Applications Invited for a 3-Day Course on Accessibility in Built Environment, in Nairobi, Kenya, during 27 Aug 2019 – 29 Aug 2019

Application Process and Criteria

Applications are invited from Kenyan nationals for a three-day, full time, Basic Access Auditor Training Course, scheduled from 27 Aug 2019 to 29 Aug 2019 (both days inclusive) in Nairobi, Kenya.

About the Basic Access Auditor Course:

As Kenya is aspiring to provide more inclusive and friendly built environment to people of all ages and abilities, need of professionals who have an expertise on the specific needs of people with disabilities is growing. Traditional courses in rehabilitation, medical and para-medical, civil engineering, design, architecture, special education etc. do not exhaustively cover the subject well. The NCPWD has a mandate to issue adjustment orders to ensure accessibility in existing buildings; however, there is shortage of hands who can evaluate a built environment and offer recommendations to make the environment accessible.

This 3-day unique crash course based on ISO 21542 (approved standard by Govt. of Kenya) will fill that gap and will prepare a fleet of trained basic access auditors who could be deployed for access audits of built environment to promote accessibility in public infrastructure of Kenya to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The course is being organized by NCPWD Kenya in collaboration with Svayam-Global Centre for Inclusive Environments, India

Training Venue : Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, Desai Rd, Off Muranga Rd, Nairobi, Kenya

Course Duration: 27 August 2019 to 29 August 2019.

Medium of Instruction: Course will be conducted in English language only.

Minimum Eligibility

  • Education – A Graduate Degree in Science, Design, Urban Planning, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Social Sciences, Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or a related field.
  • Age: – 26- 51 years
  • Experience: Minimum 5 to 10 years in the sector (may be relaxed, in case you attended the previous training held during 24-28 June 2019 but could not receive certification due to shortage in attendance or grades.)
  • Nationality: Kenyan or any other African nation

Preference to :

  • Exposure in Developmental sector;
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Public Officials dealing with built environment

Application Process

Candidates can apply directly or may be nominated by NCPWD, Ministries/ Departments, Public Offices, NGOs from development sector. However, all candidates must register online on the Google form link HERE. In case, the link doesn’t work, copy and paste the below link in your browser and submit:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd3VIlR4tiUpGG0yXS33egeYW9gN1P40Q6-AI0uI4Mj9PvVzQ/viewform

Candidates must ensure they meet the minimum eligibility criteria. Applicants who are not affiliated to any NGO or Govt. Department and applying for the course as an Individual, are required to submit two recommendation letters, one each from National Council and from an NGO of national repute in Kenya of their suitability which may be sent by email to svayam.india@gmail.com after submitting the online application form. Closing date for submitting the documents and making application form is 23 Aug 2019.

Selection Process

Application received within stipulated will be scrutinized and where considered appropriate and necessary, telephonic /video interviews will be conducted to further analyze the suitability of the candidates for the course. Seats are limited and shall be filled on first come first served basis. The decision of the Chief Coordinator, Accessible Kenya Mission, on selection of a candidate for the course shall be final and will not be open to adjudication.

Course Duration and requirements

This three-day (full time) course will be conducted from 27 Aug 2019 to 29 Aug 2019 at Nairobi, Kenya from 09 AM to 06 PM (local time). The days will be long and busy with course work, assessments and field visits. The candidates must be able to withstand the course requirements. The candidates will have to individually pass both the theory and practical examination (minimum qualifying marks 60%) for successful completion of course.

Course Fee

There will be no Fee charged for this course and the candidates will have to make their own arrangements of travel to the training venue. Tea, Snacks, Lunch will be provided.  However, the candidates completing the course will have to undertake at least 10 access audits of buildings identified by the National Council and submit their reports for evaluation to Svayam within 25 days of completion of training or allocation of identified buildings- whichever is earlier. The reports will be evaluated and further updated under guidance of Svayam by the candidates and submitted to Svayam/NCPWD for further action.

Certification and Inclusion in the List of Basic Access Auditors

The successful candidates at the end of the training will be issued a Certificate of “Basic Access Auditor” jointly by National Council for Persons with Disabilities, Govt. of Kenya and Svayam – Global Centre for Inclusive Environments, India. A certified candidate will be competent to conduct access appraisals of the built environment from the perspective of its usability by persons with disabilities and make recommendations consonant with the requirements of ISO 21542 and the National Act on Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2003. The certified candidates will remain on probation for 30 days from the date of certification or till they submit the minimum 04 access audit reports of the buildings allocated to them by NCPWD and duly evaluated by Svayam, whichever is later. The candidates/ Officials will undertake to actively engage in conducting the access audit of built environment under the Inclusive Kenya Mission’ to help achieve an accessible Kenya for all and will be deputed on accessibility improvement programs of the concerned ministries/departments.

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