Disability Officer

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    2 months ago
  • Category:
    Gender and Diversity, Social and Inclusive Development
  • Deadline:


12 months

Open recruitment (advertised)

Advertisement end date:09/01/2024

Description of assignment title
Disability Officer

Assignment country

Expected start date

Sustainable Development Goal
3. Good health and well-being

Volunteer category
National UN Volunteer Specialist

Host entity


12 months
(with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments

Duty stations

Mission and objectives
UNICEF helps build a world where the rights of every child are fully realized. It is our conviction that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. UNICEF was created in 1946 to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. It has global authority to influence decision-makers, and a wide variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and Governments.

The UNICEF Country Office Zambia through the Social Policy and Research Section supports the Government of the Republic of Zambia in strengthening the availability and relevance of social protection services to persons with disabilities. A particular interest lies on cash transfers. The Zambian Social Cash Transfer as flagship social assistance programme is expected to cover up to 1,374,469 beneficiaries in 116 districts, 17% of which are households with members with severe disabilities. In addition to the provision of cash, there is also ongoing work to strengthen linkages from cash transfers to add disability-related needs in a cash-plus framework.

The UN volunteer will be embedded into the social policy and research team, and con-tribute to the Section’s technical assistance to strengthen disability mainstreaming of social policy, as well as work with other sections in UNICEF and other UN Agencies. The Disability Officer will also participate in the UNICEF country office Disability Inclusion Taskforce.

Task description
Under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist – Disability Inclusion, the
Disability Officer will undertake the following tasks:

• Support technical assistance to the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services to strengthen the disability-inclusiveness and appropriateness in the use of evidence-based planning for national disability surveys, documentation and studies.
• Support technical assistance to the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services to strengthen the disability-inclusiveness and appropriateness of the Social Cash Transfer and cash-plus interventions.
• Identify relevant disability linkages in the 8th National Development Plan and the Decentralisation Policy, among others (such as education support, reasonable accommodation, assistive devices, and community-based rehabilitation) and conceptualise strategies for delivery of these linkages in collaboration with other UN and Government partners.
• Support coordination with other UN agencies (ILO, UNDP, and other UN Agencies).
• Support the UNICEF Country Office Disability Inclusion Task Force as Secretary.
• Support the data and knowledge management of the office in regard to disability and its mainstreaming, tagging and documentation.
• Support communication, visibility and communication for development activities in collaboration with relevant Sections and Units within UNICEF and organisations of persons with disabilities.
• Provide support to the Social Policy Team in planning, facilitating and reporting on meetings, trainings and fieldwork, within and outside Lusaka.
• Support the financial management of activities implemented with Government and other implementing partners and support end of activity financial reporting.

Eligibility criteria
27 – 80

Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.

Required experience
3 years of experience in • Persons with disabilities and/or parents of children with disabilities who meet the educational and work experience requirements. Successful candidates will be provided with reasonable accommodation during application and onboarding processes and throughout the incumbency. This means they will be given the necessary support to apply and be considered on equal basis with all others, in line with United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy (UNDIS). Examples for reasonable accommodation include mobility measures, special computer software, or assistants such as sign language interpreters. Candidates should reach out to UNICEF HR to clarify support required.
• Please disclose your disability status if you have any in the UNV portal and also click the same box if you are a parent of a child with disability (this can then be clarified later in the process).
• Ability to communicate effectively in English is required, this can be satisfied by the ability to use English in disability specific communication methods (such as Zambian sign language, Braille, voice transcription software, etc.).
• Prior work or volunteer experience in the disability and/or inclusive development sectors/movement is an added advantage.
• Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team, in a multi-cultural setup is an asset.
• Knowledge of some local languages.

Area(s) of expertise
Community development, Development programmes, Social work

Driving license

English, Level: Fluent, Desirable

Required education level
Bachelor degree or equivalent in Rehabilitation, Public Health, Law, or Social

Competencies and values
Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Building Trust, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Creativity, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Knowledge Sharing, Planning and Organizing, Respect for Diversity, and Working in Teams.

Other information
Living conditions and remarks
Zambia is a land-linked country with a population estimated at 18 million. It is a resource-rich country with sparsely populated land in the centre of Southern Africa. It shares its border with eight countries (Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe) that serve as an expanded market for its goods. Lusaka became the capital city of Zambia in May 1935. Lusaka’s central position in Zambia and its pleasant climate were two of the main reasons for its selection as the capital. It is a metropolis, which provides a home to about two and half million (3.3 M) inhabitants of different nationalities. It has grown to become the seat of the Government of the Republic of Zambia and as such all diplomatic missions, international organizations, industrial and commercial entities are based there. Its political, social, economic and cultural significance has also increased through the years.

Public transport is provided by private operators using minibuses and taxis. The bus routes are not mapped, and roads are often congested. Good modern housing for rent is available on the open market. The official language is English, which is widely spoken. The country is generally food secure, with sufficient local fresh fruits and vegetables available in the markets, as well as various dairy, poultry and meat products. There are several international schools using the Cambridge GCSE or IGCSE syllabi, from key stage one through to A levels. Health
conditions are generally good, although malaria is endemic. Zambia is generally a safe place to live in, although not free of crime. Some prudence is required. For more info, visit:

Inclusivity statement
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Reasonable accommodation
UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for UN Volunteers with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process and afterwards in your assignment.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements
In addition to duty station-specific vaccine requirements, appointments are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the appointment. It does not apply to UN Volunteers who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their contracts.

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