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13 Jul 2021

Regional Economic Inclusion Specialist at Federation Handicap International Rwanda

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Job Description


 The Organisation

Handicap International Federation (operating under the name Humanity & Inclusion) 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.

HI has recently set up a regional structure encompassing the countries of Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with Uganda as the regional hub.  The region is known as the East African Region (EAR). HI is currently recruiting a number of regional positions, including the role of the Regional Economic Inclusion Specialist under the Technical Unit, led by the Technical Unit Manager. This position is a national position, and will be based in any of three countries under the regional structure.

Reporting to the Technical Unit Manager, and in collaboration with HQ technical services, the Regional Economic Inclusion Technical Specialist will participate to the setup of the Technical Unit and will build the economic inclusion network within the three countries of the programme.

In keeping with the regional set-up stage, The Regional Economic Inclusion Technical Specialist will be responsible for building up the Programme’s Economic Inclusion network across the three countries, and lay the foundation of a common strategy and approach in the three countries taking into account each context. The Specialist will strongly focus on the development of Economic Inclusion Projects in the three countries in both humanitarian and development sectors, including on a Nexus approach. This can include poverty alleviation programmes, access to employment and entrepreneurship, skill building and employability initiatives (e.g. TVET) and CVA interventions.

The development of the Economic Inclusion Sector will be done within the EAR StratOp just validated and based on the StaTech which include strong context analysis of the three countries, identification of programmes strengths and weaknesses as well as opportunities and threats. He/she will engage in standardisation of interventions based on common quality framework and processes. It will also enhance knowledge sharing within the programme and use each country lessons learned to improve programme’s Economic Inclusion projects. The programme has currently 2 Economic Inclusion Projects in Uganda: one with a poverty graduation approach, and one on COVID-19 response leveraging CVA modalities to meet basic needs. Regionally the programme has also a Fellowship programme and is developing proposals to strengthen that sector of intervention.

The Regional Specialist will also contribute to the overall growth of the Programme through participation in technical design, proposal development, donor and partner networks, and advocacy.

Job summary

PositionRegional Economic Inclusion Specialist

Responsible toTechnical Unit Manager

Team Management: 0

LocationKenya, Rwanda or Uganda


1.    Provides Expertise in his/her sector to the EAR Progamme and the different country missions within:

1.1. Contributes to the regional strategies in line with the global strategies

1.1.1.    Provides sectorial technical input to the Strat Ops of the Programmes within his/her scope and in his/her sector, in line with the global StraTech and ensure relevant follow u in line with the global strategies

1.2.    Ensures technical support to projects  in line with the global technical frameworks and standards in his/her sectorial scope

1.2.1. Providesadequate technical guidance and support to Project Managers when relevant (adapt standards to PM’s tools, contribute to proposal writing and reporting) in line with strategies, standards and mandatory transversal approaches

1.2.2.    Ensuresadequate support to multi-sector responses within projects, in line with the other specialists

1.2.3.    Ensures a local sectorial watch, best practices to adopt within his/her sectorial scope

1.2.4.    Contributesto recruitment and briefing when relevant

1.3.    Ensures technical learning  from projects

1.3.1.    Contributeto projects’ capitalization and ensure technical learning from projects within his/her sectorial scope

1.4.    Ensures the control & monitoring of the technical quality and the relevance of HI’s activities in the Programmes under his/her scope

1.4.1.    Ensure  regular technical quality control of projects and programmes and issue warnings and recommendations

1.4.2.    Monitorthe implementation of audit recommendations, if applicable, in his/her sectorial scope

1.5.    Ensures  compliance of the technical proposition with nexus stakes

1.6.    Contributes to the development of research and innovation projects in the region when relevant, in his/her sectorial scope

1.6.1.    Suggestand steer technical innovation projects

1.6.2.    Identify the priorities of Research and Studies and steer R&S

1.7.    Contributes  to the Technical Divisions professional channel animation

1.7.1.    Contribute to the global animation of the professional channels under his sectorial scope coming from the Technical Divisions (community of practice…)

1.7.2.    Animate a local talent pool in his sectorial scope (carry out technical interviews of candidates and produce recommendations, identify needs regarding trainings)

2.    Participate to the external influence of HI actions in the EAR Progamme

2.1.    Contribute to the local external prestige and influence of HI’s expertise in his sectorial scope

2.1.1.    Representthe technical expertise of HI throughout the local relevant networks

2.1.2.    Contributeto advocacy on specific themes in line with the global advocacy priorities

2.1.3.    Contribute to communication messages locally in line with the global communication priorities

3.    Participate to the Business development of HI EAR Programme:

3.1.    Ensure the development of major opportunities or new projects in the region under his sectorial scope

3.1.1.    Contributeso the context analysis in his sectorial scope

3.1.2.    Contributes to the design and writing of new projects in the region and when asked in other countries within the Geographic Division

3.1.3.    Identify& transform major opportunities in the region under his scope

3.1.4.    Contributes to the conception of major projects (multiple countries, one theme) or of new projects in the region.

3.1.5.    Identify & develop local partnerships and/or consortium with NGOs, Institutions, Companies on technical priorities or important topics in the region under his sectorial scope

Any other service / task in connection with the programme that may prove necessary.







  • Relevant Master Degree in Humanities, Economics or Disability Inclusion related fields


Experience (type and amount of experience) :



  • At least 5 years of professional experience at similar level of Responsibility.
  • At least 5 years of experience in Economic Inclusion related interventions in low to middle income countries
  • At least 3 years of experience working as Project implementer
  •  Proven experience in capacity building and staff development
  • Experience in both humanitarian and development context
  • Experience with micro-business creation and support as well as with social business
  • Experience of CVA
  • Precedent experience with HI
  • Precedent experience in the Region.
  • Experience working with Governmental st
  • Experience working with Organisations of Persons with Disabilities

Skills (knowledge, abilities required for the position, refer to skills repository document) :



  • Knowledge of the explanatory models of disability
  • International Human Rights frameworks
  • International Development Cooperation and humanitarian assistance frameworks and mechanisms
  • High knowledge of technical stakes regarding economic inclusion


  • Producing written and oral institutional communication in English
  • Adapting communication to the interlocutor according to position, status and cultur
  • Negotiating and managing problems and conflicts
  • Establishing clear frameworks, rules and limits
  •  Leading, supporting and motivation a team and its individual
  • Planning and coordinating by setting clear, specific and measurable objectives
  • Developing, adapting and support implementation of technical resources adapted to context and defined objectives
  • Assessing impact and effects of the activities implemented
  • Promoting participation and cooperation within sector and in multi-sectorial approaches
  • Knowledge of the EAR Programme countries context and stakes
  • Knowledge of economic inclusion approaches and programming
  • Experience with community-based approaches

Personal qualities:


  • Patience, flexibility and diplomacy abilitie
  • Stress resistant in a very challenging environment
  • Sense of humor
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  •  Communication aptitude, open-mindedness, creativity, pro-activity
  • Good problem solving skills and result-oriented mindset
  •  Ensuring effective use of resources.
  •  Capacity to build in teams and as constructive part of sectoral and multidisciplinary networks
  • Empathy


 Other useful information concerning the profile sought:  Due to the COVID situation, a resource that is already based in one of the three countries of the regional program would be preferred.

The position requires travelling within the Region and in the field of implementation including in refugee hosting areas. Travels represent 30% of the working time.


Starting Date: 01 October 2021

Length of contract: 3 Year Renewable

Gross Salary: To be presented during the recruitment process depending on the country of residence

Handicap International/Humanity & Inclusion is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

We encourage females and persons with disabilities to apply to become a part of our organization. 

Method of Application

 Please send an updated CV (3 pages max, including three professional references.) with a cover letter addressed to The HR Department [email protected] no later than 20 July 2021Do not attach certificates.

Only Short-listed Candidates will be contacted.

Any efforts to influence the recruitment process will lead to automatic disqualification.

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