Early Child Development (ECD) Specialist – HQ At Handicap International – Humanity & Inclusion

« Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity »
HI, Humanity & Inclusion (also known as Handicap International), is an independent and impartial aid and development organization with no religious or political affiliations operating in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside persons with disabilities and vulnerable groups to help meeting their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.
Since the organization was founded in 1982, we have set up development programmes in 62 countries and responded to hundreds of emergencies. Today, the organisation manages a budget of around 215 million euros, with 4,200 employees worldwide. Eight national associations, based in the United States, France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, Great Britain and Canada, provide overall support for the field programs, which are implemented through the headquarters in Lyon, France.
HI is engaged in an employment policy in favor of workers with disabilities. As such, people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
For more information, please visit: www.hi.org

The Global Health Division works to ensure that Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 3) “Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages” can become a reality for persons with disabilities and vulnerable populations all along the various Nexus contexts. We focus on inclusive health system strengthening and inclusive health programming working in the following sectors: Safe and Inclusive Mobility (1 Specialist), Mental Health and Psycho Social Support (4 Specialists), Environmental Health (1 Specialist), Sexual and Reproductive Health, including Family Planning, HIV, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (1 Specialist) and Disability Inclusive Health Policies (1 Lead).
The Global Health Division works in close collaboration with the other technical Divisions, namely Rehabilitation, Protection & Risk Reduction, and Social & Inclusion, as well as with five Geographic Divisions.


HI is a leading actor in disability inclusion and alongside key stakeholders such as UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank, promotes Early Childhood Development (ECD) as a powerful equalizer to allow every child to develop their full potential, including children with disabilities. Since its launch in 2018, HI promoted internally the awareness and application of the global Nurturing Care Framework and is now piloting its implementation in selected countries.
In this context, HI is looking for a dynamic ECD Specialist motivated to provide technical support to the design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the ECD HI frame. The ECD Specialist will have a strong understanding of global evidence, best practices, and gaps around early childhood development interventions. The ideal candidate will have a particular experience integrating ECD into health contact points with caregivers and their children. S/he will also have experience operationalizing the Nurturing Care Framework and integrating ECD interventions into other service delivery platforms, such as rehabilitation, education, and protection. A sound comprehension of the gender, age and disability perspective on ECD is a plus.
The ECD Specialist will lead technical discussions and strategic thinking around ECD (particularly early detection, early intervention, MHPSS for the caregiver and child) with key internal stakeholders, such as the Specialists from the other Technical Directions (Rehabilitation, Social & Inclusion, Protection), Operation Officers and Geographic Directors, HI field staffs etc. The ECD Specialist will lead ECD activities, coordinating with the Knowledge Management Direction to stay abreast of research and best practices related to multi-sectoral ECD interventions.
The ECD Specialist will contribute to strategic plans, budget development, and annual/quarterly work plans as well as provide overall ECD technical guidance in line with HI strategic vision. In addition to global-level contributions, the ECD Specialist will provide ECD technical assistance to countries, leading the development, adaptation and implementation of 0-8 ECD materials and interventions.

Under the direct responsibility of the Global Health Division Director, the ECD Specialist will have four main responsibilities:

1/Technical Support
Provide Technical support to the development of ECD projects
•Develop and roll out tools, resources, and trainings to improve ECD program implementation
•Provide technical and programmatic support to build the capacity of in-country teams on ECD programming
•Participate in the development and monitoring of technical work plans and budgets, ensure appropriate levels of technical assistance in program interventions, coordinate partners’ efforts in program implementation
•Undertake regular technical supportive supervision, mentoring and monitoring visits to project sites as necessary
•Work with and provide technical leadership and support to relevant project staff for effective program planning, implementation and monitoring
•Provide technical support to ongoing maternal, newborn and child health projects
•Encourage and support the multi-sectoral collaboration to optimize child development, especially for children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families (i.e. Rehabilitation, MHPSS)

2/Definition of Technical framework
•Lead on the elaboration of HI’s ECD Guidance Document and its internal and external dissemination
•Contribution to the elaboration, dissemination and implementation of the ECD strategic action plan
•Identify and define integrated ECD interventions with relevant sectors

3/Continuous learning and knowledge management
Work with the country teams to systematically document all processes, tools and lessons learned and liaise with other senior project staff in order to identify areas of improvement
•Explore and take advantage of opportunities to share/disseminate HI’s ECD program evaluation results
•Assist in preparing donor progress reports
•Facilitate knowledge generation and lessons learned events within HI and with relevant stakeholders through, publications, webinars and other knowledge sharing forums.
•Share and disseminate internally HI’s ECD knowledge, skills and know-how
•Lead the knowledge management related to ECD programming, coordinate with other relevant sectors so that they can contribute to the process, and assure that a lessons learned mechanism is elaborated and fully functional
•Development and contribution to new ECD related resources and publications
•Contribute to and facilitate learning across HI’s geographical and programmatic areas

4/Networking and representation
Promote externally HI’s visibility, capacity and know-how in the field of ECD
•Active participation in international networks on ECD such as ECDAN, etc.
•Represent HI in major international fora, initiatives and events related to ECD, with frequent contact with international donors


-You have an Educational background in health including Child Health, Maternal & Child Health, Mental Health & Psychosocial Support, and/or rehabilitation (OT, PT, speech therapy)
-You have at least 5 years of experience in ECD (particularly early detection and early intervention) in low and middle-income countries (LMIC)
-You demonstrate familiarity with integrated and inclusive ECD, including relevant global guidance documents, stakeholders, and networks
-You are proficient in the concepts of Gender, Age and Disability Inclusion, and the Human Rights-based Approach to disability inclusion
-You demonstrate success in working with local government and international and local development partners for integrated, multi-sectoral ECD interventions
-You have a broad capacity building and training experience, including providing remote technical support
-You have a strong record of fostering new and effective partnerships on an international level including participation in technical advisory groups, international consultations, boards, etc.
-You have an in-depth experience undertaking and supporting research, data collection, analysis and report and article writing
-You have strong interpersonal skills and experience working effectively in interdisciplinary teams and cross-cultural settings
-You demonstrate understanding of the socio-cultural issues and nuances of working in communities and with vulnerable populations
-You have excellent time management and personal organization skills
-You have excellent communication skills as well as excellent strategic and analytic thinking
-You are able to work on complex projects in multitasking and to respect tight deadlines
-You show diplomacy, self-confidence, leadership and patience
-You speak and write English and French fluently


The candidate can be based in Lyon (FR), Brussels (BE), Washington (USA), London (UK) or in another location within a Humanity & Inclusion’s national Association.


• start date: as soon as possible
• length of the contract: open-ended
• status: salaried
•Package depending on the location

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