Employment Opportunity: National Policy Officer

Blind Citizens Australia (the national representative voice of people who are blind or vision-impaired), offers a challenging opportunity for a highly motivated person with demonstrated policy experience to contribute to our team.

You will work as part of a small national team either from our Melbourne office, or remotely. We encourage applications from people who are blind or vision-impaired.

Applications are invited for the position of National Policy Officer, at 30 hours per week for 12 months with the possibility of extension. Salary will be based on experience and salary sacrificing is available.

As National Policy Officer you will develop and promote Blind Citizens Australia’s public policy and provide support to Blind Citizens Australia’s National Policy Council with consultation and policy development.

To obtain a copy of the position description or for further information, please contact Anna Briggs – 03 9654 1400 / anna.briggs@bca.org.au. Applications addressing the selection criteria contained in the position description, and including the names and contact details of two referees, should be forwarded by 5:00PM on Monday 1st May.

Employment Opportunity: Tour Guides – Dialogue in the Dark

Guide Dogs Victoria will be bringing the much anticipated Dialogue in the Dark™ exhibition to Melbourne in 2017.

Dialogue in the Dark™ is an interactive sensory exhibition that facilitates visitors experiencing daily living without sight. The exhibition will simulate iconic locations and experiences of Melbourne and is undertaken in complete darkness. Visitors are guided through the exhibition by a Guide who has low vision or who is blind. Through this encounter, visitors find a new appreciation for the unique skills of people with a disability, and reflect on their own personal value systems, attitudes and behaviours.

Guide Dogs Victoria are now recruiting for up to 20 Guides for the exhibition on a casual or part time basis. This role will be primarily responsible for guiding tour groups through the exhibition and providing an enjoyable, educational and professional experience for all patrons.

Requirements for this role:

We are looking for individuals who are blind or have low vision and have:

  • Excellent verbal communication skills, good grammar and enunciation with experience in giving presentations or guiding large groups is desirable but not essential
  • Knowledge of a second language will be highly regarded
  • Empathetic communicator with the ability to see things from another person’s point of view
  • Good mobility and white cane skills
  • Sufficiently mobile with high level of acceptance of their vision impairment / loss
  • Able to manage the physical demands and requirements of the job (applicants are required to walk and stand for at least 1 and a half hour periods while conducting tours)
  • A satisfactory background check (including a National and International Police Check and Working With Children Check)

Applications (including a Cover letter and Resume) should be emailed to hr@guidedogsvictoria.com.au

All candidates will receive a copy of the Position Description upon receipt of application being received.

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
 

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