Community Liaison Manager, Ukraine

The starting salary package for this position is £44,172.60 GBP / approx. $55,388 USD including all allowances.

About MAG

MAG (Mines Advisory Group) is an international humanitarian organisation based in Manchester, UK, and working in 32 countries. We remove landmines and unexploded ordnance to release safe and productive land for communities, and work to reduce the threat of armed violence by supporting governments to safely manage weapons and ammunition. In 1997, MAG was a co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for our work campaigning for the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention.

About the Ukraine programme

Since the Russian invasion of 24th February 2022, Ukraine has been subjected to heavy artillery bombardment, missile, and air strikes, as well as the use of landmines and cluster munitions. The scale of the conflict and the use of high impact and indiscriminate weapons requires an urgent and extensive response. MAG responded to the crisis in 2022 and now employs nearly 200 staff in our Ukraine programme, in a range of operational and support/administrative activities with further scale-up planned during 2024. The programme has a representation office in Kyiv, and operational offices in Mykolaiv (also covering accessible areas of Kherson) and now in Kharkiv.

About the role

The Community Liaison Manager will report to the Technical Operations Manager (TOM). You will assist the Senior Management Team in country to ensure that MAG’s approach to community participation in mine action is integrated into the planning and implementation of programme activities. You will be responsible for the safe and effective management of all aspects of Community Liaison (CL) including non-technical surveys, risk education, and impact assessments.

You will also undertake the management, training, assessment and monitoring of CL staff and activities in the field and recommend improvements to the TOM, Country Director (CD), or other MAG managers as appropriate. The postholder will be responsible for the gathering and dissemination of relevant and accurate information to enable informed decision making, maximisation of impact and the achievement of MAG’s vision, mission and key aims.

About you

You will have demonstrable experience working overseas in community and/or educational development activities, in emergencies and within a growing programme start-up environment. You will need significant experience of participatory research techniques in a working context and of conducting needs or risk assessments in order to design and implement appropriate interventions. Experience of conducting Non-Technical Surveys is highly desirable.

You will also be experienced in the monitoring and evaluation of development projects and in the design and delivery of formal or informal training and transfer of skills to others. The postholder will have experience working independently for extended periods of time in “stand-alone” environments with minimal supervision.

To be successful in this role, you will need strong information and people management skills, relevant numeracy and IT skills and good spoken and written English. Excellent communication/interpersonal skills with the ability to establish relationships with local authorities and people from a military, development and community backgrounds is essential. The Community Liaison Manager will be sensitive to cultural differences, able to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts and have humanitarian and capacity building principles.

Experience in Humanitarian Mine Action and the ability to speak and write Ukrainian/Russian would be beneficial.

How to apply

Further information and how to apply

For the further information on the role, the application pack and details of how to apply, please visit the MAG website at by the closing date of 27th May 2024.

MAG will support the successful applicant with any visa or work permit required, including application, administration and costs, however applicants will need to be able to obtain these within a reasonable time period to be considered for the role, due to programme needs.

Please note that as part of MAG’s commitment to safeguarding, this post is subject to background checks before an offer of employment is confirmed. For more information on MAG’s approach to safeguarding here and background checks here. You can also find more information in the candidate information pack, available on our website.

MAG is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion. If you think you would be suited to one of our roles we would welcome your application regardless of your background. We strive to provide an inclusive and supportive working environment where all employees feel respected and supported in fulfilling their potential.