Disability Inclusion Technical Adviser - Global Health (Secondment)Position Details
Sightsavers’ programming in disability and broader social inclusion is growing, including with a number of Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) funded programmes committed to disability inclusion and the Leave No One Behind Agenda. As a result of our collaboration with FCDO, we seek an experienced disability inclusion adviser to be seconded into FCDO’s Human Development Department (HDD).
Job Location: UK - The post will be based in an FCDO office in the UK (London or East Kilbride). Flexible working patterns, locations and working arrangements within the UK may be considered
Contract: 12-month fixed term contract secondment position from Sightsavers to FCDO (formerly DFID) with the potential to extend
Realising the importance of disability inclusive development, in December 2018, DFID published a 5-year Disability Inclusion Strategy, committing to mainstream disability inclusion across all work – and continuing a twin-track approach of mainstreaming as well as specific and focused action for people with disabilities.
FCDO will refresh and build on the DFID strategy. This will include improving awareness, adapting culture and practices, engaging meaningfully with Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs), influencing others, adapting programmes and collecting disaggregated data.
The Human Development Department (HDD) is a key department working on global health in FCDO. The department has a broad policy spread, programme budget of approximately £180m a year, and 65 posts. HDD is a busy, high profile department, full of opportunities for personal and professional development. As well as supporting the work of ministers in these areas, we work closely with and provide policy and technical support to other HQ departments and country programmes. The team also manages a number of centrally managed programmes addressing policy issues, global coordination, systems strengthening and delivery gaps.
The disability inclusion adviser will be an important resource and interlocutor between FCDO and Sightsavers on the Inclusive Futures programme and PENDA. This £37m programme, delivered by two consortia (led by Sightsavers, and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, respectively) is the centrepiece of FCDO research and evaluation into ‘what works’ at a programmatic level, building a rigorous global evidence base, both pilot and at-scale. One component of this programme is ‘evidence uptake’: to ensure that new learning and evidence is shared across the global development community and national governments.
The disability inclusion adviser will work within the newly-created Health Outcomes Strategy team which coordinates different parts of FCDO working on health outcomes and ensuring maximum impact towards HMG objectives on global health. The team sits within the Human Development Department works across different teams working on health in FCDO, including Human Development, Global Funds Department (GFD), and the C-19 Vaccines, Therapeutics and Diagnostics team.
Objectives of the role
The overall objective of this post is to support the Human Development Department and Global Funds Department, to enhance their programming, policy development and influencing to better support people with disabilities. The secondee will be responsible for a specific set of objectives and deliverables, agreed in partnership with HDD and Sightsavers. They will provide high quality advice and technical support to HDD and GFD teams. Further details may be found in the job description.
- Building skills, capacity and engagement on disability inclusion across the departments.
- Reviewing FCDO’s latest work on global health strategy and objectives, and identify where disability inclusion needs to be strengthened
- Working with the Health Services Team’s Health Systems Strengthening Hub to ensure that FCDO’s approach to Universal Health Coverage and to health system strengthening (including the Position Paper) incorporates disability inclusion
- Conducting an audit of HDD and GFD programmes and policies to assess the extent to which they are disability inclusive
- Providing dedicated and tailored technical assistance to flagship HDD and GFD programmes (and other disability high potential programme, including practical advice for programme implementation.
- Leading and coordinating the development of a strategy for systematic and meaningful engagement and partnership with people with disabilities and Disabled Peoples’ Organisations
- Providing advice, practical recommendations for implementation and support to HDD and GFD teams and partners to ensure disability disaggregated data is systematically collected, monitored and analysed and learning is shared.
- Sharing lessons on good practice on disability inclusion
- Influencing programme and policy partners to drive evidence uptake.
We are looking for a talented individual with:
- Practical experience in a relevant field (social work/social inclusion; disability studies, public health, international development etc.)
- Knowledge of current issues and best practice in health systems and development
- Experience of making inclusion a reality in highly resource constrained situations and remote settings
- Experience in developing and adapting programme guidance tools and other resource materials and providing training and capacity building
- Experience in collating, synthesising and disseminating best practice guidance, research and programme learning
- Good knowledge of the key international networks and organisations working on social inclusion and disability
- Experience influencing policy and passion for collaborative policy making
This is an involved role so please read the full job description for further details. The post-holder would be based in the relevant FCDO office for the majority of their time – but may also work periodically from the headquarters of Sightsavers, in Haywards Heath.
We anticipate that remote interviews (held via Microsoft Teams) will take place on Thursday 14 January 2021 and there will be a pre-interview task (typically a 1,500-word written piece around a specific objective of the role). Shortlisted applicants will receive further details in late December.