Senior EU Aid Volunteer, Legal Affairs, Ukraine

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Deployment dates: 


Defending the rights of people that have been internally displaced or that are affected by armed conflict:

  • Activities linked with advocacy - legal tasks to defend the rights of the target audience affected by the armed conflict.
  • Some tasks will be linked to the consequences of armed conflict.
  • Teamwork and cooperation with Ukrainian and international NGOs as well as with the authorities.
  • Organization of regular events, conferences and meetings.
  • Mainstreaming the discussion and resolution of the problems and risks to which the target audience is exposed in connection to the current legislation.

Ukraine is a state in Eastern Europe. The population of Ukraine is 42 million people.
The capital of Ukraine is Kiev.
Official language is Ukrainian; Russian is widely spoken.
The climate of the whole territory of Ukraine is temperate continental.
People drive on the right-hand side of the road in Ukraine. Access to all roads is free of charge.
Ukraine is low-risk area for international volunteers, without the risk of major natural disasters and political instability, except in the eastern region and the territory of Crimea which are affected by conflict. All the risks mentioned below are moderate and in most cases will not influence the volunteer deployment.

HRC Postup is very strict with the security of its members (employees and volunteers). We have developed several tools (security management plan, safety policy, evacuation plan) that are shared with all members to be strictly followed. The organization regularly takes part in security trainings to improve skills and develop better security rules.

The city where the volunteer will be deployed is Severodonetsk which has been secured for more than 3 years and since then the city has had a chance to develop. It is located on a peaceful territory, 35 km from the line of demarcation. Since 2014 the city has had no any military accidents or shelling, proving that Severodonetsk is safer now and does not differ from other cities of Ukraine in terms of the security of civilians. It is actually the administrative center of Luhansk oblast and its population has increased to more than 150 000 residents.

Moreover, offices of many international NGOs that implement own activities in Luhansk region (UN, ICRC, OSCE, NRC, DRC, ACF, etc.) are situated in this city.
Due to the international presence in the area of the regional administrative center, the atmosphere in the city improved economically and in terms of its social activism and NGO sector, if compared to the last 20 years.
The volunteer will not be asked to go to any unsafe place or to travel close to the front line (and will always be at least 5 km away). Travelling without HRC Postup employees outside the city will also not be allowed.
In any case, if the security situation changes, HRC Postup will not take any risks for its members and volunteers and will move them to a safe place (in Kiev or back to the country of Origin if requested).

The volunteer will gain further knowledge of the recent local security and operational context during follow up meetings, reviews and everyday communication with colleagues.

Legal affairs tasks

Working in the field of international humanitarian law to support the team
Analysis of international practice on armed conflicts
Contributing with ideas on how to use international humanitarian law and implement it in the local context to support beneficiaries
Supporting the team creating proposals to defend the rights of people affected by armed conflict
Cooperation with other NGOs in Ukraine in relation to work carried out on research and implementation of international humanitarian law

Public relation tasks

Assisting with the organization of regular events
Raising awareness of the human rights
Meeting with potential partners working in the field of human rights


Required competences
  • Knowledge of Russian and/or Ukrainian languages, Intermediate level
  • Experience in representing interests in court
  • Knowledge of international humanitarian law
  • Ability to work with individuals and groups
  • Primary legal assistance
  • Self-motivated
  • Self-organized
  • Caring
  • Experience in the subject of armed conflicts
  • Skills to work with office IT-devices, computer software
  • Systematic and independent work
  • Development orientation
  • Ability to analyze


Selection criteria
Applications are made directly within the sending organisation, please check out the how to apply section.

The candidate for EU Aid Volunteers must be a citizen of the EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State, and must have a minimum age of 18 years.

• knowledge of Russian and/or Ukrainian languages, Intermediate level
• aptitude to travel and work in developing countries
• ability to work with individuals and groups
• willingness to assist people affected from the armed conflict
• self-motivated
• self-organized
• caring

Bachelor degree in the legal field
Knowledge of Russian and/or Ukrainian languages, Intermediate level
Experience in representing interests in court
Knowledge of international humanitarian law

Condition of service

Gain practical experience in legal work with people living close to the line of demarcation and who suffered from the armed conflict
Gain practical experience in case of Ukrainian armed conflict
Gain knowledge of activities of an Ukrainian NGO
Getting acquainted with Ukrainian and Slavic culture
Improving of language skills

Office and field work (settlements nearby): Monday to Friday, 6 hours a day with a possibility to work in different places.
In case of work on weekends, holidays will be given.
A volunteer will have a possibility to work in Kiev in case of project activities there.
A volunteer is provided with a computer, a desk, other necessary materials. Own laptop is welcome.
The volunteer is expected to participate to meetings (once/twice a week) and follow confidential internal rules.
IT-security performance.

Apartment rent (a private room that can provide for all basic needs): kitchen (probably shared), shower bath and internet access, heating system in winter, hot water.
The volunteer will be able to use public transport, and visit a wide range of public places for his/her own entertainment or to participate in cultural events.
A variety of rich national and European dishes is available.
It is possible to use most mobile operators (local ones are cheap).
The dress codes should be respected (the national dress code is mostly in line with the European style).

Selection process

Selection process:
The candidate has to send the following documents to
- his/her application form SuD HAV
- his/her self assessment questionnaire
- his/her CV europass

Between the 02/03 and the 16/03/2018: the pre-selected candidates will have a Skype interview with MONDO and UPA.

Between the 19/03 and the 31/03/2018: the candidates interviewed will know if they are selected to participate to the pre-departure training.

Between April and May 2018: The pre-selected candidates will participate to an online and face-to-face pre-departure trainings.

The final selection will be done after the pre-departure trainings at the end of May / beginning of June 2018.

Expected date decision on outcome

nterview Process
Important notice: additional candidates may be shortlisted for a single position and proposed for the EU Aid Volunteers training. This is to ensure that for each position, substitute volunteers may be chosen to replace the candidate in case he or she resigns or is no longer available. Where more than one candidate has been shortlisted for a single position, final selection takes places following the training.

Date of training
pre-departure trainings at the end of May / beginning of June 2018
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
Between the end of June and the beginning of September
01/09/2018 - 28/02/2019
Post-deployment activities
After February 2019
Self assessment questionnaire
File 4.euav_self_assessment_questionnaire_en.xlsx