Country: Moldova
Organization: HelpAge International
Closing date: 20 Mar 2022

As one of the few INGOs with an operational presence in Ukraine, we are already responding with initial life-saving activities in the Donetsk and Luhansk Regions, with the intention to scale-up assistance in the central and western regions of Ukraine. We have also launched a programme to support refugees arriving in Moldova, where we also already have a presence, and are investigating a further response in Poland.

We are now seeking passionate, professional and experienced humanitarian professionals to support our response to the crisis. We are looking for talent which thrives in collaborating with others (inside HelpAge International and beyond) and who can work in agile ways and across boundaries.

Key areas for impact, influence and responsibility

These outline the broad areas of responsibility in the role, but in collaboration with your colleagues you will be able to shape and design specific activities that are relevant at any point in time. We want you to work creatively to deliver impact and respond to relevant opportunities.

With your colleagues you will develop your team workplan to drive initiatives, develop ideas, as well ensure there is space for cross organisational working and short-term tasks. From this you will devise your individual workplan that will form the basis of your day to day activities and your performance reviews.

As Regional Humanitarian Advocacy Adviser you will –

Support and build capacities of partners / humanitarian teams to deliver local , national (Ukraine) and regional level advocacy
Actively support partners and humanitarian teams to facilitate voices of older people in advocacy at various levels and ensure the participation and leadership of older people in advocacy
In liaison with the Humanitarian Advocacy Advisor – Global Impact, develop and deliver global level advocacy for Ukraine and the region.
Actively engage with other humanitarian actors to mainstream knowledge and understanding of older people’s humanitarian rights and needs, and to ensure that older people are provided with the assistance they require and are entitled to.
Advocate with key humanitarian stakeholders to promote the inclusion of older people in humanitarian policies, programmes and funding strategies
Act as an effective representative of HelpAge in public forums (e.g. global humanitarian clusters) and liaise with key stakeholders.
Build the evidence base on older people in humanitarian crises and emergencies by documenting our operational and technical knowledge and experience and by conducting practice-oriented research.
Identify and develop strategic partnerships with key organisations, institutions and research bodies to deepen HelpAge’s policy engagement, knowledge sharing and to support influencing efforts

Let’s talk about you

You will be someone with:

In depth knowledge and experience in humanitarian responses
Demonstrable skills and/or experience in influencing decision-makers, national and international institutions, policy planning and delivery
Knowledge and understanding of national and international humanitarian policy and current debates
Experience of humanitarian coordination structures including country or regional UN Clusters
Experience of taking a lead role in coalitions for change
Experience of working with CSOs in low- or middle-income countries on humanitarian programmes
Ability to think strategically and analytically
Proven ability to work collaboratively and dependably with colleagues and in a way that encourages experimentation, learning and agency
Available to travel within the region and to Ukraine if needed and as agreed
Fluency in English


Additional language skills from the region
Previous experience of working in Eastern Europe/Ukraine
Previous experience of working with older people

The Organisation

HelpAge International is entering into an exciting phase of its evolution as we fundamentally transform what we do, how we do it and how we are organised. Driven by our commitment to the localization agenda, we are evolving the way we partner and deliver value at the country and local level. In the coming 3 years, we will localize our country offices and programmes, and develop new and diverse forms of partnerships globally.

We seek to give primacy to local agents for change. To this end, we will replace all programmes delivered by HelpAge staff and resources on the ground with implementation by partners. This will apply across all our work -humanitarian and long-term development. Going forward, our value is framed around supporting, convening and thought leadership.

A key way of creating value and bringing impact is collaborating across boundaries and by bringing different perspectives, skills and talent together. We will deliver our work through agile teams and a global operating model, with regional roots, to focus on impact and maintain the relationships at the national level to help build collaborations and support others to set their own agendas.

Our Values

At HelpAge International we work hard to achieve our goals together as a team with a clear shared purpose. Our values inform how we work together:


We respect people, value diversity and are committed to equality.


We value and recognise the contribution of our staff and network members, as we put older people at the center of everything we do.


We work alongside network members and others to increase reach, influence and impact. We are committed to a culture of collaboration and building positive relationships.


We are passionate about learning, accountable and work together to find creative solutions.

Everyone who works at HelpAge share our values and are committed to behaviors that demonstrate and support them.


Everyone has a role in creating and sustaining a safe and respectful working environment, where no one comes to any harm or is maltreated. At HelpAge we take our responsibilities very seriously and will take action against wrongdoing. We will do everything we can to ensure that we do not engage people that pose a safeguarding risk and will undertake criminal record checks as required.

Equal Opportunities

HelpAge International is committed to creating an inclusive working environment, promoting and providing equal opportunities and respecting diversity in employment. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified individuals regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Closing date: We will review the applications as and when they are received due to the urgent need to fill the role.

Important Message: Please ensure that you remove personal information including your date of birth, age, gender and marital status from your CV. Please do not include any photographs.

How to apply:

To apply for a job at HelpAge, please submit the following documents:

A cover letter, setting out how you meet the requirements of the job profile. Please use bold headings for each requirement and provide examples.
Your current curriculum vitae (3 pages maximum)
Three referees, including your most recent employer

To be considered, please read the job description to find out more information and then email your application to before the closing date.

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