Global Head of Armed Violence Reduction Policy and Development – France


Handicap International – Humanity & Inclusion (HI) is an independent and impartial international solidarity organization which intervenes in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflicts and disasters. Alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, it acts and speaks out to meet their basic needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

The network of eight national associations (Germany, Belgium, Canada, United States, France, Luxembourg, United Kingdom and Switzerland) works continuously to mobilize resources, co-manage projects and disseminate the principles and actions of the organization .

HI is committed to an employment policy in favor of people with disabilities.


The number of victims of armed violence is estimated at more than half a million people killed every year. The increased use of armed violence through explosive weapons, improvised explosive devices and small arms and light weapons is affecting civilian populations with longer term impact. Start from a basic statement that all people affected or threatened by armed violence must have their rights fully respected in accordance with international law and their protection ensured by relevant and timely actions at all phases of the crisis and beyond is a challenge that HI takes up through it. strategy.

Global international, national and localized actions aimed at reducing the impact of conventional weapons are an essential feature of HI’s unique global approach and the scope of its intervention to bridge the humanitarian-development nexus. To protect and uphold the rights of people affected by conflict, HI began a few years ago to expand its activities from the five pillars of mine action to also include actions aimed at reducing armed violence in local, national and global levels.

Because armed violence cuts across distinct sectors, a comprehensive cross-sectoral response is needed. This forces HI practitioners to think outside of their particular programming mandates and to consider all of the challenges to be met. Complex situations require holistic approaches. HI implements so-called Comprehensive Mine Action (CAMA) and Armed Violence Reduction (AVR) models to maximize the benefits of any given project in order to contribute to a world where people can live safe and fulfilling lives in peaceful and inclusive communities.

To achieve this, HI is recruiting a dynamic, creative and bilingual (French and English) person. AVR Policy and Development Manager to support the operational development of our comprehensive approach to armed violence reduction.

Under the responsibility of the AVR Technical Director, the PDM will have three main objectives:

  • Influence decision-makers, donors and other key stakeholders to adopt a global model of reducing the impact of weapons on the civilian population in their political and budgetary agenda and promote the vision that HI is their natural partner;
  • Support the development and expansion of humanitarian mine action and armed violence reduction operations in existing or new programs;
  • Manage HQ-based Project Officers (2), Policy Officer and Development Support Officer, promoting HI AVR’s identity and brand in the development of policies, partnerships and proposals .

This is a full time position. The successful candidate will travel internationally, particularly in Europe/North America as well as in the countries of intervention.


  • Influence of Donors and Stakeholders

Influence donors and key stakeholders to ensure that comprehensive approaches to armed violence reduction are on their political and budgetary agenda and that HI is their natural partner

  1. Contribute to the definition and application of a development policy and strategy to promote HI’s technical expertise in AVR, in particular by supporting the policy manager by advising key stakeholders and donors, by promoting HI’s technical assistance in AVR, in particular by advising other AVR actors and donors to achieve the SDG obligations to “leave no one behind” in the context of armed violence; on taking a holistic approach to RVA through targeted outreach, side events, trainings and/or influencing funding criteria.
  2. Influencing the policies and priorities of international cooperation actors so that they better reflect and integrate the priorities of the AVR sector in their policy frameworks, budgets and calls for proposals.
  3. Influence and actively participate in major consumer networks to promote CA-AVR, and influence the major global issues of AVR. Participate in donor trend analysis on HMA and AVR funding opportunities and propose influencing tactics
  4. In close collaboration with HI staff across the federation, coordinate analyzes of innovations, analysis of donor trends on AVR funding opportunities and propose influencing tactics and support the identification of raising funds, strategic alliances and/or consortia to develop and expand technical assistance in AVR; identify opportunities for the development of partnerships and/or consortiums with NGOs, institutions, companies on technical priorities or important subjects within its sectoral scope
  5. Represent HI internationally with HMA/AVR stakeholders and relevant donors on AVR-related policy, operational implementation, deployment of partnerships and business development
  6. Contribute to advocacy initiatives within the sector, in collaboration with HI Advocacy Unit and AVR Policy Officer.
  • Support the development of a comprehensive approach to AVR proposals and key consortia.

In accordance with the federal strategy and the sector’s strategic directions and action plan:

  1. Consolidate (with Policy Officer and AVR Specialist) a community of practice on AVR Policy and Development with Field Specialists, Field Policy Officers and Field Development Officers.
  2. Support field teams during concept note development and full proposal development, and provide technical support and assistance in response to new countries interested in AVR development
  3. Act as a key focal point for the pursuit and development of major HMA / AVR funding initiatives in several countries, Contribute to the identification of new donors and the transformation of major opportunities in its scope
  4. Act as business development focal point for the Federation for specific HMA/AVR donors, attend donor meetings to provide operational information alongside any national association as needed
  5. Work with the Institutional Funding Division to develop appropriate and fit-for-purpose business development tools for grant planning, application and management.
  1. Embody the values ​​of HI on a daily basis.
  2. Understands the strategy, explains it, translates it into operational objectives for his team, leads the necessary changes. Give meaning to each management action. Promotes inter- and intra-departmental exchanges of practices. Encourages innovation and risk taking.
  3. Organizes the operational management of his team, structures the work around identified processes, manages performance and facilitates problem solving.
  4. Contributes to the development of its staff by creating the conditions for its commitment, professionalism and attachment to HI. Ensures compliance with the code of conduct of institutional policies, the state of mind and expected individual and collective behaviors.

You work on a daily basis with a wide range of actors within the HI structure, in particular:

– Technical Armed Violence Reduction Unit;

– The HQ operations staff;

– Advocacy, communication and institutional fundraising teams;

– The program teams, remotely and during direct program support missions.


University degree, preferably a Masters degree in conflict/security issues, international development, international relations or any other relevant subject.

  • Significant expertise and experience in all areas related to the project cycle: project design, proposal writing, budget development, project start-up and implementation, stakeholder relationship management, etc.
  • Significant experience in designing strategies and building partnerships in a wide range of contexts
  • Experience working in the humanitarian/development sector, including field experience in fragile/conflict-affected countries, including at least 5 years of experience in humanitarian mine action/weapons and ammunition management / armed violence reduction and related disciplines.
  • Ability to design projects and write successful proposals for a wide range of institutional donors requiring technical and operational details
  • Ability to coordinate and work with multidisciplinary teams as well as a variety of people and organizations
  • Established leadership skills
  • Strong interpersonal and professional communication and negotiation skills
  • Willingness to undertake ad-hoc travel to various countries, including fragile/conflict-affected states
  • Ability to develop new resources or adapt existing resources in order to make them evolve and/or adapt them to the context when necessary (can identify and respond to link emergencies/development problems).
  • Knowing how to make employees progress: developing employee autonomy

Language skills : You are fluent in English, a good working knowledge of French is an asset.

Ability to speak and write in other languages ​​(Arabic, Spanish) at an advanced level is an advantage


  • Type of contract: fixed-term contract
  • Additional benefits: meal vouchers and health insurance
  • Working hours: 39 hours per week including 22.5 days of RTT to be taken each year
  • 5 weeks annual leave

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