HelpAge International Bangladesh
- Location : Based in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh
- Department : Program
- Grade & Salary : G-4, Consolidated BDT 65,000.00 per month
- Contract Length : Fixed Term for 02 months with possibility of further extension if fund is available
- Responsible to : Field Coordinator
- Responsible for : Project officer/Coordinator of partners and other staffs of partners
- Other relations in HelpAge : Program Manager, Nutrition Officer, Monitoring and Documentation Officer, Finance and Admin Officer, Finance and Admin Manager, HR and Admin Officer of Cox`s Bazar and Dhaka CO Office
- HelpAge International (HelpAge) is an international NGO with a vision of a world where older people fulfil their potential to lead active, dignified, healthy and secure lives. It is also a global network with over 100 affiliates working to support older people and promote their rights. HelpAge`s program are managed by a secretariat in London and Regional Offices in East Africa, Southern Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Middle East and Eurasia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
- Our Vision A world where every older person leads a dignified, healthy and secure life.
- HelpAge`s goal is global change. The world we want where, every Older Person can say:
- I have the income I need
- I enjoy the best possible health and quality of life
- I am safe and secure, free from discrimination and abuse
- My voice is heard.
- Humanitarian Context:
- Globally, around 15 per cent of the population are living with some kind of disability. An estimated 13 per cent of people worldwide are over the age of 60. More than 46 per cent of those who are over the age of 60 have a disability.
- Humanitarian principles require that humanitarian assistance and protection are provided on the basis of need, without discrimination. No one should be excluded from humanitarian action, either deliberately or inadvertently. Yet there is still limited capacity among humanitarian actors to fulfil this commitment. Discrimination based on disability, age and gender often combines with other forms of discrimination to deny older people and people with disabilities their right to assistance and participation in humanitarian action.
- Bangladesh has one of the world largest humanitarian responses for the Refugee and is now in its 5th year of providing humanitarian assistance to the 913,660 Rohingya individuals, living in the 34 congested camps in two (Teknaf and Ukhiya) sub-districts under Cox’s Bazar District. Out of the total Rohingya Refugee population, 9% are over 50 years or older including 4% over 60 . According to the REACH report, 12% of the total population has either a single or multiple disabilities, this number rises to 46% among the older people.
- Since 2017, HelpAge International-Bangladesh and its two downstream partners have been providing humanitarian assistance to older people and person with disabilities addressing their critical needs. Providing technical support to other humanitarian actors to promote age and disability inclusive intervention in broader humanitarian program.
- To address above problems, findings, and lesson-learned through piloting this project, HelpAge and it’s downstream partners will implement self-reliance project for Person with Disability and Older People through funding support of WFP. The Objectives of the proposed project to promote Disability, Age and Gender Inclusive Self-Reliance and Nutrition support program across the targeted Rohingya Camps. Major interventions are Self-reliance through skills, life skills, Nutrition, assistive products, and dignity kits for the targeted population. Support to e disability and age inclusive humanitarian services and make those accessible to People with Disabilities and Older People, there need some other interventions. They are capacity building and technical support to other humanitarian actors. To provide input and technical support to improve accessibility of service facilities.
- Job Purpose
- Develop, design, provide capacity building and technical support to person with disability, project staff, other humanitarian actors on accessibility and rehabilitation.
- Major roles and responsibilities:
- Support to mainstream disability inclusive self-reliance during the design/redesign phase including advice on module development, disability screening, resourcing, data collection and analysis, appropriate tools and information.
- Facilitation of disability integration into camp context, provide support for inclusion mainstreaming activities with other like-minded actors.
- Ensure integration and collaboration with colleagues undertaking advocacy to achieve strategic objectives and priorities such as improving access to services.
- Interact, build and nurture effective working relationships with relevant partners to foster coordination, collaboration and partnership relating to disability inclusion.
- Collaboration/strengthening of working groups and local disability organizations.
- Build an inclusive environment and adhere to humanitarian inclusion standard for person with disability and Older People
- Providing technical assistance to partners and programme activities to ensure inclusion of Person with disability, considering the potential for organisational change and inclusive programme development.
- Data analysis and collection on age, gender, and disability (using Washington Group questions).
- Promote inclusive approaches to ensure full and active participation of older people and persons with disabilities.
- Have a working knowledge of social and community psychosocial and rehabilitation approaches to assist in building up community and home-based care support.
- Have a working knowledge of assistive products for person with disability and older people.
- Supporting the development of a case management approach, that includes documenting work/activities in a care plan and setting up effective referral mechanisms or pathways to other service providers.
- Assist in Age and Disability Inclusion advocacy
- Technical disability response, e. g. physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and support for carers.
- Generate quality evidence on the needs and capacities of PwD and older people for use in research and program work.
- Extent of Authority:
- The Inclusion and Rehabilitation Officer will report to the Field Coordinator of the project. S/he will have direct responsibility for providing technical and capacity building support to disability inclusive humanitarian response
- Other features of the job
- The post-holder will be based in Cox’s Bazar and will be expected to travel in field locations as 70% time and when necessary.
- Safeguarding Responsibilities:
- Responsible for:
- Preventing harm and abuse from our people, operations and programmes to anyone that encounters our work.
- Report all safeguarding incidents they see, hear, hear about or suspect, using our internal reporting mechanism.
- Complying with all safeguarding framework policies and practices.
- Completing mandatory training courses relating to our safeguarding policy framework and comply with HR vetting procedures.
- Reporting and responding to safeguarding incidents reported to them by anyone connected with our work, using our internal reporting mechanism.
- Supporting staff to embed safeguarding measures in their role.
- For Field visit/Movement:
- Reducing the risk of harm and abuse in the field.
- Involving communities in the design of programmes and complaint response mechanisms, be responsible for implementation and review.
- Attending specialist field training on safeguarding as required.
- Maintaining maps of support services for survivors.
- Receiving and responding to complainants/survivors and ensuring that no further harm is done, following a survivor-centred approach, using the principles of psychological first aid, and signposting to relevant local services as needed.
- Reporting all safeguarding incidents, they become aware of.
- Program Management:
- Designing, implementing, managing and reviewing safe programming that assesses risk and implements mitigation measures to reduce the risk of harm and abuse to all people that encounter our work, whether from people, operations or programmes.
- Ensuring that communities and beneficiaries are consulted on the design of community response mechanisms and know how to report safeguarding concerns.
- Contributing to the work of Safeguarding Committees in embedding safeguarding in the working culture.
- Undertaking safeguarding investigations as required.
- Making downstream partners accountable for their safeguarding and ensuring training is completed and safeguarding incidents escalated to our Board
- At least 3 year(s)
- Person Specification:
- Demonstrated at least 03 years’ experience on person with disability and older people in humanitarian response project especially Inclusion and Rehabilitation sector
- Prior experience of working with partner organizations and dealing with multiple stakeholders’ particularly person with disability, Older People and humanitarian response working group.
- Proven experience in facilitating community-based capacity building training preferably disability inclusion and rehabilitation
- Working experience in Rohingya camp
- Skills & Abilities
- Excellent facilitation skills in capacity building training for community people and of relevant project stakeholders.
- Ability to mobilize and negotiates with a wide range of people and organisations
- Excellent relationship and team building skills.
- Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
- Ability to manage multiple and complex tasks regarding community issues.
- Ability to presentation skills and in writing quality reports and evidence-based documents (in English & Bangla).
- Competent IT skills, including experience of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint
- Fluency in Chattogram Colloquial language
- Personal qualities:
- Commitment to equality opportunities
- Commitment to the Humanitarian principles
- Excellent community problem-prevention and problem-solving quality
- Multitasking and stress handing capacity
- Target oriented, proactive and flexible approach
- Education & Knowledge
- Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
- Adequate knowledge in protection& Inclusion issues of Person with disability and older people in humanitarian response
- Experience or working knowledge of disability and ageing in humanitarian crises
- This job description is intended as guidance and should not be viewed as inflexible as it may be varied from time to time in the light of strategic development of HelpAge program objectives.
- Consolidated BDT 65,000.00