Inclusion Field Technical Specialist - Based in Erbil
HI , Irbil, Iraq
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.
For further information about the association:
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.
HI is managing a large humanitarian program from three different hubs (Beirut, North-West and North-East), along 4 main pillars:
Support to health partners for the provision of multidisciplinary rehabilitation and standalone psychosocial support services, through training, technical supervisions and donations of assistive devices and/or equipment
Livelihoods assistance, with a combination of cash for work, vocational training, small grants for businesses and apprenticeships
Training and technical support to humanitarian actors on the inclusion of persons with disabilities and vulnerable persons in the humanitarian response
This is an exciting opportunity to join an intervention that reduces the disability specific risks and barriers, enhances capacities among those persons most at risk of vulnerability and harm in the existing emergency relief and social services available. It brings a rare expertise to a strong consortium of NGO’s aiming to improve resilience and positive coping mechanisms in a complex crisis and post conflict environment.
The actual intervention is based on a mix of remote management of national teams, partnerships with local structures and organizations, and direct implementation.
As Field Inclusion Technical Specialist, you contribute to the implementation of the mandate and the 10-year strategy of Humanity & Inclusion in your area of expertise. You ensure optimal quality and impact of the projects implemented
In this part, your main activities are:
Sharing your Expertise through training and technical advisory
Representation and Reporting
Functional team management
Documentation of Lessons Learned and Best Practices
You will be more specifically, in charge of:
Develop, facilitate and monitor Training of field teams on inclusion of persons with disability, ensuring that input is contextualized to reality in North East Syria while improving the mapping and removal of barriers to enhance access to services for persons living with disability.
Provide technical support, hold coaching and/or learning sessions to support local experts (technical officers), team, partners in developing their skill set
Ensure coordination and coherence of activities with the Physical Rehabilitation and Disability Technical Specialists (ensuring that training of external actors and coordination of activities are complimentary of one another)
Being the protection focal point for the hub, train and monitor on protection issues (gender age disability inclusion approach).
Support to local groups of persons with disabilities to develop their representation, networks and advocate for change at local level
YOUR PROFILE :
You are an allied Health Professional (OT, SLT, PT), Social Worker, Educator, Disability & Inclusion Studies, or similar qualification or field of study
You have at least 3 years’ experience in humanitarian action and possess strong coordination and communicating skills
You have at least 5 years of experience in tailored advice and/or direct support to persons with disabilities’ autonomy and independence: consultation; adjustment and adaption of work places, training sessions, Training curricula, work processes and tools (e.g.: universal access, reasonable accommodation, adaptation of tools and work environment, inclusive communication modalities etc.)
Previous experience in inclusion and/or protection mainstreaming
You have experience in designing, delivering & monitoring trainings based on assessed needs, and in coaching and technical advice to support others applying newly learned skills into action
You have experience in working with and supporting the capacity development of local partners
Experience in work with representative organizations of persons with disabilities supporting their empowerment is an asset
Experience in remote management setup is a strong asset
A first experience in the Syrian crisis and/or in Middle Eastern countries would be an asset
You are flexible for field visits
You are fluent in English; Arabic language skills are an asset
**CHARACTERISTICS OF THE POSITION
The position is a field posting in the wider autonomous region officially known as North and East Syria (NE Syria). The North-East where HI’s current first base is located is relatively isolated and the trip from the closest international airport in Erbil (Iraqi Kurdistan) to the 1st base takes around 8 hours by car, including the crossing of an international border. The context is fast changing and the distances between the project locations are long.
International staffs live in collective guesthouses with 3 to 6 permanent staff and occasional visitors. Life conditions are good, with well-furnished individual rooms, full-equipped kitchens, ACs and heaters, and terraces/gardens. Staffs are usually allowed to walk around, visit the town centre and the marketplaces, have lunch and dinner in local restaurants, and do sport activities. Cultural and touristic activities are not available. Security risks in the area means that the security rules change according to context change, with periods of confinement and reduced movements possible.
The security situation in the governorate of the 1st base is currently quite stable. The security situation in the governorate of the 2nd and 3rd base is still quite unstable.
Starting date : as soon as possible
Length of the contract:** 12 months
Salary from 2757€ gross/month regarding the experience of the candidate
Perdiem: 561,14€ net/month
Hardship Allowance: 500€ net/month
Insurances : medical hearth coverage, retirement planning, repatriation
Paid holiday : 25 days per year
R&R : 5 days every 3 months or 5 days every 8 weeks
Status : unaccompanied position
Housing : collective taken in charge by HI