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New Career Opportunity - Human Rights and Advocacy Policy Analyst/Advisor





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


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



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:


  • Post 2015 SDG’s

  • Marrakesh Treaty

  • Prevention of Blindness Action Plan


  • 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



  • 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






Dr. Penny Hartin

Chief Executive Officer

World Blind Union


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