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Offer: Job: Disability Consultant, Women's Refugee Commission (Deadline: July 5, 2013)

The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC)
Location: Global
Closing date: July 5, 2013

The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is a research advocacy organization that seeks to improve the lives and protect the rights of women, children and youth displaced by conflict and crisis. We research their need, identify solutions and advocate for programs and policies to strengthen their resilience and drive change in humanitarian practice. The Women’s Refugee Commission is legally part of the International Rescue Committee, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization.

The Disability Consultant will work on the WRC project entitled Promoting access and inclusion for displaced populations with disabilities. This project seeks to:

  1. Pilot change in practice at field levels through the provision of technical support and training with UNHCR country offices, their implementing partners and disability organizations, to operationalize UNHCR’s guidance on Working with Persons with Disabilities in Forced Displacement. Thus far, WRC has provided technical support on disability inclusion to humanitarian programs in New Delhi (India), Uganda, Thailand, Bangladesh, Nepal, Ethiopia, Mindanao (Philippines) and Lebanon.
  2. Capacitate Disabled People’s Organizations in target countries to work with both refugee agencies and displaced persons with disabilities, through ongoing capacity development and provision of sub-grants for follow-up activities.
    Support UNHCR in the global implementation of the Executive Committee Conclusion on Refugees with Disabilities through technical advice on the development of an implementation plan, institutionalizing disability inclusion in organizational policies and systems.
  3. Analyze, document and share lessons learned through follow-up field assessments in two pilot countries (most likely Nepal and Ethiopia). These field assessments will investigate how organizations are implementing UNHCR guidance; the outcomes of workshops and follow-up DPO activities; ongoing barriers and challenges; positive field practices for disability inclusion; as well as the impact on the lives of refugees and displaced persons with disabilities. Field assessments will utilize participatory evaluation approaches engaging refugees and displaced persons with disabilities and key stakeholders in the process of defining lessons learned.
  4. Promoting policy and practice change within the broader humanitarian community through advocacy with donors, policymakers and practitioners, often in coalition with other NGOs. Lessons on disability inclusion will be documented in a policy brief and publication to be widely disseminated to the humanitarian community in late 2013.

WRC also has a research project investigating the sexual and reproductive health needs and capacities of persons with disabilities in displaced populations, being implemented in selected pilot countries.

The Disability Consultant will work about 40 days during a 4 month period on the implementation of WRC’s disability projects. Working closely with the WRC Disability Program Officer and in collaboration with operational partners in the field, the Disability Consultant will conduct field assessments in two pilot countries (approximately 10 days each country), documenting findings and lessons learned, and contributing to project publications.

Key Activities:

  • Work in coordination with the WRC Disability Program Officer to advance wider project activities
  • Develop a detailed field assessment methodology and appropriate tools for data collection
  • Communicate and coordinate with UNHCR field operations and other key stakeholders in the planning for the field assessments
  • Manage logistics of travel and any participatory activities run in the field during the assessments
  • Implement field assessments in the two pilot countries (most likely Nepal and Ethiopia)
  • Collaborate with the WRC SRH Program Officer on the implementation of the SRH research as appropriate
  • Monitor and provide advice to WRC grantees currently implementing activities in pilot countries
  • Collect photos and stories from refugees and displaced persons with disabilities, following appropriate informed consent processes
  • Document findings of field assessment, including a “field practices collection” capturing the implementation of disability inclusion in a variety of sectors
  • Review and contribute feedback to project publications
  • Other duties as assigned and agreed upon dependent on expertise of the consultant


  • Document detailing the field assessment methodology and tools (developed in consultation with WRC)
  • Field assessment reports for each country
  • Material content for the “Field practices collection” in written format, as well as photographic, picture and/or story-telling formats (depending on the preferences and skills of the beneficiaries in the field)

To Apply:
For more information on our work at the Women’s Refugee Commission and our Disability Program please visit

Please apply online:
Deadline: July 5, 2013.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

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