India Country Coordinator Job Announcement Full-Time Position

There is an opening for a full-time position for India Country Coordinator for Disability Rights Promotion International’s Asian Workplace Approach that Respects Equality (DRPI AWARE) project on employment in Hyderabad.

DRPI is halfway through a five-year employment project, funded by Global Affairs Canada. This employment project will identify and address the key labour market causes of chronic unemployment, underemployment and poverty of women and men with disabilities in three urban areas in three countries: Bangladesh (Dhaka); India (Hyderabad); and Nepal (Kathmandu). DRPI’s International Coordination Centre is based at York University in Toronto, Canada. With the support of Swadhikaar Center for Disabilities Information, Research & Resource Development DRPI has established a Country Office for India in Hyderabad. The India Country Coordinator will work from the Hyderabad office.

The DRPI project is guided by the belief that people with all types of disabilities and their representative organizations should be actively involved in all aspects of disability rights monitoring. The DRPI AWARE project will use a participatory holistic approach to identify the systemic barriers to employment faced by people with disabilities in the city of Hyderabad. DRPI AWARE will influence systemic change, and develop inclusive employment strategies through partnerships with employers and clear identification of job seeker skills. The aim of this project will be to increase the opportunities and ability of people with disabilities to participate in the workforce. Further information may be found on the project website at http://drpi.research.yorku.ca/

Position Responsibilities

The position will involve working under the direction of DRPI’s Co-Director and the project’s Principle Investigator (Marcia Rioux), DRPI’s Project Coordinator (Paula Hearn), and project partners located in India (Swadhikaar), and other researchers.  The job will involve:

  • Coordinating project activities in India in collaboration with DRPI’s project personnel and partners;
  • Coordinating workshops and meetings, including the logistics of organizing the venue; participants, printing of materials, etc.;
  • Promote a completed disability employment rights monitoring study;
  • Preparing mid-year and annual narratives and financial reports in collaboration with project partners in India;
  • Supporting the Work Placement Coordinator, to carry out project activities such as initiating new employer networks and connections, developing job skills profiles and arranging work placements for persons with disabilities;
  • Working on targeted information campaigns including identifying good hiring practices by employers;
  • Liaising with Country Coordinators in Nepal and Bangladesh;
  • Developing and fostering partnerships between and among disability rights organizations, employers, employers’ associations, training institutes, and government officials in Hyderabad;
  • Raising awareness of disability employment rights activities taking place in India (by, for example, coordinating media campaigns, writing website content, presenting at meetings); and
  • Other tasks, as required by DRPI’s Co-Director or their designate.

Qualifications:

Required:

  1. Experience in project administration and coordinator, including writing reports, and financial administration;
  2. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, and at least one additional language spoken in India (ideally Telugu);
  3. Evidence of understanding and recognition of disability as a human rights issue;
  4. Understanding of local labour market in Hyderabad, and the employment barriers for persons with disabilities;
  5. Ability to connect and network with employers, employers’ associations, disability organizations, government, and other stakeholders.
  6. Experience in organizing events, and workshops.
  7. Experience in contributing to effective communication strategies including newsletters, reports, videos, websites, etc;
  8. Willing to travel in the area of Hyderabad.

Preferred:

  1. Citizen or resident of India.
  2. A university degree in the area of law, business, social sciences or other related discipline.
  3. Experience of disability and/or working with people with disabilities.
  4. Fluency in other languages spoken in India, Bangladesh, or Nepal is a strong asset.

Salary:

Compensation will be commensurate with the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

The India Country Coordinator will work out of the office in Hyderabad. Please note that it will not be possible to cover the cost of the successful candidate’s moving and/or relocation expenses.

We encourage applications from persons with disabilities, women, ethnic minorities and other marginalized groups. 

Applications will be accepted until June 19, 2016.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, their résumé, and a writing sample (minimum 5 pages) in English to both of the following email addresses: drpi_aware@yorku.ca  AND swadhikaar@gmail.com

Please state “APPLICATION – INDIA COUNTRY COORDINATOR” in the subject line of the email.

For further information about this posting, please contact:

Dr. Marcia Rioux
Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI)
York University
4700 Keele St. Suite 5021, TEL Building
Toronto, ON  M3J 1P3, Canada
telephone: +1  416 736 2100 extension 20718
email: drpi_aware@yorku.ca

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