Job Opportunity-Disability Assessment Adviser at Vso Rwanda

By | April 8, 2018

Location: Various Districts, Rwanda
Salary: Fee $200-300 per day
Contract type: Consultant Agreement
Contract length: 40 days
Full Time: 35 hours per week
Application Closing Date: 20 Apr 2018
Interview date: 23/04/2018
Start date: 10/05/2018
VSO is the world’s leading development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty. We are unique in the way we bring people together to share their skills and experience, generate insights and ideas and, most of all, take action against poverty and exclusion. It’s a highly effective approach that works, and today is helping millions of people in some of the world’s poorest communities lift themselves out of poverty.

Role overview

VSO Rwanda is seeking a consultant Disability Assessment Advisor with experience of identifying disability amongst children of primary school age as part of ‘Building Learning Foundations’ (BLF), a national education programme which aims to improve learning outcomes in English and mathematics for primary 1 to primary 3 school pupils in Rwanda. As part of BLF, VSO will develop interventions to promote learning outcomes or children with disabilities. This activity has three phases: 1) Apply the Washington Group approach (tailored to children) to identify children with disabilities in a sample of schools in five Districts; 2) Establish the learning needs and possible interventions for children with the types of disabilities identified in phase 1; 3) Design interventions to support children with disabilities in primary schools targeted by BLF. The entire process is to be completed by the end of 2018 when interventions will begin to be rolled out.
The Advisor will lead phase 1 of the activity. Phase 1 is expected to be complete no later than 1st August 2018. Specifically the Advisor will design and deliver phase 1 including engaging with the concerned -BLF team personnel and key stakeholders, designing necessary tools, providing training and supervision to field teams, and producing data analysis and reporting on results. This is an important opportunity to contribute to learning both within Rwanda and internationally on the use of the Washington Group approach especially for children.

Skills, qualifications and experience

i) At least a Master’s degree in relevant field from reputable university.
Knowledge and skills
i) Expert knowledge on the use of the Washington Group questions for establishing disability prevalence amongst children.
ii) Strong ability to train others in applying the Washington Group questions to children and to communicate complex concepts and approaches to an audience with varied backgrounds.
iii) Strong ability to train and supervise field teams to use the Washington Group questions to establish disability prevalence amongst children.
iv) Expertise in analysing and reporting on findings and their implications to future programming work.
v) Expert knowledge of disability, especially amongst children, preferably in Rwanda.
vi) Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships.
vii) Able to work to tight timescales.
i) At least 10 years’ experience in this area of work.
ii) Experience of working in Rwanda or similar context in this area of work.
VSO reserves the right to close this job early if we receive a sufficient number of applications.
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