Light for the World is a global development organisation. We empower people with disabilities and enable eye health services in low-income countries. Over the last three decades we improved health systems, enabled education for all, and amplified the voices of people with disabilities. We focus on the poorest and hardest to reach because that’s where we will have the biggest impact.
Our programmes include:
- Eye Health – preventing blindness and promoting eye health for all
- Inclusive Education – ensuring children with disabilities receive quality, inclusive education
- Inclusive Economic Empowerment – ensuring that barriers are removed for men and women with disabilities to access decent work
In Uganda, our country strategy for the year 2021-2025 focuses on Eye health, Inclusive Economic Empowerment, Disability Inclusion and Inclusive Education. Currently, Light for the World Uganda implements projects on eye health, inclusive economic empowerment and disability inclusion with a presence in 21 districts.
In line with its economic empowerment strategy, Light for the World with funding from Mastercard Foundation will implement an 8 year project dubbed We Can Work, a regional signature disability program that uses a system and mindset change approach to impact the lives of at least 1,000,000 young women and men with disabilities and enables them to access dignified and fulfilling work. The program works with umbrella Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and Entrepreneurship Hubs in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria.
With our partners, we will effect change at the level of individuals (including households and communities), organizations and institutions. Young persons with disabilities will act as change agents and provide disability inclusion advisory services and confidently advocate for disability-inclusive policies and practices among key system actors.
Throughout the eight-year partnership intervention, the key ingredients of our work with young women and men with disabilities in the lead will be:
- engaging caregivers and communities through positive and empowering messaging around disability and inclusion;
- driving co-creation processes to inform inclusive economic development;
- developing agency of young women and men with disabilities through the We Can Work Academy; and amplifying voices of young persons with disabilities.
Light for the world therefore seeks the services of an experienced and self driven person to lead this innovative and ambitious project hence the vacancy below.
Disability Inclusion Advisor – We Can Work (National Position)
Number of Vacancies: 1
Based in Uganda (40 hours a week)
Reporting to the Manager of the Disability Inclusion Advisory Unit, the Disability Inclusion Advisor will promote and facilitate disability inclusive practices amongst civil society, public and private actors. S(he) will play a key role in nurturing partnerships with these actors and provide hands on technical support in the form of training and coaching. Whereas the Disability Inclusion Advisor will be responsible to train and advise different stakeholders on disability inclusion, (s)he will largely work through a pool of Disability Inclusion Facilitators. The Advisor will strategize together with the Facilitators and support them to effectively tailor their interventions to the particular needs of the organisations. The Disability Inclusion Advisor is a powerful ambassador for disability inclusion, a natural networker, an inspirational communicator, as well as a role model and changemaker.
Networking: To represent Light for the World in networks of NGOs and/ or government bodies, as required; to initiate and build relationships with both mainstream and disability organisations, in order to promote disability inclusion and to initiate partnerships with organisations interested in disability mainstreaming
Advising and training: To coordinate learning sessions and working groups; to bring organisations together in learning platforms; to develop and deliver trainings and workshops on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in development programming, workplaces and policies; To provide coaching and advise on the same.
Consolidate and further expand the Pool of Disability Inclusion Facilitators: In close collaboration with the Manager of the Disability Inclusion Advisory Unit, and the rest of the We Can Work team, provide training and support to a growing pool of Disability Inclusion Facilitators; To support them with preparation, implementation and reporting on their training and other professional activities; Ensure continuous quality and consistency of all the activities of the pool of Disability Inclusion Facilitators by monitoring, facilitation of continuous learning and refresher trainings.
Training material and tool development: To lead and provide input to co-creation processes, building on principles of human centred design; to provide content to training manuals and tools; Pro-actively identify the need for additional training materials and tools, and support the development of those.
Knowledge and information management: To gather and disseminate relevant information regarding disability mainstreaming; To document lessons learned, case studies and stories of change.
Required Skills and Qualifications
- University Degree or Higher in field relating to development work, or program management
- At least 2 years of experience working in Non-Governmental Organizations, or Organisations of Persons with Disabilities
- Familiar with Adult learning/ participatory training methodologies
- High level of exposure to barriers that persons with disabilities face and practical solutions to overcome those barriers, either through life experience or through previous work experience
- Experienced trainer and facilitator with experience in designing and conducting skills-building workshops and other capacity development approaches with a variety of stakeholders.
- Excellent people skills with the ability to develop others and to impart knowledge and experience in an accessible and clear manner.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Commitment to local capacity building and past experience of engaging and working with local stakeholders in project design and implementation.
- Demonstrated expertise in implementation of Livelihoods and Disability inclusion is desired.
- Show great initiative and be able to work well in a team and independently.
- Ability to produce timely and deliver high-quality results
How to Apply
What we can offer as an employer: We are offering an outstanding opportunity to bring about change through an international development organisation with strong expertise, a growing profile and a dedicated team.
We are looking forward to receiving your application by 5.00pm (EAT) March 31, 2023 at the latest. Please apply using https://lftw.hrmagic.co/careers. A complete CV and a letter of motivation are important parts of this. Please let us know why you would like to join our team and why you consider yourself suitable.
We are an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage women and people with disabilities to apply for this position. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.