Job Post: WBU Human Rights & Advocacy Policy Analyst/Advisor

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday, January 11, 2016

The World Blind Union (WBU) is a non-political, non-religious, non-governmental and non-profit-making organization, representing over 285 million blind and partially sighted persons in 190 member countries. It is the internationally recognized organization speaking on behalf of blind and partially sighted persons at the international level. Visit www.wbu.ngo

DATE: December 18, 2015

JOB TITLE: Human Rights and Advocacy Policy Analyst/Advisor

TERM: Full-time, One Year Contract with possibility for renewal

LOCATION: To be determined. Preference for location in a developing country in partnership with WBU member organization

REPORTING: The Human Rights and Advocacy Policy Analyst/Advisor reports directly to the CEO World Blind Union, with secondary day-to-day reporting to the Manager of the host partner

SUMMARY OF POSITION
The Human Rights and Advocacy Policy Analyst/Advisor will support the World Blind Union at all levels in carrying out its representation role on behalf of blind and partially sighted persons worldwide.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES entail (but not limited to):
 Analyzing and interpreting international instruments of importance to WBU and blind and partially sighted persons, including but not limited to:
 UNCRPD
 Post 2015 SDG’s
 Marrakesh Treaty
 Prevention of Blindness Action Plan
 CEDAW
 CRC
 UNOHCHR including Universal Periodic Review
 Assisting WBU at international and regional levels to develop and implement strategies and action plans regarding these instruments for the benefit of members at the grassroots level.
 Development of tools and resources to enhance member engagement and support them in their implementation strategies
 Provide Analysis and strategic advice on emerging international processes, instruments, priorities such as, for example:
 Disaster risk reduction
 Situation of refugees
 Post 2015 SDG’s
 Other emerging issues as they arise
 Provide support as expert advisor to WBU and its members on issues related to UN advocacy and representation
 Development and utilization of a variety of communications and training information, tools and resources through the utilization of technology and other methodologies to support our human rights and advocacy strategies and implementation. Such tools might include
 Website
 Webinars
 Social media channels, such as Twitter, blogs, etc.
 Training programs (harnessing technology)
 Developing a community of practice at regional level
 Liaise with other international partners as appropriate to facilitate and strengthen WBU’s representation work. In particular, these liaisons include International Disability Alliance, CBM Advocacy Coordinators, Vision Alliance members

QUALIFICATIONS: (EDUCATION, TRAINING, EXPERIENCE)
 Post-secondary education in a related field
 Experience in the areas of human rights, advocacy and disability rights
 International experience a strong asset
 Excellent written and oral communications in English essential as well as additional language ability, in particular French and/or Spanish.
 Well developed interpersonal and communications skills
 Superior analysis and writing skills
 Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office software, and social media
 Available for occasional international travel
 Personal knowledge of blindness or low vision a definite asset

SALARY RANGE: Approximately $40,000 USD, commensurate with experience

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Monday, January 11, 2016

PLEASE SEND YOUR APPLICATION VIA EMAIL TO:

Dr. Penny Hartin
Chief Executive Officer
World Blind Union
penny.hartin@wbu.ngo

Please send cover letter and resume in MS Word format only

Blind Citizens Australia Appoints New Executive Officer

22 June 2015

Blind Citizens Australia’s position as the united voice of blind and vision-impaired Australians has been secured through the appointment of Leah van Poppel as its new Executive Officer. Leah is well-known to BCA members and across the blindness sector as a former Policy Officer with BCA and through her current role with the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO).

Leah brings significant strategic development and policy skills along with her personal experience of vision-impairment to the role. The board is delighted to have the opportunity to work with her to grow our organisation.

The board also takes this opportunity to publicly acknowledge and sincerely thank Tony Iezzi for his extraordinary work as Operations Manager over the past five months.

Tony has tirelessly and passionately steered BCA through a period of significant challenge. Without his management expertise and his willingness to take on the role at short notice, our organisation would have floundered. We wish Tony all the very best for the future.

Tony will continue in his role until the end of August. Leah will commence on 3 August.

The board also wishes to acknowledge the support of Brooker Consulting and the work of the recruitment subcommittee throughout the recruitment process.

Greg Madson
President
Blind Citizens Australia

Media contact: Emma Bennison, 0410 553 383
 

Semester 1 – 2015 Courses from Cisco Academy For the Vision Impaired

Cisco Academy For the Vision Impaired, also known as CAVI

This course offers employment strategies and skills for the blind, taught by the blind.

Enrollments are now open for the term beginning in February, 2015.

Course Offerings: courses
Application Fomr: application
Course Schedule: schedule

A Note On Prerequisites
Most courses require some basic computer and screen reader knowledge. If you are unable to complete the basic computer skills test, please talk to us about the Computers 101 course. Prerequisites

The WordPress course requires some HTML knowledge. If you have not taken our HTML course, you may need to complete a skills test to demonstrate your knowledge.

Fees
For information on pricing, see the fees page. Fees

Courses:
IT Essentials
Learn how to configure, repair, and install PC hardware and software This course provides a comprehensive overview of computer fundamentals and an introduction to advanced concepts. It is intended for people who wish to pursue careers in IT and gain practical knowledge of how a computer works. This course prepares students to take the A+ certification exam if they wish, and students who complete the course may find work as a technical support representative. At the end of this course, you should be able to:
Describe and identify the internal components of a computer
Assemble a computer system
Install an operating system
Troubleshoot using system tools and diagnostic software
Connect computers to the Internet
Share resources in a networked environment
Install and troubleshoot peripherals such as printers and scanners
IT Essentials course link

Intro To Networking
Introduction to networking is your first step along the path to studying for the CCNA or CCENT.

In this course you will learn basic network terminology, subnetting, how to configure basic home and business networks and the basics of network security., At the end of this course you will have the basic skills and experience to configure home and small office networks.

Building Websites With HTML 5
Learn to build your own website from scratch
This course is designed for both those who are new to HTML as well as those people who want to upgrade their HTML skills to use HTML 5. HTML is the basic building block of websites. Students will learn to build a website from the ground up using practical techniques that work for vision impaired people.

Topics covered include:
Choosing a web address and web hosting provider
Using an FTP program and HTML editor
Adding text, links, and lists to your website
Choosing a color scheme for your site
Adding audio and video content to your pages
Adding images to your site
Adding a shopping cart and contact form to your site
Using security measures to protect your visitors and your site
HTML5 course link

Getting the most out of Word Press
WordPress isn’t just a blogging platform. You can build entire websites with WordPress. This course will show you how to configure the Word Press content management system from Scrach and how to optimize both accessibility and functionality.

Audio Editing Fundamentals, Single Track or Multi-track
These courses teach audio editing to those of all skill levels. The single trakc course focuses on using software like Goldwave to record, edit, and enhance audio. The multi-track course teaches all aspects of audio production and mixing using Reaper. Both classes teach principles of microphone usage, choosing formats, and provide a survey of audio equipment for all budget levels. Our original Audio Fundamentals course has had a refresh this term and is now split into two tracks. Students may choose whether they’d like to learn single track editing with Goldwave, or multitrack editing with Reaper.
Audio Editing course link

Introduction to Linux With The Raspberry Pi
This course will help students learn how to run things like a Teamtalk server, media center, web server, and broadcasting software by teaching students how to use the Linux command-line operating system. and the Raspberry Pi.
Linus course link

MS Word Essentials
This course will teach students how to use Microsoft Word with a screen reader to create useful and attractive documents. The course will run for 12 weeks, and will take students from the basics of using the Ribbons and the Backstage view in Office 2010-2013 to the more advanced features of the program suchas macros, graphics, templates, forms, and mail merge.
MS Word Essentials course link

Short Courses
These courses do not run for the entire length of the term. They vary in length, anywhere from one week to half the term in length. They tend to be more focused than the full length courses in terms of content.

Employment
This course offers employment strategies and skills for the blind, taught by the blind. It will run for 8-10 weeks, dependent on student needs.
Employment course link

Other Short Courses
The following courses are being considered to run next term. Let us know which of these you would be interested in seeing. and if you have ideas for other courses that you’d like to see up teach.

MS Excel: A course exploring Excel, and how to use it to improve efficiency and productivity.

MS PowerPoint: A course designed to take students from the basics all the way through creating a presentation with multimedia and graphical elements. The course has one assignment, a final presentation that will be shared with the class.

The Windows Command Line: A course aimed at teaching students all about the power of the Windows command line – it can do more than you think.

Cooking 101: A series of short courses based around certain topics, such as baking, once-a-month or freezer cooking, meal preparation and planning, how to create home-cooked alternatives to restaurant meals, ETC.

Enrolling
To sign up for the course, send an email to caviinfo @ ciscovision.org [without the spaces], or by letting us know via the contact form on Contact Form

CAVI – A leading technology school for blind and vision impaired people around the world.

Online learning can level the playing field for blind and vision impaired people who want to learn computer and technology skills.

CAVI provides accredited Cisco Academy courses, computer skills courses, and employment preparation sessions for people who are totally or partially blind. The instructors have years of experience in their technical field and are blind as well. Many of our students get a job after graduation, while others focus on pursuing skills related to a hobby.

CAVI Employment short course – Cisco Academy For the Vision Impaired, also known as CAVI

This course offers employment strategies and skills for the blind, taught by the blind.
Employment Course Information

What this course is
Taught by instructors who are blind who have had success in gaining and keeping employment in both disability and mainstream settings.

More than just a resume, cover letter, and interview prep course. We will discuss why you want to work, what kind of person employers want, skills to have before you go job hunting and more.

Full of practical hands-on activities. By the time you leave the course you will have a resume, cover letters, and experience with at least one mock interview conducted by someone in charge of hiring for a real company.

Highly interactive. This course is centred around lively discussions on topics such as problem-solving in the workplace, disclosure of blindness, and transitioning to work.

What this course is not
A “Normal” employment course. We won’t spend two hours lecturing you on a one size fits all formula of how to get a job.

A course for children. We realise you are a capable adult and will be treated as such.

One lecture a week and that’s all. Students will have assignments to sharpen their confidence, problem solving abilities, networking skills and more.

The course will last eight to 10 weeks depending on student needs starting in February 2015. Each week there will be a lecture to attend and assignments to assist in skill building. The outline for the course is as follows:

  • Lecture 1: Motivations for work.
  • Lecture 2: Three traits for a successful job search.
  • Lecture 3: Job readiness skills and problem solving.
  • Lecture 4: Looking for work, Resumes and cover letters.
  • Class time devoted to working on resumes and cover letters rather than a lecture.

  • Lecture 5: Interviewing.
  • No lecture. Mock interviews with leadership WA.
  • Lecture 6: Transitioning into work.

Pricing
The course cost is $100 and includes:

  • Access to live and recorded lectures.
  • Access to course notes.
  • Feedback from real employers on your resume and interview.
  • Access to both the CAVI Employment and Discussion mailing lists.

Enrolling
To sign up for the course, send an email to caviinfo @ ciscovision.org [without the spaces], or by letting us know via the contact form on Contact Form

CAVI – A leading technology school for blind and vision impaired people around the world.

Online learning can level the playing field for blind and vision impaired people who want to learn computer and technology skills.

CAVI provides accredited Cisco Academy courses, computer skills courses, and employment preparation sessions for people who are totally or partially blind. The instructors have years of experience in their technical field and are blind as well. Many of our students get a job after graduation, while others focus on pursuing skills related to a hobby.

Introducing CAVI’s brand new Employment course

Are you a job seeker or thinking about looking for work? If so, CAVI’s brand new employment course may be just the help you need.

This course is no ordinary employment course. We understand that there is more to getting a job than your resume, cover letter, and interview.

This course is taught by blind people who have been successful in both specialty blindness and mainstream employment. The course will run for 8-10 weeks depending on student needs and will include the following topics and activities:

  • Motivations for work
  • The three traits we have found make getting a job much easier and how to develop these
  • Basic skills and knowledge to put in place when beginning a job search including networking and problem solving
  • The job search
  • Writing easy attractive resumes and cover letters
  • Interviewing skills including how to help put employers at ease
  • A mock interview from real hiring personnel through leadership WA as well as feedback on resumes and cover letters
  • Discussions on transitioning into the workplace including fitness, sleep, and socialization

This course will be delivered online and will meet once a week for approximately 2 hours starting in February 2015.

The cost is $100. As with all courses run by the Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired you will also gain access to a community of students and instructors to network with, even after you have graduated.

If you would like more information or to apply please visit CISCO Employment Course info