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UNICEF-Disability Specialist-P3/P4-Maputo, Mozambique

Maputo, Mozambique


Background & Rationale
Cyclone Idai, which made landfall on 14-15 March, is the worst natural disaster to hit southern Africa in nearly two decades, resulting in 464 deaths as of 27 March. Some 1.85 million people are in dire need of assistance, including one million children, and over 135,000 people (as of 27 March) are displaced, taking shelter in 161 transit centers in Sofala, Manica, Zambezia and Tete provinces. In Beira, Mozambique’s second largest port there was critical infrastructure damage and heavy flooding in urban areas. Access and logistical constraints across the affected area remains a major challenge. Over 3,200 classrooms are also damaged and 54 health facilities have been affected. Heavy rains preceding the cyclone have compounded the problems, with the spread of water-borne diseases being a major concern. Cholera has been confirmed in urban areas and transit centers and a vaccination campaign is planned. Damage to crops has devastated the country's agricultural production with nearly 50 per cent of Mozambique’s production destroyed for the year. Water and electricity are being supplied in limited locations in Sofala affected areas, exacerbating the situation. An estimated 1.85 million people are estimated to need humanitarian assistance following the cyclone and flooding, of which approximately one million are children. Understanding the full magnitude of this crisis is ongoing with access limitations hampering needs’ assessments and delivery of assistance. 
Cyclone Kenneth struck north-eastern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province on Thursday, 25 April – the strongest tropical storm ever to hit the country – and has caused widespread destruction and displacement. As of 29 of April 168,254 affected people in Cabo Delgado and 900 people affected in Nampula (preliminary estimates from INGC), 34, 674 houses partially or destroyed, 37, 696 people hosted in accommodation centers throughout the province, 9 districts identified in Cabo Delgado and 4 in Nampula as the most impacted, 11, 422 affected people assisted
Persons with disabilities are disproportionately affected by and represent one of the most excluded and marginalized groups in situations of armed conflict and disasters. In humanitarian contexts, persons with disabilities have the same rights and needs as others in the affected population, in addition to facing specific risks, including the acquisition of new disabilities caused during the emergency. For example, children with disabilities are 3-4 times more likely to experience violence than their peers without disabilities (WHO 2002), and these risks increase when they are separated from family and support networks, and/or when they are in unfamiliar and unstable environments. Yet despite experiencing increased risk, persons with disabilities and their families face significant barriers to accessing services and support during emergencies.
The purpose of this surge is to provide critical and timely technical assistance and support to the UNICEF Mozambique Country Office to strengthen the inclusion of children with disabilities in the Cyclone Idai and Kenneth response.
More specifically, the assignment will focus on:
  1. Providing technical advice and support on inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian response to different thematic sectors, e.g. Education, Health, WASH, Child Protection, etc.;
  2. Support clusters/coordination mechanisms to strengthen inclusion of persons with disabilities;
  3. Lead on advocacy around disability in the resettlement phase (planning/infrastructure/engagement with Shelter Cluster)
  4. Liaise with civil society partners, Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs), other UN agencies and government to coordinate UNICEF’s work on children with disabilities across sectors;
  5. Work closely with programme monitoring and evaluation sections to strengthen monitoring of access to services and assistance by persons with disabilities and disaggregation of data by disability status.
Expected results: (measurable results)
    • Programme sectors are provided with technical support to strengthen inclusion of children with disabilities;
    • Disability inclusion is strengthened in the work of clusters/coordination mechanisms;
    • Partnerships with civil society, OPDs, UN agencies and government are reinforced to promote the inclusion of children with disabilities across sectors;
    • Programme monitoring and evaluation frameworks include data disaggregated by disability status and access to services and assistance by persons with disabilities is monitored.
    • Interventions are documented
    • Program and funding proposal is elaborated for recovery phase
Duty Station
Maputo, Mozambique
Starting date - ASAP preferred, up to end May for a period of 3 months
Key competences, technical background, and experience required
  • Advanced University degree in social science, humanitarian assistance, international development or related fields;  
  • At least 10 years of work experience working on issues related to inclusion of persons with disabilities, with at least 3 years in emergencies;
  • Substantial experience working with humanitarian response mechanisms at the country level to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities;
  • Familiarity with international normative frameworks and recent developments relating to inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action;
  • Understanding of issues relating to children’s rights, especially the rights of children with disabilities, from the perspective of the social model of disability;
  • Fluency in Portuguese is required.  
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