Ukraine Partnership and Grants Consultant at GlobalGiving

Disaster response is one of the most visible and tangible ways GlobalGiving delivers on its mission. For two decades, we have been shifting decision-making power to crises-affected communities through trust-based grantmaking and support.

When crises happen—from a hurricane in Texas to an earthquake in Nepal, to ongoing humanitarian crises around the world—the GlobalGiving community is there to support impacted communities. GlobalGiving responds to major disasters by posting general relief and recovery disaster Funds. From there, we provide flexible, equitable, trust-based grants to support local and community-led immediate response and longer-term rebuilding and resilience efforts.

GlobalGiving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund, launched in early 2022, has raised nearly $50 million as of July 2022, making it GlobalGiving’s largest response to a specific crisis. The fund is supporting efforts in Ukraine and in countries where refugees affected by the war in Ukraine are hosted, partnering with vetted, often local, nonprofit organizations.

Consistent with our mission to accelerate community-led change, our disaster response work is centered on the following principles:

  • We lead with our values, internally and externally.
  • We work in partnership with, and aim to learn from and support, local and community-led organizations that put the voice of the community front and center in their program design, development and implementation.
  • We prioritize support that is aimed at underserved, vulnerable, and historically marginalized communities for each particular context.
  • We work in partnership with local, national, and international organizations that have demonstrated transparency, impact, and community-value in crises-response.
  • We seek to minimize unnecessarily burdensome administrative requirements for our nonprofit partners in favor of equitable, flexible and trust-based grantmaking principles.
  • We fund organizations that emphasize strengthening community, economic and environmental resilience, and sustainability.
  • We embrace learning, evaluating our impact, and adapting to specific crises and a changing world as needed.


We are looking for a Partnership and Grants consultant to support our efforts to build and strengthen relationships with community-led organizations and civil society networks in Ukraine and Poland. The consultant will play a critical role in supporting GlobalGiving’s response to the crisis in Ukraine, designing, advising, and facilitating equitable and trust-based grantmaking programs. The ideal consultant will have expertise developing successful relationships within the Ukraine civil society sector and working in coalition with diverse community stakeholders.

Contract Timeline:

August 2022 to February 2023 with possibility to extend. The consultant will work remotely in Poland or Ukraine but should be available to work some hours that overlap with the US-based team in the Eastern Time Zone.

Project Goals:

  • Relationship-building and leveraging networks: Create, maintain, and grow meaningful relationships with grassroots and civil society organizations, coalitions, and multilayered strategic partners and networks in Ukraine and Poland, particularly those working in philanthropy, humanitarian and long-term recovery sectors. Coordinate with GlobalGiving team, particularly Sector Alliances team, to create opportunities for engaging and listening to local leaders and partners to identify local and community-led organizations on the front line of the Ukraine response. Facilitate and participate in relevant meetings and conferences.
  • Relief and Recovery Grantmaking : Support and collaborate with GlobalGiving Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund Lead(s) to support NGOs working with communities impacted by the war in Ukraine, primarily through grantmaking. Advise on organization identification, selection, and grant management (including reviewing grant applications, proposals, and reports). Conduct outreach, meet with NGOs, and ensure prompt follow up with responding nonprofit partners. Co-design and host workshops for nonprofit partners and other relevant stakeholders to inform a culturally relevant, equitable, and trust-based grant management process.
  • Crisis Monitoring: Conduct outreach and regularly engage with civil society organizations, vetted nonprofit partners, and other stakeholders to inform GlobalGiving’s Ukraine crisis response strategy and grantmaking priorities. Update Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund strategy on an ongoing basis with a focus on identifying priority needs, vulnerable and marginalized groups. Assess partner capacity.
  • External Communications: Develop human-centered content. Identify opportunities to elevate the stories of our nonprofit partners responding to the Ukraine crisis. Author engaging narrative reports for donors to the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund and Learn Library content for multiple audiences (including in multiple languages where appropriate) in partnership with our Marketing and Communications team, acting as subject matter expert and representing GlobalGiving at external convenings, including media, sector and grantmaking conferences and other relevant gatherings.

The ideal consultant will have:

  • Higher education degree(s) in international development, humanitarian studies, communications, social enterprise, crisis management or related fields.
  • Client references and/or proven experience in a programmatic capacity in philanthropy, international development, humanitarian response or social impact sectors.
  • Client references and/or proven experience in relationship building and working in networks and coalitions with civil society organizations in Ukraine and, ideally, Poland.
  • Experience in grantmaking and/or grant management.
  • The ability to think across internal and external processes and systems, solve problems, and learn on the job. Comfort with technology-enabled processes.
  • The successful consultant will approach his/her/their work with humility, be collaborative, positive, and able to deal well with ambiguity and change. They will be adept at building excellent internal and external relationships and able to respond to issues with clarity and diplomacy.
  • Demonstrated passion for working with vulnerable communities, and a commitment to GlobalGiving’s mission and core values.
  • Verbal and written fluency in English and Ukrainian.
  • Proficiency level in Polish is desirable.


Compensation: $1500 to $1800 per month.


Must be based or have local resources based in Ukraine or Poland. Primary contact is the Program Manager of Disaster Response, Sarah Rahman.

We are an equal opportunity organization and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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