Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
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 is an independent and impartial aid and development organization 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 organization was first founded in 1982, we have set up development programs in more than 55 countries and responded to many emergencies. Today we have a budget of around 150 million euros, with 3500 employees worldwide.
CONTEXT OF THE MISSION:
Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in South Asia with one of the highest density of population in the world – 160 million. Bangladesh is a delta where 3 main rivers reach the sea. Most of the country is a disaster prone area in term of floods.
HI has been working in Bangladesh since 1997, with a focus on creating sustainable changes in terms of ensuring rights and inclusion of people with disabilities in society.
In Cox Bazar’s district, HI has a strong knowledge and experience in chronic emergency response. Thanks to three projects implemented before the crisis, HI is providing services in rehabilitation, protection and PSS, with an inclusive mainstreaming approach to refugees and host population. HI works not only with people with disabilities and other vulnerable populations, but also with their families, their communities, and the society, in order to provide sustainability in its action.
In response to the massive influx of refugees, HI also set-up an emergency intervention responding to the needs of thousands of refugees. Multi-sectorial mobile teams are currently working in the “mega camp”, providing services in rehabilitation, health, protection and PSS. Because of the extremely vulnerability of certain persons, the mobile intervention helps reaching people forgotten by static activities. HI is also providing kits (shelter, NFI, WaSH, dignity, dry food) through a dedicated team in order to have a more integrated approach and respond to the needs of new arrivals.
Through its brands ATLAS logistics, HI set-up two storages in Ukiya and Teknaf and is facilitating transport to support other actors in their intervention.
The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Manager will assist project teams in Cox’s Bazar in enhancing projects’ accountability by implementing the MEAL strategy for each project/specific technical sector, according to HI MEAL frameworks, project monitoring plans, and common outcome indicators, and in line with HI Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Policy.
S/he will set up the MEAL Team, as well as MEAL communication and information exchange in the Bangladesh programme.
Under the line management of the Technical Unit Coordinator, the MEAL Manager is responsible for the technically sound development and implementation of the MEAL strategy and methodological approach of the response to the crisis, in Cox’s Bazar.
In a very close collaboration with the sectoral managers, the MEAL manager will be key in in facilitating full accountability of HI´s intervention vis-a-vis communities, partners, governments, donors and other humanitarian actors, analysing achievements and objectives, and in ensuring a sound learning-based approach within the project cycle management.
Main responsabilities include: