Call for application of 15 Disability Inclusion Facilitators

Organizational Context

The Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD) is the umbrella Organization of Persons with Disabilities (OPD) in Nigeria. We largely exist as a civil coalition of organizations that brings together the key umbrella organizations of persons with disabilities (across their diversities) in Nigeria. We are a full-fledged member of the Disabled People’s International (DPI), Commonwealth Disabled People’s Forum (CDPF), and the West Africa Federation of the Disabled (WAFOD). We are also a member of Rehabilitation International and the International Disability Alliance (IDA), a global network working to empower persons with disabilities and provide sustainable solutions for a more inclusive society through the comity of the Nigerian OPDs and Organisation for Persons with Disabilities (OfPDs). JONAPWD is on the board of the African Disability Forum (ADF), composed of broad representatives that bring together continental, sub-regional, and national organizations of persons with disabilities in Africa.

This is an image of the logo of JONAPWD
This is an image of the logo of JONAPWD

JONAPWD Program Areas

Since 1992, JONAPWD has championed strategic engagements toward assuring the rights of persons with disabilities in Nigeria, one of which led to the passage of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Acts of 2018. Our thematic activities are consistently geared toward improving the lives of all groups (men, women, youth, and children with disabilities) and their meaningful and sustainable participation under these thematic areas: Education, Health, Governance and Elections, Agriculture, Economy, Poverty Eradication, Climate, Environment and Energy, Trade, Industry and Investment, Sports and Human Rights amongst others.

About the project

JONAPWD has been awarded a grant under the “We Can Work (WCW)” project in line with the economic empowerment strategy of Light for the World with funding from the Mastercard Foundation. The We Can Work project is a regional signature disability program that uses a system and mindset change approach to impact the lives of at least 1,000,000 young women and men with disabilities and enables them to access dignified and fulfilling work. The program works with umbrella Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and Entrepreneurship Hubs in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria.

With strategic partners, the project will effect change at the level of individuals (including households and communities), organizations, and institutions. Young persons with disabilities will act as change agents and provide disability inclusion advisory services and confidently advocate for disability-inclusive policies and practices among key system actors.

Throughout the eight-year partnership intervention, the strategic role of young women and men with disabilities in the project will be around:

1. Engaging caregivers and communities through positive and empowering messaging around disability and inclusion;

2. Driving co-creation processes to inform inclusive economic development;

3. Developing agency of young women and men with disabilities through the We Can Work Academy; and amplifying voices of young persons with disabilities.

JONAPWD therefore seeks the services of an experienced and self-driven person to lead this innovative and ambitious project hence the vacancy below.

Call for application of 15 Disability Inclusion Facilitators
This is a call for 15 Disability Inclusion Facilitators (DIFs) in Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Ekiti, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, kwara, Ogun, Nassarawa, and Taraba state.


Summary of Key Functions and Deliverables

Networking: To represent the WCW project to initiate and build relationships with both mainstream and disability organisations, to promote disability inclusion and to initiate partnerships with organisations interested in disability mainstreaming.

Advising and training: To coordinate learning sessions and working groups; to bring organisations together in learning platforms; to develop and deliver trainings and workshops on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in development programming, workplaces and policies; To provide coaching and advice on the same.

Consolidate and further expand the pool of Disability Inclusion Facilitators: In close collaboration with The manager of the Disability Inclusion Advisory Unit, and the rest of the We Can Work team, provide training and support to a growing pool of Disability Inclusion Facilitators; To support them with preparation, implementation and reporting on their training and other professional activities; Ensuring continuous quality and consistency of all the activities of the pool of Disability Inclusion Facilitators by monitoring, facilitation of continuous learning and refresher training.

Training material and tool development: To lead and provide input to co-creation processes, building on principles of human-centred design; to provide content to training manuals and tools; Pro-actively identify the need for additional training materials and tools, and support the development of those.

Knowledge and information management: To gather and disseminate relevant information regarding
disability mainstreaming; To document lessons learned, case studies, and stories of change.

Expected results

1. Strengthened frameworks for young persons with disabilities to benefit from any changes in policies,
systems and practices in education
2. Improved data bank on inclusive development context across the country
3. Increased public support for building awareness and understanding of disability inclusion-related
issues, including its young and gender dimensions

DIF Profiling

Reporting to Disability Inclusion Advisor (DIA), the primary purpose of the role of the Disability Inclusion Facilitators are supporting young people with disabilities to become role models economic actors and bring about system change and supporting disability programming.

Specific responsibilities of the DIFs will include but not limited to:
1. Build relationships with mainstream actors across government, civil, and private sector actors
2. Raise awareness on disability inclusion through training sessions
3. Monitor and support disability Inclusion practices
4. Grow a network of people with disabilities and match them to existing livelihood and job opportunities
5. Acts as a role- model inspiring mainstream actors to take on disability Inclusion.
6. Motivates other youth with disability to actively seek out opportunities to better their lives
7. Offer practical solutions from an informed point of view
8. Facilitate advocacy actions on policies and laws to protect the welfare of people with Disabilities in Nigeria
9. Support disability data to inform policy development and implementation as well as report on
international conventions and protocols signed by the government.
10. Facilitate and build on strategic coalitions for persons with disabilities.

Major requirement: A Person with Disability between the age of 18-35yrs

Language Requirement: Fluency in English.

Educational Requirements: Required Skills and Qualifications: Educational Level (Minimum of Diploma) in social sciences and related studies. S(he) must be passionate about disability inclusion and JONAPWD mission. This must be aligned with good communication skills, and strong writing, oral and listening abilities.

Location: Adamawa, Akwa ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Ekiti, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna Kano, Katsina, kwara, Ogun, Nassarawa, Taraba.

Deadline: Midnight Friday 15th March 2024

Contact: Click on this link to apply and submit a complete CV and a Cover/Motivation letter

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