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Field Programme Director: Handicap International Jobs in Kenya

Handicap International is looking for a Field Programme Director for its Kenya-Somaliland Programme

Handicap International is an international organisation specialised in the field of disability. Non-governmental, non-religious, non-political and non-profit-making, it works alongside people with disabilities, whatever the context, in response to humanitarian crises and the effects of extreme poverty.

Handicap International implements programmes of assistance to persons and local organisations, inclusion programmes and programmes focusing on the fight against the main causes of disability. It runs projects in almost 60 countries, with the support of a network of 8 national associations (Germany, Belgium, Canada, United-States, Luxembourg, United Kingdom and


The organisation employs almost 3300 people worldwide, 330 of whom work in France and in its European and North American sections.

For more details on the association:

Closing date: 15 Apr 2010

 Kenya - Nairobi

 based in Kenya


Starting date:
 1rst June 2010

Length of the assignment:
 minimum of 2 years

Closing date for application:
 15th April 2010

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Job Context:

This programme, covering Kenya and Somaliland is acting is various field of activities.

The strong HIV prevalence, the number of refugees, the post conflict situation in Somaliland and the willingness of the Kenya Government to support the civil society, drove the association to focus on engaging communities to prevent causes of impairments, promoting access to health care and rehabilitation services of people with disability and/or chronic diseases and to advocate for inclusion and better and equal access to development programs through various projects (fight against HIV, diabetes, Mine risk education, inclusive education, Community based rehabilitation…).

Job Description:

You will act in a relatively large programme (3.3 M€ budget, around 170 staffs) that requires strong leadership. It has a defined roadmap with its 2009-2013 Strategy. Kenya and Somaliland programmes merged in 2009, the organization and overall operational systems are to be further consolidated. There are many funding opportunities and most of the current contracts have to be renewed every year.

Strategically placed in the East Africa region where a regional dynamic is emerging, the programme is known for its innovative projects and is expected to maintain innovation and to share its documented knowledge and resources for the benefit of the association.

General mission:

Under the responsibility of the Desk Officer for East Africa, you will provide the leadership to implement the association’s mandate as per the programme strategy. You will contribute to the development of the association’s know-how by building on the experiences of its programmes.


Your responsibilities will be to:

  • Ensure the organisation’s representation in the field
  • Implement the programme’s pluri-annual strategy, through subsequent annual plans and appropriate resource mobilization
  • Lead and empower the programme team
  • Enhance and guarantee application of the programme’s framework, regulations and internal controls
  • Ensure permanent and adequate flow of communication between the programme and the head office
Candidate Profile:

Essential competencies:
  • University degree in development, international relations, social studies or relevant speciality.
  • At least 5 years experience in the development field and in a senior management position
  • Strong Programme management and programming,
  • Good Team and Human Resources management skills,
  • Strong leadership, high level of diplomacy and good interpersonal relation, ability to work under pressure, strong negotiating ability,
  • Practical problem solving,
  • Culturally sensitive
Required Language Skills: Fluent in English mandatory, Written and spoken French desired

Job Environment:

Nairobi is a large city that enjoys services at international standards, social life and many giveaways. Nairobi faces high urban criminality and security measures are to be observed. Movements are restricted in several places in northern and eastern Kenya.

Although generally stable Kenya has experienced recent violence following elections end of 2007. Skirmishes recurrently happen in rural areas over land dispute and cattle rustling.

In Somaliland the country is placed under security focus and is in security phase two. Vigilance and observance of established security rules remain the best problem-solving solution.

Travel to all parts of Somaliland is possible under police escort. Due to poor status of the roads, HI uses 4WD vehicles and extra caution must be exercised when traveling. Living conditions in Hargeisa are bearable and basic needs for subsistence are easily available but leisure activities are very limited.

Employment Conditions:

Salary + expatriation allowance +benefits: 100% medical cover + medical evacuation insurance + family policy.

How to apply

Please send resume and covering letter with the reference: NDTDPKS to:
Handicap International - 14, avenue Berthelot - 69361 LYON CEDEX 07
by Email : recrut01 @
or by our website :
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