Elizabeth Johnson Sellers published Madagascar | Batsirai Cyclone: Helping communities stay safe in Madagascar Cyclone Updates 2022-02-04 10:49:16 -0500
Cyclone Batsirai is expected to make landfall in Madagascar within hours, threatening the safety of hundreds of thousands of people. As part of their work on the island, Humanity & Inclusion’s teams implement disaster preparedness projects to protect the population of one of the world’s poorest countries.Read more
Elizabeth Johnson Sellers published Madagascar | Cyclone Batsirai puts nearly 600,000 people at risk in Madagascar Cyclone Updates 2022-02-04 10:17:58 -0500
A dangerous tropical cyclone is quickly approaching Madagascar, threatening hundreds of thousands of people. Humanity & Inclusion teams in the country are preparing for disaster.Read more
Elizabeth Johnson Sellers published Madagascar | ‘We’re preparing for the worst before the cyclone hits’ in Madagascar Cyclone Updates 2022-02-04 09:47:01 -0500
Humanity & Inclusion’s teams in Madagascar are preparing for the arrival of Cyclone Batsirai, which is expected to make landfall on Friday night. Its intensity poses a grave danger to people on the island.
Vincent Dalonneau, Humanity & Inclusion's country director for Madagascar, shares how the team is getting ready to respond.Read more
Elizabeth Johnson Sellers published Haiti | Mobile units reach isolated patients in Haiti Updates 2022-02-01 10:23:42 -0500
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Elizabeth Johnson Sellers published Haiti | Earthquake response continues following recent tremors in Haiti Updates 2022-01-27 11:28:56 -0500
Two earthquakes were recorded in Nippes, Haiti, on Jan. 24. Measuring at 5.1 and 5.3 on the Richter scale, the epicenters were 30 miles from Les Cayes, where Humanity & Inclusion teams continue to respond to the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck in August 2021.Read more
Elizabeth Johnson Sellers published Peru | Accessible information can save lives during emergency in News 2022-01-27 09:49:57 -0500
People with disabilities, older people and indigenous communities are often excluded from disaster risk reduction strategies on preventing and responding to emergencies such as earthquakes and tsunamis. But by making some small adjustments—like adding subtitles or using contrasting colors on signage and informational materials—we can ensure no one is left behind when disaster strikes.
Kipu Llaxta, an organization in Peru that works to advance the inclusion of people with disabilities, is working with Humanity & Inclusion to improve a national disaster risk reduction campaign. Among the simple measures it recommends are:
- Include the organizations run by and for people with disabilities and their representatives in disseminating information through their networks
- Translate awareness-raising videos into sign language and add subtitles
- Increase the size of text on posters and fliers
- Use contrasting colors to enhance the legibility of information
- Use multiple formats: visual, audio, text and illustrations
- Disseminate communication campaigns on national media to reach the whole population
As a result of these recommendations, families and people with disabilities were noticeably more likely to take part in disaster risk reduction actions.
Bringing about lasting change
Psychologist Giovanna Osorio Romero, the chair and co-founder of Kipu Llaxta, has a physical disability caused by a rare disease.
“Kipu Llaxta decided to address the issue of disaster risk management in Peru to make it more inclusive," she explains. "With support from Humanity & Inclusion, we have trained ourselves in risk management and gained expertise."
"By making simple adjustments, Peru's 2021 communication campaign was much more accessible, and people were better able to understand prevention messages," Romero adds. "This proves that inclusion benefits society as a whole and not just a small group of people. We are working hard to bring about lasting change and to challenge stereotypes.”
Prevention measures and disaster response must take into account the specific needs of populations disproportionately affected by emergencies: people with disabilities, aging people, women, children. Humanity & Inclusion supports organizations run by and for people with disabilities—like Kipu Llaxta—to uplift their voices and ensure inclusive humanitarian action. The organization will draw attention to this commitment at the 2022 Global Disability Summit in February.
Elizabeth Johnson Sellers published Peru | Challenging stereotypes to build a more inclusive society in News 2022-01-26 17:26:08 -0500
For more than 30 years, Giovanna Osorio Romero has worked tirelessly to build a more inclusive society and change how people see disability in Peru. Below, she shares insight about her work and her organization's partnership with Humanity & Inclusion:
My name is Giovanna Osorio Romero. I am 41 years old, and I’m a psychologist. I have a physical disability caused by a rare disease. I have campaigned for a more inclusive society for over 30 years. My parents always knew they had to help me become a strong person who could defend herself and make her own decisions. But as soon as I left the house, there were obstacles in my path. Even as a young girl, I realized that, as someone with disabilities, people look at you in a different way.
I became a psychologist because I realized society needs health professionals who are trained in inclusion. Health professionals often take a discriminatory view of people with disabilities, and I want to change that. When a parent of a child with disabilities sees a doctor, the doctor makes a list of what their child cannot do because of their disability rather than recognize what they can do.
We need to teach children with disabilities not to define themselves by how society sees them and help them recognize and remove obstacles, and become self-reliant.
This desire for change was the driving force behind the founding of Kipu Llaxta in 2016. This non-profit organization, of which I am the chair and cofounder, works to advance the inclusion and development of people with disabilities.
Inclusion is something you experience and apply every day. It’s less about one-off actions than achieving lasting change.
Before people adopt an inclusive approach, they need to understand that inclusion is not confined to a small group of people: it allows us all to live together in a meaningful way. How many of us use an elevator, for example? We all benefit from measures to improve access.
Inclusive risk reduction
In 2018, when we were asked to be part of an inclusive disaster risk management subgroup in Peru, many disabled people’s organizations questioned its importance and didn’t see it as a priority.
This is because they didn’t understand the challenge, and this made us vulnerable. This is why Kipu Llaxta decided to address the issue. With support from Humanity & Inclusion, we have trained ourselves in risk management and gained expertise.
The working group is composed of private and public bodies who meet to discuss ways to make risk management more inclusive through public policies, posters, communication campaigns and appropriate evacuation plans. It is especially important to use visual, audio, text and illustrated messages to get information across. Inclusion is not just about taking into account people with disabilities; it should also include other groups, like older people or indigenous communities.
As a result of our work, inclusion and diversity challenges have been incorporated into training courses for community safety officers. These officers are volunteers who work to prevent risks and assist disaster-affected communities. They identify evacuation routes, map at-risk areas and so on. The new intake of community safety officers includes women, men, young people, older people and me—the first community safety officer with a disability in Peru.
People used to think that safety officers needed a certain build. They thought older people, young people and people with disabilities were incapable of doing the job. But the most active safety officer today is a 76-year-old woman who says this role has given her life new meaning.
Our new intake of inclusive safety officers is challenging stereotypes.
Our work with HI
It is not always easy for people with disabilities in Peru to be part of the decision-making process. We’re often simply asked to support decisions that have been made already. Some bodies are prejudiced and want to teach us things we already know, because they assume we are not aware of them.
In contrast, Humanity & Inclusion knows all about teamwork. It is an organization that listens and makes the most of the expertise of people with disabilities and the contribution they make. What I like most is our horizontal collaboration with Humanity & Inclusion. This collaboration allows us to learn and teach at the same time.
Building a sustainable society
My goal is to build a society where we no longer need bodies or organizations like Kipu Llaxta. For us, it is crucial to look at the big picture: when you give someone a wheelchair, you help them, but it’s a one-off action; when you change rules and laws, you help them and the people who come after them.
It’s about making sustainable improvements, not providing one-off benefits. We don’t live forever, and our work must continue to have an impact when we’re no longer there.
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Elizabeth Johnson Sellers published Global Disability Summit | Ensure disability inclusion is not just a tick mark in News 2022-01-24 15:57:11 -0500
One billion persons have a disability worldwide, but meaningful inclusion remains a challenge.
In this Q&A, Ruby Holmes, an inclusive governance global specialist for Humanity & Inclusion, expands on the organization’s commitments ahead of the Global Disability Summit, which will be held virtually Feb. 15-17.
What is the Global Disability Summit?
The Global Disability Summit (GDS) is the second summit of its kind. The first one brought stakeholders from different governments, civil society organizations, the UN and organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) together in 2018, to discuss disability inclusion and inclusive development.
Disability inclusion is a key topic: about 1 billion persons, that is 15% of the global population, have a disability – and this is only an estimate due to lacking global disability data. Persons with disabilities are the largest minority group in the world.
Because of a lack of awareness amongst governments and service providers, persons with disabilities face many barriers, such as accessibility factors. However, one of the main barriers is attitudinal, as they face a lot of stigma and discrimination. One of the major challenges today is awareness raising, to show that persons with disabilities have equal rights and must have access to services just like everybody else.
Why is the GDS a key moment for inclusion and disability rights?
The GDS is important because of the momentum that the disability rights movement is gaining globally. We really want to keep those conversations, those partnerships going. It is also extremely important to hold stakeholders accountable to implement their commitments and ensure they are including persons with disabilities and OPDs in all of their programs, policies and initiatives.
A report by the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities found that between 2014 and 2018, less than 2% of international aid was disability relevant. So international stakeholders must really continue to support funding, providing more direct support to OPDs and pay them for their expertise.
What are HI’s commitments for the GDS?
Inclusive health, inclusive education and inclusive humanitarian action are part of the topics and themes that were produced by the Summit Secretariat. They are also pillars to Humanity & Inclusion's work and interventions.
In inclusive education, Humanity & Inclusion commits to working with local education actors to train teachers to include students with disabilities. The work will include a focus on supporting children and young people with a range of diverse and complex needs, such as intellectual disabilities, communication impairments and psychosocial disabilities. Humanity & Inclusion commits to developing a guidebook and toolkits within the next two years, to developing research on the itinerant teacher and support mechanism model, and to applying these innovations in at least five new flagship projects over the next two years. Amongst other actions, Humanity & Inclusion also commits to advocating for financing efforts, to strengthen inclusive education systems and increase investments, in international platforms and networks.
For the health sector, Humanity & Inclusion is focusing on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Among other items, the organization is committing to develop at least four new inclusive SRHR projects over the next four years, through meaningful participation of organizations of persons with disabilities. In addition, through continued and renewed advocacy with key partners, Humanity & Inclusion commits to influence at least four policies, strategic planning or budgeting processes in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom and European Union in the next 4 years.
Inclusive humanitarian assistance
Persons with disabilities are routinely ignored during disaster preparedness and often left behind when disaster strikes. More climate-induced disasters will increase the vulnerability of persons with disabilities. To fight against that, Humanity & Inclusion is committing to support persons with disabilities to meaningfully participate in humanitarian responses. By the end of 2025, the organization will develop, pilot and share two sets of tools for field professionals and three lessons learned from case studies.
Humanity & Inclusion has also created a commitment on meaningful engagement and sustained partnerships with OPDs across all of its projects. Throughout livelihood and education initiatives, Humanity & Inclusion will implement capacity building on advocacy and inclusive policies in five countries by the end of 2026. The organization has also made a commitment on acknowledging disability, gender and age as cross cutting components and critical vulnerability factors for populations affected by sudden onset or long-term crisis or poverty. Recognizing the diversity of the disability community, Humanity & Inclusion is committing to implement its disability, gender and age framework within all its projects by the end of 2023, to ensure that further marginalized groups, such as persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities, receive equal opportunities and representation in all initiatives.
The meaningful participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities is also key in many other topics, such as climate action and disaster risk reduction. Humanity & Inclusion attended COP—a global climate change summit—in Glasgow in 2021 and disability inclusion was not at all on people’s radar.
What outcomes is HI expecting of the GDS?
We need to increase the scale and ensure that disability inclusion is meaningful, not just a tick mark. Humanity & Inclusion is definitely advocating for more funding on inclusion projects. The organization also wants stakeholders to be intentional about disability inclusion from the very beginning and include OPDs in the design of their projects.
Humanity & Inclusion is expecting more dedication from States, UN entities and donors to support inclusive actions. Commitments are not legally binding agreements and there was a lack of response from some stakeholders at the last summit. For this summit, there has to be more pressure, more follow-up. Commitments have to be much more time-bound and practical, so that they are more likely to be achieved.
What added value can HI bring?
The GDS is very aligned to Humanity & Inclusion’s work and mission. For 40 years, Humanity & Inclusion has worked alongside persons with disabilities and populations living in situations of extreme hardship, in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions, promote and respect their dignity and fundamental rights. Humanity & Inclusion is also unique in that it is working in situations of poverty and exclusion, but also conflicts and disasters. The organization’s actions encompass the thematic pillars of the summit, focusing on more development context through education and health but also working in many situations focused on humanitarian action.
Furthermore, through its disability, gender and age policy, Humanity & Inclusion is taking more of an intersectional approach to inclusion. This approach is gaining a lot of traction globally: it is an important time and momentum to look at the various identities of a person and the role they play in their everyday lives.
Why is it important to support OPDs?
Obviously, we have to stay true to the disability rights motto: nothing about us without us. How could we work on disability rights without including persons with disabilities? They are the experts of their own needs, the barriers they face and accessibility. They must play a central role in ensuring that their human rights are translated into concrete measures that improve their lives.
OPDs are a way for persons with disabilities to come together and have a united voice. That uniform voice and collective movement has really played a huge role in the traction that the disability movement has had globally.
Humanity & Inclusion has historically always partnered with local organizations, to promote their meaningful participation, equal access to opportunities and resources as well as accessibility of the environment.
For instance, Humanity & Inclusion’s teams are working in Iraq with the Iraqi Alliance of Disability (IADO). In 2019, Humanity & Inclusion supported IADO in a joint publication on a shadow report on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which helped the UN committee learn more of a civil society perspective. It led to 69 recommendations to the Iraqi government, which actually encouraged the Prime Minister to sign a decree to reserve a certain percentage of jobs for persons with disabilities.
What is HI doing to support OPDs?
Humanity & Inclusion has been supporting the implementation of the CRPD in 59 countries and currently has about 35 country projects across 25 countries, where it is working with OPDs. Humanity & Inclusion is supporting OPDs through small grants, capacity building (workshops and trainings on creating an advocacy action plan, for instance), partnership building and elevated advocacy efforts, from the local to the regional, national and international levels.
Humanity & Inclusion’s main goal is to work at the local, very grassroots level, and then support those efforts to reach the national and international level, to create networks and spark constructive dialogues. For instance, Humanity & Inclusion has a regional capacity-building program in 15 countries in West Africa. The lead OPD partner is the Western Association of the Federation of Persons with Disabilities, who is in turn supporting smaller federations of OPDs.
In most contexts, Humanity & Inclusion does not need to play the advocacy role, as the organization is only acting as a support and not replacing OPDs.
Ruby Holmes is an inclusive governance global specialist. She has been working at HI for over 3 years and represents the organization in a number of international consortiums. She is working alongside HI teams to help them support civil society and organizations of persons with disabilities, through training materials, capacity-building workshops, advocacy events, etc. She is making sure HI is partnering with local organizations and that they're being engaged in a very meaningful way.
Elizabeth Johnson Sellers published Nepal | Prabin fitted with artificial limb after overcoming fear in News 2022-01-21 14:56:25 -0500
Prabin, 5, lives in southeastern Nepal with his parents. He was born without the lower part of his right leg.
“Because of the disability of our child we were worried about his future,” says Sunita, Prabin’s mother.
A community mobilizer from Community Based Rehabilitation-Biratnagar (CBRB), a local partner organization of Humanity & Inclusion, met Prabin and referred the family to seek services at a rehabilitation center.
At first, Prabin was hesitant to be fitted with an artificial limb. Specialists worked with the boy and his parents to better understand how the device would work, and how it would help him. A month later, he was eager to have a new leg.
“This was a wonderful change for our little boy, as he quickly accepted the prosthesis and began playing, running, and even jumping like any other child of his age,” Sunita explains.
Prabin attends school and loves to play with his toys.
Ambika Sharma, a specialist in artificial limbs and orthopedic braces at CBRB, worked with the family.
“Initially, it was challenging to fit Prabin with an artificial limb because he was not accepting,” Sharma says. “But his parents made it possible with their supervision and guidance. It was an amazing experience for us to see him happy with prosthesis.”
As Prabin gets older, he will need to be fitted with new devices.
“Growth is an important aspect of a child's life,” Sharma continues. “As their bodies change, prostheses have to be adapted or changed in the similar manner to accommodate them. Just as they outgrow shirts, pants, and shoes, they will outgrow their prostheses."
These rehabilitation services are supported by USAID.
Elizabeth Johnson Sellers published Aid agencies: Dozens killed overnight in Yemen airstrikes in Press Releases 2022-01-21 10:33:12 -0500January 21, 2022
Aid agencies operating in Yemen are horrified by the news that more than 70 people, including migrants, women and children, were killed in Hodaida and Sada on Friday morning, in a blatant disregard for civilian lives.
In Sada, a holding facility for migrants was attacked overnight, among other buildings, killing 67 people and injuring 108, according to initial reports.
Initial hospital reports suggest more than 100 people, mostly migrants, were also injured, and the true numbers might be higher as aid workers and paramedics clear the rubble and verify the information.
In Hodaida, three children were killed while playing on a soccer field, and at least five adults injured, after airstrikes, which also damaged a telecommunication center downing internet connection across the country and disrupting phone lines in several governorates.
The escalation comes after the Human Rights Council voted to end the mandate of the Group of Eminent Experts, the only international and independent body tasked with investigating the examination of all alleged violations and abuses of international human rights and other appropriate and applicable fields of international law committed by all parties to the conflict.
These airstrikes come after three medical facilities and one water reservoir were attacked this week alone.
Aid agencies operating in Yemen call on parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law and international human rights law and protect civilians and civilian infrastructure during hostilities.
We also call on the international community to ensure accountability for all violations and abuses against children and civilians, through the urgent reinstatement of an international independent monitoring and reporting mechanism on Yemen and the establishment of an adequately resourced and sufficiently staffed international investigative mechanism for the country.
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Elizabeth Johnson Sellers published Grants Management and Compliance Officer in Current Vacancies 2023-01-11 14:03:45 -0500
Humanity & Inclusion works alongside people with disabilities and populations living in extreme circumstances, taking actions and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs and to improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.
HI’s US office is in Silver Spring, Maryland, and was founded in 2006. Our mission is to support the work of HI by mobilizing both public and private resources, administering grants and contracts, representing HI with national and international bi-lateral and multi-lateral institutions based in the U.S., and raising the organization’s profile. The US national association has experienced steady and sustained growth in institutional funding, doubling revenue in five years, primarily in the form of US governmental grants from the US Agency for International Development and the US Department of State. The US team includes executive, communications, financial management, institutional funding and technical staff.
This position will work in close collaboration with the Operations, Financial Management and Business Development teams based in both the US and internationally.
The Grants Management and Compliance Officer is a member of the grants management and compliance team of the US as well as the global institutional funding teams, and is primarily responsible for compliance and management of grants and contracts awarded to HI from US donors (Department of State, USAID, private Foundations, universities, partner organizations and other private funds).
The roles and responsibilities of the Grants Management and Compliance Officer are organized around the three major pillars listed below.
This position reports directly to the U.S. Director for Grants Management and Compliance and will collaborate closely with staff in the US, at the HI Federation headquarters in Lyon, France, and globally-based technical and program staff. This position can be based in the U.S. or France.
You are responsible for guaranteeing HI compliance with donor rules and regulations including through increasing internal understanding of donors and grant regulations in your portfolio and supporting donor compliance.
For this, your role includes:
- Gathering, monitoring and communicating on donor rules and regulations (from donors’ website, NGO networks, emails and meetings) including during grant proposal kick-off meetings (narrative and budget)
- Creating training and information content to provide guidance on donor rules and regulations to all relevant HI stakeholders including field offices; organizing training sessions and updating internal platforms.
- Registration of HI on donor’s platforms.
- Ensuring donor rules are manageable for the HI network by defining acceptable standards (as per donors' requirements) in coordination with the advisor on IF compliance; assess non-compliance risks and advising on risk mitigation.
- Liaising with donors to solve compliance issues with adequate problem-solving skills and adequate corrective actions in accordance with donor expectations.
You are responsible for monitoring grants from US Government and other US donors in your portfolio. This implies being the bridge between donors and implementing field offices to maintain a healthy relationship and highlight the quality of the results achieved by HI projects teams
For this mission, you are responsible for:
- Providing assistance to the Business Development team proposal revision, more specifically to verify proposal compliance and offer advice in light of the Grants Management of Compliance team’s knowledge and past experience with the donor.
- Taking the lead on grant awards/contract signature by coordinating the internal review and approval process; disseminating contract to the relevant field and HQ teams; compiling comments; exchanging with members of the Institutional funding team members; organizing kick off meetings with project teams; preparing the Joint Implementation Agreements with the HI Federation.
- Creating and maintaining grant files; preparing and sharing contract sheets; verifying the Program Control Checklist (PCC); disseminating grant documents; entering data in internal databases and other specific tools, verifying the donor codes in HI’s CRM.
- Monitoring the grant award including liaising with implementing country offices for grant award amendments and modifications (including but not limited to no-cost and cost extensions, reallocation of funds); conducting occasional field visits to monitor project implementation.
- Overseeing the reporting process by reviewing narrative and financial reports; Ensuring budget narratives are conform to budgets; updating the reporting tracker; submitting reports to donor’s and to donor’s platforms in a timely manner; communicating with implementing field offices on deadlines; Monitor proper application of NICRA rates.
- Contributing to the grants closeout process by sharing information on internal and external closeout processes for the donors in your portfolio; updating information in PMS and following other closeout guidelines and processes as required.
- Contributing to audits by updating grant files and providing feedback to audit questions and requests; ensure files are complete and compliant: bank statements, PCC, JIA, reports).
Institutional Relationships and Collaboration
- Building and maintaining a relationship based on trust and transparency with HI’s US donors.
- Developing a strong expertise on HI’s US donors.
- Familiarizing yourself with HI’s Mission, Vision and objectives.
- Sharing your experience of grant management and compliance to contribute to HI’s Operations Strategy, Institutional funding workshops and the US NA’s 3-year plan.
- Develop a functional and close work relationship with the HI US Business Development team, the HI US Financial Management team and the HI Federation teams.
- Develop a relationship with HI’s primes and sub-awardees and negotiation of award conditions
- Participate in formal and informal networks.
- Other duties as assigned
HI seeks a thoughtful, detailed-oriented and team-player candidate with exceptional communication skills and demonstrated prior knowledge and experience implementing and/or managing US donor funded projects such as the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bureau of Populations, Refugees and Migration Office (PRM), the Office of Weapon Removal and Abatement (WRA) and/or the Bureau for Humanitarian Affairs (BHA).
- Bachelor’s Degree in international development/policy/relations, or a related technical field with 2-5 years of relevant experience or 5+ years of professional experience in management of US Government awards.
- Strong working knowledge of US government foreign assistance funding mechanisms, rules and regulations (2 CFR 200) and US donor policies
- Sub-grant management
- Experience implementing US grants in developing countries will be considered as an additional asset
- Excellent organizational and analytical skills with high attention to detail
- Respectful of deadlines
- Good interpersonal and cross-cultural skills
- Strong written and oral communication skills, including presentation skills
- Training and internal knowledge building skills
- Understanding of the humanitarian and international development context preferred
- French strongly preferred
- Ability and permission to work in the United States or in France
Benefits (for U.S.-based staff)
- Five (5) weeks paid vacation; 18 days of paid sick leave per year
- Twelve (12) additional paid holidays. These include all Federal holidays (except Veterans Day).
- Health, dental and vision insurance is fully paid for the employee and their family.
- 403(b) retirement plan
- A range of additional benefits will be shared later in the application process
All applicants must indicate that they have read and understood Humanity & Inclusion's safeguarding policies:
- Child Protection
- Protection against Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment
- Anti-Fraud, Bribery, and Corruption
People with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply!
Submit your CV and cover letter to [email protected] with “Grants Management and Compliance Officer” as the subject line.
*To be based in the U.S., you must be a U.S. citizen, or be in possession of relevant permissions to work in the United States. Applicants without existing work permission in the United States should not apply.
Note: Once a job offer is extended to a candidate, that offer will be contingent on the candidate passing a background investigation.
Humanity & Inclusion is happy to meet any reasonable accommodations that an applicant requires.
To request such reasonable accommodations at any point in the recruitment process, please contact: Diana Hromockyj by email at [email protected] or phone at (301) 891-2138. All self-disclosure is voluntary and personal information is strictly confidential.WHENLiquid error: undefined method `day' for nil:NilClass
Elizabeth Johnson Sellers published Sierra Leone | Providing emergency care to severe burn survivors in News 2022-01-19 12:41:38 -0500
In Sierra Leone, Humanity & Inclusion is helping survivors of a fuel tank explosion access specialized rehabilitation care.
On Nov. 5, 2021, the explosion of a fuel tanker in Freetown killed more than 100 people and injured another 100. Facing a fuel shortage in the country, people gathered around the wreckage, collecting gasoline that leaked from the truck – then it exploded.
Humanity & Inclusion set up an emergency response to assist people burned in the incident, as well as survivors experiencing psychological trauma. After identifying affected individuals, the organization helped them gain access to mental health and specialized physical therapy. Almost two months after the explosion, survivors share their stories of recovery.
Humanity & Inclusion visited 201 people impacted by the blast: 133 family members of people killed or reported missing, and 68 survivors of the incident.
Among them was Mohamed, who received rehabilitation care for severe burns.
“I got burnt on my left ankle. I didn’t know what to do after being injured and I was afraid that the police would come and take me if I went to the hospital,” he says. “So I went back home and tried to take care of it on my own.”
Mohamed lives 15 miles from the site of the explosion.
“I was home when the Humanity & Inclusion team located me,” he explains. “They advised me to go to the nearest hospital to avoid infection. I received a treatment, including physical therapy, which is helping me. I don’t know what would have happened if I hadn’t gone to the hospital, as I couldn’t walk without a crutch. Now I am getting better day by day.”
To help patients get to their medical appointments, Humanity & Inclusion provides reimbursements for transportation costs.
“I am receiving treatment at Rokupa Government Hospital, about 30 minutes away from where I live in Old Wharf,” explains Mariatu, who was also injured in the incident. “Considering my condition, it’s difficult for me to attend daily care, as I have no income. Humanity & Inclusion supports me with transportation fees. It is so far the best support that I’ve received. I am now getting better every day.”
Humanity & Inclusion also created and distributed 800 leaflets with information about burn care, burn prevention and first aid tips to explain the complications risk and the importance of follow-up care.
Burn care expertise
When caring for burn injuries, physical therapy is essential during acute care in the hospital and long after discharge to avoid secondary complications and long-term functional limitations, which may lead to disabilities. With support from Humanity & Inclusion, 44 survivors received physical therapy.
Humanity & Inclusion deployed a physical therapist specialized in burn care to provide capacity building support for rehabilitation workers at the National Rehabilitation Center. The National Rehabilitation Center also deployed one rehabilitation worker in a community center to ensure continuity of care after the patients are discharged from the hospital. At the emergency hospital, 17 nurses and nine physical therapists were trained in burn care and physical rehabilitation care for patients with burn injuries.
“We are grateful for the burn training we have received,” says Emily, who leads the rehabilitation team. “The training was short but our team acquired vast knowledge, which is going to help us in our practice.”
Elizabeth Johnson Sellers published Haiti | Community members help neighbors rebuild after earthquake in Haiti Updates 2022-01-18 15:37:34 -0500
The August 2021 earthquake and subsequent landslides in Haiti damaged roadways, destroyed bridges and left many communities inaccessible. Nearly 350 community members were hired to conduct clearance activities alongside Humanity & Inclusion throughout the South, in exchange for daily wages.Read more
Elizabeth Johnson Sellers published Nepal | Reading for All’s success, future plans in News 2022-01-18 15:18:55 -0500
Humanity & Inclusion recently organized a consortium project review and planning for the USAID-funded “Reading for All-R4A” Program in Nepal with its colleagues from USAID Nepal, World Education and 10 other partners.
The consortium celebrated the outstanding performance of the inclusive education project, and discussed the challenges faced by the project participants, partners, and key stakeholders to better plan for the future: centering solutions to strengthen the government education system that support children with disabilities inside and outside the classrooms. The partners also developed a comprehensive implementation plan for the next six months of the project.
- 5,071 head teachers and database focal persons from 3,094 schools trained on Early Screening and Integrated Educational Management Information System (EMIS).
- 103,268 children from early child development (ECD) to grade three completed early screening interventions at schools that identifies functional challenges of screened children and makes them available via a central EMIS sub-system managed by Center for Education and Human Resource Development.
- 86 learning facilitators trained to help children with disabilities through remedial and outreach learning support.
- 360 students received support by learning facilitators.
- 186 digital learning tablets and 892 hygiene kits distributed to children with disabilities.
- 8,544 sets of supplementary teaching-learning materials provided to 257 schools from four core municipalities, and to 46 resource classes in 10 districts.
- 9 Inclusive Education training packages designed and tested to ensure long-term intervention for children with disabilities.
“Happy to see all the progress made and great teamwork over the past few months- you all should be proud of your achievement,” said USAID Nepal’s Laura Parrott in her reflection note during the event. “We must continue the spirit and focus on the quality of interventions, working together to bring the change in children’s reading outcome.”
“As we have completed our strategic interventions, which often took longer time to coordinate with the authorities than we had anticipated, and entered at the full swing with field intervention in the schools and communities, we will achieve all target and objectives on time,” said Khindra Adhikari of HUSADEC, a local partner of Humanity & Inclusion for implementing the program in the district of Dhankuta.
“The leveling interventions of past six months helped the project to clear a huge backlog of the past few years. Now, we are in a comfortable position to plan our targets for next six months,” summarized Govind Phulara, Project Coordinator, at DEC-Nepal, Banke.
“The program has reached this milestone due to every single effort made by the members of the R4A consortium,” acknowledged Shaurabh Sharma, Chief of Party for the program. “For example, 94% of planned financial resources used, 48% of total revised project target of screening children performed using an early screening tool for the review period because of the excellent planning and execution.”
Elizabeth Johnson Sellers published Aid agencies express concerns as attack cuts 120,000 people off from water supply in Yemen in Press Releases 2022-01-18 09:23:12 -0500January 18, 2022
Aid agencies operating in Yemen are extremely concerned over escalation of fighting across the country, as a single attack last week hit water reservoirs in Sa’ada city, effectively cutting off 120,000 people from accessing safe water.
The attack on Sa’ada comes amid an escalation in violence across the country, where the last three months of 2021 recorded a 60 percent increase in civilian casualties compared to the previous quarter.
Civilians continue to bear the brunt of seven years of war that has created one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises.
All parties to the conflict must uphold their obligations under international humanitarian law and human rights law and must take all necessary measures to protect civilians and public infrastructure, including healthcare, education and water facilities during the conduct of hostilities.
Yemen is one of the world’s most water scarce countries with 15.4 million people requiring support to access to water and sanitation services, 8.7 million of whom are of acute need. Disruption of one of the most basic needs for Yemenis, also raises the risk of surge of communicable diseases such as cholera and heightens the likelihood of malnutrition.
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Elizabeth Johnson Sellers published Going Green | HI commits to reducing its carbon footprint in News 2022-01-14 11:27:32 -0500
Humanity & Inclusion and fellow humanitarian actors have created the CHANGE consortium to determine standards, measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate change is a global issue, one that contributes to humanitarian need worldwide. However, the operations and processes involved in humanitarian action have their own environmental impacts. In order to respect our commitment to “Do No Harm,” NGOs must take appropriate steps to reduce our carbon footprints as much as possible.
In December 2020, Humanity & Inclusion signed a commitment alongside nine other humanitarian organizations——to integrate climate change accounting into its operations.
In 2021, Humanity & Inclusion signed the Charter on Climate and Environment for Humanitarian Organizations, formally committing to:
- Measuring the environmental and carbon impacts of its actions
- Reducing its carbon footprint
- Adapting its humanitarian action to meet climate-related challenges
- Communicating progress made and actions taken
- Encouraging other actors to do the same
To implement these commitments, and as a member of the Humanitarian Environmental Network, Humanity & Inclusion and nine other network partners created a consortium called CHANGE (Consortium of Humanitarian Actors and Networks Engaged in Greenhouse gas Emissions reduction). Through CHANGE, Humanity & Inclusion and its partners aim to measure the current carbon footprint of their activities, and ultimately reduce the impact of humanitarian action on climate change.
Humanity & Inclusion is partnering with Action Against Hunger, CARE, Doctors of the World, Electriciens Sans Frontiéres, Islamic Relief France, Oxfam Intermón, Premiere Urgence Internationale, Red Cross France, and Solidarités International.
Developing common standards
Presently, there is no requirement for humanitarian organizations to measure their carbon footprints. For those that choose to do so out of their own initiative, there is no uniform system, meaning that each organization measures differently resulting in inconsistent reporting across the sector.
“Currently everyone is using different parameters and ways of counting,” says Denis Bedjai, Humanity & Inclusion’s Logistics Advisor and Environmental Agenda Project Manager. “But it doesn’t make sense to compare different kinds of measurements. We want to create one method that is common to all NGOs.”
Humanity & Inclusion and its fellow CHANGE members are working together to determine common accounting parameters for their greenhouse gas emissions, with support from Citepa, an organization with over 60 years of experience in air, climate and energy. Getting a clearer idea of our impact will enable the organizations to develop reduction plans for the future.
What makes up the carbon footprint?
There are numerous parameters to account for when measuring greenhouse gas emissions. Most organizations measure emissions that come from lighting and heating the office, or from driving organization vehicles, but many indirect emissions go unaccounted for. Any energy purchased through external providers, waste generated, transportation, distribution, production of goods, or even investments are just a few of the many factors that contribute to an organization’s overall carbon footprint. In humanitarian contexts, the supply chain may comprise a large part of the greenhouse gas emissions, so accounting for each step is crucial.
“If we purchase buckets for hygiene kits, we need to know where that bucket comes from, how it was made, how it was transported, how the waste was managed, etc.,” Bedjai explains. “Even though we didn’t produce the bucket itself, we have to take into consideration its entire life cycle as part of our carbon footprint when we buy it.”
Creating an emissions factors database
Once the standard of accounting parameters is set, the consortium members must conduct the actual measurements. However, measuring greenhouse gas emissions is even more difficult in low-resource or economically developing nations.
To simplify the process, the CHANGE consortium and its partners plan to continue the development of a database specific to the humanitarian sector. Initiated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the emissions factor database will be adapted to intervention locations, free to users, and will enable organizations to more accurately track the greenhouse gas emissions associated with their frequent actions or service providers.
Adopting action plans
Once Humanity & Inclusion has a clearer vision of its current carbon emissions, the organization plans to set targets to reduce those emissions by implementing adapted action plans.
“For example, if we see that travel from flights is a major source of our greenhouse gas emissions during the auditing phase, we would determine steps to reduce that where possible,” Bedjai says. “Only sending people when absolutely necessary, using flight routes with the fewest legs, making sure to send groups together—these are all best practices for keeping those emissions as low as possible.”
In the long-term, Humanity & Inclusion aims not only to reduce its own carbon footprint, but to support local humanitarian actors in doing the same. By implementing projects that reinforce organizations’ skills and capacities to introduce conscious ecological measures, Humanity & Inclusion will be able to further its goal of lessening the ecological impact of humanitarian aid on local and international levels.
GREEN Initiative: Humanity & Inclusion is committed to reducing the adverse effects of climate change on populations worldwide. We help communities prepare for and adapt to climate shocks and stresses, and we respond to crises magnified by environmental factors. Applying a disability, gender and age (DGA) inclusion lens across all our actions, we advocate for practitioners and policy-makers to embed DGA in their climate work as well. Humanity & Inclusion is also determined to reduce its own ecological footprint by adapting and implementing environmentally conscious approaches to humanitarian action.
Elizabeth Johnson Sellers published South Sudan | Mental health specialist: ‘Not all wounds are visible’ in News 2022-01-14 10:04:22 -0500
Dorothy Namara is a Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Specialist for Humanity & Inclusion’s South Sudan program.
With a master’s degree in clinical psychology, Dorothy has held a variety of MHPSS roles within the organization since 2018, when she first began working in her home country of Uganda. Always eager to take on a new challenge, Dorothy shares the needs, highlights, and challenges of taking on such an important role. Below, Dorothy shares her experience as a mental health specialist for Humanity & Inclusion in South Sudan.
Q: What are your daily responsibilities?
I engage in a variety of activities depending on what is planned for a given month. I provide technical support for the mental health projects in the program, provide capacity building trainings, and ensure quality assurance to make sure the mission’s MHPSS programs are in line with Humanity & Inclusion’s global standards. I also represent the organization externally and provide an MHPSS lens for stakeholder activities.
I also have to take into account the different mental health emergencies that arise from the project sites. They may not come up every day, but when they do, I give them priority.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
Positive change! Seeing the smile on a person’s face is very rewarding. I wake up every day looking forward to it. I love seeing the transition from their first meeting to their last meeting, and watching them develop positive coping strategies about life amidst adversity. It gives me courage, especially when I see persons with disability. I’m a person with disability myself, so I take a lot of pride in seeing these changes.
Q: What is unique about the context of the South Sudan program?
South Sudan is a very unique context. It has diverse cultures and languages that spread across 10 states. Each of the cultures has its own practices and dynamics that you have to understand before introducing an intervention or project. Community acceptance is key to a project’s success, and not everything that has worked elsewhere works in South Sudan.
You may wake up in the morning ready to go to work, then you encounter a security situation and cannot do what you had planned. You may also have to organize counseling sessions around other projects that participants are involved in, such as cash for work. So, you really have to be flexible and take things one day at a time. Every day has its own unique context.
Personally, I embrace it positively. It gives me the opportunity to think outside of the box and ask myself: How can I best empower the team to accommodate changes positively and move on without being frustrated? It gives me a learning point to embrace the context, embrace the culture and appreciate the people, so for me, it’s very positive.
Q: What are the greatest needs?
We have traumatized populations that are constantly in conflict. Today there may be conflict in one place, another day you will find it somewhere else. We see a lot of trauma cases. Depression, PTSD, anxiety, domestic violence and suicide are all common. Alcohol and substance abuse are particularly common. We also see a lot of protection cases, such as early child marriages and gender-based violence.
Mental health needs to be addressed as part of the bigger pictures of health and protection—especially when it comes to the most at-risk populations, including persons with disability. This population really needs support because most of the time they are left behind. This is why I’m really happy with Humanity & Inclusion’s advocacy efforts. We’re able to create awareness among our partners about mainstreaming disability in their programs, but more support is needed.
Q: What do you wish more people knew about your work?
People should know that the diversification of mental health projects, by including skill development, livelihood initiatives and income-generating activity has a greater impact and results on the psychological wellbeing of the population. For example, coupling mental health with livelihood projects works wonders. Whenever someone is able to get their mind settled, and then you give them a skill to make a living, it empowers them to maintain their coping strategies. They cope better. If they come to the sessions and talk about their stressors, and then they go back home and sleep hungry, this will bring them back to the same situation they were talking about in-session.
There are not many MHPSS actors in South Sudan. South Sudan is a huge country, and mental health coverage is just a drop in the ocean. We can only do as much as our funding can cover. Because mental health is not a tangible thing that entices donor funds, there are very few that really invest in mental health. When you build 10 schools, they are physically there and are visible. But, when you have group counseling sessions with 500 mothers or 200 children, it’s hard to see the evidence until donors can hear participants share the benefits. It’s really a challenge.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to share?
We appreciate those that have been able to fund the cause of Humanity & Inclusion in South Sudan. We call upon them to continue, because mental health is not a one-day change. It is a process. For a mental health project to be effective, we need years of implementation to document tangible, more permanent changes and see more of the community benefit.
Everyone is a candidate for mental illness. Anyone can be affected at any time. No one chooses these illnesses. We cannot predict that one day there will be no mental health issues. There are very many stressors in the environment that can cause them, just like any other health-related illness.
Lastly, it is important that we not forget the link to people facing specific hardships, including people with disability who are disproportionately affected. At Humanity & Inclusion, we believe that every life matters, and there is no health without mental health. It is important to invest in mental health and psychosocial support, because not all wounds are visible.