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WFP-Disability Specialist-P3-Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan
Position Title: Disability Specialist
Receiving Agency: WFP
P Level: P3
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Duration: 12 months
Language: English

Background:
WFP is known for its ability to deliver food assistance rapidly to people in need, especially in humanitarian crises caused by conflict, violence and natural hazards. In the Asia-Pacific region, however, WFP is increasingly shifting its focus to better support host governments and strengthen their capacities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and Goal 2 (zero hunger) in particular. As it delivers on its humanitarian and development mandate, WFP is committed to advance the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

WFP Afghanistan has made a commitment to disability inclusion integration into its programmes and operations, within the framework of WFP Disability Inclusion Roadmap and Workplans[1] which supports the implementation of the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy (UNDIS)[2]:

Afghanistan remains one of the world’s largest humanitarian crises with 29.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Decades of conflict, extreme climate shocks, and severe economic decline characterised by high unemployment, cash shortages, and rising food prices have plunged millions into poverty. Between May and October 2023, an estimated 15.3 million people are acutely food insecure, including 3.4 million that require sustained humanitarian support to prevent catastrophic levels of hunger. It is estimated that 80% of adults in Afghanistan live with some form of disability, while also 17% of children aged 2 and 17 have a disability. Over 2 million Afghans, many of which are women, children and teenagers have severe disabilities.[3]

To implement its plan and achieve its objectives, in a complex and challenging environment, WFP Afghanistan is seeking expert support to embed disability inclusion across its operations and to fulfil its role of co-chair of the Interagency Disability Working Group. The Disability Inclusion Officer will be working in the Protection and AAP Unit and under the supervision of the Head of Protection and AAP.

Responsibilities

Technical Advisory and Support to WFP (70%)
  • Facilitate review and provide expert input into the delivery of the Disability Inclusion (DI) workplan for the Country Office (CO)
  • Provide technical support and guidance to programmes heads of unit, and if required to supply chain, administration and human resources to build CO management capacity of DI
  • Provide technical leadership in mainstreaming of DI across WFP programmatic interventions
  • Provide technical advice to identify and gain a deeper understanding of barriers and challenges for disability inclusion and recommend ways to overcome those
  • Provide training and awareness raising sessions for WFP and Cooperating Partner staff.
  • Support the country office in the review of assessment, targeting and monitoring tools, to integrate a disability inclusion lens, and strengthen data collection and analysis approach.
  • Support engagement and partnerships with Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) and other specialized organisations
  • Facilitate a review of current reach, impact and engagement with persons with disabilities and current disability inclusion practices across activities, strengthening data collection mechanisms (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Assess WFP and cooperating partners capacity for disability inclusion integration; and develop an associated capacity strengthening plans
  • Gather learning from initiatives and institutional strengthening and produce best practice products for dissemination to inform WFP regional and global practice, as well as sector practice in the country

Technical Advisory and Support to the Disability Inclusion Working Group (DIWG) (30%)
  • Provide expert input and leadership support to the Interagency DIWG,
  • Engage the DIWG in defining objective, targets and technically support the members, including on how to better integrate disability inclusion in the broader humanitarian response.
  • Support the DIWG in providing DI-related tehcnical support to other relevant Clusters and WG, including the Protection Cluster and the AAP WG
  • The chairing of the DIWG  will, however, remain with the agencies who took the responsibility. The Expert will not be tasked to chair the DIWG.

Deliverables:
  • Delivery of training to WFP and CP staff in all offices across the country
  • Produce a document highlighting best practices of the country operations on DI and areas for improvement, including operationally viable recommendations on how to achieve these.  
  • Improved integration of disability inclusion in programmatic guidelines and SOPs
  • Disability Working Group has a defined annual plan with targets, informing interagency response and approach.
  • Improved disability disaggregated data in WFP programmatic tools
  • Established more sustainable partnership with OPDs, with one in each area office.
  • Record in unit database any relevant knowledge product developed or utilized during the deployment
Experience:
  • Advanced academic degree in Human Rights, Social Sciences, International Studies and Policy or other related disciplines
  • At least seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in disability inclusion integration work in mainstream organizations (UN, NGOs) within humanitarian settings; previous experience in WFP or nutrition and food security contexts will be an advantage.
  • Previous experience in the region is desirable; experience of working in complex humanitarian settings is essential
  • Understanding of disability rights movements and debates at global level required. Experience of collaboration and engagement with Organisations of Persons with Disabilities essential.
  • Experience of coordination, collaboration and influence across complex organizational structures
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

CANADEM and its partners have a no-tolerance policy for inaction to prevent, respond to and follow up on alleged cases of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment (SEAH). For this reason, we adhere to all policies, procedures and training of the United Nations on The Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment (PSEAH). CANADEM mandates all deployees successfully complete the PSEA online course. This e-learning course is composed of a set of lessons designed to raise awareness about SEAH, become familiar with a range of measures to combat SEAH, understand the impact on victims and the consequences for UN Personnel who commit Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment.

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