Arts and Culture Senior Program Officer.

Pact Inc. seeks candidates to fill the positions of Culture & Arts Senior Program Officer for the USAID/Enhance Non-Governmental Actors and Grassroots Engagement (ENGAGE) activity in Ukraine.

Location: Kyiv, Ukraine

Supervisor:  Senior Program Manager

Job type: Full time

Duration: one year with possibility of the extension

Pact Overview

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow.  The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities.  Now more than ever in its 50-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.

Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems and transforming markets into a force for development.

About the ENGAGE activity

Pact, a non-profit organization based in Kyiv, Ukraine is implementing a USAID-funded project Enhance Non-Governmental Actors and Grassroots Engagement (ENGAGE) activity.

The purpose of ENGAGE is to increase citizen awareness of and engagement in civic activities at the national, regional and local level.  ENGAGE focuses efforts at both the grassroots level to educate and activate citizens to engage in civic initiatives as well as the national and regional (oblast and rayon) levels to improve organizational capacities, build coalitions, support advocacy and watchdog initiatives. The ENGAGE activity primarily focuses on key democratic reforms and cross- cutting themes, such as: anti-corruption, civil education and transparency and accountability including electoral processes, inclusive development of various vulnerable groups, youth and EU integration.

Position Purpose

Under the supervision of the Sr. Program Manager and in close cooperation with other Program and Communication staff, the Sr. Culture and Arts Program Officer will be responsible for the implementation of ENGAGE activities related to Ukrainian cultural heritage protection and promotion. S/he will also provide technical support to cultural, educational, youth, and other civic initiatives and advocacy campaigns that seek to protect Ukrainian cultural heritage sites including assistance to Ukrainian artists.

Key Responsibilities

  • Create links, maintain relationships and work with individuals and groups within the arts, cultural, history and heritage sectors to promote participatory activities.
  • Ensure networking, and experience exchange among Ukrainian artists, creative groups, cultural institutions, and their counterparts from abroad.
  • Be involved in design and structuring and oversee and coordinate ENGAGE and partners’ activities in relation to the protection of Ukrainian cultural heritage.
  • Working in partnership with a diverse range of creative groups and artists in conjunction with other program and communication staff to support the implementation of cultural events.
  • Ensure cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and other relevant institutes of the Government of Ukraine.
  • Ensure safe, timely and efficient delivery of ENGAGE’s cultural heritage protection and promotion events or campaigns, be it in-house or externally produced.
  • Work with the ENGAGE communication team to ensure effective marketing and communications that deliver audiences to ENGAGE’s and partners’ events and activities.
  • Produce written analysis in relation to culture and art development in Ukraine as well as heritage protection.
  • To effectively manage the planning and delivery of activities and track output and outcome results.
  • Perform other duties within the Program Officer’s competence as assigned by the direct supervisor.
  • Employee complies with all company policies and procedures, including completing all compliance training topics by the deadline to satisfy each and receiving the corresponding acknowledgment statement that the training has been completed.

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and 6+ years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Relevant experience working within art and/or cultural discipline and in particular, in the coordination and promotion of art exhibitions and awards.
  • Demonstrated history of working with creative and art industries.
  • Solid knowledge of the industry.
  • Fluent English and Ukrainian.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage a complex workload and deadlines.
  • Good written communication skills, including the ability to conduct research and write clear and concise reports and analyses.
  • Well-developed interpersonal, negotiation and conflict resolution skills with the ability to communicate with a wide range of people and groups to positively influence others to achieve results.
  • Ability to manage events and negotiate with stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with international programs, especially USAID-funded.

Unique/Specialized Job Requirements

  • Advanced level of MS Excel usage.
  • Ability to build databases.

To Apply: 

Please send your CV and motivation letter to with “Culture & Arts Senior Program Officer” in the subject line. The position is open until filled.

Please include at least three contacts of your former supervisors who can provide reference for you. Only short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview.  

Pact is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity and is dedicated to the fair and equal treatment of all employees without regard to gender, race, color, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, disability, or marital status. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.