South Africa
Burkina Faso
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Senior Advisor on Inclusive Community Based Development– Livelihood & Sustainability

The role is permanent and will be based out of one of CBM Global’s future country offices.

While the world is making progress in tackling poverty, people with disabilities are being left behind. Too many people with disabilities face poverty, stigma and isolation and are denied the chance to go to school or earn a living. In addition, large numbers of people lose the ability to see, hear or walk because of conditions that could easily be treated or prevented.

Driven by Christian values, CBM works in the world’s poorest places to reach those who are most left behind. Working in partnership with Governments and local partners, we create long-term positive change: supporting people with disabilities to access education and healthcare, earn a living and be included in their communities; and treating and preventing conditions that can lead to disability.

Main objective of the role:

Reporting to the Disability Inclusion Director and in close coordination with other technical and programme areas, the post holder will lead the development of the strategy and implementation plan that underpins CBM Global’s strategic goal to build inclusive, resilient communities (often referred to as Community Based Inclusive Development – CBID). The post will also have a key role in helping ensure the organisation´s programme portfolio is climate proofed. S/he will support community based teams and partners to develop and deliver disability inclusive community led sustainable programmes, focusing on programmes supporting economic empowerment activities, ensuring effective monitoring and evaluation of such programmes while disseminating learning and evidence from programmes to support national level influencing.


We are looking for someone who will…

· Set the overall strategic objectives and geographic priorities

· Support country offices in their country planning to ensure that inclusive community-based programmes are aligned with CBM Global strategy and fit within the strategic objectives of the country plan

· Analyse relevant policies, trends, data & research in the field of CBID in order to influence the external environment and improve and further develop CBM’s policies and practice in the delivery of the strategy and plan

· Lead the development of criteria, tools and guidelines to support project design and development and ensure relevant projects receive technical input

· Lead the process of developing, scaling up and documenting model CBID programmes with good practices to promote replication

· Lead on and support MEAL for inclusive community-based programming (at national, local level)

· Manage and oversee the international level budget for disability-inclusive sustainable communities

· Provide high level representation on disability inclusion at community level on behalf of CBM Global Federation

· Set standards of quality for inclusive community-based work based on CBM’s Programme Quality Framework and the capacity requirements at different levels of the organisation to meet these standards

· Establish clear guidelines for programme evaluation and indicators, with alignment to CBM and global standards

· Work with fundraising teams to develop relevant communication on model CBID programmes and good practice for marketing and fundraising

· Define HR requirements in support of disability inclusion at a community level (i.e. country and regional advisors, evaluators, international level expertise) and support HR in the development of relevant HR plans.


We are looking for someone who has…

· Professional background and relevant working experience in CBID/disability inclusion at a community level, particularly in the areas of establishing sustainable livelihood activities, addressing stigma and empowering communities

· Minimum of 5-10 years working experience in low-income countries with marginalised communities. A focus on developing inclusive community led sustainable development is essential

· Strong understanding of disability-inclusive approaches in line with the CRPD and SDGs and a good knowledge of how inclusion, resilience and sustainability intersect

· Experience in community mobilisation, supporting access to essential services and development of innovative services where gaps exist would be a distinct advantage

· Proven expertise in advocacy and influencing, with knowledge of networks focused on inclusive community development approaches

· Experience in working with local governments and other local decision makers

· Experience in managing large programmes as well as multidisciplinary and multi-cultural teams

· Expertise in teaching/ training/ coaching

· English professional proficiency. French and/or Spanish would be advantageous

· Good skills in MS Office.


The future jobholder will adhere to CBM’s values and commits to CBM’s code of conduct and Safeguarding Policy.


CBM encourages persons with disabilities to apply for this position. If you feel that this role would be a good opportunity for you, we would love to hear from you.

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Shortlisting and Interviews

CBM is an equal opportunities employer and we are committed to ensuring all applications are treated fairly.

All applications are subject to our shortlisting process; if you are shortlisted, we will contact you and invite you to attend an interview. You will also be advised at this point if there will be any skills tasks to complete as part of the recruitment process.


Diversity Policy Statement

Everyone has the right to be treated with consideration and respect. CBM is committed to achieving a truly inclusive environment for all, by developing better working relationships that release the full potential, creativity and productivity of each individual.

CBM aims to ensure that all staff, volunteers, donors, partners, contractors, and the general public are treated fairly. This will be regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, race (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, or national origin), disability, medical status, age, religion or belief, political opinion, social or economic status, or ex-offender status.


Employment Checks

All applicants must have the right to work in the relevant country. All offers of employment are made subject to the following criteria: Proof of eligibility and satisfactory employment screening, and three references satisfactory to CBM.


Closing date: 5pm, 10th February 2020

Your letter of interest and CV should be included in your application.

History of CBM Global


Until now, the CBM federation has been made up of 10 Member Associations (MAs) providing the vital link between persons with disabilities in 25 of the poorest countries, and people that have the interest, capacities and resources to help.


There have for some time been fundamental differences over how CBM should best place itself to contribute to the wider disability agenda. Earlier this year, it was agreed that a new federation – CBM Global – would be formed with a simplified governance and a greater focus on disability inclusion. And while our excellent field programmes will continue there will be a greater emphasis on the interconnection between programme, advocacy and advisory work.


With an income of €43m, CBM Global is made up of 7 of the Member Associations (CBM Australia, CBM Ireland, CBM Kenya, CBM New Zealand, CBM South Africa, CBM Switzerland, and CBM UK) with programmes worldwide and Country Offices in 11 countries (Philippines, Bangladesh, Laos, Nepal, Indonesia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Burkina, Nigeria, Madagascar and Bolivia).


There is widespread excitement about the opportunities the fresh federation affords. Coming with strong networks, substantial funds and a progressive approach to development, we now have the chance to configure ourselves to serve and thrive in the INGO context of the 2020s and beyond.

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Refreshed on: 04 February 2020
Closed date: 10 February 2020
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