Head of Mission – UK-Med Ukraine Response

Can you provide excellent leadership and strategic direction to our humanitarian health programming in Ukraine?

Role: Head of Mission

Hours: Full-time

Pay: Negotiable – based on UK-Med senior leadership pay scale

Duration: Initial contract 3-6 months with likely options to extend

Location: Ukraine

UK-Med is a humanitarian NGO that has been responding to disasters for over thirty years.  We prepare and equip medical teams, both in the UK and worldwide, so they are ready to respond when epidemics, conflict and natural disasters hit.  We are core partners, providing the clinical component and key support structures of the UK Emergency Medical Team (UK EMT) in line with WHO standards.

We are recruiting a Head of Mission to lead and ensure both operational effectiveness and strategic growth of our work in Ukraine.  The Head of Mission will be responsible for the leadership and management of a complex programme, with multiple streams of activity, multi-million dollar budgets and a staff complement expected to grow to over 100 people.  All of this will be done while adapting to and working within a changing and insecure context.

Our ideal candidate will have demonstrable understanding of humanitarian relief work and capacity building, including relevant experience in a field-based humanitarian context.  You will have proven experience of managing and coordinating emergency programmes in complex and insecure environments, including experience of security management in insecure environments.

You will be able to demonstrate how you have led people and teams to successful delivery in demanding environments, and applied your skill in strategic planning to build impactful programmes.

We offer a competitive salary and benefits along with a friendly working environment and the opportunity to make a real difference through an influential role in humanitarian programming.

To apply:

We strongly recommend that you read the Candidate Information Pack – UK-Med Head of Mission – Ukraine – April 2022 before applying for this role.

To apply, please submit a current CV and a supporting letter (2 pages) that includes:

  • A detailed explanation of your suitability for this post with specific reference to the essential criteria in the person specification
  • Full contact details
  • Where you saw this role advertised
  • Your current or most recent remuneration / salary expectation for this role

Applications must be made through our online application system, as soon as possible and no later than Thursday 5 May. Due to the urgency of this recruitment, we will review applications as they are received and reserve the right to close the process once a suitable candidate is identified.


Offers will be conditional on existing or reasonable expectation of gaining right to work in Ukraine and transit through neighbouring countries as necessary.

UK-Med is committed to safeguarding of our personnel and beneficiaries and has a zero-tolerance approach to sexual exploitation and abuse. We conduct thorough vetting before any appointment is confirmed.

UK-Med is committed to the principles of diversity, equality, and inclusion.  We strive to provide an inclusive and supportive environment where employees feel respected and supported to be able to fulfil their potential.

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