Deadline: 25 September 2020
United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Programme Specialist in New York, United States.
UNICEF works for a world in which every child has a fair chance in life.
Key Jobs Responsibilities
The Programme Specialist will perform the following functions:
- UNICEF engagement with global partnerships & Initiatives on accessibility and Assistive Technology
- Serve as Focal Point of the PD Disability Section on the areas of Assistive Technology and Accessibility, working closely with Supply Division, Innovations, ICTD, DFAM and other parts of the organization, to advance accessibility and the provision of Assistive Technology (AT) to children with disabilities, in development and humanitarian contexts.
- Provide strategic policy advice and co-lead with Supply Division on UNICEF’s engagement with global partnerships and initiatives on assistive technology, including the ATscale partnership of which UNICEF is a forming partner, AT2030 and others.
- Coordinate, jointly with Supply Division and Office of Research Innocenti, UNICEF’s engagement and technical inputs to the development of the Global Report on Assistive Technology, expected joint release by UNICEF and WHO in 2021, ensuring children with disabilities are consulted and visible throughout.
- Technical support to regional and country offices
- Work with selected countries to undergo research on local eco systems for the sustainable provision and maintenance of assistive products, including through scoping exercises to identify system capacity and gaps in the area
- Work closely with country offices to address challenges around demand creation for assistive technology and provide support to develop interventions to raise awareness among both service providers and users about the range of available products and their benefits.
- Work with country offices and governments to identify and improve necessary ecosystems for the provision and maintenance of assistive products in health, education, child protection, social policy among other areas, both in development and humanitarian.
Applicants must have:
- University Degree (Master’s or higher) social science, public health, international development, rehabilitation science/engineering, business/public administration, IT Computer Science and/or a field relevant to accessibility and assistive technology is required.
- 8 year’s of experience at the national and/or international levels in assistive technology and accessibility (including in the digital environment), in academia, government, international organization, private sector and/or the AT Industry is required.
- Experience with disability assessment in health, education and social protection is desired.
- Experience in engaging and contributing to global and local partnerships and initiatives and in working in UNICEF programme countries in development and humanitarian contexts is a an asset.
- Experience with donor relations and resource mobilization and in implementing and scaling-up accessibility initiatives in large international organizations is an asset.
- Experience in establishing guidelines and procedures to support accessibility is an asset.
- Experience in communications for development and social change is an asset.
- Experience with AT related services such as sitting and positioning, mobility and orientation among others.
- Familiarity with international normative frameworks and recent developments relating to innovation and assistive technology and inclusion of persons with disabilities in development and humanitarian contexts.
- Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required.
- Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit their applications through online process.
For more information, visit UNICEF.