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Disability Inclusion Advisor – DRR & Humanitarian Lead

cbm (Christian Blind Mission) is an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life for people living with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world.

cbm New Zealand is a member of CBM Global - an international Christian development organisation, committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world. Based on its Christian values and over 100 years of professional experience, cbm addresses poverty as a cause, and a consequence of disability. We work in partnership to create an inclusive world in which all people with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.

In addition to field programmes on various development and humanitarian areas such as eye health, rehabilitation and education, cbm also engages with mainstream development agencies to amplify their disability inclusion and impact on areas such as humanitarian action, livelihoods and education. With a systemic approach cbm works towards breaking the cycle of poverty and disability.

  • cbm New Zealand is an inclusive, equal opportunity employer
  • We welcome applications from those with disabilities.
  • cbm operates from a Christian kaupapa.

The Role

The Disability Inclusion Advisor (Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) / Humanitarian Lead) will have a particular focus on strengthening disability inclusion in the International Development sector (principally Disaster Risk Reduction / Humanitarian Response) in New Zealand. The primary focus is on leading on cbm’s programme ‘Disability Inclusion for Pacific Humanitarian Action’. This includes delivering on partnerships with the NGO sector for advisory opportunities and engagement with Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) in the countries where we have programmes.

The role would suit applicants with experience in either international development programmes with focus on humanitarian/DRR sector or the disability sector, or both. We would provide training to ensure the successful applicant has the needed skills.

Reports to: International Programmes Director

Location: Albany, Auckland, with significant travel

Hours: 32-40 hours per week, by negotiation

Type of Role: One-year contract with option of extension

The role requires availability for international travel (up to 25% by agreement) especially within the Pacific (once travel restrictions are lifted).

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide disability inclusion advice, resources and capacity strengthening to stakeholders, including (but not limited to) a particular focus on the DRR / Humanitarian portfolio.
  • Work with and alongside OPDs and people with disabilities in the provision of advisory and advocacy support on disability inclusive development.
  • Contribute to the development and dissemination of an evidence base for disability inclusion, including case studies, best practice, and monitoring, evaluation and learning activities.
  • Identify new work opportunities and develop contracts and funding proposals – including for the NZ Disaster Response Partnership Programme of MFAT.
  • Partnership and contract management on DRR / Humanitarian activities, particularly as a technical lead for the programmes portfolio with the Pacific Disability Forum.
  • Provide reporting for partners, donors and supporters in the portfolio of programmes engaged.
  • Represent cbm with relevant stakeholder groups in New Zealand and the Pacific. Be the contact point for our liaison with the Emergency Response Unit and the Inclusion Advisory Group of CBM Global, cbm New Zealand’s international body.
  • Reporting and administration to support the international programmes team, including assisting with special projects and initiatives.

Person Specification: Knowledge and Experience

  • Knowledge and experience in disaster risk reduction and humanitarian action and/or knowledge and experience of disability inclusion.
  • Knowledge and experience of human rights and policy, and a specific sectoral area (e.g. disability, education, sanitation, governance, humanitarian response).
  • Extensive experience or willingness to learn about design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of rights-based, disability inclusive development programs and policies.
  • Training and capacity development skills and experience.
  • Fluency in English with excellent verbal and written communications skills and persuasive manner, with ability to communicate in an inclusive manner.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in culturally diverse environments; Ability to develop and maintain networks of communication with stakeholders in developing and developed country contexts.
  • Possess a passion for serving others.
  • MS Office proficient including Word, Excel and Outlook, and preferably literature database packages (Endnote or similar).
  • Self-motivated with the ability to prioritise own workload.
  • A highly positive and enthusiastic team player, as well as an ability to work in a self-directed manner.

To Apply

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

If you are suitably qualified and would like to serve those living with and disability in developing countries, then please apply including an updated CV with a cover letter addressed to Linabel Hadlee (International Programmes Director) by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please outline your experience against the above listed key responsibilities, your relevant knowledge and skills (also based on the list above), and let us know why you would love to work for cbm.


The closing date for this role is Friday 14 August.


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