Handicap International

Handicap International (HI) is recruiting a Project Coordinator for its international Making it Work initiative. The position is part of the Technical Unit on Support to Civil Society and covers a period of 14 months (replacement) until mid-July 2018. This position is preferably based at our head office in Lyon, or in the Paris office.



Handicap International (HI) is an independent and impartial aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

Making it Work (MIW) is a global multi-stakeholder initiative launched by HI in 2008. Making it Work is primarily a methodology for developing research and advocacy projects on disability issues, based on documenting practices that have already demonstrated positive impact – and then making practical recommendations about how they can be replicated or scaled-up. This methodology has been used by HI and other organizations to develop projects in a range of different contexts (Middle East, West Africa, Central & Latin America, South-East Europe etc)  addressing various disability rights issues (

2013-18 marks the 4th phase of this initiative with the implementation of a global level initiative focusing on gender and disability. The overall goal of this project is to coordinate a global MIW project targeting good practices on the elimination, prevention of and response to violence, abuse and exploitation of women and girls with disabilities, to influence international development policies and programming to address articles 6 and 32 of the CRPD (women with disabilities and international cooperation). In the context of the new Agenda 2030 and its core pledge to ‘Leave No One Behind’, the overarching goal of this global project is to strengthen the promotion, protection, and realization of the fundamental rights of all women and girls, including those with disabilities, through 1) national advocacy towards scaling of good practices, 2) linkages between gender and disability movement and 3) stronger inclusion of women with disabilities in global frameworks.

Job description

Under the strategic guidance of the Head of Technical Unit on “Support to Civil Society”, and in close collaboration with other internal and external stakeholders (MIW technical advisory committee), the overall goal of this position is to coordinate the implementation of the Making it Work global initiative and provide technical guidance to projects using the Making It Work approach worlwide.

This includes managing the project on gender and disability (including budget, public relations) to achieve its overall goals. It also includes provision of technical support and contributing to strategic developments

A part of the post will also be assigned to providing technical support to other ongoing and new projects in using evidence-based methods towards improved disability-inclusive development practices. It includes training and coaching on using the methodology (mostly distant, and occasionally through field visits as needed), and ensuring strategic communication and information on MIW. The expertise of the MIW Coordinator will also be sought to advise disability rights promotion in various sectors, with an expected focus on linkages between the UNCRPD and other treaties mine-related treaties (MBT, CCM).

Key responsibilities
  • Project management: Ensure project management and coordination for the successful implementation of the global MIW project on gender and disability. The expected outcomes are (1) scaling up and evaluation of the MIW methodology, (2) recognition of the MIW methodology as an important advocacy approach, (3) increased commitments from post-2015 stakeholders to address disability and gender issues through clear indicators and practical strategies, (4) increased capacity of disabled women leaders to participate in evidence-based advocacy.
  • Capacity development and technical support in disability rights and evidence-based advocacy: Increase capacity among disabled leaders to participate in international advocacy and to use an evidence-based approach to advocacy and support alliance building between DPOs and international development organizations;
  • Support in international advocacy initiatives and communication: Contribute to networking and support advocacy towards inclusive development, develop a relevant communication strategy including social media
  • Production of technical tools: Consolidate MIW training tools and contribute to enrich, disseminate and coach on the use of the methodology.
  • Expert inputs to HI technical unit on 'Support to Civil Society': Actively contribute to the technical unit's strategy and HI’s pragmatic enforcement of human rights approach to disability, take part and bring expertise into team meetings and technical initiatives.
Personal specification

You have :

  • A university degree in a relevant discipline, such as: International Development, Disability Studies, Political Science, Human Rights Law
  • At least 5 years of experience in project management in an area relevant to the position (e.g. human rights and advocacy, gender, inclusion of discriminated groups, disability-inclusive development)
  • Experience in disability-inclusive development or the promotion of the human rights of persons with disabilities and/or women’s rights, including in leading multi-agency networking and collaboration
  • Good knowledge of disability or gender networks at regional and international levels (including DPOs/ CSOs, academia)
  • Personal experience in preventing violence against women and girls with disability and exposure to using the MIW methodology would be strong additional assets

You are:

  • Recognized for your interpersonal skills, including strong written and oral communication skills
  • Fully able to deliver presentations, workshops and to advocate with a diversity of stakeholders
  • Able to work well under pressure, to meet deadlines
  • Known for your strong organizational skills and strategic thinking
  • Able to steer a group in a collaborative and participatory manner
  • Fluent or native English speaker, and ideally with a strong knowledge in French
  • Committed to the values of equity and inclusion
Job Conditions:
  • Salary: €2200 - €2500 gross depending on experience
  • Additional benefits: luncheon vouchers and health insurance
  • Working hours: 39 hours a week with 22.5 days of RTT (work time reduction) to be taken each year

Applications: Please see the job profile and apply via the HI website.

Deadline for applications: 15 May 2017