Position Title: Emancipatory Disability Research Reporter
(Disability and Startup- Civil Society as Protagonist of Inclusive Development Project 2018-2021)
Qualified persons with disabilities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
The “Association Friends of Raoul Follereau” (AIFO) is an Italian non-for-profit organisation who has been present in Liberia since 1997. AIFO-Liberia envisions to offer opportunities for people affected by leprosy, persons with disabilities, women /children and members from vulnerable and marginalized communities to lead a better quality of life. AIFO-Liberia focusses on healthcare, education and economic empowerment to provide a better quality of life and creating large scale positive change. AIFO Liberia is accredited by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, Republic of Liberia; accreditation number 0094.
Disability and Start Up project
In May 2018 started the project “Disability and Start up. Civil society as protagonist of inclusive development in Liberia” funded by AICS (the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation). The project aims at reinforcing the role of Organisations of People with Disabilities (DPOs) in the socio-economic development processes and in the fulfilment of their rights in Monrovia and in three counties of Bong, Nimba and Grand Gedeh, in Liberia. It is implemented in partnership with the National Commission on Disabilities and the National Union of Organisations of the Disabled, NUOD.
Emancipatory Disability Research (EDR)
An Emancipatory Disability Research (EDR) is planned on the project and will be conducted by selected Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) from the three counties (Bong, Grand Gedeh and Nimba). EDR will be based on the social model of disability. The selected Persons with Disabilities will be trained as researchers and 12 research themes will be identified related to key life issues and challenges faced by People with Disabilities living in the counties. EDR will be carried out over the next 18 months, and every six weeks there will be one research meeting dedicated to one of the identified themes.
The EDR will be advised by a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and will be coordinated by an AIFO Guiding Expert in inclusive and emancipatory processes.
Role of the Reporter in the EDR
Each time the theme of the next EDR meeting is decided, the Reporter will conduct a desk research to collect any existing information about that theme such as previous studies and reports, policy documents, newspaper articles, etc. S/he will be responsible to prepare a summary presentation about the theme offering an overall picture of the issue in Liberia. In consultation with the Guiding Expert in inclusive and emancipatory processes, the Reporter will provide advice and suggestions to the PwDs-Researchers from the counties in preparation for the next theme meeting and liaise with the Local and Regional Coordinators of DASU project for organising the logistics. During each theme meeting, the Reporter will present the background information to the participants, and prepare 2 reports of each research meeting – (i) detailed minutes of the meeting; and (ii) a meeting report providing key analytical information about the EDR.
Training for the Reporter
The reporter will undergo a one-day training on the preparation of EDR reports. In addition, the Reporter will be expected to participate in the five days’ training course for the researchers of EDR.
Reporter Person Specification
In this context, we are looking for a Reporter for the EDR with the following qualifications / experiences:
• Graduate degree in either sociology or anthropology or communication or journalism
• Proven capacity to conduct desk research, report and policy analysis, and prepare a summary of essential information
• Experience in report writing
• Empathic, capable of working with others and of organizing his/hers and others’ work
• Good knowledge of Standard English and of Liberian Standard English
• Capable of using Excel, Microsoft word and Power Point,
• Highly skilled at transcribing notes during meetings
• Available to travel within the counties of Nimba, Bong and Grand Gedeh every 6 weeks over a period of 18 months,
• Available to commit to part-time work (estimated 15 days of work) over a period of 18 months from contracts’ signature
• Knowledge of human rights and non-profit organizations in Liberia
• Knowledge of issues related to disabilities;
• Knowledge of one or more local languages spoken in Bong, Grand Gedeh and Nimba counties.
Type of work:
The EDR will be carried out in close cooperation with the the AIFO Guiding Expert in inclusive and emancipatory processes who is based with AIFO in Italy. The work will start on the 24th of October for a period of 18 months with travels to the counties every six weeks. LOE (Level of Effort) can be approximately broken down as follows: desk research and presentation writing (5 days); monthly EDR theme meeting in a county (2 days); thematic meeting minutes and report writing (7 days).
The Reporter will have to regularly report the progress of the EDR to the AIFO Guiding Expert in inclusive and emancipatory processes, who is his/her technical manager.
A reasonable remuneration will be provided to the ideal candidate.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, send your CV and a brief report (maximum half a page) of this testimony you can find on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVkDZgdGNTI to the following email address: [email protected]
Please note that applications made solely through CV (and or cover letter) will NOT be considered.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
If you require additional information you can contact: [email protected]