Regional Programme Development Specialist NGO Jobs – Humanity & Inclusion

Job Title:    Regional Programme Development Specialist

Organisation: Humanity & Inclusion

Duty Station:  Kenya, Rwanda or Uganda

Salary: Uganda Shillings Ugx. 8,199,138 to 8,469,710 /=

Reports to: Technical Unit Manager


About US:

Handicap International Federation (operating under the name Humanity & Inclusion) is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. The Region is known as the East African Region (EAR), encompassing 3 countries (Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda). While the regional set up of the structure is ongoing, the three countries each have vibrant programmes, with experienced staff and strong presence in both humanitarian and development context. HI in Kenya and Rwanda have been operational since the early 1990s, and Uganda since 2017. All three countries implement a number of projects under similar technical domains such as Rehabilitation, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, Inclusive Education, Livelihoods and Resilience but each also have their own specific technical focus in other areas. All 3 countries work with local partners, and ensure strong advocacy on the rights of persons with disabilities.

The regional programme hub is based in Kampala, Uganda. Currently, the Regional Director and the structure of the regional office, including The Regional Technical Unit is being progressively set up under the leadership of the Technical Unit Manager.


Job Summary:  Reporting to the Technical Unit Manager and in collaboration with Regional Director, Country Managers and Operations Managers, the Regional Programme Development Specialist designs the fundraising strategy of the programme where he/she is based. He/she identifies funding opportunities and leads the concept notes and project proposals development process in coordination with all departments, with the expected output of having documents ready for submission to donors (public institutions, foundations and private sector).

Based on the Regional Operational Strategy (StratOp), the Regional Programme Development Specialist will lead the design of the Fundraising action plan in coordination with all Departments. The regional action plan will include a regional strategy and country level strategies. This will be done in close coordination with Regional Programme Director, Country Managers, Operational Managers and Technical Specialists. She or He will coordinate and lead the implementation of this action plan at all levels: donor engagements, funding opportunities monitoring, partnership opportunities, proposal development lead.

The three countries have good overall funding for the projects. However, the StratOp defines strategic options and opportunities for the regional programme and its mission which will be implemented by the Regional Programme Development Specialist. The main sectors of intervention of HI in the three countries of the EAR programme are related to Social and Economic Inclusion including Education; Health, Prevention and Rehabilitation including MHPSS; and Protection including Inclusive Humanitarian Action.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: Under the supervision of HI Technical Unit Manager in Kampala and in direct coordination with HI Technical Unit and Project Managers, the Regional Programme Development Specialist will:

Strategic development:

  • Monitor donors’ strategies and priorities in order to anticipate calls for proposals and identify opportunities for submission;
  • Engage with identified donors to understand their perception of current HI programming and identify areas of interests for targeted fundraising efforts;
  • Monitor research and development initiatives of other organizations, including INGOs, UNs and government to spot trends in the development sector which need to be taken into account to develop competitive proposals;
  • Contribute to StratOp development and follow-up, with a focus on Fundraising action plan and Internal Project Documents.

Relationship Management:

  • Work with the Programme Director and Country Managers to build HI’s external profile and influence, building key stakeholder relationships with relevant decision makers in government, national/local organizations, donors and key international organizations;
  • Develop excellent and active working relationship with strategic donors and partners in-country;
  • Promote HI’s technical positioning, approaches, know-how and expertise in relevant networks in order to develop consortium agreements;
  • Feed into the Funding Information Tool to make sure program needs are well known at HQ/NAs level and develop supporting documents, such as “project sheets” and/or “donor sheets”
  • Manage the program’s Customer Relationship Management System and ensure it is updated as needed.

Proposal Development:

  • For new project: Lead donor’s proposal writing in accordance with HI’s proposal writing process and tools including the development of: logical frameworks, MEAL plan, technical approach narrative, planning, staffing and budgeting;
  • For the renewal of existing projects: contribute, under the coordination of the Operations Manager and the lead of the Project Manager, to the proposal’s writing;
  • Coordinate and collaborate with HQ shared services, HI National Associations (Projects Support Officers) and technical staff to ensure their inputs are duly reflected in proposals;
  • When required, identify appropriate/competitive teaming arrangements (consortiums, multi-country projects…) and facilitate negotiations;
  • For consortiums, manage coordination, communication and inputs from subs during project development;
  • Review final proposal/concept note before submission for compliance with donors’ guidelines and expectations, budget matching to technical narrative and overall quality;
  • Ensure (when relevant) the final submission of the concept notes and proposals to donors;

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:


  • The applicant must hold a relevant Master’s Degree in Development, Humanities, or humanitarian studies
  • At least five years of experience with NGO
  • At least five years of professional experience at similar level of Responsibility.
  • At least three years of experience in business development
  • Project Design experience
  • Proposal development lead for various major donors
  • Experience in grant management including reporting, compliance control and donor relationship



  • Experience both in Humanitarian and Development settings
  • Experience in East African Region


  • HI’s vision, mandate, values and strategy
  • Humanitarian principles and principled humanitarian action
  • The fundamentals of disability
  • HI service sectors, mandatory cross-cutting approaches
  • Donor rules
  • Planning and internal coordination
  • Project Cycle
  • Participative Project Development processes


  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in humanitarian project development and donor relationship (including experience in consortium development)
  • Written and oral communication in English. French would be a strong addition
  • Analysis (donor environment, geopolitics) and ethical positioning
  • Negotiation and representation (internally and externally)
  • Advocacy and networking techniques
  • Strategic thinking
  • Partnership mobilization and management
  • Expert in proposal development (logframes, budget & narrative)
  • Synthetic and analytic thinking
  • Leadership of multi-cultural and multi-sector teams, on-site and remotely
  • Project Design process expertise

Interpersonal skills

  • Ethical values and a constructively critical mind set
  • Benevolent (shows trust / acknowledges achievements)
  • Cooperative /collaborative (asks for feedback / listens to the organisation)
  • Accountable
  • (internally/externally/to governance)
  • Diplomacy
  • Audacious (shows initiative/entrepreneurial )
  • Resilience to stress and uncertainty
  • Capable of self- criticism (listens and seeks to improve)
  • Pragmatism, capacity to adapt with agility

Other useful information concerning the profile sought: Due to the COVID situation, a resource that is already based in one of the three countries of the regional program would be preferred.

The position requires travelling within the Region and in the field of implementation including in refugee hosting areas. Travels represent 30% of the working time. Conditions:


Starting Date: 01 November 2021

Length of contract: 3 Year Renewable

Gross Salary: Range from Kenya Shillings Kshs. 293,532 to 337,657

Uganda Shillings Ugx. 8,199,138 to 8,469,710

Rwandan franc 1.361.768 to 1.922.896

Positioning in the salary grid is dependent on the candidate’s qualifications and experience.


  • Handicap International/Humanity & Inclusion is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • We encourage females and persons with disabilities to apply to become a part of our organization.

How to Apply:

Please send an updated CV (3 pages max, including three professional references.) with a cover letter addressed to The HR Departmentjobs.kenya@hi.org

Please do not attach certificates.

NB: Only Shortlisted Candidates will be contacted. Any efforts to influence the recruitment process will lead to automatic disqualification.

Deadline: 12th September 2021 by midnight.

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