#DILI Handicap International Timor Leste Vacancy: National Disability Policy Advisor

Handicap International is an independent and impartial international aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside persons with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our action and testimony are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights. Handicap International is a not-for-profit organisation with no religious or political affiliation. It operates as a federation made up of a network of associations that provide it with human and financial resources, manage its projects and implement its actions and social mission.

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JOB CONTEXT Timor Leste (TL) has a lower-middle-income country of Southeast Asia and is falling short on Most Millennium Development goals. For example, it needs to work on the disability topic. In fact, the latest figures from 2010 showed that people with disability represent 4.6% of the population. What is more, it is estimated that 72% of people with disabilities have never attended school, while 49% are unemployed or ‘economically inactive’. That is why one mission of the Ministry of Social Solidarity (MSS) is to ‘promote, protect and improve the rights of persons with disability, to achieve inclusion and equality of all citizens of TL through affordable rehabilitation services [...] and ensure all other policies and strategies to be inclusive”. In order to do this, Timor Leste takes progressive steps to fulfil the rights of persons with disabilities.

In April 2012, a National Action Plan on disability was approved involving 9 ministries and state secretaries. The oversight of it is expected to take place through a National Disability Council (CNDPD) bringing together national authorities, organizations of persons with disabilities and other civil society organizations working for persons with disabilities.

JOB DESCRIPTION In this situation, Handicap International (HI) has assigned a National Disability Policy Advisor to the ‘Advocating for Change for Persons with Disabilities in Timor Leste’ project. The aim is to establish a sustainable framework for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the National Disability Policy in partnership with the MSS and civil society actors.

As National Disability Policy Advisor, you will work under the direct supervision of the Regional Program Director, and in coordination with the “Advocating for Change” Project Manager in Timor Leste as well as the Disability Advisor and the Partnership Advisor based in Yogyakarta for HI.

Your general mission is to support MSS in the design, socialization and coordination with other ministries of the Disability Action Plan defining activities and timeline to implement the National Disability Policy.

Your main activities are: • Building MSS’ understanding on the operational and legal implications of setting-up the CNDPD. • Providing technical guidance and coaching to MSS on the development of the CNDPD. The objectives are maintaining the capacity-building process by discussing its application into practice and providing mentoring to the MSS team regarding the development and the working mechanisms of the CNDPD. • Supporting the organization of national multi-stakeholders workshops for MSS to present progress in the implementation of the Disability Action Plan and the development of CNDPD. • Supporting the set-up of regular inter-ministerial coordination mechanisms and working sessions will all ministries. • Supporting the review of the project strategy for following steps. This implies close coordination, through the Project Manager, with DPOs and the capacity to mediate between these civil society organizations and MSS. • Involving the Project Manager in your activities in order to build his/her capacities together with MSS, and progressively hand over to him/her in the guidance process. This will ensure a smooth transition and support the efficient continuation of activities after the end of the mission

CANDIDATE PROFILE You have: • A higher education (through a degree and/or equivalent professional life) in disability topics, disability law, political sciences, human rights • Experience in working on disability rights advocacy and inclusive development (preferably in South East Asia) • Experience in policy development/support • Experience in partnership with a social welfare ministry at national level • A broad understanding of disability programming and monitoring • Training and coaching skills

You are: • Able to coordinate, organize and transfer knowledge • Recognized as a strong leader and an excellent communicator • Able to work independently and without constant supervision • Committed to team work and have good diplomacy and negotiating skills

REQUIRED LANGUAGE SKILLS :For this position, it is required to have an excellent written and spoken level in English. Portuguese or Tetum practice can be an added value.

JOB ENVIRONMENT You will be based in Dili with frequent travels across the island of Timor • Living conditions: The life in Dili is globally safe without religion constraints. But, election periods require precaution and political rallies / events must be avoided.
• Weather: The climate of Timor Leste is tropical and generally hot and humid. It is characterized by distinct rainy and dry seasons. Earthquakes may happen as it is a hazardous area. • Health: In Timor Leste, there is limited medical care. For emergency cases, expatriates can be hospitalized in Bali.

For this position, your partner can accompany you. Because of the context, the position is not opened to families.

EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS Salary: 2150-2500€ gross salary/month + 457 Euros net/month expatriation allowance + 50% of the medical cover taken in charge by HI + repatriation insurance + indemnity for partner and children Or Volunteer: 750 or 850 Euros monthly indemnity + living allowance paid on the field + accommodation + 100% of the medical cover taken in charge by HI + repatriation insurance + indemnity for partner and children.

How to apply:
Please send resume and covering letter with the reference DIR-AUT-URH-1228 By this link: HERE Or by our website: HANDICAP INTERNATIONAL Please do not telephone. Closing date: 26 Sep 2014