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London, Greater London (Hybrid)
£47,000 - £48,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Do you want to improve the lives of people with disabilities and vulnerable people?

Humanity & Inclusion (HI) is an award-winning international development organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster.

HI UK is looking for a dynamic and creative Policy & Development Manager to support the operational development of our comprehensive approach to Armed Violence Reduction. This is an exciting and varied role working across HI’s activities. You will manage a team, influence decision makers, donors and other major stakeholders, support the development of Humanitarian Mine Action and Armed Violence Reduction operations and promote HI AVR’s identity and brand in policy, partnership and proposal development. If this sounds like the next role for you, we’d love to welcome you to our friendly and dedicated team.


The number of fatalities from armed violence is estimated to be over half a million people every year. Increasing use of armed violence through explosive weapons, improvised explosive devices, and small arms and light weapons also affects civilian populations through their longer-term impacts. HI’s strategy seeks to uphold the basic principle that all people affected or threatened by armed violence should have their rights fully respected and their protection assured through relevant and timely actions in all phases of a crisis and beyond.

Complex situations require comprehensive approaches. As the impacts of armed violence cut across the different areas of humanitarian response, a comprehensive cross-sector approach is needed. This requires practitioners to think outside their particular programming mandates and to consider the entirety of the challenges at hand.

Starting a number of years ago, HI has therefore expanded its activities from the five pillars of humanitarian mine action to include a broader set of actions aimed at reducing armed violence. Today, HI’s unique comprehensive approach combines international, national and local action to reduce the impact of conventional weapons and to protect and uphold the rights of conflict-affected people. HI implements Comprehensive Models to Mine Action (CAMA) and to Armed Violence Reduction (AVR) to maximise the benefits of a given project and to contribute to a world where people can lead safe and fulfilling lives in peaceful and inclusive communities.

To achieve this, HI is seeking a dynamic and creative Policy & Development Manager (PDM) to support the operational development of this work. Under the responsibility of the AVR Technical Director, the PDM will have three main objectives:

- Influence decision-makers, donors and other major stakeholders to adopt a comprehensive model in their approaches to budgets and policy, in order to reduce the impact of arms on civilian populations and to promote HI as a valued partner 

- Support the development and expansion of Humanitarian Mine Action and Armed Violence Reduction operations in existing or new programmes

- Manage two HQ-based project officers, a policy lead and a development support officer, bringing forward HI AVR’s identity and brand in policy, partnership and proposal development.



Donor and Stakeholder influence 

Influence donors and major stakeholders to ensure Comprehensive Approaches to Armed Violence Reduction is in their political and budgetary agendas and that HI is their natural partner.

  1. Contribute to the definition and implementation of a policy and development strategy to promote HI’s technical expertise in AVR, including supporting the policy lead in advising mainstream stakeholders and donors, promoting HI’s technical assistance in AVR, advising other AVR actors and donors to fulfil the Sustainable Development Goal commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ in the context of armed violence, and delivering targeted awareness-raising, side-events, training and/or influencing criteria for funding.
  2. Influence international stakeholders’ policies and priorities so that they better reflect and include AVR priorities in their guidance frameworks, budgets and calls for proposals.
  3. Influence and actively participate in major mainstream networks to raise the profile of Comprehensive Approaches to AVR.
  4. In close collaboration with HI staff throughout the HI Federation, coordinate analyses of innovations and funding trends in AVR work, propose influencing tactics and support the identification of opportunities for fundraising, strategic alliances and/or consortia to develop and expand technical assistance in AVR.
  5. Represent HI internationally with HMA/AVR stakeholders and relevant donors on AVR-related policy, operational implementation, deployment of partnerships and business development.
  6. Contribute to advocacy initiatives within the sector, in collaboration with HI’s advocacy unit and the AVR policy lead.

Support the development and expansion of Humanitarian Mine Action and Armed Violence Reduction operations in existing or new programmes

In line with the HI Federation’s strategy and plan of action:

  1. With the policy lead and the AVR specialist, consolidate a community of practice on AVR policy and development with HI’s country-based specialists, policy officers and development officers.
  2. Support field teams in the development of concept notes and full proposals, and provide technical support and assistance in response to new countries who have an interest in developing AVR programmes.
  3. Act as the focal point for pursuing and developing multi-country major HMA/AVR funding initiatives and contribute to the identification of new donors and the realisation of major opportunities.
  4. Act as the business development focal point for the Federation for specific HMA/AVR donors, attending donor meetings to provide operational information alongside any HI National Association, as required.
  5. Work with the Institutional Funding Division to develop appropriate and fit-for-purpose business development tools for planning, applying for and managing grants.


  1. Embody HI's values on a daily basis.
  2. Understand HI’s strategy and make it explicit, translating it into operational objectives for your team and leading any necessary changes.
  3. Encourage inter- and intra-departmental exchanges of practice, innovation and risk-taking.
  4. Organise the operational management of your team, structuring the work around identified processes, steering performance and facilitating the resolution of problems.
  5. Contribute to the development of your staff, creating the conditions for their commitment, professionalism and attachment to HI.

The post-holder will work on a day-to-day basis with a large range of actors within the HI structure, including:

  • Armed Violence Reduction technical unit
  • HQ Operations staff
  • Advocacy, communication and institutional fundraising teams
  • Programme teams, remotely and during direct programme-support missions
  • Colleagues from the HI UK team

Equal opportunities policy

HI UK is committed to diversity and inclusion. We recognise that discrimination shapes the opportunities that many people have in society and that people have different needs in order to realise their full potential. Addressing this requires organisations to be proactive in creating environments that encourage the inclusion and development of all. Though we still have a long way to go, inclusion is central to our identity at HI UK and we are strongly committed to the continuous work that it requires.

We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with disabilities and/or from minority ethnic backgrounds, to help make us more representative. If you have a disability and meet the minimum requirements for the role, we will guarantee you an interview.

Application resources
Posted on: 04 July 2022
Closing date: 17 July 2022 at 23:59
Job ref: HIUK/202207/AVR/CJ
Tags: Policy/Research,Business Development

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