Disability-Inclusive Education Advocacy Officer Based in Washington, DC

Global Campaign for Education-US and Light for the World, Washington DC, United States

Skill Required:, Policy/ Advocacy and CampaignResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Email for CV Submission: 
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st August, 2018

Job Description

Light for the World is an international disability and development organization whose vision is an inclusive society where no one is left behind.

Global Campaign for Education-US (GCE-US) promotes education as a basic human right and mobilizes to create political will in the United States and internationally to ensure universal quality education.

Light for the World and GCE-US are collaboratively looking for a Disability-Inclusive Education Advocacy Officer to work in Washington, DC to strengthen advocacy and policy research on disability inclusive education with particular focus on the follow-on campaign on early childhood development. We strongly encourage persons with disabilities to apply for this position.

Role profile:

  • You will liaise and develop relationships with US-based donors (USAID, Global Partnership for Education, and World Bank), for the purposes of the research and advocacy.
  • You will facilitate information flow of relevant issues from the US amongst key individual engaged in the project. You will organise at least one of the two planned events.
  • You will support / lead on building a group of civil society advocates within the GCE – US. This inclusive education group will reinforce advocacy initiative towards US targets.
  • You will represent LIGHT FOR THE WORLD and GCE-US at relevant meetings and events and make disability-inclusive education more visible in policies, strategies, and implementation. You will participate in developing a power and policy analysis and work on building relationships towards increasing investment in disability inclusive education.
  • You will also be part of both the wider international advocacy GCE team / inclusive education team whose members are based internationally through LIGHT FOR THE WORLD offices.
  • Much of the work happens via international civil society networks and you are responsible for maintaining working relationships with these networks within the US, as well as identifying potential partners.
  • The working language of the position is English.

Your profile:

  • Minimum of three years of work experience in a similar position within civil society or other relevant institutions
  • Very good organisation and planning skills with the ability to prioritize
  • Self-motivated person with a passion for the sector and the ability to move and influence others
  • Excellent networking skills and able to use social media effectively
  • Very good knowledge of international cooperation in general and multilateral and bilateral agencies investing in education and sound understanding of the Global Partnership for Education, World Bank, USAID and their decision-making processes
  • Proven expertise in education finance, campaigning, research, policy analysis and trends
  • Commitment to human rights, the rights of persons with disabilities and non-discrimination
  • Knowledge of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, right to education, early childhood development and related instruments at global level
  • Experience in working with NGOs and working in partnerships within different networks
  • High proficiency in written and spoken English and excellent presentation skills
  • Good interpersonal skills, including excellent communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and the skills to work both independently as well as in an international team
  • The ability to work in a flexible manner and willingness to take up various tasks as appropriate in a small office
  • Capacity to work in a multi-cultural, diverse environment

To the LIGHT FOR THE WORLD Senior Advisor on Inclusive Education and GCE-US Executive Director
Provide monthly written updates and reporting for supporters and partners

About the position:
We are offering an outstanding opportunity to bring about change through international development organizations with strong expertise and a growing profile. We are committed to giving our colleagues space to explore new directions, test new ideas and to excel as individuals through and with their team. We are a professional team that strives towards continuous development. We believe in participatory leadership and expect you to contribute your expertise and ideas. We believe that learning from mistakes is an important way of developing and put emphasis on our culture of learning.

About Light for the World:

LIGHT FOR THE WORLD is an international disability and development organization whose vision is an inclusive society where no one is left behind. We strive for accessible eye care services and support inclusive education, empowering persons with disabilities to participate equally in society.

Inclusive education is one of the key mandate areas of LIGHT FOR THE WORLD. Over the past two years LIGHT FOR THE WORD has led the disability-inclusive education finance work with the International Disability and Development Consortium. The campaign, which used the #CostingEquity report as a springboard, was hugely successful and will be deepened with a focus on increasing investment in disability-inclusive early childhood development.

About Global Campaign for Education-US:

The Global Campaign for Education – US (GCE-US)’s mission is to promote education as a basic human right and mobilize to create political will in the United States and internationally to ensure universal quality education. We are a broad-based coalition of over 80 members dedicated to ensuring universal, inclusive, quality education for all children and youth. GCE-US is part of a global network of Global Campaign for Education efforts and coalitions in over 100 countries, with an international secretariat in Johannesburg, South Africa.


The working language of the position is English.


4-year degree



To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references to: gceus.hr@gmail.com

Please include in your cover letter:

  • Advocacy Officer Application in the subject line
  • Why do you want to work in this role and how would you approach this work?
  • Your salary history and rate / pay expectation
  • Your schedule and availability
  • How did you hear about this opportunity?

The position will remain open until filled. Those who apply by July 16, 2018 will receive priority consideration.

Recommend your friend

Copyrights 2017. All rights reserved | Technology Partner: Indev Consultancy Pvt. Ltd