Handicap International  recruits 01 Public Health – Epidemics Technical Specialist

“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: www.hi.org.


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 and 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.

From its main coordination office in Amman, HI has been managing since 2012 a large humanitarian program from three different hubs (Beirut, North-West and North-East), along four main pillars:

1. Support to health partners (hospitals, psychosocial support centers, local NGOs) for the provision of multidisciplinary rehabilitation services (physical rehabilitation, psychosocial support and/or prosthetics and orthotics) and standalone psychosocial support services, through training, technical supervisions and donations of assistive devices and/or equipment

2. Education to the risks and effects caused by conventional weapons (including mines, explosive remnants of war and small arms light weapons) and non-technical survey of hazardous areas

3. Livelihoods assistance, with a combination of cash for work, vocational training, small grants for businesses and apprenticeships

4. Training and technical support to other humanitarian actors on the inclusion of persons with disabilities and other vulnerable persons in the humanitarian response (with a special focus on inclusive health and inclusive livelihoods).

HI’s intervention has been based on a mix of remote management of national teams, remote partnerships with local structures and organizations, and direct implementation programs.

In March 2020, due the global Covid-19 crisis, movements across countries of the region have become virtually impossible. HI has suspended most of its regular activities and is launching a major effort to reorient its field human resources (around 500 field workers), logistic resources (5 field bases with large fleets), and operational partnerships (18 local health structures and NGOs) to contribute to the Covid-19 response in the areas of operation (prevention and awareness in a first phase, response to the outbreak in a second phase).



Under the direct line-management of the Technical Unit Manager, and in close coordination with other Technical Specialists within the Technical Unit, the Public Health – Epidemics Technical Specialist will have for main role, in the initial contract period, to provide technical guidance to the design, implementation and quality assurance of adapted activities in response to the Covid-19 crisis, such as for instance awareness campaigns on Covid-19 and hygiene, identification of and assistance to suspected cases and their families, identification of and assistance to other vulnerable persons during confinement, transportation of suspected cases with ambulances, etc.

He/she will contribute to the implementation of the mandate and the strategy of Humanity & Inclusion. He/she will ensure optimal quality and impact of the projects implemented in specific areas of the country, through a delegation system with appropriate control mechanisms. He/she will share with all HI managers the responsibility of a sound management and successful functioning of the global organization, through paradigm changes, within the specific context of the Covid-19 crisis.

The complete Job Description will be shared with short-listed candidates.



-formal degree in Medicine, or formal Bachelor degree in a Health discipline and Master in Public Health
-Master / Specialisation in Epidemiology and/or Infectology is an asset

-at least 5 years of work experience in public health programs and/or health humanitarian programs, either for public or INGO sector
-at least 2 years of direct field experience in response to epidemics, either in humanitarian agencies and/or national health systems
-previous experience with HI is a strong asset
-previous experience working in humanitarian programs in the Middle East is a strong asset
-previous experience in remote control programs is a strong asset

-strong internal and external coordination and representation skills
-strong management skills
-strong communication skills
-strong organizational and reporting skills
-strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
-fluency in oral and written English is compulsory
-strong computer skills (use of MS Word, Excel, Outlook and other relevant software)
-Arabic would be a strong asset

Personal qualities:
-ability to work under high pressure
-high level of motivation and proactivity
-high level of autonomy and initiative
-ability to deal with rapidly changing context and plans
-excellent communication skills and diplomacy



Due to the movement restrictions in the context of the Covid-19 crisis, applications from candidates already present in the country will be prioritized.


• Starting date: ASAP
• Length of the contract: 6 months (with possible renewal)
• Salary from 2750€ gross/month depending on the experience of the candidate
• Per-diem: 637,25€ net/month
• Insurances: medical health coverage, retirement planning, repatriation
• Paid holiday: 25 days per year
• R&R: 1 day per month
• Status: individual or couple status possible
• Accommodation: collective or individual housing (depending on status) fully covered by HI


Our trainings program

Trainings opened to personnel and volunteers of international solidarity NGOs.