9 April, 2015 - UNDP in Ukraine has launched a co-financing campaign for newly created jobs for internally displaced people, coming from the Donbas and Crimea, and for the communities, residing in Donetska and Luganska oblasts. Any enterprise, organization or institution, of both public and private ownership, as well as NGOs, can apply to participate in the program.

The initiative will support the creation of both temporary and permanent job places for internally displaced people in all regions of Ukraine, and for local citizens in Donetska and Luganska oblasts.

Supporting IDPs and early recovery of the conflict-affected areas are among the top priorities for UNDP in Ukraine. We are already working on the rehabilitation of critically important social services and infrastructure and rebuilding the social services system. However, restoring the social support system is not enough. There is an urgent need for a systematic response to the needs of internally displaced people that goes beyond the provision of short-term shelters and focuses as well on longer-term employment opportunities and the means for rebuilding their lives. We need to help the IDPs stand firmly on their feet and find ways to support their families. Among other things, this will strengthen social cohesion and mutual understanding, while at the same time preventing excessive social pressure on the host communities,” said Inita Paulovica, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Ukraine.

“UNDP in Ukraine has allocated more than 2 million USD to create jobs for internally displaced people in Ukraine and the local community in the Donbas. Our estimate is that 1,000-3,000 people will be employed with these funds. They will be able to get either temporary or permanent employment. This initiative is part of a series of UNDP programmes that address the social and economic problems of IDPs in Ukraine and the restoration of Donbas, with a total budget of about 17 million USD and funded by the Government of Japan,” outlined Kateryna Rybalchenko, Senior Programme Manager at UNDP Ukraine.

“The territorial coverage of the co-financing initiative includes new jobs in priority regions, i.e. those with the highest number of displaced persons, such as Kharkivska, Dnipropetrovska, Zaporozka, Odeska, Poltavska, Donetska, Luganska, Kyivska and the city of Kyiv. We will also review proposals from the other regions of Ukraine. Applications for employment for the local population will be considered only from Donetska and Luganska oblasts," specified Ruslan Fedorov, manager of the UNDP Project “Rapid Response to the Social and Economic Issues of Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine”.

“An organization wishing to submit a proposal must create at least 5 jobs of any kind and provide co-financing of at least 33% of total costs, including salaries, equipment or tools. We will review only those applications where the salary is not lower than for similar jobs at the enterprise or not lower than an average salary by industry in the region. It should be noted that a newly created permanent job should last not less than 12 months, and in the case of termination, a new displaced person should be employed. Temporary employment and public works should be for not less than a period of 60 to 180 days," explained Olena Ivanova, manager of the UNDP project “Support to the Social Sector Reform in Ukraine”.

“UNDP can co-finance not only salaries, but also, if needed, the purchase of associated equipment and instruments. However, UNDP does not cover other expenses associated with employment, such as rental costs or purchase of premises, supplies, materials, etc. Also, existing equipment and tools cannot be considered as expenses for job creation. Payroll taxes and other taxation cannot be co-financed by UNDP either," said Ruslan Fedorov.

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This initiative is a part of the UNDP projects “Rapid Response to the Social and Economic Issues of Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine” and “Economic and Social Recovery of Donbas”, which are funded by the Government of Japan.