Learning and Documentation Officer - Ghana Federation of the Disability

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Learning and Documentation Officer - Ghana Federation of the Disability

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Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFD) is a national umbrella of organisations of persons with disabilities in Ghana.

GFD has a vision of an inclusive society for all persons with disabilities in Ghana. The Federation works to influence national legislations, policies and programs for disability inclusion as well as empowerment of organisations of persons with disabilities for advocacy and their sustainability. Currently, GFD has twelve (12) member organisations. It has branches in all 16 administrative regions and in 250 districts in Ghana.

Job Description

The Federation in partnership with Light for the World International with funding from Mastercard Foundation will implement an 8-year program dubbed We Can Work, a regional signature disability programme that uses a system and mindset change approach to impact the
lives of young women and men with disabilities and enables them to access dignified and fulfilling work.



The program works with consortium partners such as Light for the World International, African Disability Forum (ADF), Crosswise Worldwide (CWW) and other umbrellas
Organizations of Persons with Disabilities and Entrepreneurship Hubs in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria to impact the lives of at least 1,000,000 youth with disabilities.

With our partners, we will effect change at the level of individuals (including households and communities), organizations and institutions. Young persons with disabilities will act as change agents and provide disability inclusion advisory services and confidently advocate for disability-inclusive policies and practices among key system actors.

Throughout the eight-year partnership intervention, the key outcomes of our work with young women and men with disabilities in the lead will be:

  • Young women and men with disabilities drive positive change around disability inclusion
  • Young women and men with disabilities have formed start-ups and agribusiness, are growing their micro enterprises or access waged jobs due to direct interventions.
  • Young Africa Works program and other system actions intentionally and meaningfully reach out to young women and men with disabilities and ensure that they equally benefit from programs and services.
  • Young women and men with disabilities enact agency by contributing to national and regional advocacy processes to implement youth and disability-inclusive policies.

GFD seeks the services of experienced and self-driven persons to lead this innovative and ambitious project hence the vacancy for the following position Learning and Documentation Officer

Reporting to the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Manager, the Learning and Documentation Officer will support a range of activities related to communications, documentation, learning and innovation; namely behavioural change communication, leading GFD’s communications with internal and external stakeholders, fulfilling communications and documentation targets within the GFD, building visibility and recognition of the GFD and We Can Work programme brand, and highlighting key programme achievements and learnings (to a local and international audience).

The role also facilitates effective and systematic brainstorm and "Think-Tank" activities around a specified challenge, leading to development of products, materials and pilot projects.



Key Responsibilities

Behavioural Change Communication; Content development and management for print and digital media (social media, website)

  • Develop and disseminate content with the primary aim of changing mindsets towards disability inclusion and brand promotion
  • Ensure all content and communication is accessible and inclusive.
  • Provide support for communications on We Can Work for local and international social media channels and website.

Manage program-related communications, branding press, media, and PR

  • Map stakeholders and channels and ensure periodic communication through the communication strategy and plan.
  • Ensure correct application of the We Can Work brand on all external facing products (word documents, ppts, banners, T-shirts, etc.).
  • Achieve targets regarding PR and communication.
  • Ensure all communication has gone through DTP (Desktop Publishing) process, is presentable and is in UNCRPD compliant language.
  • Ensure donor-related visibility guidelines are implemented.
  • Ensure cordial relations with media for meaningful distribution of information.
  • Write press releases where required.

Support the facilitation of Co-creation, Brainstorm and "Think-Tank" activities

  • Support the design and overall facilitation of co-creation processes and learning events around specified challenges and agreed learning agenda relating to disability inclusion and the We Can Work programme.
  • Support other brainstorm and "Think-Tank" activities by ensuring the use of creative facilitation techniques and participatory methodologies to drive these processes in a systematic and effective way.

Development of knowledge products, and communication and resource materials

  • Support content development to feed quarterly Disability Inclusion Insight Briefs 3
  • Support the development of knowledge products that document good practices, lessons learned and key resource materials to support disability inclusion in Young Africa Works andother partner organisations in country.

Support the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team with documenting qualitative data that illustrate system change and impact

  • Document stories of change in different formats like print, clips or photo narratives, ensuring supportive visual content and accessibility of all products



Required Skills or Experience

  • Degree in Communications, Public Relations, Social Sciences, International relations, international development, or a related field
  • Minimum three (3) years’ professional experience in communications, public relations, or a similar field.
  • Demonstrable experience in writing engaging print and digital content e.g. blogs, case studies, summary reports, and stories of change, for technical audiences and/or other stakeholders.
  • Proven track record of distilling complex information into engaging messaging content.
  • Proven knowledge of human centred design approaches
  • Competent in digital communications and working with digital platforms and devices.
  • Strong team player with an interest in co-creating engaging content. Photography skills desired.
  • Must be a self-starter with proven analytical, and problem-solving skills and the ability to work with minimum supervision
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