The International Disability Alliance (IDA) is opening a position of a Global Disability Summit Officer

The International Disability Alliance (IDA)

Full Time
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About the International Disability Alliance (IDA)

We are an alliance of networks. IDA brings together over 1,100 organisations of persons with disabilities and their families from across eight global and six regional networks. Together we promote the rights of persons with disabilities across the United Nations’ efforts to advance human rights and sustainable development. We support organisations of persons with disabilities to hold their governments to account and advocate for change locally, nationally and internationally.  The cornerstone of our work is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). We promote the effective and full implementation of the UN CRPD, and compliance by governments and the UN System, through the active and coordinated involvement of representative organisations of persons with disabilities at the national, regional and international levels. The 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals are also integral to IDA’s work to promote inclusive, sustainable development in line with the UN CRPD.

With member organisations around the world, IDA represents the estimated one billion people worldwide living with disabilities. This is the world’s largest – and most frequently overlooked – marginalised group. IDA, with its unique composition as a network of the foremost international disability rights organisations, is the most authoritative representation of persons with disabilities on the global level and acknowledged as such by the United Nations system both in New York and Geneva.

Linked to these developments, IDA is opening a position of a Global Disability Summit Officer, whose main role will be to support the effective functioning of the Global Disability Summit and its follow-up mechanism. The position will also make a critical contribution to the implementation of the GDS Partnership follow-up mechanism.

Location: Flexible

Gross Monthly Salary: Subject to location and experience

Length of position:  One year with possibility for extension

Position Start Date: December 1, 2020

Report to: IDA Senior Manager leading on the Summit partnership



Key interlocutors

Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the GDS Secretariat, hosts of the Global Disability Summit, IDA Executive Director, IDA Programme Director, relevant IDA Secretariat colleagues, IDA members, donors as members of the Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network.


In all his/her endeavours, the GDS Officer will ensure participatory approaches, attention to representation of the diversity of the disability movement and its constituencies. S/he will coordinate with other IDA Secretariat team members as relevant to ensure optimum collaboration and efficient use of resources to achieve common IDA objectives.

Under the management of the Senior Manager who will lead the Global Disability Summit Partnership follow-up mechanism Secretariat, the GDS Officer will:

1) Support the set-up of an efficient, collaborative mechanism to follow-up and report on progress with Global Disability Summit commitments

  1. Support establishment of the Global Disability Summit Partnership follow-up mechanism to track progress on GDS commitments Structure which includes: formulation of the Technical Advisory Group drawing from the strategic partnership established between the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and IDA and successful experience of co-hosting the first GDS, thematic working groups and regional dialogues in collaboration with the existing technical communities of practice and expert groups including the Global Action on Disability (GLAD) Network, UN CRPD committee members.
  2. In close coordination with the Programme Unit, develop the tracking methodology and tools for GDS tracker(s) and support the development of the GDS partnership portal with interactive tools, development of case studies, and regional dialogues, ensuring maximum synergies with other knowledge management platforms administered by IDA;
  3. Coordinate inputs and support annual progress reports on GDS developments, including mobilisation of organisations of persons with disabilities (OPDs), and relevant documentation for review and validation, liaising with external consultants as relevant;
  4. prepare communications to IDA members and strategic partners on the GDS;
  5. In close coordination with the next GDS co-hosts, contribute to the development of robust pledges/ trackable commitments for the next GDS, linking with commitments and progress secured at the GDS18;
  • Support and coordinate the preparation of the future GDS sessions
    1. Support the preparation and delivery of the future Global Disability Summit, ensuring the involvement and meaningful participation of organizations of persons with disabilities
    2. Coordinate with IDA Members and the wider disability rights and civil society movement to ensure active and meaningful engagement of OPDs
    3. Support the preparation and delivery of the future civil society forum to be organized one day before the summits, including consultations to define priority themes and prepare background papers;
    4. Coordinate social media and communications materials
    5. Coordinate final report of the future GDS session, in collaboration with the GDS Secretariat.

3) Upon request, support advocacy initiatives including OPD consultations ahead of the summit, analysis of SDG reports in view of GDS commitments and Preparation of thematic background papers relevant to GDS.

  1. Depending on priorities and opportunities during the period, and as agreed with the Executive Director and Programme Director, support to senior colleagues with the coordination of IDA or IDA members’ advocacy initiatives and seek relevant synergies with the GDS
  2. Coordinate the participation of grassroots DPOs in preparation for the summit, for ensuring synergies from local to global level.



  • Master’s degree in communications, Disability Studies Journalism, International Development or Public affairs, Social Sciences or similar
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in the non-profit sectors of administration, communications, public relations, outreach or project support (including internship/volunteering /training)
  • Understanding of development and human rights issues
  • Commitment to the human rights of persons with disabilities and experience of supporting meaningful engagement of organisations of persons with disabilities.
  • High level of communication skills. Ability to communicate with clearly and concisely in professional English (written, oral).
  • High level of computer literacy and PC skills with practical experience in the production of promotional material using major design software.
  • Substantive knowledge of Microsoft Office and other software relevant for the job
  • Knowledge of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • A strong sense of diplomacy, sociability and interpersonal communication; ability to account for and handle confidential, strategic and political information
  • Ability to work within a small, multi-cultural team in decentralized locations
  • Excellent organizational skills with an ability to think proactively and prioritize work

Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience in Media Communications and Public Relations
  • Knowledge of UN structures and processes
  • Working knowledge of at least one other UN official language (Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, Chinese) or International Sign
  • Working experience with international organizations in a similar field
  • Willingness and ability to work occasionally at non-standard hours and to undertake some travel
  • Persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply

For more information and to apply, please see here

Deadline to apply: 30 October 2020.

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