solidarity work dates back to 1979 when the organization joined ILGA. Our international work is deeply rooted in RFSL’s decades-long experience of advancing LGBTQI rights nationally and centers the expertise and self-advocacy of our partner organizations. RFSL’s international unit has a broad capacity-strengthening program and a strong commitment to international advocacy.