Job Opening

Posting Title: Specialist, Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities
Department/Office: United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 13 March 2019 - 22 March 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-UNISDR-112366-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Making the 2019 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction accessible to persons with disabilities

Expected Deliverables:
¿ Audit report on CICG conference accessibility
¿ 2019 Global Platform accessible to persons with disabilities
¿ Remote participants triggering questions using conference app and ensure lively discussion
¿ Summary note on 2019 Global Platform accessibility and persons with disability engagement including a short summary on remote participation
¿ Finalized Accessibility and Inclusive Guidelines where 2019 Global Platform experience is taken into consideration

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

15 days of effort between 01 April - 31 May 2019

Duties and Responsibilities

Created in December 1999, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction is the designated focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of efforts to reduce disasters and to ensure synergies among the disaster reduction activities of the United Nations and regional organizations and activities in both developed and less developed countries. Led by the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (SRSG), the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction has over 100 staff located in its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and in regional offices. Specifically, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction guides, monitors, analyses and reports on progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, supports regional and national implementation of the Framework and catalyses action and increases global awareness to reduce disaster risk working with U.N. Member States and a broad range of partners and stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector, parliamentarians and the science and technology community.

The Consultant will work under the direct supervision of the External Relations Officer and Accessibility Focal Point, in collaboration with the Global Platform coordination team.

Activities:
¿ Support the accessibility focal point in making the 2019 Global Platform accessible to persons with disabilities
¿ Participate in the 2019 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction and relevant events as required (e.g. Stakeholder summit during preparatory days)
¿ Facilitate the role of a moderator of remote participation of persons with disabilities via the Blackboard Collaborative tool.
¿ Review, update and finalize the guidelines on accessibility including a summary on 2019 Global Platform on accessibility and persons with disabilities engagement

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Accessibility expert with high level of planning and organization skills, ability to work independently without much supervision, remarkable attention to details and outstanding quality of outputs. Excellent analytical and communication skills; Ability to work in highly stressful contexts and under tight deadlines.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced University degree in international development studies, humanities, social sciences, or related field. A first level university degree with a combination of relevant academic qualifications and experience may be accepted.

Experience: 5 years of progressive work experience in accessibility or health issues; Knowledge and professional experience and training in the field of disaster risk reduction and/or accessibility issues is an asset; International working experience and UN experience is a plus.

Language: Fluency in English is required and knowledge of other UN languages is an advantage.

No Fee

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