** Deadline expired ** Disability-Inclusive Education Advocacy Officer, Light for the World & GCE-US, Washington DC

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Application deadline: The position will remain open until filled. Those who apply by 16 July 2018 will receive priority consideration.

12-month, part-time contract (estimated 20 hours/week) with a good possibility of renewal.

Light for the World and Global Campaign for Education-US (GCE-US) are collaboratively looking for a Disability-Inclusive Education Advocacy Officer to work in Washington DC, USA, to strengthen advocacy and policy research on disability inclusive education with particular focus on the follow-on campaign on early childhood development. We strongly encourage persons with disabilities to apply for this position.

Description of role

  • You will liaise and develop relationships with US-based donors (USAID, Global Partnership for Education, and World Bank), for the purposes of the research and advocacy.
  • You will facilitate information flow of relevant issues from the US amongst key individual engaged in the project. You will organise at least one of the two planned events.
  • You will support / lead on building a group of civil society advocates within the GCE – US. This inclusive education group will reinforce advocacy initiative towards US targets.
  • You will represent LIGHT FOR THE WORLD and GCE-US at relevant meetings and events and make disability-inclusive education more visible in policies, strategies, and implementation. You will participate in developing a power and policy analysis and work on building relationships towards increasing investment in disability inclusive education.
  • You will also be part of both the wider international advocacy GCE team / inclusive education team whose members are based internationally through LIGHT FOR THE WORLD offices.
  • Much of the work happens via international civil society networks and you are responsible for maintaining working relationships with these networks within the US, as well as identifying potential partners.
  • The working language of the position is English.

Candidate profile

  • Minimum of three years of work experience in a similar position within civil society or other relevant institutions
  • Very good organisation and planning skills with the ability to prioritize
  • Self-motivated person with a passion for the sector and the ability to move and influence others
  • Excellent networking skills and able to use social media effectively
  • Very good knowledge of international cooperation in general and multilateral and bilateral agencies investing in education and sound understanding of the Global Partnership for Education, World Bank, USAID and their decision-making processes
  •  Proven expertise in education finance, campaigning, research, policy analysis and trends
  • Commitment to human rights, the rights of persons with disabilities and non-discrimination
  • Knowledge of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, right to education, early childhood development and related instruments at global level
  • Experience in working with NGOs and working in partnerships within different networks
  • High proficiency in written and spoken English and excellent presentation skills
  • Good interpersonal skills, including excellent communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and the skills to work both independently as well as in an international team
  • The ability to work in a flexible manner and willingness to take up various tasks as appropriate in a small office
  • Capacity to work in a multi-cultural, diverse environment.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references to: gceus.hr@gmail.com

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