Disability Assessment Adviser


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Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) is an international development charity with a vision for a "world without poverty" and a mission to "bring people together to fight poverty". VSO recruits professionals to work as volunteers, living and working alongside local populations in developing countries. VSO was founded in 1958, and currently works in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

VSO started work in Rwanda in 1998 at the invitation of the Government of Rwanda and it focuses on programmes in Education, disability and youth/national volunteering. VSO Rwanda's work revolves around six development goals including, Secure livelihood, HIV/AIDS reduction, Education, Participation and Governance, Health and Disability


Consultancy role: Disability Assessment Adviser

Consultancy location: Kigali with field travel within Rwanda

Reporting to: Social Inclusion and Governance Adviser

Works with: VSO staff and volunteers, and key stakeholders

Contract type: Fixed-term consultancy for 40 days.

Duration of contract: Start date no later than 1st May 2018 for 40 days.

Consultancy Fees: Negotiable

Summary of role

VSO Rwanda is looking for a consultant Disability Assessment Adviser with experience of identifying disability amongst children of primary school age as part of a current Building Learning Foundation program (BLF). The assessment has three phases: 1) Apply the Washington Group approach (tailored to children) to identify children with disabilities in a sample of schools in five Districts; 2) Establish the learning needs and possible interventions for children with the types of disabilities identified in phase 1; 3) Design project-level interventions to support children with disabilities in BLF targeted schools (government and Government aided schools)

The entire process is to be completed by the end of 2018.

The Adviser will lead phase 1 of the project. Phase 1 is expected to be complete no later than 1st August 2018. Specifically the Adviser will design and deliver phase 1 including engaging with the concerned VSO-BLF personnel and key stakeholders, designing necessary tools, providing training and supervision to field teams, and producing data analysis and reporting on results. This is an important opportunity to contribute to learning both within Rwanda and internationally on the use of the Washington Group approach especially for children.

Specific Terms of Reference

  1. Develop project plan for delivery of phase 1 of the assessment: Lead the design of phase 1 of the assessment working closely with VSO-BLF colleagues. Ensure the proejct plan is suitable to the Rwandan context and can be achieved with the resources and time allowed. Note that prior to this consultancy, VSO and key stakeholders will have been trained in the Washington Group approach and will have developed a basic (but not fixed) roadmap suitable to the Rwandan context as a starting point. The approach should ensure that child protection and accountability to children and parents are ensured. Field teams and data entry clerks will be recruited from within the project team and externally.
  2. Implement phase 1 of the assessment: Lead the implementation of phase 1 by working with VSO to recruit and train field teams, carry out a pilot exercise and adjust plans and training accordingly, supervise field work, train and supervise data entry clerks, carry out data analysis and produce a final report on findings and their implications for future programming (phase 2 and 3).
  3. Capture and share learning from phase 1 of the assessment: Document the process and results of the exercise in order to contribute to improved national and international data on disability and contribute to national and international learning on the use of the Washington Group approach to capturing disability prevalence amongst children.

Person Specifications

i)   At least a Master’s degree in relevant field from reputable university.

Knowledge and skills

  1. Expert knowledge on the use of the Washington Group questions for establishing disability prevalence amongst children.
  2. Strong ability to train others in applying the Washington Group questions to children and to communicate complex concepts and approaches to an audience with varied backgrounds.
  3. Strong ability to train and supervise field teams to use the Washington Group questions to establish disability prevalence amongst children.
  4. Expertise in analysing and reporting on findings and their implications to future programming work.
  5. Expert knowledge of disability, especially amongst children, preferably in Rwanda.
  6. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships.
  7. Able to work to tight timescales.


  1. At least 10 years’ experience in this area of work.
  2. Experience of working in Rwanda or similar context in this area of work.


  1. Overall work plan submitted within 5 days (in consultation with the VSO Social Inclusion and Governance Adviser and Health Programme Manager).
  2. Final project plan presented to and finalised with VSO and key stakeholders in one day workshop within 10 days.
  3. Training of field teams for pilot phase complete (with training report)
  4. Pilot phase complete (with report and necessary adjustments)
  5. Training of all field teams complete (with training report)
  6. Training of data entry team complete (with training report)
  7. Implementation of field work phase complete (with field work report)
  8. Report on data analysis, key findings and their implications for future work produced (no later than 1st August 2018)
  9. Learning paper for VSO internal use and for wider dissemination within Rwanda and internationally produced (no later than 1st August 2018)


Interested candidates are invited to submit, in sealed envelope(s), their offers (in English) including the understanding of the assignment, the proposed methodology and financial proposal to the Head of People and Operations, VSO Rwanda, before Friday 23rd March 1700h (local time Rwanda).

KG 625 Street, House No 12

Tel: + (250) 788 300940

       + (250) 788 302 521

       + (250) 788 304 541

Kimihurura Sector

Gasabo district  

PO Box 4599,


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