Inclusive Education Policy Development Officer

The Inclusive Education Policy and Development Officer will bring new skills and expertise to expand and support the Inclusive Education (IE) team with the development of new projects, leading specifically on larger scale project development. There will also be a specific focus on developing Humanity & Inclusion’s expertise on Technical Assistance, in the field of Inclusive Education. 

The Inclusive Education Policy and Development Officer will be part of the inclusive education team under the management of the Inclusive Education Manager, based in London. The successful candidate will also report to the U.S. Executive Director of Humanity & Inclusion.

Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
Type of Employment: Full-time, open-ended contract
Closing date for applications: June 13, 2021

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MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

The Inclusive Education Policy and Development Officer will provide technical support and engage in communication and advocacy in inclusive education, respecting Humanity & Inclusion’s mandate, policies and technical positioning. The main aim is to develop and expand HI’s profile and impact through:

  • Developing new business development opportunities and promoting HI’s inclusive education technical positioning approaches, know-how and expertise in relevant mainstream networks with the objective to form alliances and consortia.
  • Supporting the development of technical assistance to mainstream organizations, policy makers, and states, by developing the content of new projects, and providing technical expertise and capacity building to HI staff.
  • Contributing to influencing donor and stakeholder policies including states, practices and budget priorities to improve inclusion of children and young people with disabilities and vulnerable children in education in international development.

The Inclusive Education Policy and Development Officer will regularly travel internationally, including to Europe/North America as well as to countries of intervention, Covid-19 restrictions permitting. The Inclusive Education Policy and Development Officer will work closely with the other members of the IE team, but will take a lead on the overall business development aspect.

DESIRED PROFILE

  • Master's degree in education or education-related field
  • Demonstrate practical hands-on experience working in inclusive education, ideally for children with disabilities, and a range of ages. 
  • Experience in a technical support position, providing oversight to education programs
  • Experience in developing technical materials including tools, guidance, and training materials
  • Experience working collaboratively with other services (e.g. protection, health, rehabilitation, etc.)
  • Experience working in low/middle income country contexts
  • Strong understanding and experience of grant and business development proposal processes. Experience obtaining and working with funding from USAID and Global Affairs Canada is preferred.
  • Experience in networking, building partnerships and policy development in the field of education
  • Previously worked with the private sector and understand commercial contracts on tenders for technical assistance
  • Ability to communicate key ideas to a wide audience (e.g. developing briefs) 
  • Excellent written and oral communications and networking skills, capacity to transfer skills and train or coach others
  • Fluent in English and basic knowledge in French. Other languages (Arabic, Spanish, etc.)  would be preferred.


ABOUT THE U.S. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION

The U.S. National Association of Humanity & Inclusion, a 501(c)3 organization with an independent Board of Directors, is a constituent member of the Humanity & Inclusion Network. Humanity & Inclusion U.S. has offices in Silver Spring, MD. The mission is to support the work of the HI Network by administering grants and contracts, raising awareness of the needs among the populations we serve, mobilizing private and public financial support, representing Humanity & Inclusion with national, international bilateral and multilateral institutions based in the U.S., facilitating the recruitment of personnel, and raising the organization’s profile. Humanity & Inclusion U.S. also engages in education programs with the general public and advocates for U.S. accession to the landmine and cluster munitions treaties, as well as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The organization raises approximately $30 million per year, of which 98 percent derives from grants and cooperative agreements with the U.S. Government. The organization conducts active outreach to the U.S. public through digital and other media.

CONDITIONS OF THE POSITION

HI is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. HI is committed to maintaining a work environment that is free of discrimination based on any grounds. These grounds generally include race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information or carrier status, pregnancy, victims of domestic violence, military status, alienage, citizenship status, or any other legally protected status. Applicants for employment are recruited and hired based on their qualifications for the job. Promotion decisions will be made without discrimination and based on performance and qualifications.

SAFEGUARDING POLICIES

All applicants must indicate that they have read and understood HI's policies on:

Reminder: Pre-existing authorization to work in the United States is required. Applicants without existing work permission in the United States should not apply.

APPLY

Qualified applicants with existing permission to work within the U.S. should submit a resume, as well as a cover letter explaining (1) why this role appeals to you and (2) how it connects to your prior experience.

Please apply by the following link: http://www.jobs.net/j/JDwRLUit

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.

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