UNHCR Individual Contractor - Disability Inclusion in Operations Jobs in Kenya

UNHCR Individual Contractor - Disability Inclusion in Operations Jobs in Kenya

  • UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

  • Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

  • And we never give up.

    Background and Justification

  • Over the past few years UNICEF has adopted several Executive Directives, operations procedures and mechanisms specifically related to disability inclusion, encompassing programming, human resources, accessibility of facilities, premises and ICT systems, as well as on inclusive procurement and communications.

  • They include Executive Directive on Disability and the related Disability Accommodation Fund, the Executive Directive on Accessibility of Programme-Related Construction Activities, the Procedure on Efficiency and Inclusive Access in UNICEF Premises and Operations, and the ITSS Policy for Accessibility and Support for ICT products and services.

  • The UN Disability Inclusion Strategy (UNDIS) was launched by the UN Secretary-General in May 2019 to ensure sustainable and transformative progress on disability inclusion. UNICEF submitted its first annual UNDIS report in March 2020. In June 2020, the UNDIS Country Team Score Cards were launched and each country office will be expected to report annually on the score cards through the Resident Co-coordinators.

    Strategic office context

  • The Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO) coordinates and supervises UNICEFs work in 21 countries across the region. The regional office is a hub of technical support, policy guidance and oversight as well as overall leadership on children’s issues.

  • UNICEF is currently striving to improve our global programmatic efforts within disability and the ESA region has been selected as a priority area. In the coming years, ESA will increase its programmatic focus on disability matters, and better integrate disability perspectives into active programming across UNICEF key pillars, whether they be Education, WASH, Health or social protection.

  • The position will be placed under the Regional Supply Advisor in ESARO. The East and Southern Africa Region will be spearheading an increased global prioritization of children and persons with disability and the selected Disability Inclusion in Operations Specialist will contribute to that effort with a strong experience within inclusion and assistive products as well as general advocacy for the rights of persons with disability.

    Key tasks/Activities

  • The Disability Specialist will work to underpin the increased disability efforts across the 21 countries, as well as ensuring the ongoing activities include a product focus. This will, among other things, involve:

  • Review of and development of tools or regional guidelines for disability inclusive procurement.

  • Promote the importance of transformational potential assistive technology and disability inclusive products on both education, mental health and ultimately the general wellbeing and quality of life. Increase awareness at country office level across the region on the importance of procuring and implementing accessible products and services, for their programmatic activities across all sectors.

  • Provide technical assistance to promote market shaping activities to increase availability, affordability and sustainability of the needed products. Support COs to carryout market surveys to identify suppliers of assistive technology and disability inclusive products in the ESA region.

  • Work to use UNICEF influence to inspire other organizations (UN or NGO) operations to more actively engage in the disability space, including on assistive technology through networking or established clusters, as appropriate.

  • Work closely with programmes at regional/country levels to provide technical guidance on product selection for assistive technology and disability inclusive products, as well as technical assistance in procurement process of said products. This process also involves ensuring sustainability considerations are made during the selection process.

  • The role requires a strong understanding of the challenges and barriers for persons living with disabilities in low income countries. The position will help ensure UNICEF is able
    to promote equality and inclusion across all aspects of society. Finally, the role also requires a solid understanding of UNICEF programming.

  • The Individual Contractor for Disability Inclusion in Operations role requires strong communication and interpersonal skills as the position will need to support the country offices in the ESA region as well as collaborate with HQ division in New York and Copenhagen.


  • The position is an individual contractor and as a result the following shall be carried out consistently across each month throughout the contracting period.

  • Promote sustainable inclusion of the disability perspective into existing and upcoming country programming across the region.

  • Assist country offices in needs assessments within disability programming. Better understanding needs, demand, barriers and challenges is essential for successful programming

  • Help UNICEF programmatic colleagues raise awareness on the importance of assistive technology for children with disabilities and create a demand for it amongst families and government (health, education, social protection officers) alike.

  • Ensure OPDs and parent groups are strongly engaged in the selection and prioritization of assistive technologies and advocating towards authorities for its availability (school, health, government) and on its importance.

  • Advocate the need for products and services to be accessible across programmatic areas, considering connection with various social protection schemes for families with children with disabilities.

  • Technical assistance to the regional and country level in the implementation of the United Nations Disability and Inclusion Strategy.

  • Support the development of strategic approaches to product innovation/product adoption, with a special focus on assistive technology, and subsequently supporting country offices in implementation.

  • Technical assistant to COs in the correct product selection based on need/resources available.

  • Demand mapping to understand pathways to requirements for all assistive technologies and disability inclusive products managed whether global or local.

  • Supplier mapping to understand the potential supply of assistive technology and inclusive products in the region.

  • Creating scaling strategies for the introduction of new products with an emphasis on assistive technology and disability inclusive products.

    Desired competencies, technical background and experience


  • Advanced university degree in one or more of the following areas: Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Procurement, Business Administration, Management, Economics, Contract/Commercial Law, International Development, Health or related social science field.

  • First university degree combined with additional two years relevant professional work experience and understanding of relevant functions may be considered in lieu of advanced university degree.

  • 5 years professional experience in programme/project management especially UNICEF programme management is required.


  • The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate the following competencies that are necessary for this consultancy:

  • Working knowledge of UNICEF programmes and project management experience.

  • Works independently and is problem-solving oriented.

  • Able to quickly understand instructions, to proactively seek clarification when needed.

  • Works well in a multi-cultural environment and establishes harmonious and effective working relationships.

  • Demonstrates communication and relationship-building skills.

  • Proven capacity to work across different locations utilizing technical skills within supply chain management and data visualization, management and/or monitoring.

  • Understanding of disability inclusive products.

    Competencies of Successful Candidate:

    Core Values:

  • Care

  • Respect

  • Integrity

  • Trust

  • Accountability

    Core Competencies:

  • Builds and maintains partnership.

  • Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness.

  • Drive to achieve results for impact.

  • Innovates and embraces change.

  • Manages ambiguity and complexity.

  • Thinks and acts strategically.

  • Works collaboratively with others.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNHCR Individual Contractor - Disability Inclusion in Operations Jobs in Kenya

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