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31 May 2017

Inclusion/Access-to-Services Project Manager – Somaliland

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Employer: Handicap International
Job Title: Inclusion/Access-to-Services Project Manager – Somaliland
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Somalia
Category: Other

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.

Handicap International is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

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Present in more than 55 countries, Handicap International is composed of 2 operational directions:

The Direction of Humanitarian Action (DAH)
The Direction of Development Action (DAD)

HI is opening the position of Inclusion / Access to Services Manager in Somaliland in order to respond to the current crisis affecting the Horn of Africa region.

In Northern Somalia (Somaliland and Puntland), the severe drought is affecting more than 240,000 people and more than 5 million people are living in areas currently experiencing drought. The Government of Somaliland declared drought on August 10, 2015 and failure of rainfall in two consecutive (Gu) seasons have resulted in acute shortage of water for farming, livestock and human consumption. These conditions have triggered a massive shortage of food, fodder, rapidly drying pasture and water. Consequently, malnutrition has increased among infants, children, elderly persons, persons with disabilities, women- especially pregnant and lactating mothers.

Several humanitarian organizations coordinated by the Somaliland National Drought Committee (NDC) are currently scaling up their emergency response. The response focuses on basic needs – primarily around food security and WASH. However, based on Handicap International experience, the basic needs response does not include vulnerable persons/groups, not only of persons with disabilities but of those individuals, particularly children, who experience severe acute malnutrition which can result in development delays, as well as those that develop psycho-social trauma as a result of the emergency and related trauma. HI recently approached donors with a proposition of project in Somaliland consisting in a) conducting a comprehensive needs assessment on the impacts of the drought on vulnerable persons/groups and b) intervening in specific emergency response components based on HI’s expertise (e.g. stimulation and physical therapy for children with severe acute malnutrition, psychosocial support etc). Other project proposals are currently in process in response to the crisis in Somaliland.


Based in Hargeisa and under the direct responsibility of the Emergency Coordinator and with the support and technical validation of HQ relevant Technical Referents, the Inclusion Manager will be responsible for:

-representing the organization in humanitarian forums and towards external actors at regional level and in his/her field of expertise
-building on the conclusion of the HQ Inclusion Technical Referent’s assessment report, following the exploratory mission carried out in Somaliland at the end of April 2017
-conducting in-depth and complementary inclusion-related assessments as needed
-launching the inclusion program and activities in Somaliland & providing technical support dedicated to monitoring the inclusion’s activities’ effects and collect evidence in link with the different missions in order to feed the analysis of barriers to access services in the region
-ensuring technical coherence (of strategies, messages and tools) with the global HI Inclusion strategy in emergency settings (in link with HQ Technical Referent)
-reporting on the above activities as per requested by the line manager


-security: HI operations in Somalia are conducted in Somaliland where security is overall under control, despite some periodic but rare outbreaks. Most activities are currently implemented with or through local non state actors. Non-Somali staffs are limited in numbers and operate under tight security rules, including movement restrictions. Given the highly volatile insecurity in the area, extending operations to South and Central Somalia is yet to be considered.
-accessibility: most areas are accessible, although some require police escort.


-academic background related to Inclusion of excluded groups, Disability issues, Public health, Social work, Advocacy and/or Research
-at least 5 years of professional experience, including 2 in humanitarian context, preferably in emergency settings
-previous experience as an Inclusion Manager/Advisor
-experience as DVFP (Disability and Focal Point) Project Manager or I/ATU (Inclusion/Accessibility Technical Unit) Project Manager or equivalent would be a strong asset
-strong knowledge of Handicap International mandate is expected
-strong written skills is expected (previous publications would be a great asset)
-strong training and organisational skills
-experience working in Somali context and/or experience of the Horn of Africa region would be assets
-strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
-English mandatory (oral and written), French would be an asset


• Starting date: ASAP
• Length of the contract: 6 months
• Salary: from 2250€/month (gross) depending on experience (per-diem and hardship allowance to be added)
• Insurances: medical health coverage, retirement planning, repatriation
• Paid holiday: 25 days per year
• Status: individual
• Accommodation: individual accommodation in a hotel compound in Hargeisa
Publish date: 2017-05-20 01:17:21

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