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Project Support Officer

Handicap International


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The Project Support Officer (PSO) reports to the Institutional Partnerships Manager of Handicap International Canada, based in Ottawa. Working in liaison with the Handicap International Federation's Institutional Funding Strategy Unit and in keeping with the Federal network’s values and ethics, he/she supports the institutional funding team at Handicap International Canada by:

  • Ensuring the accurate and timely management of signed contracts as well as monitoring the impact and quality of supported projects;
  • Supporting the development of new projects to be shared with Canadian donors;
  • Increasing Handicap International’s visibility as a viable NGO actor with valuable experience on inclusion to be promoted at national and international levels.


# 1: Monitoring of grants financed by Canadian institutional donors (55%)

HI Canada manages grants for projects funded by Global Affairs Canada (and other institutional donors) that are implemented by the HI Federation in various low and middle income countries. Project Support Officers are the primary means of communication between HI teams in-country and funders. It is up to the Project Support Officer (PSO) to ensure that all contractual obligations are fulfilled, that problems are anticipated and addressed, and that high-quality reports are completed and submitted on time. This position requires the monitoring both of activity and budgetary performances. According to the needs of the projects, the project officer will also be expected to travel internationally 1 -2 times a year in order to conduct monitoring visits.

# 2: Supporting the development of future collaboration with Canadian institutional donors (20%)
Project Support Officers contribute to the compilation and submission of high-quality project proposals to Canadian institutional donors. This requires thorough understanding of donor rules and preferences and excellent communication skills in order to ensure that colleagues working internationally have a good understanding of these guidelines. During the proposal writing process the PSO, in collaboration with the Institutional Partnerships Manager, is involved in the editing and compilation of proposals in order to ensure their completeness and quality prior to submission.

# 3: Contributing to the increased participation of HI within Canadian civil society (20%)
HI Canada is an active member of several civil society forums and working groups. The PSO is expected to participate in certain forums and public events both in order to learn from, and stay connected to, other NGOs working in the international. The PSO will also be expected to use these opportunities to further promote the importance of inclusive humanitarian responses and inclusive development initiatives.

Objective 4: Contribute to ongoing strategy and program development of the HI Federation (5%)
As a member of HI Federation, PSOs are expected to participate in discussions with their institutional funding colleagues worldwide in order to promote institutional learning, improve practice, and contribute to the evolution of the organization as a whole. Specifically, PSOs in Canada are expected to pay particular attention to HI’s projects and initiatives in the Americas (e.g. projects in Latin America and the Caribbean).



Education/Training :

  • A Master’s degree relevant to the field of health/development/disability/social inclusion 

Expérience :

  • Minimum 2 years’ professional experience in a low/middle income country;
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in a position with monitoring, evaluation and/or report-writing responsibilities;
  • Demonstrated experience writing proposals for a non-governmental organization for submission to governmental donors;
  • Experience working from people from different countries, cultural backgrounds, and first-languages.


  • Experience with disability / disability rights advocacy ;
  • Experience conducting a an evaluation of an NGO project ;
  • Experience with policy/advocacy towards governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental actors at national level and international levels.

Skills and attributes :

  • Comfort working face-to-face and remotely with people from various countries and diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds;
  • Ability to be self-directed in ones learning and work while maintaining positive relationships with team-members;
  • Adaptability and openness to change (to changes in tasks as well as in work environment);
  • Willingness and ability to travel occasionally both domestically (4 – 6 times per year) and internationally (1 – 2 times per year);
  • Patience and good sense of humor.

Languages :

  • Excellent speaking and writing skills in one of Canada’s official languages (English or French);
  • Good speaking and writing skills in the second of Canada’s official languages;

Working Conditions

Salary will be determined based on experience and existing salary scale. The salary is competitive for the not for profit sector and includes benefits (supplementary health insurance, generous annual leave and December holiday closure, RRSP contribution plan, etc.).


Please note that candidates must already be authorized to work in Canada. Only candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.

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