Disability inclusion is a priority in Save the Children’s 2019-2021 strategy, and over the past two years our international program department has been engaging with the disability rights movement in the countries where we work to address the needs of children with disabilities.
The Disability Inclusion Fellow will provide technical management of activities designed to increase the capacity of Save the Children’s international programs and policy and advocacy staff, who support development and humanitarian programming in 120 countries. The position is designed to be half-time for a period of 12 weeks, with a timeframe and level of effort to be negotiated with the preferred candidate.
What You’ll be Doing (Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Impact)
Program Quality & Impact (60%)
- Assist with the development of capacity statements and documentation of case studies for use in business development and fund raising
- Support Save the Children’s global Disability Inclusion Working group to build relationships with Disabled Person’s Organizations and uplift Save the Children’s Global Disability Inclusion Policy
- Work with the AVP of Program Quality and Impact as well as focal points for disability inclusion in our thematic areas (health, education, child protection) to organize and implement capacity building for staff who work on international proposals and/or programming that aims to be disability inclusive
Inclusive Education (20%)
- Participate in the global Inclusive Education Task Team by supporting requests to develop and review technical materials
- Work with Inclusive Education Advisor on developing early childhood care and development and MEAL components of the Special Needs Action Pack (SNAP), a set of tools designed to help teachers more effectively teach struggling learners
Public Policy & Advocacy (20%)
- Review policy materials, research, or drafts of USG legislation with a disability inclusion lens
- Develop disability inclusion webinar training and checklist for PPA staff, and potentially other NGO partners
- Must be an actively enrolled Associate, Bachelor, Master or other post high school education program, or have graduated within 6 months of intern program start date
- Possess strong written skills, solid interpersonal skills and ability to work within a team
- Professional proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
- Professional proficiency with written and verbal communications in English
- Demonstrated interest and/or experience in disability inclusion in international development, in one of the following sectors: health, youth employment, inclusive education, child protection.
- Experience working with a Disabled People’s Organization and/or have strong networks within disability rights communities in the US or abroad.
- Academic focus on international development in either development or humanitarian settings, in a thematic or geographic area in which Save the Children works.
- Language skills in American Sign Language or Braille.
- Familiarity/experience using adaptive or assistive technology for people with disabilities
What’s In It for You
- Experience with implementing a disability inclusion strategy in real-world, global, and high-need contexts
- Structured learning and development program
- Meaningful work under the direct supervision of an experienced Save the Children staff member
- Highly collaborative and innovative teams
- Networking program with managers across the organization
- Flexible schedule
- A family friendly work environment
- The knowledge that the work you are supporting is changing the lives of children all around the world
Classification: Paid Fellow
Part-time: 24 hours per week
Dates: June 1, 2021 to August 6, 2021
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