Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
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.
Present in more than 55 countries, Handicap International is composed of 2 operational directions:
The Syrian crisis is the greatest humanitarian crisis of the last 20 years. According to the latest UN figures, about 13.5 million people are currently affected by the crisis in Syria, including about 6.5 million IDPs, while over 4 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.
Five years after the beginning of the crisis, the number of injured persons in Syria keeps rising, with a severe lack of rehabilitative care and psychosocial support. In hard-to-reach areas and/or areas of new displacement, local populations and IDPs are in need of emergency assistance in terms of food, household essential items, and other basic needs. The inclusion of the most vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, in the humanitarian response remains a major concern.
HI is managing a large humanitarian program from four different hubs (South, Centre, North and North-East), along four main pillars: 1.Support to health partners (hospitals, care houses, rehabilitation centers, local NGOs) for the provision of comprehensive rehabilitation services (physical rehabilitation, psychosocial support and/or prosthetics and orthotics) through training, technical supervisions and donations of rehabilitation material and/or equipment 2.Provision of basic needs kits – Food baskets, Household Essential Items and Hygiene kits – in one-shot distributions to people who experience a sudden degradation of their living conditions due to renewed conflict, displacement and/or exclusion from humanitarian assistance 3.Education to the risks and effects caused by conventional weapons and urgent marking of hazardous areas 4.Inclusion promotion / reduction of barriers and discriminations linked with age, disability and other vulnerability factors, through training, technical support and mainstreaming activities, particularly in the livelihood sector where HI is supporting partners to be inclusive (e.g. cash for work/cash transfers, vocational training/apprenticeships, small business start-up and restoring food production).
Under the responsibility of the Area Coordinator and with the support of the coordination team, the Project Manager will manage a team of 8 national staffs.
He/she will have for main responsabilities to: -manage timely implementation of the project in collaboration with the partners -guarantee the overall project cycle management complies with HI and donors standards -oversee monitoring of these activities -ensure smooth coordination with INGOs and other stakeholders -ensure a correct follow-up of the administrative and logistics aspects of the project -support the professional development of project staff -supervise, accompany and train the staff under his/her direct supervision -regularly report on activities (statistics, review of monthly objectives, etc.)
1.Representation and external coordination
2.Project management -Implementation -Database management -Support services -Partnership -Lessons learning and capitalization -Team management
3.Internal coordination & reporting