Handicap International

Inclusive Education Policy Development Officer

Handicap International

Job Description

Place: USA - Washington DC Starting date: As soon as possible Type of contract: Open-ended contract Closing date for applications: 13th of June 2021 “Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity” Humanity & Inclusion (HI) is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation with no religious or political affiliations operating in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

Since the organisation was first founded in 1982, we have set up development programmes in more than 60 countries and responded to many emergencies. Today we have a budget of around 150 million euros, with 3500 employees worldwide.

The HI network is an organisation made up of a Federation (with 2 operational HQs in Lyon and Brussels), 8 national associations (Germany, Belgium, Canada, United States, France, Luxembourg, United Kingdom and Switzerland) and the HI Institute on Humanitarian Action. All these entities work concertedly to implement HI’s international aid and development mandate.

The Federation is responsible for implementing the network’s social missions in around sixty countries. It operates under the names “Humanity & Inclusion” or “Handicap International” depending on the country.

The national associations are known as “Handicap International” in continental Europe (Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, and Switzerland) and “Humanity & Inclusion” in Canada, United Kingdom and United States. Each association has its own board of trustees.

HI is engaged in an employment policy in favour of disabled workers.

For further information about the association: www.hi.org.

CONTEXT:

HI works alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable groups taking actions and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs and to improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

For more than 35 years, our teams and partners have demonstrated that solutions can be found, by working with the individuals, their families, and their communities, and by taking into account the human resources, expertise and equipment available locally. The organization proposes a comprehensive approach to improve the living conditions of people with disabilities as well as vulnerable persons.

At the moment, within the inclusive education (IE) sector, there are 3 specialists across 27 countries with one acting as IE manager. As Policy and Development Officer, you would bring new skills and expertise to this expanding area and support the IE team with the development of new projects, leading specifically on larger scale project development. Now that disability mainstreaming is becoming more popular amongst general education partners, you will help building new consortiums particularly in the North American context ( in terms of donors and partners). There will also be a specific focus on developing HI’s expertise on Technical Assistance, in the field of Inclusive Education.

You will be a member of the inclusive education team under the management of the Inclusive Education Manager, based in London, under the wider Social & Inclusion Division , whose Director is in Lyon. The successful candidate will also report to the U.S. Executive Director of Humanity & Inclusion.

OBJECTIVES: ** You will provide Technical Support and engage in communication and advocacy in inclusive education, respecting HI’s mandate, policies and technical positioning. The main aim is to develop and expand the HI’s profile and impact through:
  • Developing new Business Development opportunities and promoting HI’s inclusive education technical positioning approaches, know-how and expertise in relevant mainstream networks with the objective to form alliances and consortia. Inclusive Education is one of the two main pillars within the new Social & Inclusion technical strategy (known as the stratech) and as part of this strategy, the IE sector has developed a “value proposition” which sets out how HI adds value and is unique within the wider IE sector. Part of the role is to help work on, and promote, this “value proposition” within the “go to market” aspect and to support on the development of a strong framework of action.
  • To support on the development of technical assistance to mainstream organizations, policy makers, and states, by developing the content of new projects, and providing technical expertise and Capacity Building to HI staff ( so they are better able to propose technical assistance to mainstream organizations).
  • Contributing to influencing donor and stakeholder policies including states , practices and budget priorities to improve inclusion of children and young people with disabilities and vulnerable children in education in international development ;
This is a full-time position. You will regularly travel internationally, including to Europe/North America as well as to countries of intervention, (covid restrictions permitting). In all the areas of responsibility below, you will work closely with the other members of the IE team, but will take a lead on the overall business development aspect.

In this part, your main responsibilities will be: · Expertise in Inclusive Education: · Business Development and Technical Assistance opportunities · Policy influence DESIRED PROFILE:

· You hold a Masters University degree in education or education related degree
  • You demonstrate practical hands on experience in working in inclusive education, ideally for children with disabilities, and a range of ages.
  • You already had technical support position and oversight to education programs
  • You have experience in developing technical materials including tools, guidance, and training materials
  • You have already worked collaboratively with other services (e.g. protection, health, rehab etc…)
  • You have experience of working in low/middle income country contexts.
  • You have strong understanding and experience of grant and business development proposal processes. A prior experience obtaining and working with funding from USAID and Global Affairs Canada would be an asset
  • You have background experience in networking, building partnerships and policy development in the field of education
  • You did work with the private sectors and know about commercial contracts on tenders for technical assistance
  • You know how to communicate key ideas to a wide audience (e.g. developing briefs)
  • You have excellent written and oral communications and networking skills, capacity to transfer skills and train or coach others
· You are Fluent in English and have basic knowledge in French - Other languages (arabic, Spanish …) would be an asset CONDITIONS OF THE POSITION:

· Type of contract: open-ended contract · HI is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. HI is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of discrimination based on any grounds. These grounds generally include race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information or carrier status, pregnancy, victims of Domestic Violence, military status, alienage, citizenship status, or any other legally protected status. Applicants for employment are recruited and hired based on their qualifications for the job. Promotion decisions will be made without discrimination and based on performance and qualifications.

· Reminder: Pre-existing authorization to work in the United States is required. Applicants without existing work permission in the United States should not apply. Humanity & Inclusion is happy to meet any reasonable accommodations that an applicant requires.

All applicants must indicate that they have read and understood Humanity & Inclusion's safeguarding policies: · Child Protection · Protection against Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment · Anti-Fraud, Bribery, and Corruption ABOUT THE U.S. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION The U.S. National Association of Humanity & Inclusion, a 501(c)3 organization with an independent Board of Directors, is a constituent member of the Humanity & Inclusion Network. Humanity & Inclusion U.S. has offices in Silver Spring, MD. The mission is to support the work of the HI Network by administering grants and contracts, raising awareness of the needs among the populations we serve, mobilizing private and public financial support, representing Humanity & Inclusion with national, international bilateral and multilateral institutions based in the U.S., facilitating the recruitment of personnel, and raising the organization’s profile. Humanity & Inclusion U.S. also engages in education programs with the general public and advocates for U.S. accession to the landmine and cluster munitions treaties, as well as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The organization raises approximately $30 million per year, of which 98 percent derives from grants and cooperative agreements with the U.S. Government. The organization conducts active outreach to the U.S. public through digital and other media.**
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