Disability Inclusion Technical Specialist - Somalia Country Office

Reaching every last child in Somalia means all children, regardless of their ability, enjoy equal opportunities and participation without discrimination to reach their full potential. It's estimated 10% of children are born with a disability or become disabled during childhood. In Somalia, the majority of these are among the poorest part of the population and face various physical, attitudinal and institutional barriers to access food, health, shelter and protection on an equal basis with others. As such, it is essential that Save the Children take actions in order to effectively identify and respond to the specific needs and rights of children with disabilities who are most at risk of being left behind.

The Disability Inclusion Technical Specialist will use their in-depth contextual understanding, technical and practical expertise, and relationship building skills to define and deliver our strategic ambition for Disability Inclusion in Somalia/Somaliland. The role will lead strategy development and the technical design and implementation of high quality programmes that deliver change for children and families with disabilities in both emergency and development programming. The role supports national advocacy and influencing, while driving strategic partnerships for new business development. It supports the design and implementation of disability inclusive monitoring and evaluation systems to demonstrate impact, while sharing learning across our programmes, teams and partners. The role will work closely with operations colleagues and with partners, especially representative organisations of persons with disabilities in Somalia/Somaliland, building their capacity and building ownership and agency of local organisations as well as adults and children with disabilities. This role includes a focus on external representation on priority issues including disability rights, inclusive child participation and monitoring of rights, disability data, meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action, disability inclusive health, nutrition, child protection, climate resilience, education and social protection.

In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

Contract Duration: 2 years

Location: Somalia/Somaliland - Flexible (Garowe / Mogadishu / Hargeisa)

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master's degree in Disability Studies or related degree in International Development, Education, Psychology, Sociology or related area.


  • At least 5 years' experience of leading the design and implementation of humanitarian and development Disability Inclusive programmes

  • Experience of working with organisations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) and good relationship and wide network with disability experts and OPDs in Somalia/Somaliland and beyond.

  • Experience of working directly with children with different types of disabilities and their families.

  • Experience of designing and facilitating capacity building trainings on disability rights and inclusive programming

  • Strong understanding of the Disability Rights sector, policy priorities and the situation for adults and children with disabilities in Somalia/Somaliland and internationally in both humanitarian and development contexts

  • Demonstrated understanding of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Disability Inclusive Programming, The IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action, Disability Disaggregated data and MEAL, Universal Accessible Construction standards

  • Track record in successful business development/fundraising for inclusive development and humanitarian programmes and for projects targeting children and adults with disabilities

  • Demonstrated disability inclusive program design, monitoring and evaluation skills, including designing pathways to sustainable impact at scale.

  • Experience of strategy development and planning to promote and enhance Disability Inclusion

  • Experience of context, capacity and policy analysis, and influencing and advocacy at regional/international level in order to hold duty bearers to account to realise children's rights and rights of adults and children with disabilities. Familiarity with Disability Situation Analysis, Barrier Analysis, CRPD monitoring and Disability Data.

  • Skilled at networking, representation and partnership development in order to promote learning, strengthen civil society and mobilise resources. Proven engagement and partnership with organisations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) and other disability stakeholders.

  • Able to generate and use data and evidence to innovate, deliver, learn and share what works and what doesn't work for children with disabilities, especially disability disaggregated data

  • Experience of promoting quality and impact through at least one cross-cutting area: gender equality and inclusion, adaptive and safer programming; child rights; disability; migration and displacement.

  • Experience of supporting humanitarian preparedness, response and recovery to ensure disability inclusion across sectors and phases.

  • Significant experience in training, capacity building, and mentoring communities and organisations on Disability Inclusion Across different thematic areas such as health and nutrition, child protection, education, social protection, early intervention etc.

  • Fluent in English and high level of English writing skills.


  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies

  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international and matrix management environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday

  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,

  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated.

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please apply in English saving your CV and cover letter as a single document, including details of your current remuneration and salary expectations for this role. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.


Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents.

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