VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT ADF Training and Learning Coordinator


The African Disability Forum (ADF) is the Pan-African membership organization of Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (DPOs).  The ADF membership includes national DPO federations in 40 countries, 4 sub-regional DPO federations and 9 continental DPOs. ADF was formally launched in Nov. 2014, held its first General Assembly in Nov. 2015, became a full member of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) in March 2016, and was registered by the Government of Ethiopia in March 2017.

 ADF has two primary objectives:

  1. To unify and amplify the voice of persons with disabilities, their families and organizations in Africa at national, regional and international levels.
  2. To strengthen the capacity of organizations of persons with disabilities in Africa to promote the rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities and their families.

The ADF Office is located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and focus on communication, representational and member DPO organizational development and capacity-building activities. ADF donor partners include the UN Partnership to Promote the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD), the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund (DRAF), Disabled Peoples’ Organizations Denmark (DPOD), Handicap International (HI) and CBM.

One major ADF activity is helping organize BRIDGE CRPD-SDG Training Initiative on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for disability activists in African countries. The BRIDGE CRPD-SDG training initiative was developed by the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) to support DPO advocates to better advocate for inclusion and realization of all human rights for all persons with disabilities. The intensive BRIDGE CRPD-SDG training focuses on providing an inclusive and comprehensive understanding of the CRPD as well as generating a CRPD perspective on development in general and the SDGs in particular. As an outcome of the BRIDGE CRPD-SDG training, disability advocates have stronger advocacy skills and knowledge to use both the CRPD and SDGs to ensure realization of the rights of persons with disabilities.

Since 2015, BRIDGE CRPD-SDG has been piloted in 5 regions (South East Asia, Latin America, Pacific, Indonesia-East Timor, and the Big Lakes countries of Africa) as a coordinated training investment, drawing from the resources and experiences of IDA and IDDC and their members, and linking with regional DPO networks. BRIDGE CRPD-SDG training may take place in a sub-region (for a number of countries) or in one country. In Africa, IDA, IDDC, and ADF have already organized BRIDGE CRPD-SDG training for activists from ten Western and Eastern Africa English-speaking countries.

BRIDGE CRPD-SDG training is an intensive training program composed of two modules of 7 days each with assignments to be carried out between modules.

  • Module 1 focuses on understanding the CRPD and linkage to the SDGs
  • Module 2 focuses on components and tools of policy advocacy, including public policy analysis, national data collection, harmonization of laws, budget advocacy, inclusive programming, and use of international accountability mechanisms.

Assignments include carrying out training and awareness-raising activities as well as producing a short policy brief analyzing one key policy issue concerning implementation of the CRPD and inclusive development at national level. Completion of the two modules and assignments is required to obtain a training certificate. The BRIDGE CRPD-SDGs training puts emphasis on participation of a diversity of persons with disabilities and gender equality.

ADF Training and Learning Coordinator

ADF, in partnership with CBM and IDA, will be organizing in 2018-19 two cycles of BRIDGE CRPD-SDG training in Uganda and Tanzania, supported by a grant from the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) in the UK. ADF now requires a full-time, BLF-funded, Learning Coordinator to support ADF in the BRIDGE CRPD-SDG training taking place in Uganda and Tanzania, and to help prepare a Learning Methodology for future use. The Learning Methodology will support the compilation and sharing of knowledge and best practices among ADF member DPOs, ADF partners, and with regional and international organizations. The ADF Training and Learning Coordinator will be based in Addis Ababa with possible travel to Uganda and Tanzania, and will report to and work under the supervision of the ADF Coordinator of the ADF Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Training and Learning Coordinator is responsible for undertaking the following tasks:

Descriptions of Tasks:

  1. Help organize the planned national BRIDGE CRPD-SDG training in Tanzania and Uganda with ADF Office and the training team
  2. Support the Call for Application, trainee selection process and the two BRIDGE CRPD-SDG training cycles
  3. Maintain contact with BRIDGE trainees to obtain and share information
  4. Prepare articles, information and photos of the BRIDGE CRPD-SDG training for uploading to the ADF website and reporting to the project partners and BLF
  5. Help prepare an ADF Learning Methodology to support the compilation and sharing of knowledge and best practices among ADF member DPOs, ADF partners, and with regional and international organizations
  6. Collect from ADF member DPOs examples of best practices in disability rights promotion and inclusion by the trainees during and after the training to monitor impacts made by the training
  7. Contribute to a regular ADF e-mail newsletter to update and inform ADF member DPOs and partners about issues and events of interest
  8. Assist different stakeholders who seek information from ADF on the two national BRIDGE CRPD-SDG trainings
  9. Undertake such other tasks as may be assigned by the ADF Coordinator, in relation to this project.


  1. Have a BA Degree
  2. Have at least 2-years relevant work experience in disability and development work
  3. Have advanced knowledge of computer software and mobile phone applications
  4. Have proven writing skills
  5. Be fluent in English, with knowledge of Swahili and/or French an advantage
  6. Persons with a disability are highly encouraged to apply

The assignment is for a period of 18 months, with possibility of extension for an additional six months. Salary and benefits will be paid according to the ADF salary scale. ADF provides any reasonable accommodations/disability adjustments required by the successful candidate.

Interested candidates are required to submit a letter expressing his or her motivation to serve as the ADF Training and Learning Coordinator, along with a recent CV.

Letter and CV should be submitted via e-mail attachment to: Berhanu Tefera, ADF Coordinator 

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview (Skype or in person) 

Application Deadline: January 26, 2017

ADF’s non-discrimination statement

ADF opposes discrimination, in its own program activities, its recruitment and hiring policy and practices, as well as those of its members, on the basis of disability, age, ethnicity or national origin, color, race, creed, gender, marital status, domestic circumstances, HIV status, sexual orientation, language or any other status, as well as multiple discrimination resulting from the intersection of more than one status. ADF provides reasonable accommodation to ensure full and equal participation in its work by Executive Council members, staff, experts and volunteers. ADF recognizes there are groups in society who are disadvantaged through discrimination and therefore practices affirmative action, particularly in order to increase the participation of women and youth with disabilities in ADF program activities and employment.

In addition, as a member of IDA, ADF has endorsed the IDA non-discrimination policy statement.