Career Opening: MIUSA International Development and Disability Project Coordinator

Posted February 10, 2010

International Development and Disability

Mobility International USA (MIUSA)

Who We Are
Mobility International USA (MIUSA), is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1981 and based in Eugene, Oregon USA working to empower people with disabilities to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development. Founded in 1981 by a woman with a disability, MIUSA serves people with all types of disabilities.

About the position

Do you have a passion for inclusion of people with disabilities in international development? Do you have personal or professional experience with disability issues, human rights, or diversity and are interested in contributing your skills toward a high impact project? We are a dynamic, disability-led organization seeking to add to our team.

MIUSA seeks a qualified Project Coordinator with experience in international development and disability inclusion with excellent project planning and logistics, writing and resource development skills to join the International Development and Disability (IDD) team for the USAID-sponsored Building an Inclusive Development Community project. This is a mid-level professional position that works collaboratively on national and international-level projects with the Project Manager and other team members. Competitive candidates will bring at least 2 – 4 years experience working in a relevant field, a passion for disability inclusion, and demonstrated skills to contribute to a training and technical assistance project.

The Project Coordinator reports to the Program Manager and is based at our offices in downtown Eugene, Oregon USA. This is a full-time, regular position that is contingent on grant funding. Excellent full benefits are available to staff working 20 hours per week or more.

Since 1998, MIUSA has been changing the paradigm of international development by framing the inclusion of people with disabilities as a human rights issue. With funding from the US Agency for International Development (USAID), MIUSA serves as a bridge to promote inclusion and bring together disability and development organizations. MIUSA provides technical assistance, training and resources to disabled peoples’ organizations (DPOs), USAID Missions and development agencies through the Building an Inclusive Development Community project.

Position Description

Project planning and logistics

  • Provide project support such as preparing consultant agreements, compiling training materials, creating agendas and contact lists, planning travel logistics, and reconciling expenses.
  • Track communication with partner organizations, grantees and disability organizations; respond to inquiries and requests for follow-on
  • Document and track cost-share contributions related to IDD projects
  • Coordinate a small grants program administered with DPOs overseas (review applications for strength and merit, provide technical assistance to implement and improve projects outcomes, track use and reconciliation of grant funds)
  • Network with stakeholders in a variety of fields to implement projects
  • Arrange and assist with teleconference planning calls and follow-on actions
  • Provide communication and regular updates to project partners in various countries

Training and technical assistance

  • Arrange logistics for multiple technical assistance site visits and trainings (transportation, budgets, lodging, resource materials, alternative formats, contracts)
  • As requested, join team of trainers and local partners to provide in-country logistical support and staffing coordination
  • Travel nationally and internationally for project activities as needed including project meetings, conferences and site visits
  • Network, serve on committees and liaison with a variety of people regarding IDD projects
  • Develop and update website with inclusive development resources
  • Coordinate and/or conduct evaluation activities
  • Support the Project Manager in the development of training materials

Writing and research

  • Produce resource and training materials for website and training tools used during site visits
  • Research and monitor inclusive development topics; analyzes information and reviews for appropriate use within the project
  • Write and disseminate a monthly E-News to a list of subscribers
  • Content writing and copyediting for peer review, newsletters, reports to granting agencies, and communication
  • Contributes to development of funding proposals as requested
  • Responds to general inquiry communications related to IDD programs
  • Oversees and/or supervises interns as assigned


  • Assist staff with informational resources, logistics, and special events; occasionally outdoors or outside of the office
  • Attend general MIUSA staff meetings, staff retreats, interdepartmental meetings and other meetings as requested
  • Assist other staff in the organization on timely projects as needed
  • Work as part of a team to achieve goals and mission of assigned projects
  • Assists IDD Project Manager with other tasks as directed


  • BS or BA required; advanced degree in international development, disability studies or related field highly preferred
  • Ability to communicate effectively via e-mail, telephone, Skype, video relay, instant messaging and other mediums
  • Familiarity with international development policies and framework, and international development agencies
  • Knowledge of one or more languages other than English preferred
  • Ability to travel nationally or internationally on occasion
  • Experience in project coordination and logistics planning
  • Experience analyzing and reviewing resources, utilizing research skills, and compiling results
  • Excellent writing, editing, proofreading and copyediting skills
  • Passion for empowering people with disabilities in international contexts
  • Two to four years experience in international development, inclusion of people with disabilities in development, or related fields
  • Personal and/or professional experience in the disabilities field, preferably with international experience
  • Extensive computer experience and skills, including using software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, internet, databases and email.
  • Experience and skills using listservs (including managing groups, electronic newsletters), developing and updating website content, and social media (e.g. Facebook, YouTube, blogs, etc.)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; ability to build relationships and foster networking
  • Excellent computer skills, attention to detail and organizational systems
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment

To apply:

Applications are due by March 15, 2010 by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) for initial consideration and screening. Late applications accepted after initial deadline until position is filled.

Send detailed cover letter, resume and list of references with “Project Coordinator, IDD” in the subject line, via email to:

Alisyn Henneck
Project Assistant

Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Equal Opportunity Employer. People with disabilities and others encouraged to apply. No calls please.

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