Project "Ukraine - Norway"

Project «Ukraine – Norway»

Project «Ukraine – Norway»

«Retraining and Social Adaptation of Military Officers and Their Family Members in Ukraine»


About Project

The Project is focused on professional retraining of target group for civilian specialties subject to labor market need in Ukraine, assistance to Project participants in legal and social adaptation to living conditions within the civil society.

The executors of the main part of the Project are Ukrainian educational institutions and the Norwegian NORD University which organize and ensure the professional retraining of Project participants in the selected specialties during 500 academic hours (including 10 hours taught by the Norwegian professors). The participation of Norwegian and Ukrainian professors in the Project provides a high level of preparation and issuance of Ukrainian and Norwegian final documents to the graduates. Upon successful mastering of the training course the graduates receive three documents: the National Certificate of professional retraining (by Ukrainian educational institution), a Joint Certificate of the NORD University and Ukrainian educational institution and a Joint Diploma of the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense.

In professional retraining the Project participants receive the assistance in legal adaptation, psychological rehabilitation, employment and organization of own business. This task is ensured by non-governmental organizations, funds, state agencies, local administration and small business enterprises, and coordinated by the International Foundation of Social Adaptation. The Project is funded by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with assistance of Ukrainian partners of the Project. The volume of additional services to the Project participants provided by Ukrainian partners shall not be less than 20% in total Norwegian funding. The main criterion of Project quality is to improve the standards of living for its participants. Project results evaluation is ensured upon a completion of the training course, in three months and a year. The history of the project began in 2003. The first 45 officers of the Navy Forces of Ukraine have been retrained on the basis of the Sevastopol National Technical University and received the social adaptation services. In the period of 2003 – 2014 over six thousand persons passed the retraining, about two thousand members of military families including.

Long-term goal of the Project: 

Reduce the impact of the negative social effects of economic reforms and the reforms of the defense sector of Ukraine on the retired military officers and their family members and to promote cooperation between the two countries

Tasks of the Project:

• Professional retraining of military officers and their family members for civilian specialties, subject to labor market need in Ukraine, in order to increase their professional competitiveness;

• Psychological rehabilitation of Project participants in order to increase their motivation to active social adaptation to the civilian society with a market system of relations;

• Legal adaptation of Project participants in order to improve their social protection in the conditions of life in a civilian society;

• Employment assistance to the Project participants in order to improve the living conditions of military families;

• Assistance in start of own (family) business in conditions of high unemployment in Ukraine, implementation of organizational skills of the military officers and their family members, as well as formation of a class of law-abiding taxpayers;

• Promote cooperation between educational institutions of Ukraine and Norway, start new joint projects in the field of education and research;

• Develop business cooperation between enterprises of Ukraine and Norway on the basis of the Norwegian-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce.


Project scope and implementation procedure

The Project is implemented on the basis of Agreement UKR-14/0033 concluded between Norland University and International Charitable Foundation "International Foundation for Social Adaptation" (Ukraine). According to Agreement the period of the Project implementation is divided to semesters (spring and fall) with duration up to four months. Project participants pass the professional retraining during 500 academic hours, including 10 academic hours assigned for Business Administration course provided by Norland University lecturers. Engagement of Norwegian and Ukrainian lecturers to the Project ensures the high level of training and issue of Ukrainian and Norway final documents to the graduates. All additional events, such as psychological adaptation, legal adaptation, employment assistance and start of own business, shall be organized with Project partners in course of the training semesters. In order to achieve these tasks the Project engages the non-governmental organizations, employment agencies` experts, tax administrations, enterprises and businessmen in regions of Project implementation. The professional retraining of Project participants is ensured under the Agreements between IFSA and Ukrainian educational institutions on semester-term basis. All additional events are conducted on the basis of Grant Agreements between NGOs and other non-profit organizations, and on the basis of Service Agreements concluded between organizations, enterprises and businessmen of Ukraine. Geography spread of the Project is defined by Norwegian and Ukrainian organizations on semester-term basis considering actual need in certain type of activity, as well as Ukrainian universities and organizations availability to execute Project tasks on a high level within the allocated financing.  During the Project implementation shall be ensured the monitoring, including with engagement of Ukrainian and foreign consulting companies focused on social projects evaluation. For the annual quality control of the tasks implementation the Control Group shall be composed with the representatives of different organizations: IFSA, Norland University, Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, other enterprises and institutions. The Control Group annually summarizes the Project implementation and approves the plan for it further development. Triennially the independent international organization shall ensure the Project evaluation.  Training groups are recruited by selected non-profit organizations and IFSA regional representatives on the basis of Agreements concluded with IFSA.

Requirements for the recruitment of training groups:

1. In each group the number of students accepted for professional retraining must constitute at least 26 persons. At least 25 persons must complete retraining courses in a group.

2. Military officers and their family members shall be the participants to the Project. The number of women and members of military families in each semester must constitute at least 30% of the total number of the Project participants.

3. All participants of professional retraining should have a university degree (“Bachelor” at least).

4. The age of the Project participant, as a rule, shall be under 50 years.

5. All candidates for participation to the Project are subject to a personal interview and entry testing. The test results define the final version of the curriculum. If necessary, to equalize the level of knowledge of the group and to create equal training conditions for all the Project participants shall be organized the additional classes and counseling for individual students.

Funding and reporting of the Project Executors

Project is funded by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Norland University is a direct Project partner from the Norwegian side. Basic document providing the procedure for Project financing is the Agreement between Norland University and the ICF “International Foundation for Social Adaptation”. ICF IFSA concludes relevant agreements with Ukrainian contractors for each training semester. Within ten days after completion of the semester all the contractors submit IFSA with financial reports on target use of funds of relevant form and content defined by annexes to each agreement. The Project funds shall not be used to fund any political campaigns, political advocacy, support of election campaigns and political parties, organizations influencing the outcome of elections and other activities considered to be political. If the fact of misuse of funds revealed, the contractor must be excluded from the participants without right to return to the Project. All the local Project partners shall take all the efforts to            co-finance the Project. Participation of interested organizations may be ensured by increase in number of participants (at least 20% from trainees’ number which participation is funded by IFSA) or expanding the list of provided services. Special attention the local organizers focus on employment assistance and start of own business by the Project participants.


Selection of directions and specialties for the professional retraining

Professional retraining directions and specialties are defined by the analysis of the employment market at each region of Project implementation, the initial professional level of the candidates for retraining, capacity of educational institutions to organize retraining at a high level. The Project considers the professional retraining as systematic professional impact at participants in order to construct their worldview for further conscious activity in civil society based on obtained minimum knowledges about the laws and rules of peoples` attitudes.

Based on more than ten-year solid experience of the Project implementation the most popular specialties are:

• «Informational Technologies in Business»;

• «Business Security»;

• «Accounting and Audit in Services»;

• «Entrepreneurial Management»;

• «Business Management»;

• «Business Economics»;

• «Security Business»;

• «Law Basics»;

• «Organization and Management of Tourist Activity».

Generally, the participants are interested to gain knowledges of PC work and foreign languages for business. Important, that participants wishes should correspond to their potential skills to capture the training disciplines, educational institution resources availability and lecturers professionalism. After the training the educational institution may propose the participants to continue further education in order to obtain the higher civilian education in the selected field. Training participants shall have the right for own decision to proceed education at own expenses. During the retraining IFSA shall organize the additional trainings with participants who stated the willingness to start own business, and additional trainings on entrepreneurship and psychological adaptation.


Key features of the Project:

• Participation to the Project of military family members (at least 30% of participants).

• Gender factor - at least 30% of the participants are women.

• Requirements of the Norwegian partner on employment after the retraining: 75% shall be employed within 3 months and 100% shall receive favorable offers of employment or start own business within a year after completion of the training.

• Special focus on a start of own business by the Project participants (at least 20% of the graduates).

• Complexity of the Project: professional retraining, social, psychological and legal adaptation, organizational and psychological preparation for an effective job searches / start of own business, monitoring results (sample) after 3 month and a year period.

• Retraining is ensured jointly by Norwegian and Ukrainian professors. The graduates receive the documents from the both Ukrainian and Norwegian universities.

• International Foundation for Social Adaptation also carries out publishing activities.

Since 2014, the Project launched a program for participants to understand the telework opportunities. The program has two areas:

1) Special course for the organization of teleworking (as teleworker of a single company or as a freelancer with a few clients).

2) Course for the teachers to consider options for teleworking in each of the specialties taught as part of the curriculum in the framework of the project.


1) Expanding the scale of employment without the need to relocate.

2) Ability to revenue diversification, which reduces the risk of financial difficulties when changing employer.

3) Easier psychological adaptation to the new social environment (working with a new team online).

 How to join the Project?

Project participant shall be a member of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Security Service of Ukraine, State Border Service of Ukraine, State Special Transport Service, State Service of Emergencies of Ukraine whose term of service is not less than 10 years and retired to reserve within a 7-year-period preceding the year of participation to the Project. Military officers subject to dismissal in the current year can also join the Project. Participation in the Project is open to adult family members of the abovementioned categories of military officers. To join the Project participants should contact the Project regional representative (details are provided in Contacts section).

Required documents for Project participants:

1. 1 photo 3x4;

2. Copy of the Ukrainian passport (1, 2 pages and the registration record);

3. For acting military officers - reference on the intended dismissal issued by the military unit;

4. For the dismissed military officers: a copy of a document confirming the status of servicemen (military ID, certificate of the veteran of the Armed Forces, extract from the order of dismissal, certificate from the military commissariat);

5. For a military family member (husband, wife, adult children) - a copy of a document confirming belonging to a military family;

6. Application to organization or “Ukraine-Norway” Project representative requesting to be admitted as a candidate for participation in “Ukraine-Norway” Project.

The organizations which consider to enhance the Project may participate to local events by cooperation with its participants: educational institutions, NGOs, enterprises etc.