Swisscontact - Swiss Foundation for Technical Cooperation HQ

Relationship Manager Eastern Europe & Ukraine (60%)

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Last update: Jun 11, 2024 Last update: Jun 11, 2024


Deadline: Jun 28, 2024
Location: Switzerland
Job type:Contract, 12 months +
English, Ukrainian English, Ukrainian
Work experience:Min 5 years
Date posted: Jun 10, 2024
Expected starting date: Jul 8, 2024


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Swisscontact is an independent non-profit development organisation established in 1959 by representatives of the Swiss private sector and civil society. Our development work focuses on private sector-led, sustainable economic development with improved quality of life for all in developing and emerging countries. A key focus is to strengthen the skills of individuals and foster the competitiveness of businesses.

The organisation is currently active in over 130 projects in 41 countries with around 1100 employees. It is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.

Swisscontact is operating in 7 countries across Eastern Europe including the Western Balkans, Georgia and Ukraine. In Ukraine Swisscontact currently implements 3 projects in the field of Skills Development, Trade Promotion and Agriculture Markets. To lead resource mobilization initiatives and partnerships to contribute to successful acquisitions for projects related to Ukraine and countries of Eastern Europe, where Swisscontact is currently working, we are looking for an  Relationship Manager Eastern Europe & Ukraine (60%) in Zurich. Frequent travel to Ukraine and Swisscontact portfolio countries in Eastern Europe is required. 


  • Support the Swisscontact Eastern Europe Regional Director to manage and further expand its portfolio in the region including Ukraine
  • Support the Country Director Ukraine and the Swisscontact team in Kyiv to expand Swisscontact’s portfolio in Ukraine by providing key market intelligence
  • Closely coordinate with internal stakeholders to perform mapping of major funding partners (mainly Switzerland) and engage them in the economic advancement of Ukraine
  • Identify and coordinate funding opportunities
  • Conduct Funding and Private Sector Partners’ due diligence
  • Drive partnerships with foundations, corporates, associations and other actors
  • Oversee the maintenance and upgrading of the donor database, proposal tracking system, and resources roster in the team relating to Ukraine and Eastern Europe


  • Masters in International Development/Management or any other relevant field with 5 years of experience.
  • Good understanding and network within Swiss and eventually other Foundations, Charities and private companies
  • Good understanding and network within the Ukrainian development landscape
  • Understanding of donor proposal requirements (SDC/SECO, USAID, FCDO, Foundations, Corporates, etc.)
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills, particularly in English and Ukrainian
  • Ability to conduct independent research, intelligence gathering and networking
  • Experience in any of Swisscontact’s thematic areas will be considered an asset

Swisscontact offers attractive working conditions in an international and multicultural context. We see our work as a joint effort in an agile organizational culture: mutual respect, trust and teamwork.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents: letter of motivation, curriculum vitae, diplomas and references. Please apply exclusively via the online application portal. For further information please visit