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Consultancy – Design of Tools and Interventions for Ending Stigma and Discrimination against Women and Girls with Disabilities, for the Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights team, UNDP/CB
|Location :||Home Based|
|Application Deadline :||01-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||60 working days over period of 21 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||60 working days over period of 21 months|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
With an in-country presence before, during and after a conflict, UNDP is increasingly expected to assume a substantive role in providing rule of law, justice, security and human rights assistance to countries threatened or affected by crisis and fragility. In order to meet these demands, UNDP’s Crisis Bureau has bolstered its capacity to provide support to the field and articulated a Global Programme for Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights for Sustaining Peace and Fostering Development. The RoLSHR programme and team directly provide support to over 40 countries and leads and supports policy development and guidance in rule of law, security and human rights related areas, including in the context of the SDG and Sustaining Peace agendas.
Persons with disabilities (PWDs) experience stigma and discrimination universally, driven by multiple attitudinal barriers, prejudice and stereotypes, which limit both the full exercise of rights of PWDs and sustainable development. Women and girls with disabilities are particularly impacted from intersectional stigma and discrimination based on gender and disability. COVID-19 has further exacerbated stigma and discrimination and their impacts.
Tackling stigma was one of four pillars of the Global Disability Summit of 2018, co-hosted by the Governments of the United Kingdom and Kenya and the International Disability Alliance, which resulted in 170 commitments across the globe to take action on stigma and discrimination against persons with disabilities. In addition, the Summit highlighted the importance of tackling stigma and discrimination
alongside measures to increase political will to develop CRPD compliant policies, legislation, and administrative practices; collect disaggregated data and evidence to drive scaled up action; and ensure
that persons with disabilities fully and effectively participate as equal members of society to lead, shape, and influence decisions that affect them.
Tools to identify and quantify stigma and discrimination, its causes, manifestations and impacts, are critical to ensure targeted and evidence-based approaches to addressing stigma and discrimination. Such tools have been well developed and standardized by the UN in other sectors such as HIV/AIDS. In relation to persons with disabilities, some initiatives have been undertaken at country level but there is scope for consolidating the lessons learned from these and for developing global tools which can be used by Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) and others to advocate for more effective policies and interventions to address stigma and discrimination.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) are jointly launching a global initiative to respond to the growing intersectional inequalities faced by women and girls with disabilities. Taking a whole-of-society approach, engaging OPDs and other civil society actors, relevant government institutions, national human rights institutions and women influencers, the initiative aims to improve the protection of women and girls with disabilities from SGBV, and the access to effective services for women and girl survivors of SGBV. The joint project will be implemented in the following pilot countries: Palestine, Moldova, Pakistan and Samoa. The joint project will also include the design and piloting of tools to identify and quantify stigma and discrimination, its causes, manifestations and impacts. The currently consultancy is a part of this broader joint project.
UNDP seeks an international consultant(s) to:
- develop a framework diagnostic tool aimed at addressing stigma and discrimination faced by women with disabilities
- guide the participating pilot countries to customize and pilot the tool in collaboration with OPDs and other stakeholder in country
- provide guidance on the design and implementation of interventions aimed at changing mindsets and behavior rooted in stigma and discrimination against women and girls with disabilities, to be piloted in the project countries (which will be led by other consultants to be recruited under the project).
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the UNDP RBAP Governance and Peacebuilding Team Leader with support and in close collaboration with the Regional Advisors for Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights in the UNDP Amman and Istanbul Regional Hubs and with relevant focal points from UN Women:, the Consultant(s) will:
Desk review of existing diagnostic tools addressing stigma and discrimination (particularly – but not limited to – disability-related stigma/discrimination and/or in the context of SGBV) with recommendations for design of a tool to be piloted through the project.
The Consultant’s expected outputs and deliverables will be as follows:
Interpersonal and communication skills:
Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of the UN / UNDP; and
Displays sensitivity and adaptability when working with a diverse array of cultures, genders, religions, races, nationalities and ages.
Required Skills and Experience
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.
Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.
The financial proposal must be all-inclusive and take into account various expenses that will be incurred during the contract, including: the daily professional fee; (excluding mission travel);
The Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to shortlisted candidates.
Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical evaluation - Total 70% (70 points):
Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
Financial evaluation - Total 30% (30 points)
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
p = y (µ/z), where
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal
µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.
The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the UNDP RBAP Governance and Peacebuilding Team Leader and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.
The Consultant will be given access to relevant information necessary for execution of the tasks under this assignment.
The period of the assignment will cover maximum 80 working days between 23 August 2021 – 22 March 2023.
The work week will be based on 35 hours, i.e. on a 7 hour working day, with core hours being between 9h00 and 18h00 daily.
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Annex 1 - UNDP P-11 Form for ICs
Annex 2 - IC Contract Template
Annex 3 – IC General Terms and Conditions
Annex 4 – RLA Template
Any request for clarification must be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The UNDP Central Procurement Unit will respond by email and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all applicants.