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Disability Support Officer (voluntary) - Pohnpei Disability Office - Remote

Australian Volunteers Program
  • 3 month assignment
  • Modest allowance provided

The Australian Volunteers Program is an Australian government funded initiative that has placed skilled volunteers overseas for over 60 years. Our volunteer assignments are driven by local objectives and needs of our partner organisations, located in 26 countries across Indo-Pacific.

Apply your technical skills and unique experiences to make a significant contribution to countries and communities overseas, all while working and living in Australia. Remote volunteering is flexible. Volunteer at a time and location that suits your needs while still making an impact overseas.

Support is available every step of the way, with training and resources, and advice from our in-country teams who are here to help you navigate your volunteer journey. A small allowance is provided to help with costs of working remotely. You will also join a network of thousands of current and past Australian volunteers.


Pohnpei Department of Health Services (DoHS) vision is to provide a holistic, integrated system of health care that optimises quality of life for Pohnpeian citizens, residents, and visitors through effective health promotion, disease prevention efforts, and quality health care services. DoHS was merged with with the Division of Social Affairs. This division oversees the youth, women, senior citizen and disability programs and other services.

Disability inclusiveness is becoming a central cross-cutting theme for Pohnpei since FSM signed the UN Convention on the elimination of discrimination against women (CEDAW), UN Convention on the rights of the child (CRC), and most recently the UN Convention on the rights of people with disabilities (CRPD). There are few programs in the government that focus on areas that are relevant to gender issues and disability inclusiveness. Support is required to help in ensuring disability inclusiveness remains in all activities within the state-level plans. Whilst there is some awareness around people with disabilities in Pohnpei, it is still often misunderstood and there is not much local capacity in the field of disability inclusion. This assignment is vital, to enhance local capacity and provide high-quality support in the field of disability inclusiveness to local partners.

  • In this role, you will support the development of strategies and approaches to be used in the local context. You will assist with the implementation of the state disability policy, and disability bill 2019. You will further support with raising awareness through local community programs.
  • To be successful in this role you will require a bachelor degree in social work, social science, disability or other relevant field. You will bring demonstrated experience working in the disability sector and an understanding of the challenges and barriers faced by people with disabilities.
  • You will gain the opportunity to make a positive contribution, break down barriers, supporting local government with ensuring equal access, opportunities and treatment of people with disabilities in Pohnpei.

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