Kenya: Desk Grant Development manager – KENYA or UGANDA

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Organization: Handicap International
Country: Kenya, Uganda
Closing date: 14 Jan 2018

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.

Handicap International 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.

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Present in more than 55 countries, Handicap International is composed of 2 operational directions:

  • The Direction of Humanitarian Action

  • The Direction of Development Action


The South and Eastern Africa Desk (SEA) includes 5 missions in 8 countries: Ethiopia – Somaliland (ESO), TUK (Tanzanie, Uganda, Kenya), Madagascar, Mozambique et South Sudan. The SEA Desk also directly manages multicountry projects. In 2017, its overall budget is 11 M€ and the main field of intervention are: Health, Education, socio-economic inclusion, Protection, Mental health and psychosocial support, Rehabilitation, support to Disabled People Organisations (DPO). The desk team includes a Desk Officer, 2 deputy desk officers, a desk assistant, 5 country directors and 2 regional project managers who also report directly to the desk officer.

Considering the various major crisis that affect the Horn of Africa and the permanent development needs to fight endemic poverty, support civil society, improve access to services and human rights’ situation, the SEA Desk decided to create a Desk Grant Development manager position. This creation aims at supporting field teams in responding to various intervention needs and requests. This support will focus on grants development in order to increase our fundraising capacity while maintaining a high level project quality design and development (in-deep needs assessments, participatory approach, stakeholders’ consultation, technical project design, cross-cutting approach consideration, MEAL component integration).


Under the SEA Desk Officer management and within the framework of the desk development strategy, you lead the project development process and contribute to the fundraising strategy for Handicap International (HI) in the Horn of Africa. You are part of the SEA Desk Team, you work in functional link with the Deputy Desk Officers based at Headquarter in Lyon and with field staff, mainly Country Directors and Operational Coordinators.

You support HI programs in East and Southern Africa to better respond to their fundraising strategy and develop qualitative proposals based on needs identified in accordance with HI mandate and field of expertise. Your main missions are as follow:

  • You define and elaborate projects feasibility and design by participating in the identification of partners (local and international as required)
  • You elaborate and write projects proposals on the base of identified donors rules and/or specific call for proposals guidelines
  • You identify the most appropriate partners and negotiate the roles and responsibilities of each one
  • You ensure that the submission package is in line with donor requirements
  • You ensure HI’s representation by building key stakeholder relationships with relevant decision makers in governments, national/local organizations, donors and key international organizations in link with the Desk officer and relevant Programme Directors
  • You attend to key international donors gatherings or development aid conferences


  • You hold a degree in international development, humanitarian work
  • You have minimum 4 years of experience overseas in development and post crisis environment
  • You have experience with both humanitarian and development donors
  • With strong analytical skills, you master writing of proposals and strategic papers
  • You understand budget development and financial strategy
  • You have excellent communication and writing capacities in English
  • You are dynamic, highly flexible, autonomous and able to take initiatives
  • You show excellent communication skills and diplomacy which allow you to coordinate and consult smoothly with others


In Kampala, rental housing is available although choices are limited. All the amenities are present, since many products are imported. The country is relatively safe as long as security guidelines are respected. Kampala City, where the head office is located is identified as Security Level 1 with few security and safety risks beyond occasional crimes, road traffic crashes, and health hazards like malaria. There is no established curfew. There are no restrictions with movements by vehicle, both for work and personal reasons.

The standard of medical care in Uganda is significantly below appropriate standards although there is a growing private medical sector, specifically in the capital, Kampala. For serious medical treatment, evacuation to either Nairobi or Johannesburg will be required.


· Starting date : 15/02/2018

· Length of the contract: 9 months**

· Employee status:

  • Salary from 2757€ gross/month regarding the experience of the candidate
  • Perdiem: 456€ net/month (Kampala) or 590€ net/month (Nairobi)
  • Insurances : medical hearth coverage, retirement planning, repatriation
  • Paid holiday : 25 days per year
  • R&R : Level 1 : 1 day per month
  • Status : position open to couples
  • Housing : collective or individual, based on your personal situation and taken in charge by Handicap International

Ugandan and Kenyan citizens are welcome to apply. The conditions of employment for national staff will be detailed later according to the experience of the candidate and in the framework of the local salary grid and conditions of engagement

How to apply:

Only online by joining a CV and cover letter via the following link:

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