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G3ict Seeks Consultant: Higher Education Technology & Accessibility Expert

Posted on January 09, 2020

Higher Education Technology and Accessibility Expert, Development of New Tool to Assess University Accessibility and Digital Inclusion

G3ict is adapting its Smart Cities for All Digital Inclusion Maturity Model for use at higher education institutions. As a next step G3ict will pilot the maturity model with universities in the United States. G3ict is now looking to engage a consultant with expertise in accessibility, technology, and higher education institutions to support piloting the maturity model with universities. G3ict’s Maturity Model allows for the assessment of cities across 5 categories of variables critical to supporting inclusion while deploying technology and using data. G3ict has successfully used the assessment tool with cities across the U.S. and internationally. During 2019, G3ict held several focus groups with universities to understand how an assessment tool like the Digital Inclusion Maturity Model might support their efforts to be more accessible to and inclusive of persons with disabilities. As a result of that work with universities, G3ict has adapted its Maturity Model tool for use in higher education and is now ready to begin piloting the tool with universities. The Higher Education Technology & Accessibility Expert will help design, conduct, and evaluate those pilots.

Programmatic Activities to be supported by Higher Education Technology & Accessibility Expert

The consultant will collaborate with the G3ict team and partners on the following steps:

1. Review of Maturity Model – Analyze the current Smart Campus Digital Inclusion Maturity Model assessment tool for use with higher education institutions. Assess fit for use in a university context.

2. Design Pilot Process – Create a process to use the Smart Campus Digital Inclusion Maturity Model assessment tool to assess how a university’s deployment of technology and use of data affects accessibility and inclusion for students, staff, and the public.

3. Conduct Pilot – In the first quarter of 2020, conduct a pilot with the Smart Campus Digital Inclusion Maturity Model assessment tool at a university in the United States. The university will be determined by G3ict and its partners.

4. Modify Maturity Model – based on the pilot, modify the Smart Campus Digital Inclusion Maturity Model assessment tool, including its substance, structure, and how it is used, for maximum effectiveness with higher education institutions.

Candidate Profile

G3ict is seeking to recruit a Higher Education Technology & Accessibility Expert to support the piloting of its Smart Campus Digital Inclusion Maturity Model assessment tool during the first quarter of 2020 with the following characteristics and experience:

  • Understanding of the field of information and communication technologies, how technology and data are used in higher education settings, disabilities, and digital accessibility.
  • Degree (s) in one or several relevant domains with excellent academic credentials
  • Proven track record in consulting with higher education institutions, in particular on issues related to technology, disability, accessibility, and inclusion.
  • Ability and interest in travelling in the United States.
  • Excellent writing and communications skills.
  • Self-starter and self-disciplined in conducting work in a timely fashion with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work as part of the G3ict team leading this project.

Status and Compensation

The Higher Education Technology & Accessibility Expert is recruited on a project consultancy basis. Compensation will be commensurate with the candidate status and experience, schedule availability and aligned with rates applied by academic institutions for similar projects. Project milestones will be agreed between Candidate and G3ict prior to finalizing contractual arrangements.

To apply, please send résumé and expression of interest by January 15, 2020 via e-mail to Yulia Sarviro at sarviro@g3ict.org.

Background

G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communications Technologies, was founded in 2006 at the initiative and in cooperation with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs to promote the dispositions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities relative to digital accessibility and technologies for Persons with Disabilities. As part of its mission, G3ict promotes the adoption of innovative accessible and assistive technologies through multi-stakeholder’s consensus building initiatives involving industry, persons with disabilities, academia and the public sector. G3ict’s Smart Cities for All global initiative seeks to eliminate the digital divide for persons with disabilities and older pe