Light for the World is a global development organisation. We empower people with disabilities and enable eye health services in low-income countries. Over the last three decades we have contributed to improved health systems, enabled education for all, and amplified the voices of people with disabilities
Our programmes include:
- Eye Health – preventing blindness and promoting eye health for all
- Inclusive Education – ensuring children with disabilities receive quality, inclusive education
- Inclusive Economic Empowerment – ensuring that barriers are removed for men and women with disabilities to access decent work and business opportunities
In line with its economic empowerment strategy, Light for the World with funding from Mastercard Foundation will implement an 8-year project dubbed We Can Work, 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.
We focus on the poorest and hardest to reach because that’s where we will have the biggest impact. In Kenya, our country strategy for the year 2021-2025 focuses on Inclusive Economic Empowerment, and disability inclusion. We do this using the twin track approach of capacity building of persons with disabilities, and building system strengthening so that barriers for employment and entrepreneurship are removed.
Currently, Light for the World Kenya implements projects across nine counties, in Nairobi, Kiambu, Machakos, Meru, Laikipia, Kisumu, Kakamega, Migori and Homa Bay, with the country office being located in Nairobi.
Throughout the eight-year partnership intervention, the key ingredients of our work with young women and men with disabilities in the lead will be:
- engaging caregivers and communities through positive and empowering messaging around disability and inclusion;
- driving co-creation processes to inform inclusive economic development;
- developing agency of young women and men with disabilities through the We Can Work Academy; and amplifying voices of young persons with disabilities.
Light for the world therefore seeks the services of a Disability Inclusion Advisory Unit Manager to support the above project
The Disability Inclusion Advisory Unit Manager (DIAU Manager) will be responsible for supporting and enabling Light for the World to develop the role as expert organization on disability inclusion, with the Disability Inclusion Facilitator (DIF) Model as a key feature.
The DIAU Manager will report to and work under the guidance of the Country Director, directly manage the Disability Inclusion Advisors (DIAs) and ensure quality of the work of the Disability Inclusion Facilitators (DIFs). He/ she will work in close coordination with the other Teams.
Key Duties & Responsibilities
The DIAU Manager will focus on managing partnerships on disability inclusion in the country that will look at enhancing disability inclusive practices amongst civil society, public and private actors while ensuring compliance with Light for the World’s policies, donor requirements and national laws. S/he will also oversee the implementation of disability inclusion capacities within the Kenya office of LFTW across multiple project
The role includes:
- Maintaining existing partnerships on disability inclusion and actively identify opportunities for new partnerships.
- Quality control of the Disability Inclusion Facilitator (DIF) model represents LFTW in meetings to share information about the DIF model and ensure the model is implemented with quality and rigor.
- Manage and provide technical supervision to the DIA and DIF teams ensuring cross-project support and learning while maintaining regular checks so that they develop in line with their potential.
- Co-ordinate inclusion support amongst project teams by responding to technical requests.
- Ensure development, follow-up and support of DIFs in implementation of their individual action plan and achieve their key performance indicators
- Ensure close linkages with disability structures in country and beyond in the space of policy and advocacy
- Line management of the DIAU team and provision of supportive supervision to the DIAs in their support to the DIFs
- Manage and expand the portfolio of consultancies through identifying opportunities, developing narrative and financial proposals, manage contracting and ensure quality and timely deliverables.
- Ensure the smooth implementation of Disability Inclusion component within the Projects of LfTW. This includes, but not limited to; the Planning, Monitoring, and reporting on the project(s) under your jurisdiction.
- Master’s degree in Business, development studies, International Development, Sociology, disability, Social Sciences, Programme Management or related field.
- Knowledge and at least 10 years’ experience of disability inclusion and/or working with organizations of persons with disabilities. Priority is given to persons with lived experience.
- Minimum of five years’ project management experience in a similar size of an organization or larger, projects could be grant funded or corporately funded foundations.
- Excellent people skills with experience in collaborating in a diverse and dynamic team
- Experience in partnership management, including government, civil society and private sector liaisons.
- Proven effectiveness in leading and coaching professionals.
- Professional intensive experience and hands-on knowledge on broader capacity building, with excellent facilitation skills.
- Innovative and strategic thinker always ready to adapt and learn.
- Technology savvy with proficiency in the use of MS Office software packages, and other digital workspace platforms.
- High levels of integrity, accountability, and honesty.
- Commitment to Light for the World’s mandate and values
What we can offer as an employer: We are offering an outstanding opportunity to bring about change through an international development organisation with strong expertise, a growing profile and a dedicated team. You find a culture of people that are open to ideas, working with you, learning from you and celebrating your milestones. A supportive management that invests in your personal development and growth, and a competent, market-based pay.
Ideal entry date: 1st May 2023
How to apply
We are looking forward to receiving your application by 31st March 2023 at the latest. Please apply using This link. A complete CV and a letter of motivation are important parts of this. Please let us know why you would like to join our team and why you consider yourself suitable.
We are an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage people with disabilities to apply for this position. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.