Handicap International recruits 01 Early Child Development Specialist HQ

Handicap International recruits 01 Early Child Development Specialist HQ

Handicap International

Lyon, France /Bruxelles, Belgique/Washington
Humanitaire (ONG, Associations, …), Projet/programme de développement

Early Child Development Specialist HQ
Pays : France
Ville : Lyon, Brussels, or Washington
Date de prise du poste : 01/04/2021
Durée de la mission : open-ended contract
Date de clôture des candidatures : 19/02/2021
Référence de l’annonce :  -ECA-01-21-6175
CONTEXTE DE TRAVAIL :« 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 its name to become « Humanity & Inclusion ».HI, Humanity & Inclusion, is an independent and impartial aid and development organization 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 founded in 1982, we have set up development programs in more than 55 countries and responded to many emergencies. Today we have a budget of around 150 million euros ($181 million), with 3,500 employees worldwide.
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CONTEXT OF THE MISSION:The Global Health & Prevention Division works to ensure that Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 3) “Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages” can become a reality for persons with disabilities and vulnerable populations all along the various Nexus contexts. We focus on inclusive health system strengthening, inclusive health programming and prevention of impairments and we work in the following sectors: Safe and Inclusive Mobility (1 Specialist), Mental Health and Psycho Social Support (4 Specialists), Non-communicable Diseases (1 Specialist), Sexual and Reproductive Health, including Family Planning, HIV, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (2 Specialists) and Disability Inclusive Policies (1 Lead).
The Global Health & Prevention Division works in close collaboration with the other technical Divisions, namely Rehabilitation, Protection & Risk Reduction, and Social & Inclusion, as well as with five Geographic Divisions.
DESCRIPTION DE POSTE :HI is a leading actor in early child development and promotes early child development as a powerful equalizer to allow every child to develop to full potential. Since 2018, HI has promoted internally the nurturing care and the early child development framework and is now piloting implementation in selected countries.

In this context, HI is looking for a dynamic ECD and Nurturing Care Specialist to provide technical support to the design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the ECD HI framework. S/he will have a strong understanding of global evidence, best practices, and gaps around early childhood development interventions. The ideal candidate will have a particular emphasis on the Nurturing Care Framework and experience integrating ECD interventions into health, rehabilitation, education, protection and other service delivery platforms. A sound comprehension of the gender, age and disability perspective on ECD is a plus.The ECD Specialist will lead technical discussions and strategic thinking around ECD/Nurturing Care with key internal stakeholders, such as the Specialists from the other technical divisions, Operation Officers and Geographic Directors, HI field staff, etc. The ECD Specialist will lead ECD activities, coordinating with the Knowledge Management Division to stay abreast of research and best practices related to multi-sectoral interventions and early childhood.The ECD Specialist will contribute to strategic plans, budget development, and annual/quarterly work plans as well as provide overall ECD technical guidance in line with HI strategic vision. In addition to global-level contributions, the ECD specialist will provide ECD technical assistance to field staff, leading the development, adaptation and implementation of ages 0-8 ECD materials and interventions.
Under the direct responsibility of the Global Health Director, the ECD Specialist will have four main responsibilities:
1/Technical SupportProvide Technical support to the development of pilot ECD projects in Rwanda, DRC and Uganda• Develop and roll out tools, resources, and trainings to improve ECD program implementation• Provide technical and programmatic support to build the capacity of in-country teams on ECD programming• Participate in the development and monitoring of technical work plans and budgets; ensure appropriate levels of technical assistance in program interventions; coordinate partners’ efforts in program implementation• Undertake regular technical supportive supervision, mentoring and monitoring visits to project sites as necessary• Work with and provide technical leadership and support to relevant project staff for effective program planning, implementation and monitoring• Provide technical support to ongoing maternal, newborn and child health projects
2/Definition of Technical framework• Lead on the elaboration of HI’s ECD policy paper and its internal and external dissemination• Contribution to the elaboration, dissemination and implementation of the ECD strategic action plan
3/Continuous learning and knowledge managementWork with the country teams to systematically document all processes, tools and lessons learned and liaise with other senior project staff in order to identify areas of improvement• Explore and take advantage of opportunities to share/disseminate HI’s ECD program evaluation results• Assist in preparing donor progress reports• Facilitate knowledge generation and lessons learned events within HI and with relevant stakeholders through, publications, webinars and other knowledge sharing forums.• Share and disseminate internally HI’s ECD knowledge, skills and know-how• Lead the knowledge management related to ECD programming, and assure that a lessons learned mechanism is elaborated and fully functional• Develop and contribute to new ECD-related resources and publications• Contribute to and facilitate international and cross-program learning
4/Networking and representationPromote externally HI’s visibility, capacity and know-how in the field of ECD• Active participation in international networks on ECD such as ECDAN, etc.• Represent HI in major international fora, initiatives and events related to ECD, with frequent contact with international donors
PROFIL ATTENDU :-you hold a Masters in Public Health (MPh), or
-you have a Health background (medical doctor, midwife or nurse) with relevant experience in technical management of complex multi-partners, multi country projects-you are proficient in SRHR, Gender, Age and Disability Inclusion, and Human Rights Approaches-you have at least 5 years experience on ECD and nurturing care in low and middle income country settings (LMICs)-you have excellent and proven familiarity with the ECD international context, with deep technical understanding of the main stakes of child development-you have experience with implementation of complex, big financial volume, multi-stakeholder projects-you can demonstrate understanding of the socio-cultural issues and nuances of working in communities and with vulnerable populations-you have a strong record of fostering new and effective partnerships on an international level including participation in technical advisory groups, international consultations, boards, etc.-you have in-depth experience undertaking and supporting research, data collection, analysis and report and article writing-you have broad capacity building and training experience-you have demonstrated success in working with local government and NGO stakeholders-you are experienced in remote technical support-you have excellent strategic and analytic thinking, good synthesis skills and writing skills-you are able to work on complex projects in multitasking-you are able to work in a fast-paced environment and to meet tight deadlines-you have excellent communication skills-you speak and write English and French fluently
SPECIFICITES/PARTICULARITES DU POSTE :The position can be based either in France (Lyon), Belgium (Brussels), or in the US (Washington)

CONDITIONS :• start date: 01/04/2021
• length of the contract: open-ended• status: salaried, HQ based (Lyon, Brussels, or Washington)• Package depending on the locationPOSTULER

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