CBM International Job Vacancy: Humanitarian Director - Bensheim, Germany

CBM is an international development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world. Based on its values and over 100 years of professional expertise, CBM addresses poverty as a cause and a consequence of disability, and works in partnership to create a society for all. CBM’s vision is: “an inclusive world in which all persons with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential”.

CBM works with persons with disabilities, their families, local partner organisations, alliance partners including UN agencies, global organisations, and Disabled Persons’ Organisations (DPOs).

CBM has been involved from the outset with "VISION 2020: The Right to Sight", a global initiative with the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) to eliminate avoidable blindness by the year 2020, and other global initiatives such as the provision of affordable hearing aids, education for all and community mental health.

CBM is also recognised as a collaborating organisation by the World Health Organization (WHO) and has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Together with its partner organisations, CBM is active in more than 650 projects in 63 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, reaching over 38 million people in 2015.

CBM’s International Office is now accepting applications for a Humanitarian Director

Location: Bensheim, Germany or one of the CBM locations in Europe

Contract Duration: unlimited

Contract Type: Full-time

Contract Start: 1April 2017

Reporting to the International Director, the position holder will lead on CBM’s global initiative in Inclusive Humanitarian Action - its planning and development, delivery, coordination, monitoring, evaluation, refinement, resourcing and promotion within the organisation and externally, and its linkages with CBM’s wider disability inclusive development work.

Main tasks

  • Develop and oversee delivery of the initiative plan, including setting overall strategic objectives and geographic priorities
  • Support country planning processes and the development of emergency response contingency plans and preparedness with partner organisations
  • Ensure that Inclusive Emergency Response project proposals which are developed meet international humanitarian standards and quality for them to be presented to Member Associations for funding
  • External environment: Analyse policies, be up to date with the changing landscape of humanitarian action, identify mainstreaming opportunity and global policy development
  • Lead and manage the emergency response team at global, regional and country level for implementing the CBM emergency response initiative plan
  • Guide, coach and support staff in the delivery of the initiative, conduct annual key performance objectives and related annual performance appraisals
  • Promote the effective collaboration of initiative staff with country based staff and partners, Member Association staff and other stakeholders
  • Ensure quality assurance of emergency response and preparedness programmes fulfil existing humanitarian standards, CBM technical requirements and disability inclusion good practices
  • Support the development of capacity of CBM’s existing partners in responding to emergency through the sharing of tools, guidelines and set up of contingency plans at the country level
  • Identify global potential partnerships with mainstream organisations and organisation of persons with disabilities to further foster inclusive humanitarian action
  • Support disaster/ conflict need assessments, response planning, monitoring and evaluations (at partner, country, regional, global levels) as needed
  • Ensure fundraising and communication material are produced according to set agreements with Member Associations    
  • Advocacy and Influencing
  • Engage with, support and influence alliance partners and relevant networks as identified in the initiative plan in support of initiative objectives
  • Engage in the development of global standards and guidelines for inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action.
Quality Assurance
  • Set standards of quality for the initiative and the capacity requirements at different levels of the organisation to meet these standards
  • Oversee capacity building at country, regional and international levels as needed to meet these standards, including the delivery of training, coaching and mentoring as well as the development or updating of relevant training materials
Evaluation and Research
  • Establish clear guidelines for programme evaluation and indicators, with alignment to CBM and global standards. Support collation and analysis of data gathered
  • Support the evaluation unit in setting up and commissioning independent programme evaluations for informing and further developing CBM’s initiative in inclusive humanitarian action
  • Support the research unit in commissioning research in order to inform and further develop CBM’s initiative in inclusive humanitarian action
Resourcing and Promotion
  • Work with fundraising teams to develop relevant communication on model programmes and good practice for marketing and fundraising
  • Identify funding opportunities from institutional and other major donors, in coordination with CBM Member Associations
  • Pursue opportunities to work in consortia in order to leverage the impact of CBM’s initiative
Professional Profile and Requirements
  • First degree in relevant subject
  • At least 5 – 10 years’ experience in developing countries including working in humanitarian settings
  • Background and experience in humanitarian programming, including in applying relevant tools and methods (project management, Core Humanitarian Standard, SPHERE standards, Humanitarian principles, etc.)
  • Strong understanding of disability inclusion and disability-inclusive Humanitarian Action
  • Experience in humanitarian networks for coordination, advocacy and influencing
  • Knowledge and understanding of key players and stakeholders in humanitarian action on global and regional levels
  • Experience in managing large programmes and multidisciplinary and multi-cultural teams
Personal Profile & Competencies
  • Strategic thinking
  • Result orientation
  • Decisiveness
  • Building collaborative relationships
  • Global Perspective
  • Developing others
  • Managing performance
  • Persuasive communication
  • Initiative
  • Stress Management / high level of resilience
  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Office package)
  • Fluency in English (professional proficiency, spoken and written). Knowledge of French and/or Spanish would be an asset
  • Willingness to travel at short notice to difficult environments (e.g. countries struck by disaster)
  • Valid work permit for EU/ Schengen countries
The future job holder adheres to CBM’s values and commits to CBM’s Child Safeguarding Policy.

CBM encourages persons with disabilities to apply for this position.

Candidates with the required profile and proven experience, who meet these qualifications, are invited to submit in English via e-mail, a meaningful cover letter and CV, to: recruitment@cbm.org

All applicants must be authorised to work in EU/Schengen countries at the time of application.

Application deadline: March 15th, 2017