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  • Posted: Sep 21, 2021
    Deadline: Sep 27, 2021
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  • This-Ability is a social enterprise focused on advancing Disability Rights and Inclusion in Kenya. Our team combines business strategy and social entrepreneurship with a passion for disability rights. We work to provide technical support and assistance to strengthen disability rights and inclusion in Kenya. We also work on inclusive supply and demand approaches to design and implement strategies and innovative business approaches that are profitable, scalable and eradicate the challenges faced by women and girls with disabilities in mainstream development.
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    Website Development Consultant

    Overview

    Our model focuses on using business principles of marketing and advertising to make the case for investing in women and girls with disabilities where we prioritize amplifying the voices of young women with disabilities, building skills and creating visibility for sexual, reproductive, and economic rights. We work to increase access to sexual and reproductive health rights and economic empowerment for women and girls with disabilities across various counties. Our website is one of the platforms that amplifies our work and the experiences of women with disabilities. We are therefore seeking a professional to join our team to support the updating of our existing website.

    Overall Objective:

    To update This Ability Trust Website content and accessibility features

    Tasks:

    • To update and improve This Ability Website
    • To update and upgrade the accessibility of our website.

    Responsibilities:

    • Periodic meetings with This Ability’s team
    • To identify and communicate more technology based efficient methods in achieving goals

    Required Experience

    • ICT bachelor degree
    • Proven experience in developing accessible/inclusive platforms.
    • Proven experience in creating similar products.

     Qualified women with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    This Ability Trust has zero tolerance for corruption and fraud.

    This Ability Trust reserves the right to offer comparable assignments to those qualified candidates that may not have been selected for this consultancy assignment for which they applied for. These offers will be based on the needs of the organization, appropriateness, and relevance to the candidate’s educational background and work experience. Only those candidates in whose qualifications and experience the Trust has further interest will be contacted for subsequent interviews.

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    Data Analyst Consultant

    Project Overview

    Disability statistics in Kenya have over the years recorded a significantly lower disability prevalence compared to the global 15% prevalence rate estimated by the World Health Organization. According to the 2019 census, 2.2% (0.9 million people) of Kenyans live with some form of disability. Direct comparison of disability prevalence in 2009 and 2019 is problematic due to differences in data collection methodologies, ages covered, and the size of administrative units. The 2019 census also indicates that 1.9% of men have a disability compared with 2.5% of women. The 2009 census reported 3.4% of men and 3.5% of women had a disability.[1]Documented studies have shown that due to several causes there is a higher prevalence of disability among women than men, the increased incidence in sexual and gender based violence among women in addition to poor reproductive healthcare services and nutrition, women and girls with disabilities experience disproportionate levels of exclusion due to gender and disability.[2]The lack of data exacerbates the invisibility of women with disabilities, and for duty bearers and policymakers- it is critical to have the right data to be able to develop the right policies and budgets. With support from UNFPA, This Ability Trust developed a USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data)platform using mobile technology to collect specific data on women with disabilities, to address the lack of data, and to improvethe knowledge onthis specific population.

    Long Term Goals

    To increase the visibility of women with disabilities at the national and international level, by improving the quantitative curated data.

    Short Term Goals

    This Ability Trust would like to use the data analysis reports towards policy advocacy and inform the policy makers and duty bearers on the accurate percentage of persons with disabilities segregated into the gender segments of the country’s population.

    Overall Objective:

    To analyse all the registered data on HESABIKA platform and provide evidence to develop our advocacy campaigns and improve our program implementation.

    Tasks:

    • To review all the registrations done to date
    • To analyse the provided data
    • To develop a report with recommendations

    Responsibilities:

    • Periodic meetings with This Ability’s team
    • Analyze data from the HESABIKA platform to establish trends and information.
    • Link information derived to ongoing and future programs through the Bulk SMS solution

    Deliverables:

    • Methodology for the analysis
    • Report draft
    • Final report with conclusions and recommendations

    Required Experience

    • Degree in Social Science and or Population Studies
    • Proven experience in database analysis
    • Proven knowledge of Kenyan population context
    • Gender analysis skills
    • Proven experience in disabilities investigations

    N.B. Qualified women with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    This Ability Trust has zero tolerance for corruption and fraud. 

    This Ability Trust reserves the right to offer comparable assignments to those qualified candidates that may not have been selected for this consultancy assignment which they applied for. These offers will be based on the needs of the organization, appropriateness, and relevance to the candidate’s educational background and work experience. Only those candidates in whose qualifications and experience the Trust has further interest will be contacted for subsequent interviews.

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    Gender and Disabled Women’s Rights Consultant

    Project Overview

    Women with disabilities face double discrimination, firstly, due to their gender as women, and secondly due to their disability. Due to the myriad of challenges faced by women with disabilities such as cultural practices and myths that are discriminatory and harmful, stigma and discrimination, including an invisibility in policies and programming which lead to a lack of access to social amenities such as education, employment, healthcare among others. 

    The negative impact of corruption at county and national governments on women and girls with disabilities and its adverse effects are experienced in a variety of ways, because of the reduced investments and ineffective social protection and accountability measures.Additionally, it is important for women with disabilities to understand the importance of gender analysis in order to fight against corruption. 

    Overall Objective:

    To increase gender analysis skills for women with disabilities especially in key representative positions steering national and sub-national conversations and providing critical nuances within anti-corruption initiatives.

    Specific Objectives:

    • To implement a needs analysis assessment on gender analysisamong women with disabilities
    • To create an online curriculum on gender analysis.
    • To execute the training modules.
    • To facilitate training sessions via various online platforms e.g. Zoom, Whatsapp, This Ability Skills platform 

    Deliverables:

    • Needs analysis assessment
    • Weekly training schedule
    • Pre and post evaluation tests
    • Curriculum content

    Responsibilities:

    • Periodical meetings with This Ability’s team
    • To deliver and complete This Ability Trust trainings on gender analysis.
    • Report challenges and opportunities to the team.

    Required Experience

    • A Master Degree in Gender Studies.
    • Strong empathy and listening skills.
    • Proven experience in training on gender analysis skills.
    • Previous experience developing gender analysis curriculums. 
    • Previous experience training women with disabilities.
    • Knowledge of the Kenyan social context.
    • Ability to relate to and adapt communication style to suit young women with disabilities.

    N.B. Qualified women with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    This Ability Trust has zero tolerance for corruption and fraud. 

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    Mental Health Consultant

    Background

    Mental health issues have traditionally been seen as a taboo topic, many people suffer from mental illnesses in silence, not knowing where or who to turn to. Research conducted by WHO, indicate depression, anxiety, psychological distress, sexual violence, and domestic violence affect women at a greater extent than men. 41.9% of women suffer from depressive disorders compared to 29.3% of men. (Women’s mental health: The Facts, World Health Organization).

    Research has shown that the prevalence of depression in adults with disabilities is estimated at 24.9% to 41% which is higher than the 22.8% to 27.5% observed in non-disabled adults. When seeking access to mental health support, healthcare workers or counselors usually see the disability before they see mental health challenges. More often than not, women with disabilities are only perceived for their disabilities. They cannot understand that women with disabilities face mental challenges beyond their disabilities. (Incidence, risk, and associated factors of depression in adults with physical and sensory disabilities)

    Problem Statement

    The COVID-19 pandemic has largely disrupted the country and particularly the prevention measures such as lockdown, mobility restriction, quarantines, curfew, self-isolation haveled to loss of employment which has been a huge challenge. This has been linked to psychosocial problems and mental health. Women and girls with disabilities have faced increased violence, notably sexual violence mostly perpetrated by their caregivers and family. The loss of livelihoods made women with disabilities unable to provide for themselves and their families, contributingto stress, anxiety, and psychosocial problems. This Ability seeks to end the stigma on mental health and raise awareness by encouraging young women with disabilities to share, learn how to deal with stress and speak out on mental health issues.

    Project Overview

    Creation of community mental health forums will allow women with disabilities to have a safe space where they can share their experiences, express their emotions and feelings without the risk of being judged. The solutions to problems they face as well resiliency skills will be offered within these same spaces. Creation of such spaces will also strengthen bonds and build support networks within the community, thus increasing each individual’s sense of belonging and self-worth. (Adalberto Barreto – Community TherapyIntegrative Community Therapy in Brazil and Latin America)

    Overall Objective:

    To promote awareness of mental health on young women with disabilities by creating safe spaces and reducing stigma by providing emotional support, factual information about mental health illness, its causes, ways to address it, and recovery.

    Specific Objective

    • To equip young women with disabilities with the knowledge to identify when they are experiencing mental health problems or mental illness.
    • To create group therapy sessions for young women with disabilities in Kenya using technology

    Deliverables:

    • Create resources on mental health and community support for young women with disabilities
    • Develop a clear guideline on how the weekly workshops on mental health and life skills of young women with disabilities will be done. 
    • Facilitate weekly therapy circles on mental health of young women with disabilities. 
    • Guide safe space for young women with disabilities to discuss, share their experiences, and get support on mental health without judgment
    • Final report at the end of the process.

    Responsibilities:

    • Work in partnership with This Ability team
    • Have periodical meetings with This Ability team
    • Inclusion of feedback from This Ability Team

    Required Experience

    • A Bachelor’s Degree in Counselling Psychology.
    • Should have strong empathy and listening skills
    • At least four years of provenexperience in similar positions.
    • Knowledge on the Kenyan social context.
    • Experience in mental health work from a gender and disabilities standpoint.
    • Previous experience in guiding group therapy will be an added advantage.
    • Ability to relate to and adapt communication style to suit young women with disabilities.
    • Previous experience working with women with disabilities.

    N.B. Qualified women with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

    This Ability Trust has zero tolerance for corruption and fraud. 

    Method of Application

    To apply send your CV and cover letter responding to the selection criteria to [email protected]

    N.B We encourage women with disabilities to apply

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