VOLUNTEER OP with Albanian Ntl Assn of the Deaf

Posted on 28 February 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Capacity Building and Leadership, Deaf, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Human Rights, Opportunities, Volunteer Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Please note that the application deadline is March 14, 2008, for this volunteer opportunity scheduled for March 31 to April 25, 2008 (negotiable) in Albania.



Organizational Name

Albanian National Association of the Deaf (ANAD)
Street Address
Bulevardi “Zhan D’Ark”, Kulla 4, Shkalla 1, Ap. 9,
Tirana, Albania

Postal Address

P.O.Box: 2401/1
Tirane, Albania

Email Addresses



Contact Person(s)

Eduard Ajas, Manager anad.organisation@gmail.com

Project Home Coordinator

Ms Inkeri Lahtinen inkeri.lahtinen@kl-deafl.fi

The Finnish Association of the Deaf, FAD

The goals of the Albanian National Association of the Deaf (ANAD) are as follows:

  1. To achieve equal opportunities and full participation in Society for people who are Deaf in accordance with the principles and objectives of the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other general acts and recommendations of the United Nations Organisation and its specialised agencies.
  2. To become and remain an ordinary member of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and to operate in accordance with its principles and objectives.
  3. To ensure that Albanian Government observes all international and national declarations, recommendations on human rights and rights of Deaf people and people with other disabilities.
  4. To promote the creation and development of Provincial Clubs of Deaf people and organisations providing services to Deaf people where such organisations do not already exist in the Republic of Albania.
  5. To promote the unification of Provincial Clubs for Deaf people in the Republic of Albania.
  6. To organise and stimulate the exchange of information and experiences among organisations of and for Deaf people and among professionals specialising in the study of deafness in the Republic of Albania.
  7. To provide advice, assistance and support either directly or indirectly to organisations of and for Deaf people, upon their request whenever appropriate, in the Republic of Albania.
  8. To distribute relevant information about deafness and the current needs of Deaf people through a variety of media and to the government of the Republic of Albania.
  9. To promote the conduct of research and studies in all fields of deafness, including the Albanian Deaf Community, its language and culture
  10. .

  11. To promote the establishment, development and maintenance of education programmes and support services which recognise the specific requirements of Deaf children and adults.
  12. To ensure adequate funding of services for Deaf people by governments and/or other relevant institutions and agencies.
  13. To promote the recognition and acceptance of methods of communication preferred by Deaf people in the Republic of Albania.
  14. To encourage the development and availability of appropriate technology for Deaf people in the Republic of Albania.
  15. To provide a forum where Deaf people can come together as equals to learn about and discuss relevant issues and express their ideas and aspirations in the Republic of Albania.
  16. To foster pride in the Deaf Community, its language and culture.


Brief Summary

The Albanian National Association of the Deaf has initiated seven years ago the Organisational Development Project and afterward the association has implemented other projects such as Albanian Sign Language Research; Advocacy Project, Deaf women development; Interpreters Training Project and Albanian Sign Language News Training program. During all this time and through the above mentioned projects the organisation has developed local Deaf staff and members’ skills in organisational management, advocacy, and sign language research by conducting continuous training to them.

The entire mentioned program has been funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and has been implemented in close partnership with the Finnish Association of the Deaf.

In this moment the Albanian National Association of the Deaf needs to transfer the knowledge’s and skills of its staff to other Deaf community members for being able to secure and build up local capacities for a long term management of the association.

For this reason supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland ANAD would like to conduct four week training with ANAD Manager and Sign Language and Advocacy Assistants on how to create a group of volunteers and how to work with them on transferring the knowledge of ANAD staff and raising the capacities and skills of the volunteers.

ANAD is seeking for a Deaf adviser from Europe that has a good knowledge and experience in the environment of organisational management and volunteers training and work. The aim of the training is to work with ANAD staff on designing a training program, selecting volunteers for the programme, and supervise the online training sessions.

Duration of Assignment:

A total time of four weeks in March –April 2008

Monday, 31st March 2008 – Friday, 25th April 2008 (negotiable)

The Terms of reference

The ANAD Deaf Adviser for Volunteers Development program will be responsible:

a) To create together with ANAD the selection criteria for the volunteers and guide the actual selection process

b) To create together with ANAD the training programme i.e. guidelines of how to train the volunteers including the training contents i.e what skills, topics need be transferred

c) To guide and supervise each staff member’s training sessions with volunteers in the start in order to ensure that the transfer of capacities do take place


Essential requirements:
Proven experience and skills in Deaf organisational development training, community training, volunteer training;
Proven good skills in intercultural relations;
Group dynamics;

Desirable requirements:

Experience of working abroad in foreign settings/environments

Assignment Contract

ANAD will prepare a contract for the adviser including compensation of:

Travel Expenses:
ANAD will pay for an economy class travel between the adviser’s home city and the city of Tirana by using the most economic carrier; visa and passport charges; and airport tax will be covered by the project.

ANAD will provide with accommodation during the assignment period. The adviser will share an apartment with electricity, heating and warm water

Financial Benefits:
The Adviser is responsible for the payments of taxes and social security including Adviser’s pension and travel insurance for the trip.

Assignment Fee:
The applicants are asked to send ANAD their propositions for fee calculated for the entire period of three weeks. The fee request need be announced as a total payment as the candidates are responsible for the payments of any taxes, social security or pension payments of their home country. Please, do note that ANAD is an organization with very limited funding and relies on voluntary assistance. As a result ANAD is incapable of offering payments on the level of the European consultancy fees.


ANAD welcomes anyone who wishes to apply for the position of Deaf Adviser from Europe for Volunteers Development Program.

Please submit a letter with following information of your reason(s) for applying, contact details, Curriculum Vitae and three professional referees (At least one from National Association of the Deaf)

Please send your application to:

Ms Albana Izeti
Project Co-ordinator
Albanian National Association of the Deaf
P.O.Box: 2401/1
Tirane, Albania

Email Addresses:


Ms Inkeri Lahtinen
Project Home Coordinator
The Finnish Association of the Deaf, FAD


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