MHPSS & PROTECTION Project Manager MOLDOVA – Moldova

Handicap International/Humanity & Inclusion (HI) is an independent and impartial international solidarity organization that intervenes in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. She works side by side with people with disabilities and vulnerable groups, committed to meeting their basic needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. Further information: HI is committed to an employment policy

On February 24, 2022, Russia launched a full-scale military operation in Ukraine, with land, ground, and sea attacks resulting in multiple active conflict fronts across the country. With 2.9 million people already in need of humanitarian assistance and protection prior to the offensive, the humanitarian consequences of what is unfolding are likely to be devastating. The conflict has caused the world’s fastest-growing displacement crisis since World War II, with over 14 million people displaced in just over three months. Over a quarter of Ukraine’s population has fled their homes, including more than 7 million people who are estimated to be internally displaced and 7.4 million people, most of them women and children, have fled to other countries. As the lines of conflict have shifted in recent weeks and more than 2 million people have also reportedly returned to their places of origin despite ongoing hostilities. The civilian death toll continues to rise. Between February 24 and August 12, OHCHR reports nearly 12,867 civilian casualties, including 7,466 dead, a figure likely to be much higher than civilian deaths and injuries yet to be verified. Most of these casualties were caused by the use of long-range explosive weapons, including heavy artillery and multiple-missile systems, and airstrikes. Escalating insecurity has created new fronts of conflict, affecting a vast area of ​​Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as several new locations dubbed “newly affected areas”. While negotiations have so far reached an impasse, civilians continue to pay the high price and bear the brunt of the conflict. By early April, Russia’s invasion was focused on three fronts – north, east and south, with sporadic attacks on military targets in western Ukraine continuing. While Russian forces have now withdrawn from northern and north-eastern Ukraine, including Kyiv, and announced a change in their military strategy with a refocus on eastern and southern Ukraine, the situation remains highly volatile. Damage and destruction to civilian infrastructure in areas of active fighting and in areas hit by airstrikes and shelling continue to impede people’s access to water, food, health care and other basic services. This also affects the ability of the humanitarian community to scale up operations inside Ukraine against the backdrop of huge protection challenges. As of July 25, 548,030 people have entered Moldova from Ukraine, of whom 86,880 refugees have remained in Moldova. The number of people entering Moldova from Ukraine has fluctuated since the escalation of the war in Ukraine. The number of refugee arrivals depends on the intensity of the conflict and the location of the Russian attacks. On May 18, Moldova’s Commission on Extraordinary Situations extended permission for Ukrainians to stay regularly in Moldova while the state of emergency is in force. Ukrainians have the right to work and are entitled to access available public services, including basic and emergency medical care, and are entitled to the enrollment of children in schools. On July 28, Moldova’s parliament again voted to extend the state of emergency (2nd extension) by 60 days after the government said it still needed special powers to deal with the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. An inter-agency emergency workshop was held on June 3 to assess preparedness for a possible mass influx of refugees. The workshop was attended by 37 participants from 16 agencies (including Humanity and Inclusion) and a representative from the Joint Crisis Management Centre. During the training, participants analyzed the operational capacity of the Refugee Coordination Forum partners to support the Moldovan authorities in emergency response and identified strengths, existing gaps, complementarities and ways to improve coordination to avoid duplication. An emergency plan is being developed together with the government. In response to the crisis, HI has launched a program aimed at alleviating the suffering of vulnerable, conflict-affected populations through the delivery of inclusive, timely, and multisectoral humanitarian assistance that addresses health, protection, and basic needs of conflict-affected populations, with a particular focus on internally displaced persons, persons with disabilities/injuries and/or showing signs of mental distress, while reducing risks from explosive ordnance contamination, facilitating the delivery of aid and supporting the broader humanitarian response to make it more comprehensive.


Under the direct direction of the Country Manager for Moldova, with the support of relevant technical officers (Regional/HQ) and in close coordination with other project managers. The project manager contributes to the implementation and monitoring of the activities of HI’s partners in the country and provides coordination and technical expertise in thematic areas directly or indirectly related to protection (case management, inclusion, nutritional assistance, health). Mission 1: Management Mission 2: Strategy Mission 3: Operational implementation Responsibility 1: Ensuring the implementation of the project in line with the logical framework and allocated budget Responsibility 2: Ensuring that the project implementation conforms to the existing framework Responsibility 3: Ensuring project monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Responsibility 4: Ensure project data management Responsibility 5: Coordinate the teams involved in the project Responsibility 6: Contribute to external project communication

Despite tensions between the pro-Russian and pro-EU parties in Moldova, the country is considered a safe place. No incident report has been recorded or reported in the past 3 months. Currently and due to the low security risk, there is no curfew in the country and expats can travel freely throughout the country (except for the Transnistria region). Roads within Chisinau are relatively good, but bumpy outside the capital. Traffic police and speed cameras are present across the country, and Moldovans respect driving rules that make driving easier. HI has two guest houses in the city center, one with 5 beds and another with 3 rooms, both are well equipped, very comfortable and within walking distance from the office, also within walking distance to almost everything else (supermarkets, pharmacies, restaurants, bars …). Public transport is available and you can reach anywhere in the country using public buses. Taxis are also available and very reliable although you will not find English speaking drivers.

YOUR PROFILE You have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a field relevant to your job (health, humanitarian, social sciences, geopolitics, etc.) You have at least 3 to 5 years of professional experience in humanitarian contexts, preferably in project management in emergency/conflict areas You have experience in projects with psychosocial support You have previous experience working with ministries, hospitals and PHCs You have experience working in uncertain and volatile areas You speak fluent English You are stress resistant

CONDITIONS At HI, the conditions offered are based on your engagement and are adapted to the context of your engagement. • The international treaty offers social protection adapted to your situation: o Unemployment insurance benefits for EU citizens o Pension system adapted to the situation of our employees: If you already have a personal Pension insurance HI pays contributions equal to your personal monthly contribution with a maximum of €272.53/month; If you do not have a private pension scheme, we will open a private pension account with your contribution of €272.53/month and a health insurance contribution of the same amount. o health insurance with 50% of the employee’s contribution; return transport insurance paid by HI • Salary from €2448 gross/month with professional experience • Duration: €650 net/month – paid in the field • Paid vacation: 25 days per year; • R&R: 5 days every 8 weeks => + possibly transport/package support. • position: unaccompanied; • Payment of travel expenses (flight ticket & visa) • Accommodation: Collectively covered by HI

If you are based in the country: local package

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