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an Institutional Funding Director to be based in Lyon, France

Lyon | Paris

Handicap International is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation with no religious or political affiliations operating 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.

Since the organisation was first founded in 1982, we have set up development programmes in more than sixty countries and responded to many emergencies. Today we have a budget of around 150 million euros, with 3500 employees worldwide.


Handicap International has just launched its 2016-2025 strategy which foresees significant growth in its institutional funding over the next ten years. With this growth in mind, it is creating an Institutional Funding Director post.


You will report to the Deputy Executive Director in charge of Strategy and Development and, as a member of the Committee of Directors, you will have the following objectives:

  1. You will draft the institutional funding development plan for the Handicap International network in line with its strategic objectives. You will coordinate the implementation of this plan with all the internal staff concerned and participate in the implementation of the resulting organisational changes. Externally, you will represent Handicap International with institutional donors at the highest level in order to anticipate the way their funding policies are likely to develop, to provide inputs and to position Handicap International as a leader in its field.

  2. You will ensure that Handicap International’s personnel have the information they need on donor conditions and requirements and that our actions and management methods meet these conditions and requirements. Your division will notably coordinate audits commissioned by donors and monitor the implementation of any recommendations.

  3. You will manage the teams in charge of funding development: direct line-manager of a team of 10 people and functional manager of twenty or so other staff based in Lyon, Europe and North America.

The job involves a lot of travelling, mainly in Europe and North America.


  • You have at least 10 years’ experience in the aid and development sector, and notably in developing strategic relations between institutional donors, partners and international networks;

  • You also have experience in:

    • Implementing major development projects as part of a consortium
    • Speaking at international conferences
    • Lobbying and high-level negotiations on political/strategic issues
  • You are a manager with experience of networked organisation with on-site and remote teams. You are known for your leadership and critical analysis skills;

  • You are familiar with the funding mechanisms of the main US, UK and EU institutional donors, and are capable of anticipating and analysing trends and stakeholders policy;

  • You are a native or bilingual English speaker; you have basic French skills and are looking to improve them.


  • Type of contract: Permanent, under French legislation starting mid-March 2016

  • Salary: to be discussed

  • Lunch vouchers

  • Complementary Health Fund Benefits (Employer contribution: 60% of the monthly cost)

  • 9.5 weeks annual leave

If you would like to work for Handicap International and this job matches your profile and your expectations, click on the following link to apply on line:

(Attach CV and covering letter)

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: Handicap International
  • Location: Lyon | Paris
  • Grade: Senior
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  • Closing Date: 2016-02-10

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