Mine Action Development Manager

Employer: Handicap International
Location: Lyon France
Closing date: 27 Dec 2015

Handicap International is a not-for-profit organization with no religious or political affiliation. It operates as a federation made up of a network of associations that provide it with human and financial resources, manage its projects and implement its actions and social mission.

The Humanitarian Action Division (HAD) is in charge of the implementation and development of the Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA)/Conventional Weapons (CW) sector for Handicap International:

Manages HMA projects in 5 countries (Lao PDR, Lebanon, Syria, Libya and Chad);
Supports the implementation of Conventional Weapons Destruction projects in 2 countries under the lead of the Development Action Division (Senegal and Niger), and

Contributes to the development of future CWD activities in new countries: Colombia, Yemen, Gaza, Afghanistan, Myanmar, etc…

Ambitious objectives in the HMA/CWD sector are assigned to the HAD by the 2016-2025 Federal Strategy, which can be summarized as follow:

HI is a demining operator in 2 out of 5 of the most landmine impacted countries;

HI is a major actor in supporting 5 countries towards the completion of their conventional obligations (Ottawa and Oslo Treaties);

In protracted conflicts of high intensity (e.g. Syria, Afghanistan), HI partners and works through civil society organizations with the aim of reducing risks linked to conventional weapons;

In the aftermath of every conflict of high intensity, and when security context allows, HI deploys risk reduction activities related to CW (ERW & SALW), in synergy with other humanitarian assistance activities.


The Mine Action Development Manager proposes, on behalf of the HAD, the general development of HMA/CW related sectors of intervention as well as the setup of programs in new countries according to the objectives defined within the organization’s 2016-2025 Strategy.
Part of the Humanitarian Action Division, you are under the direct management of the HAD Director.
You will work on a day to day basis with a large range of actors within the structure: Desk officers from the 2 Action Divisions (Development and Humanitarian Action), HQ-based CW Technical Advisors, and Support Services from the Humanitarian Action Division (HR, finance and logistics).

Support the launch of new CWD projects within HI’s programs or in new HI’s countries of operation.
Conduct studies & confirm priority countries according to their potential of development in the HMA/CW sector
Apply HI’s technical expertise of the sector by complying to guidance and support provided from the Technical Resources Division
Define ToR for exploratory missions and set up the project team to gather all technical expertise needed
Conduct exploratory missions: direct implantation or through definition and management of all necessary means (experts recruitment, logistics and security)
Design HI operational response and support negotiation with all relevant stakeholders
Elaborate, write and submit proposals to institutional donors
Supervise the launch of activities during the opening phase, until the project runs
Development of ongoing CWD activities in HI’s countries of intervention
Upon desks request, provide operational guidance into the Mine Action component of the program/mission
Support identification of development potentials in existing HI/HMA operational countries
When HMA development opportunities arise:
Set up the project team gathering all technical supports & define ToR for support mission
Conduct support missions: direct implantation or through definition and management of all necessary means (experts recruitment)
In collaboration with the HMA staff of the program, design of HI operational response

Contribute to write proposals for donors
Mainstreaming HI’s expertise in HMA/CW
Facilitate/Coordinate production of specific HI statements/positions to be circulated among the sector
Participate to regular international events of the sector : Treaties’ Member State Parties conference, thematic conferences and fora
Build specific networks and partnerships in relation with development objectives
Contribute to advocacy initiatives within the sector, in collaboration with HI advocacy unit

Personal specification
You have:

Advanced Degree in Humanitarian, or International or Development sector
Significant expertise & experience in all areas link to programmatic process : strategy set up, forging partnerships, project design, proposal writing, budget development, managing donors relationships
At least 5 years work experience in managing humanitarian/development projects/programs in developing countries, in Humanitarian Mine Action sector.

Your skills are:
Pioneering qualities (taking initiative, self-starter)
Established leadership skills and the ability to lead, co-ordinate and work with teams as well as a variety of people and organizations
Solid analytical skills
Demonstrated negotiation skills
Ability to elaborate projects and write successful proposals for institutional Donors
Strong interpersonal and professional communication skills;
Practical organizational skills with the ability to manage a fluctuating workload

You are:
Fluent in English, with good working knowledge in French; Spanish or Arabic is an asset
Willingness to undertake extensive travel throughout the world – 40% of work time

Employment Conditions
Salary bracket: 2900-3200 euros gross salary/month
39 hours a week with 22.5 days off to take a year, in addition to legal paid leave
Complementary Health Insurance
50% of your transportation taken in charge
Lunch Allowance (“Tickets Restaurant”)