A Humanitarian Policy Advisor

HI, Amman, Jordan

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and Campaign
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
27th August, 2020


Job Description

“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 changing his name and becomes « Humanity & Inclusion ». HI, Humanity & Inclusion 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 62 countries and responded to many emergencies. Today we have a budget of around 150 million euros, with 3500 employees worldwide.

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

JOB CONTEXT:

The Syrian crisis is the greatest humanitarian crisis of the last 20 years. According to the latest UN figures, about 11.7 million people are currently affected by the crisis in Syria, including about 6 million IDPs, while over 5 million Syrians have sought refuge in neighbouring countries or in Europe. The current humanitarian response only provides a patchy and partial coverage of the growing humanitarian needs. Eight years after the beginning of the crisis, the number of injured persons in Syria keeps rising, with a severe lack of healthcare in many areas. In large areas of the country, the local economy is in bad shape local populations and IDPs are in need of livelihoods assistance. The inclusion of the most vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, in the humanitarian response remains a major concern.

From its main coordination office in Amman, HI is managing a large humanitarian program from three different hubs (Beirut, North-West and North-East), along four main pillars:

  • Support to health partners (hospitals, psychosocial support centers, local NGOs) for the provision of multidisciplinary rehabilitation services (physical rehabilitation, psychosocial support and/or prosthetics and orthotics) and standalone psychosocial support services, through training, technical supervisions and donations of assistive devices and/or equipment;
  • Education to the risks and effects caused by conventional weapons (including mines, explosive remnants of war and small arms light weapons) and non-technical survey of hazardous areas;
  • Livelihoods assistance, with a combination of cash for work, vocational training, small grants for businesses and apprenticeships (especially in Amman) and Emergency response to the basic needs of vulnerable people affected by sudden crisis, through one-shot distributions of food baskets, household essential items and hygiene kits, and through the management of an adapted humanitarian coordination mechanism for emergency responses (especially in Jordan).
  • Training and technical support to other humanitarian actors on the inclusion of persons with disabilities and other vulnerable persons in the humanitarian response (with a special focus on inclusive health and inclusive livelihoods).

The actual intervention is based on a mix of remote management of national teams, remote partnerships with local structures and organizations, and direct implementation programs. In addition, HI implements a series of advocacy initiatives (both public and private) in close coordination with its program teams.

HI is recruiting a Humanitarian Policy Advisor for 12 months.

YOUR MISSION:

  • Under the supervision of Humanitarian policy coordinator, you manage a team of 3 people. Your main objectives are:
  • ü To support the Humanitarian Policy Coordinator in the implementation of HI’s Syrian Crisis advocacy strategy *(20%).*
  • ü To contribute to the monitoring of the humanitarian context in Syria, and the collection and analysis of secondary data, field data, and testimonies, for advocacy and communication purposes *(15%).*
  • ü To draft advocacy and communication products in collaboration with HI’s Advocacy Unit and HI’s Communication Unit (policy papers, articles, press releases, testimonies, reports, etc.) *(35%).*
  • ü In collaboration with the Humanitarian Policy Coordinator, to represent HI’s advocacy team in internal and external events *(30%).*

YOUR PROFILE :

  • You hold a master’s degree in social/ political sciences, human rights, law, humanitarian aid, and/or communication.
  • You have at least 4 years of professional experience and ideally previous experience in humanitarian contexts.
  • You have at least 2 years of professional experience in advocacy, communication, protection and/or human rights issues, in NGOs and/or institutions.
  • You are English native speaker or excellent English speaker (both oral and written).
  • You have excellent writing and reporting skills.
  • Ability to speak and write in other languages (Arabic, French) is an advantage.
  • You are diplomat, independent and able to work collaboratively in a team.
  • You take easily initiatives and have proven representation experience and ability to speak in public

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE POSITION:

Jordan is a relatively safe and secure country, with regular presence of international tourists including from Occidental countries, and where the ituation/context does not require having heavy security procedures.

Indeed, in the past 12 years of presence in Jordan, the security level remains at 2 for most of the time; this is due to its proximity to countries in conflict or involved in wars. The country is currently facing economic challenges and high rates of unemployment, which translate frequently to demonstrations mainly in the capital Amman. Jordan has a good level of acceptance of foreigners and has a strongly respected Royal family. The police/armed forces are well trained, well paid and well equipped. The health conditions are really good in Jordan, with a complete access to high quality medical care in Amman (hospitals, pharmacies, labs, X-ray, IRM, all specializations doctors), allowing international staff to have a safe stay in country including with families and babies.

However, Jordan also faces some regular difficulties and possible tensions could be expected due to the regional situation, especially in the close-by countries. Jordan currently participates in the International Coalition against Houthis in Yemen. In addition, the situation in Iraq as well as in Palestine strongly impact Jordan, first in an “emotional” way (many Jordanians have Palestinian origins, and Jordanians and Iraqis historically had a close relationship); and second in a socio-economical way. Jordan currently welcomes more than 700,000 Syrian refugees, a limited number in camps, which creates economic and social tensions and could lead to additional risks to be considered.

Finally, as its position of moderate Muslim country and strong declaration against Daesh/IS, especially since the murder of a Jordan Pilot by Daesh in January 2015, it is highly possible that Jordan could face, as many countries in the world, terrorist attacks from Daesh on its territory. It seems quite “confirmed” that there are potential “sleeping cells and/or sympathizers” of Daesh in the country.

Source:https://hi.org/en/ad/-JVO-07-20-5883


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