Country Director

Handicap International

HI is an independent and impartial international solidarity organization, which intervenes in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflicts and disasters. Working alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, it acts and bears witness, to meet their essential needs, to improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights.

Job Information

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    Duty Station Kathmandu
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary 3200 € Per Month / Monthly
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    Job Level : Top Level
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    Job Experience : 10 Years
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    Job Category NGO | INGO | Charity
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    Job Qualification : Bachelor
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    Posted Date : Dec 30, 2021

Job Description

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

HI is committed to an employment policy in favour of disabled workers.

For further information about the association:

JOB CONTEXT: The INNESKA regional program was created in August 2019 as part of the deployment of the plan to reorganize the association’s operations. It consisted of the merger of three programs, Nepal, India and Sri Lanka, within a single structure, managed from the HI office in Kathmandu.**

The INNESKA programme counts roughly 140 national staff and 1 international staff for the INNESKA Program. The annual budget is between 4 and 5 M €, and main donors are USAID, DID (FCDO), EU, PSA Fondation, Miracle Feet, Michelin Fondation**.

In India, HI has been present since Gujarat earthquake in 2001 and has provided technical support to organizations on mainstreaming disability in disaster risk reduction, response, economic and social inclusion, rehabilitation and disability prevention. Since 2019, HI presence in India is limited to two projects: Road Safety and employability of people with disabilities, both project being implemented in Tamil Nadu.

In Sri Lanka, HI implemented its first project in 2004. Rehabilitation activities restarted, in 2017, on a very small scale and focused only on clubfoot treatment thanks to interest from Miracle Feet foundation.

HI has been present in Nepal since 1996. Currently HI Nepal implements 9 projects. The Nepal program always largely revolved around a flagship project on rehabilitation. Today, the portfolio of thematic is increasing and the team is developing major projects in the field of Inclusive Education and Inclusive Livelihoods.

For reasons mainly related to the withdrawal of international donors, the INNESKA programme is currently in a phase of strong decline. The Sri Lanka programme, from 2022, will be reduced to a team of 3 people and a small project. The future of HI’s presence in India is currently under discussion. Nepal remains a good guarantee of continuity with a fairly active donor presence and still very high needs among the population.

HI is looking for new Country Director for the next 3 years to carry out HI’s Strategy in Nepal, India and Sri-Lanka.

YOUR MISSION: Under the direct responsibility and support of the Asia Geographic Director based in Lyon, your main responsibilities are: **

Be the top manager of the whole regional programme organisation

  • You manage directly 8 staff, for a whole team of 140 staff
  • You set up a team spirit and team functioning guaranteeing synergies and exchange of good practices between the different actors in the Programme and with head office colleagues.
  • You size and plan annually human resources needs of the Programme.

Deployment of HI Strategy 2025 and HI frameworks & regulations in the Programme

  • You conduct the development of the Programme’s Operational Strategy, and its implementation and annual monitoring in all its countries
  • You are responsible for fundraising and resource planning and for security management: in link with the regional Security advisor, develop a culture of safety & security at Programme level
  • You ensure the deployment and compliance by all its countries with HI global frameworks, institutional policies and standards.
  • You ensure financial control and monitoring of operations are effective in the Programme
  • You ensure technical quality standards are applied in the projects of the Programme, and monitor the implementation of evaluations and donor audit recommendations.

With both potential opportunities and risks in mind, you ensure continuous monitoring and analysis of current developments

You are the legal representative of the overall HI organization internally and externally, and promote a high reputation and positive image of HI. This includes: **

  • Employer’s representative responsibilities and compliance with local working regulations.
  • Communications on behalf of HI.
  • Representation of HI local, national, traditional, political, military and diplomatic authorities and bodies; international organizations and coordination mechanisms & system.
  • Negotiation and signature of operational partnerships, and monitoring of operational partnerships signed in affiliated countries.

You develop external influence of HI and the external representation of the organization in the Program’s geographical scope. You carry the overall HI mandate and represents all the entities composing organization.

Required Qualification & Experience


  • With a degree in international relation or any related field, you have at least 5 years’ experience at key management position within international organizations;
  • You are keen on developing links and continuum between relief activities and development oriented projects;
  • You are motivated by constant program adaptation to an evolving context and set up of partnerships with local and international partners;
  • You demonstrate excellent organizational skills, co-ordination and transfer of knowledge;
  • You show proven experience in negotiations with institutional donors, project writing and reporting.

The standard of infrastructure in Nepal is relatively poor and travelling by road may be troublesome sometimes. The damage from earthquake has affected travel in many areas. Some roads are still damaged and there is increased risk of landslide slides following the earthquake. While the crime rate is relatively low in Nepal, caution required for street crimes like pick pocketing and theft. During the first two years of the Covid pandemic, the Nepalese government did not hesitate to impose long and strict confinements. If the epidemic resumes, it is likely that new restrictions will be put in place.

CONDITIONS: At HI, the conditions offered are up to your commitment and adapted to the context of your mission.**

  • 36 months International contract starting from January 2022 ideally, based in Kathmandu (Nepal)
  • Salary from 3200 € gross/month upon experience
  • Perdiem: 440 € net/month – paid in the field ; Paid leaves: 25 days per year; R&R: 1: 1 day per month
  • The international contract provides social cover adapted to your situation:**
  • Unemployment insurance benefits for EU nationals**
  • 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**
  • Medical coverage with 50% of employee contribution **
  • Repatriation insurance paid by HI**

Position open to families:

  • a child allowance of 100€ per month, per child (from the second child) paid in the field
  • Contribution to school registration fees for children over 3 years
  • Family-wide health coverage

Payment for travel costs (air ticket & visa) and transport of your personal effects **

Housing: Individual taken in charge by HI**

How to Apply

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

Applications will be processed on an ongoing basis, don’t wait for applying !

Only successful candidates will be contacted.