JOB POST: Institional Capacity Builder with Specialty in Visual Impairment; Sucre, Bolivia

Posted on 4 December 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Blind, Capacity Building and Leadership, Jobs & Internships, Latin America & Caribbean, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Institutional Capacity Builder with Speciality in Visual Impairment
Instituto Boliviano de la Ceguera, Chuquisaca (IBC Ch), Sucre, Bolivia

Instituto Boliviano de la Ceguera, Chuquisaca (IBC Ch), is one of four organisations supported by Irish Aid through a project promoting the social inclusion of disabled people into local and national development processes in Bolivia. Your role at IBC Ch will be to provide guidance in aspects of institutional strengthening, including developing more effective tools for planning, implementing and evaluating activities; awareness raising; training workshops on specific themes (eg Braille, computers, leadership, basic accounting); developing a virtual library; strengthening coordination and networking with other institutions; and liaising with the other three partners of the Irish Aid project. You should be educated to postgraduate level with qualifications related to disability and devleopment, with a minimum of three years’ work experience incorporating work with blind/visually impaired individuals, project management (design, implementation, M & E), facilitation and training, and, ideally, conflict resolution. You should have solid spoken/written Spanish skills and a willingness to learn Quechua, together with proven adaptability/flexibility, and a demonstrable understanding of/commitment to the situation of disabled people in Bolivia. (REF: BOL/52)
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Conditions of Service: minimum 2-year contract, living allowance (4500Bs/month – approx $600), accommodation, return travel, medical and personal insurance, outfit (£500) and resettlement (£2100) grants.

How to apply: application form and job description available from or

If you would like to receive the application form and/or job description in a different format (CD/tape/Braille/large print), or would like to discuss anything further, please contact Stella Hobbs, Recruitment Coordinator, at

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RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS on African Policy on Disability and Development

Posted on 10 July 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Call for Nominations or Applications, Cross-Disability, Education and Training Opportunities, Fellowships & Scholarships, Jobs & Internships, Opportunities, Poverty, Sub-Saharan Africa Region | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Research Positions for African Policy on Disability & Development (A-PODD)

Two Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships for 3 years
Four Research Assistantships for 1 Year,
one in each of Sierra Leone, Uganda, Ethiopia & Malawi

We seek people with experience in researching disability issues for the above positions which will be based at the Centre for Rehabilitation Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, with associated appointments at the Centre for Global Health, Trinity College Dublin and The Secretariat of the African Decade for Persons with Disability.

Post-Doctoral Fellows should have completed, or be completing, a PhD in disability or a closely related area, and be willing to travel between Ireland, South Africa, and two of the project countries.

Research Assistants should have a degree in a relevant social or health science, or evidence of operating at an equivalent level. Research Assistants may be considered for fully-funded registration for a Masters in Research at Stellenbsoch University. Limited travel to South Africa will be required with Research Assistants based in one of the four project countries.
We are particularly keen to encourage applications from persons with disability.

Project Description
A-PODD is a three year project funded by the (Irish) Health Research Board and Irish Aid. A-PODD is led by Prof Mac MacLachlan, Centre for Global Health and School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin; Ms Gubela Mji, Centre for Rehabilitation Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and Mr A.K. Dube, The Secretariat of the African Decade for Persons with Disability.

This research investigates how disability can be put on the agenda of national and international development initiatives. It focuses on how research evidence can be utilised to inform the policy environment (such as PRSPs and SWAps), development institutions (such as the IMF, World Bank and WHO), as well as less formal local, community and grass-roots decision making and inclusion efforts.

A-PODD will undertake four country case studies: in Sierra Leone, a country emerging from conflict that resulted in many people being disabled; Malawi and Uganda, the only two African countries that have Ministries for people with disabilities; and Ethiopia, the second most populous country in Africa, with significant geographical barriers and a highly dispersed population, presenting significant challenges to the inclusion of people with disability.

Our comparative analysis will inform disability policy and implementation within the region. Barriers and facilitators will be identified along implementation pathways, and so too will local means and mechanisms of addressing these. Country reports will be discussed at a concluding workshop to which governments, civil society, donors, researchers and others will be invited. A code of best practice will be drawn up for Moving Evidence to Action on African Disability Policy.

Other collaborating partners on this project are:

International Partners:
Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University
Southern African Federation of the Disabled
Ministry of Persons with Disabilities and the Elderly, Government of Malawi
Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
South African Medical Research Council’s Cochrane Centre
SINTEF Health Research (Norway)
World Bank

Irish Partners:
Institute for Nursing Research, University of Ulster
Law & Policy Research Unit, NUI Galway.
National Institute for Intellectual Disability, Trinity College Dublin
Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin.

Post-Doctoral Research Fellows will be appointed in the range €25,000-30,000 (Euro)
Research Assistants will be appointed in the range €8,000-10,00 (Euro)

Interested applicants should send

1) A statement of interest
2) A Curriculum Vitae
3) Contact details for at least two references (at least one of which should be an academic).

To either:

1. Ms Magdalena Szewczyk, Centre for Global Health, Trinity College, Dublin.

2. Ms Annette Coetzee, Centre for Rehabilitation Studies, Health Science Faculty,
Tygerburg, Cape Town, South Africa. E-mail:

3. Mr AK Dube, The Secretariat of the Africa Decade of Persons with Disabilities,
Cape Town, South Africa. E-mail:

The project starts in October 08 and we look forward to making appointmentss as soon as possible.

We Can Do received the above announcement via the Global Parntership for Disability and Development email discussion group.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Disability Awareness Trainer, La Paz, Bolivia

Posted on 14 April 2008. Filed under: Announcements, Employment, Jobs & Internships, Latin America & Caribbean, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

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Disability awareness trainer
SNAP (Servicio Nacional de Administración de Personal), La Paz, Bolivia

SNAP is a Bolivian public administrative body, whose responsibilities include the training and development of public servants. Based in La Paz with 35 staff, it has 15 regional training centres, covering rural and urban areas across Bolivia’s nine administrative regions. Bolivian law requires that 4% of the staff of public entities should be disabled, but provision for disabled employees in the public sector remains very limited, and the situation faced by disabled people generally is one of exclusion, discrimination, and ignorance. Your role will be to support SNAP’s training and development unit in its efforts to address some of these issues. You will contribute to the development of a professional inclusion strategy, including designing and facilitating awareness raising workshops, developing appropriate materials, coordinating with media representatives to increase coverage of disability issues and the work of SNAP, as well as networking with other actors in the disability field. This post forms part of a programme called Towards the Social Inclusion of Disabled People into Local and National Development Processes which is financed by Irish Aid. Essential requirements: education (ideally to Masters level) related to disability; at least 3 years’ experience in capacity building/training in the public sector, ideally in a development context; understanding of/commitment to the situation of disabled people in Bolivia, good Spanish, and a highly flexible, patient approach. (REF:BOL/47)

How to apply: by application form only, available from or Stella Hobbs, Recruitment Coordinator,

Capacitador/a en temas de discapacidad administradores públicos e inserción laboral de personas con discapacidad.
Entidad Contraparte: SNAP (Servicio Nacional de Administración de Personal), La Paz, Bolivia

El SNAP es una entidad boliviana de administración pública, cuyas responsabilidades incluyen la capacitación y formación de los funcionarios públicos. Basado en La Paz con un equipo de 35 personas, tiene 15 centros de capacitación cubriendo ambas aéreas; rurales y urbanas, en los 9 departamentos del país. La Ley de la persona con discapacidad en Bolivia requiere que 4% de la gente que trabaja en entidades públicas deberían ser personas con discapacidad, sin embargo las oportunidades en el sector público para personas con discapacidad es muy limitado, además la situación cotidiana de las personas con discapacidad es de exclusión; discriminación e ignorancia. El rol será apoyar al departamento de capacitación, dentro de SNAP en sus objetivos para abordar esta situación. Además contribuir al desarrollo de una estrategia profesional e inclusiva que incluye el diseño e implementación de talleres de sensibilización, producción de materiales apropiados, coordinación con los medios de comunicación para promover los derechos de las personas con discapacidad y el trabajo de SNAP, también el trabajo se realizara en redes junto con otros actores involucrados. Este puesto forma parte de un programa llamado ‘Hacia la inclusión social de personas con discapacidad en los procesos nacionales de desarrollo’ el cual es financiado por la cooperación de Irlanda.

Preferiblemente con maestría en educación, relacionado a discapacidad. Al menos con 3 años de buena experiencia y sólidas capacidades en capacitación/educación en el sector público, preferiblemente en el contexto de desarrollo y con conocimiento de y compromiso a la situación de las personas con discapacidad en Bolivia. Un buen manejo de castellano e ingles y bastante flexibilidad y paciencia.

Deben presentarse a través del formulario en ingles, que se encuentra en:

The above job notice was recently circulated on the Global Partnership for Disability and Development listserv.

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EVENT: Photo Competition: Decent Work and People with Disabilities

Posted on 25 October 2007. Filed under: Announcements, Employment, Events and Conferences, Opportunities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This announcement from Debra A. Perry, Senior Specialist in Vocational Rehabilitation, International Labour Office, has been circulating within the international disability community. It has been slightly modified by We Can Do.

Dear Colleagues,

As organizations and agencies interested in decent work and persons with disabilities, I am asking you to publicize or get actively involved in an ILO/DPI/Irish Aid regional Asia-Pacific awareness campaign to promote the UN International Day of Disabled Persons. The theme of the campaign this year is Decent Work and People with Disabilities. The campaign centers
around a photo contest that will be launched in Bangkok on 25 October at 10:30 AM and will close at noon on 21 November. The timeframe is short but the opportunity to promote decent work and disabled persons is great. However, we need your help!

Would you please help in promoting this event by sending out the press release, invitation to participate and other materials? We encourage you to contact the local ILO office in your country, which may be already translating the documents (ask for the media focal point) or, if translation is not necessary, to send it to interested stakeholders. These might include media contacts, photo clubs (just try in your country and search for photography clubs to get a list), your organisation’s network, universities with media or photography programmes, or through other networks or organizations that you think will be interested.

Please also consider getting directly involved by submitting a photo! You, your family members or friends are most welcome to submit a photo according to the Terms and Conditions of the competition. All your questions–including the Terms and Conditions–should be answered on the web site for the competition,

We hope the contest will be a success but more importantly we want to get the messages about decent work and disability out to as many people as possible and to get people involved in promoting positive images about disabled persons working or advocating for their rights to decent work.

Please review the attached materials for your information and please distribute them as soon as possible.

Many thanks for your help!

Best Regards,


Debra A. Perry
Senior Specialist in Vocational Rehabilitation
International Labour Office
10th Floor, UN Building
Rajdamnern Nok Avenue
P.O. Box 2-349, Rajdamnern
Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Tel: 662.288.1792
Fax: 662.288.3060
Email address:

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