Inclusive Humanitarian Action Advisor - Somalia/Somaliland

Closing date

Place: Mogadishu with frequent travel to Hargeisa and Addis Ababa

Starting date: 1rst of January 2022 Length: 12 months

Closing date for applications: 12th of December 2021

“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”

Humanity & Inclusion/Handicap International (HI) 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 more than 60 countries and responded to many emergencies. Today we have a budget of around 150 million euros, with 3500 employees worldwide.

The HI network is an organisation made up of a Federation (with 2 operational HQs in Lyon and Brussels), 8 national associations (Germany, Belgium, Canada, United States, France, Luxembourg, United Kingdom and Switzerland) and the HI Institute on Humanitarian Action. All these entities work concertedly to implement HI’s international aid and development mandate.

The Federation is responsible for implementing the network’s social missions in around sixty countries. It operates under the names “Humanity & Inclusion” or “Handicap International” depending on the country.

HI is engaged in an employment policy in favour of disabled workers.

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HI started in Somaliland in 1992 by setting up a rehabilitation centre in Hargeisa. HI’s strategy in Somaliland has been since to advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities and to engage development actors to promote inclusion and participation of people with disabilities at local and national level. From 2010 to 2014, HI implemented a Human Rights project entitled “Enhanced participation of Somalis with disability for human rights and democracy in Somaliland and Puntland”. This project strengthened the capacity of 15 Disabled People Organizations at grassroots level to empower people with disability to actively promote and advocate for their rights for protection and inclusion. A major outcome of this intervention was the development of a Disability Policy for Somaliland and Puntland.

In Mogadishu and in Somaliland, HI has been implementing projects, either directly or in consortium, with a focus on promoting inclusive humanitarian action.

Through these projects, various aspects of inclusive humanitarian action have been explored including on how to collect quality data on disability, inclusive communication and exposure to various frameworks. The interest of humanitarian/mainstream actors about disability inclusion has been raised and continues to gain momentum. These interventions are also designed to produce some lessons learned and good practices for replication in future, and to influence more actors towards being more inclusive in their response.

Since it is envisaged that these projects will continue to be funded (submission for new projects ongoing) as inclusive humanitarian action specialist, you will support the programme to develop new activities, complementary to the ongoing ones, with the aim to have greater impact and deepen the inclusion practice of other actors.


You will work under direct line management of Somaliland & Somalia Country Manager and closely with the programme team members.

You main objective will be to support the disability inclusion component, focus on Improving protection and access to basic and specialized services for persons with specific needs (with main focus to Persons with disabilities, injuries, elderly, chronic illness etc) from IDPs and Host community in ongoing HI, consortium partners project as well as other humanitarian assistance project implemented by various humanitarian partners. This will be achieved by defining the framework of HI support to targeted humanitarian actors; by building partners & cluster members’ capacities as well as HI teams to implement the action related to such technical framework; by ensuring good practices are identified within supported projects and shared across consortium partners and other humanitarian actors.

The technical framework of HI support to partner’s humanitarian actors is comprehensive and usually entails training, revisions of guidelines, procedures and tools, production of supporting materials and coaching. Agreed actions or action plans are tailored to partners’ needs, reality and interest, and therefore might take different shapes

Stakes of the post

· Ensure technical quality of activities: develop, deliver training in inclusive humanitarian action, ensuring quality of activities through implementation of HI’s technical positioning and frameworks in coordination with partner.

· Supporting the documentation, identification of good practice and lesson learning, whilst working with the team to explore new opportunities on disability inclusion / inclusive humanitarian action

  • A major stake of the position is to ensure HI inclusion officers become more autonomous in the implementation of HI support to partners and master the technical framework of HI support

Your main responsibilities will be:


· Contribute to the regional strategies in line with the global strategies

· Ensure technical support to projects in line with the global technical frameworks and standards

· Ensure technical learning from projects

· Ensure the control & monitoring of the technical quality and the relevance of HI’s activities

· Ensure compliance of the technical proposition with nexus stakes

· Contribute to the development of research and innovation projects in the region when relevant

· Contribute to the technical divisions professional channel animation


Contribute to the local external prestige and influence of HI’s expertise in your sectorial scope:

o Represent the technical expertise of HI throughout the local relevant networks

o Contribute to advocacy on specific themes in line with the global advocacy priorities

o Contribute to communication messages locally in line with the global communication priorities

Business development

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


· You hold a Masters degree in social science or similar fields – Study in Occupational Therapy…A Disability study related degree/diploma would be appreciated

· You demonstrate proven technical experience in disability inclusion in humanitarian action

· You have at least 3 years of experience in humanitarian sector

· You know designing and providing capacity development (training, coaching, learning, etc.)

· You have a good knowledge of international core standards and guidelines related to protection and disability inclusion in humanitarian and development settings

· You are used to work on project development (on a technical side)

· You have excellent communication skills and are committed to team work

· You know working in volatile security contexts and are used to live in collective accommodation

· You are fluent in English


Security situation in Hargeisa is overall under control, despite some periodic but rare outbreaks (last serious incident was in 2008). Most activities are currently implemented directly by HI. In South Central, security is highly volatile and unpredictable. HI intervention in South Central Somalia is only confined to Mogadishu with very small activities (capacity building to government authorities and other humanitarian agencies).


in Mogadishu: individual accommodation in a secure compound shared with an other INGO. The guest house is pleasant, HI has two accommodation room which are self-contained and the other spaces are shared with the other INGO’s expatriates. There is a cook and possibility to go to AMISOM compound within the airport for a meal and shopping

in Hargeisa: at the Hotel, in a small bungalow with sufficient space and amenities: 1 bedroom, bathroom and 1 living room which contains kitchen, TV and a sofa.

Accessibility/Transport: Most areas are accessible in Somaliland, although some require police escort. In Mogadishu; very strict travel guideline and movement outside the compound will be only through HI rented very secure transport. Use of public transport is strictly prohibited both in Hargeisa and Mogadishu.

Isolation/ Social Life: Very limited access to cultural or sportive activities. Curfew might be imposed after 9pm


At HI, the conditions offered are up to your commitment and adapted to the context of your mission. Particular attention is paid to health issues and your personal situation.
We offer an induction and training path adapted to our staff members and we have a HR policy oriented toward mobility and professional development.

· 12 months International contract starting from January 2022 – Please be aware that the position is subjected to fundings confirmation

· The international contract provides social cover adapted to your situation:**

o Unemployment insurance benefits for EU nationals**

o Pension scheme adapted to the situation of our employees: If you already have a personal pension scheme HI will contribute at the same level of your personal monthly contribution with a maximum of 272.53€/month ; If you do not have a personal pension scheme, we will open a private pension account with your contribution of 272.53€/month and a contribution of HI of the same amount**

o Medical coverage with 50% of employee contribution **

o Repatriation insurance paid by HI**

· Salary from 2757€ gross/month upon experience

· Perdiem : 550€ net/month - paid in the field

· Hardship : 500 € net/month paid with your salary

· Paid leaves : 25 days per year;

· R&R : 5 days every 6 weeks in the field

· Position: unaccompanied

· Housing : Collective taken in charge by HI

If you are resident in the country: local package

How to apply

Only online by joining a CV and cover letter via the following link: