Inclusive Recruitment

Inclusive recruitment is about employing skilled staff with disabilities.
Inclusive recruitment is about employing skilled staff with disabilities

CBM recruits and employs world experts in development, health and rehabilitative care as well as project management, thus ensuring that well-qualified people are available to provide high quality, professional best practice in all aspects of CBM’s work. Within this mandate, CBM strives to be an inclusive employer.

Employing skilled staff with disabilities

CBM is an organisation which aspires to practise and promote inclusion at all levels. Inclusion to CBM means:
  • We work and advocate for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society.
  • We practise and promote inclusion of persons with disabilities.
  • We provide a working environment which is accessible and inclusive.
  • We recognise the valuable resource that staff with disabilities are for CBM at all levels of our organisation.
  • We include persons with disabilities in planning and community initiatives.

CBM South India - an example to all

Gunawathy Fernandez, CBM RO Director ©CBM
Gunawathy Fernandez
CBM’s South Indian Regional office has an excellent record of employing qualified, skilled staff that have a disability.

Why is this important for CBM?

Gunawathy Fernandez, Regional Director for CBM in South India, says that it was an intentional strategy to increase the number of persons with disabilities employed within SARO South office in order to “practice what we had proposed to preach.”
  • This has led to empowerment for decision-making - four out of six employees with disabilities are in key positions.
  • It has also helped break down attitudinal barriers - where people with disabilities were previously seen as recipients they are now seen as equal partners with their projects. It has enabled them "to realise that their potential lies beyond their disability."

Same language

Gunawathy believes that staff with disabilities communicate this potential in the same language “that comes with empathy and understanding of the beneficiaries situation which had not been much different from their own."

Families and people with disabilities in community see hope in the reality of empowerment of the CBM employees who have disabilities. Gunawathy surmises “Basically, seeing is believing”.

A serious commitment

Particularly in the developing world, people with disabilities are rarely encouraged to go beyond primary education. Therefore suitably qualified staff who have a disability can sometimes be hard to find.

Gunawathy finishes by emphasising that “time and energy have to be invested in mentoring and supporting the person developing into the job we believe in the principle behind it”.


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