National UNV Specialist reserved for PWDs: Programme Officer – Disability Inclusion with UNICEF, Jordan

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The Jordan Country Programme (2023-27) prioritizes Disability & Inclusion issues through a mainstreaming and targeted approach to essentially “achieve results for children, especially girls and children with disabilities”, including in humanitarian context. Traditionally led by the Education sector, the Jordan Country Office’s (JCO) disability portfolio covers wide spectrum of interventions, aligned to seven core strategies:

1.Prevention of stigma, discrimination, neglect, and violence against children with disabilities and promotion of diversity and inclusion

2.Disability inclusive infrastructure, services, programmed, and coordination platforms

3.Access to comprehensive community care and support services

4.Access to assistive technology and relevant services

5.Disability inclusive action in humanitarian, emergencies, and fragile contexts

6.Full and meaningful participation of persons with disabilities

7.Disability Inclusive Data. The office has a comprehensive internal and external disability inclusive communication and advocacy strategy and accessibility measures. Current disability work is coordinated under the Deputy Representative’s Office, through an Equity and Inclusion lens. The office is looking to hire a Disability expert for technical leadership to implement disability inclusive programme and operations work.

Additional Information:

National UN Specialist Volunteers in Jordan are entitled to:

• Monthly Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) at the amount of JOD 1,068.5;

• Annual and learning leaves;

• Free Medical, life, disability and malicious acts insurance, Medical insurance for dependents recognized;

• Free access to different learning platforms.

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Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Gender Programme Specialist and with guidance of the Deputy Representative (Programmes), the UN Volunteer will support JCO programme and operations staff in implementing the UNICEF Disability Inclusion Policy and Strategy (DIPAS) 2022-2030 | UNICEF across Programme and Operations work. The UN Volunteer plans, implements, and monitors a variety of technical and administrative tasks. S/he will provide sound and coherent technical leadership on disability issues. The overarching scope of work cover the following areas:

a) providing technical support to programme and operations sections in improving disability Inclusion across their work

b) ensuring planning, implementation of monitoring of sectoral results and funds

c) ensuring office and internal accessibility of JCO premises and UNICEF managed services in humanitarian camps and

d) active engagement and technical support of JCO gender and disability focal point structure.

1. Technical and operational support to JCO programme • Advance the internal mapping of JCO Disability programme work by developing a JCO Roadmap, aligned to the JCO Country Programme Document (2023-27) and Rolling Work Plans (RWPs). • Provide technical inputs on disability inclusion into key strategic documents e.g., annual work plans, midterm reviews, evaluations. • Participate in monitoring and evaluation work, including programme reviews and annual sectoral reviews with government and other counterparts to assess programme results and technical support. • Provide technical and operational support (where required) to government counterparts, NGO partners, UN system partners. • Support the Gender Programme Specialist in disability inclusive results monitoring and resources tracking through the Disability Tracker. • Provide expertise advice on evidence-based Equity and Inclusion approaches, including intersection between disability and gender, among key areas of work. • Strengthen the JCO’s knowledge management strategy building on the existing Gender and Disability repository.

2. Support to Advocacy, networking and partnership building on inclusive programming. • Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with government counterparts, CSOs and development partners through active sharing of information toward disability inclusive and gender-responsive results. • Participate in relevant UN inter-agency meetings and events on programming and advocacy to strengthen joint disability inclusive programmes. • Support the Jordanian government\s preparations for the forthcoming Global Disability Summit – Global Disability Summit 2025 – Germany, Berlin and the pre-Summit in November. • Provide technical leadership on communication and information materials for purposes of internal and external outreach and advocacy. • Advance JCO mapping of Disability CSOs through technical exchange and coordination. • Design capacity building strategies to Organisations led by Persons with Disabilities (OPDs). • Research information on potential donors and prepare resource mobilization materials and briefs for fund raising and partnership development purposes, in collaboration with the Partnership Chief.

3. Collaborative work with JCO Operations • Strengthen JCO Operations disability inclusive work including Human Resources internal and external outreach strategy. • Provide expertise advice on internal accommodation, use and implementation of green funds. • Closely work with JCO Operations to advance the Disability Equity and Inclusive agenda with seamless link to office programme work on Gender and Disability and Learning & Development strategy.

Eligibility criteria


Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience

10 years of experience in one or more of the following areas is required: Inclusive education, disability inclusion, sociology, anthropology, psychology.

A lived experience of disability is an asset.

• Excellent understanding of CRPD principles and local context, knowledge or with Organisations with Persons with Disability (OPDs) desirable. • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset. • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing. • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development. • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel. • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment. • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines. • Have affinity with or interest in children, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.

Area(s) of expertise

Communication, Education, Social work


English, Level: Fluent, Required Arabic, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Inclusive education, disability studies, occupational therapy, social and behavioural science, sociology, anthropology, psychology.

Competencies and values

• Accountability • Adaptability and flexibility • Creativity • Judgement and decision-making • Planning and organising • Professionalism • Self-management

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

Amman, the capital, is a peaceful city with over four million residents. People are friendly to visitors. Services in terms of banking, transportation, health, and communications are easily available. Though Arabic is the official language, English is widely spoken among most of the population, especially in Amman. Road network is good both in terms of spread and quality of the roads. Public transportation in Amman is limited. Taxis are relatively cheap and easily available. There are several shopping malls, restaurants, gyms, and cinemas. A large variety of accommodation options can be found; however, it is worth noting that prices in Amman have generally increased in the past few years. There are no specific security threats. Amman is a very easy city in which to live; large, many amenities, very modern and serviced by an international airport with direct flights to most capital cities. According to the assessment of the UN Department of Safety & Security (UNDSS) Jordan is a family duty station (category A hardship). As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials. National UN Volunteers are part of the insurance plan.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Reasonable accommodation

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for UN Volunteers with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process and afterwards in your assignment.

How to apply

To apply and find out more visit:

Programme Officer – Disability Inclusion | UVP (

Closing date: 07 Jul

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