Learning and Documentation Officer – We Can Work (National Position) NGO Jobs at Light for the World

Light for the World is a global development organization. We empower people with disabilities and enable eye health services in low-income countries. Over the last three decades we improved health systems, enabled education for all, and amplified the voices of people with disabilities.

Our programmes include:

  • Eye Health – preventing blindness and promoting eye health for all
  • Inclusive Education – ensuring children with disabilities receive quality, inclusive education
  • Inclusive Economic Empowerment – ensuring that barriers are removed for men and women with disabilities to access decent work

We focus on the poorest and hardest to reach because that’s where we will have the biggest impact. In Uganda, our country strategy for the year 2021-2025 focuses on Eye Health, Inclusive Economic Empowerment, Disability Inclusion, and Inclusive Education.

Currently, Light for the World Uganda implements projects on eye health, inclusive economic empowerment, and disability inclusion with a presence in 21 districts.

In line with its economic empowerment strategy, Light for the World with funding from Mastercard Foundation will implement an 8 year project dubbed We Can Work, a regional signature disability program that uses a system and mindset change approach to impact the lives of at least 1,000,000 young women and men with disabilities and enables them to access dignified and fulfilling work. The program works with umbrella Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and Entrepreneurship Hubs in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria.

With our partners, we will effect change at the level of individuals (including households and communities), organizations, and institutions. Young persons with disabilities will act as change agents and provide disability inclusion advisory services and confidently advocate for disability-inclusive policies and practices among key system actors.

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Throughout the eight-year partnership intervention, the key ingredients of our work with young women and men with disabilities in the lead will be:

  • engaging caregivers and communities through positive and empowering messaging around disability and inclusion;
  • driving co-creation processes to inform inclusive economic development;
  • developing agency of young women and men with disabilities through the We Can Work Academy; and amplifying the voices of young persons with disabilities.

Light for the world, therefore, seeks the services of a Learning and Documentation Officer to support this project

Learning and Documentation Officer (National Position)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Based in Kampala (40 hours a week)

Role profile:

Reporting to the Monitoring, Evaluation Research, Learning and Adaptability (MERLA) Manager, the Learning and Documentation Officer will support a range of activities related to communications, documentation, learning and innovation; namely behavioral change communication as designed and implemented under the We Can Work program, leading in-country communications with local internal and external program stakeholders, fulfilling communications and documentation targets within the program, building visibility and recognition of the brand and its work in the country, and highlighting key program achievements and learnings (to a local and international audience). The role also facilitates effective and systematic brainstorming and “Think-Tank” activities around a specified challenge, leading to the development of products, materials, and pilot projects.

Key responsibilities:

Behavioural Change Communication; Content development and management for print and digital media (social media, website)

  • Develop and disseminate content with the primary aim of changing mindsets toward disability inclusion
  • Ensure all content and communication is accessible and inclusive.
  • Provide support for communications on We Can Work for local and international social media channels and websites.
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Manage program-related communications, branding press, media, and PR

  • Map stakeholders and channels and ensure periodic communication through the communication strategy and plan.
  • Ensure correct application of the Light for the World and We Can Work brand on all external facing products (word documents, ppts, banners, t-shirts, etc.).
  • Achieve in-country program-related targets regarding PR and communication.
  • Ensure all communication has gone through DTP (Desktop Publishing) process, is presentable, and is in UNCRPD-compliant language.
  • Ensure donor-related visibility guidelines are implemented.
  • Ensure cordial relations with media for meaningful distribution of information.
  • Write press releases where required.

Support the facilitation of Co-creation, Brainstorm and “Think-Tank” activities

  • Support the design and overall facilitation of co-creation processes and learning events around specified challenges and an agreed learning agenda relating to disability inclusion/ We Can Work.
  • Support other brainstorming and “Think-Tank” activities by ensuring the use of creative facilitation techniques and participatory methodologies to drive these processes in a systematic and effective way.

Development of knowledge products, and communication and resource materials

  • Support content development to feed quarterly Disability Inclusion Insight Briefs
  • Support the development of knowledge products that document good practices, lessons learned, and key resource materials to support disability inclusion in Young Africa Works

Support the MERLA team with documenting qualitative data that illustrate system change and impact

  • Document stories of change in different formats like print, clips or photo narratives, ensuring supportive visual content and accessibility of all products

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Degree in Communications, Public Relations, Social Sciences, International relations, international development, or a related field
  • Minimum three(3) years of professional experience in communications, public relations, or a similar field.
  • Demonstrable experience in writing engaging print and digital content e.g. blogs, case studies, summary reports, and stories of change, for technical audiences and/or other stakeholders.
  • Proven track record of distilling complex information into engaging messaging content.
  • Competent in digital communications and working with digital platforms and devices.
  • Strong team player with an interest in co-creating engaging content. Photography skills desired.
  • Must be a self-starter with proven analytical, and problem-solving skills and the ability to work with minimum supervision
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How to Apply

What we can offer as an employer: We are offering an outstanding opportunity to bring about change through an international development organization with strong expertise, a growing profile, and a dedicated team.

We are looking forward to receiving your application by 5.00 pm (EAT) on March 31, 2023, at the latest. Please apply using Click Here to Apply. A complete CV and a letter of motivation are important parts of this. Please let us know why you would like to join our team and why you consider yourself suitable.

We are an equal-opportunity employer. We strongly encourage people with disabilities to apply for this position. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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