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Deaf Movement Adviser - Rwanda

Organisation: VSO

Country: Rwanda

Type: Humanitarian & Community Development

Deaf Movement Adviser - Rwanda

What does the role involve?
 This is an exciting opportunity to work with Rwanda National Union of the Deaf (RNUD), a national non-governmental organisation established in 1989 by Deaf people themselves (both men and women) with a view to creating unity and raising awareness of the challenges and concerns of Deaf people in Rwanda. RNUD is operated by Deaf people themselves and is dedicated to advocating for equal opportunities and rights of Deaf people in all areas of life. 

You will work with the RNUD and support the organisation to become a strong and influential voice for deaf people in Rwanda. Working closely with RNUD staff and volunteers, you will:

  • share your experience of ‘deaf movements’ and organisations in other countries so that RNUD can consider how to proceed, but adapting to the context and culture of the deaf communities in Rwanda. 
  • identify advocacy ‘asks’ and opportunities and support RNUD to carry out advocacy activities, e.g. accompanying colleagues to meetings; advising on use of the media etc.
  • facilitate positive relationships between the board, staff and volunteers, including using techniques of conflict resolution
  • coach RNUD on effective communication techniques in all contexts (including in formal meetings, public meetings, all forms of news media, position papers, use of social media etc)
  • promote and support methods of transparent decision-making 
  • advise on ways to unite the deaf community and mobilise members and volunteer
  • supporting RNUD’s campaign to increase the number of registered members and maintain a membership databas
  • work with deaf women to identify and act upon their prioritie
  • supporting the fundraising activities of RNUD

Skills, qualifications and experience required
You’ll be a fluent sign language user with the ability to adapt to sign language used in different countries. Through your experience working within the deaf community and deaf associations, you will have a good understanding of deaf culture. If you have this type of experience working in national or local government, then this would be ideal. You’ll have experience advocating for the interests of deaf people, plus have skills in facilitation, training and coaching deaf people. Through your professional experience you will have developed skills in policy analysis and have experience advising small organisations in areas of management and administration systems. You’ll have good project preparation and management skills and be used to networking at a high-level. You’ll be a patient and flexible person, open to others’ opinions and views and able to work with a range of people. You’ll be a problem solver with a practical and proactive approach with the ability to motivate others, with experience in conflict management. You’ll be a clear communicator, with the ability to explain complex issues and have a flair for innovation and creativity.

And the rest…
You’ll be based in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. This is a voluntary placement. We’ll ask you to commit 12-24 months to make a sustainable contribution to development goals and in return we’ll provide you with invaluable training before your placement, a local living allowance, return flights and accommodation. When you return to your home country we’ll help you resettle and we’ll invite you to stay involved with us through campaigning, development awareness raising and fundraising.

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