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Expert on Transfer of the Czech Experience on Economic Cost and Expenditures Modelling Research and Disability Statistics For Ratification and Subsequent Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Kazakhstan
|Location :||mostly home-based, with 1 mission to Kazakhstan, KAZAKHSTAN|
|Application Deadline :||09-Jul-12 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Estimated June 2012 to August 2012|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Approximately 30 working days|
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.
In December 2008, Kazakhstan signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, expressing its intention to do whatever is needed to eventually accede to the treaty. The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population of Kazakhstan, as a key government agency responsible for disability policies, and the UN Development Programme are implementing a joint project ‘Strengthening of the Social Protection of Persons with Disabilities in the Context of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Development of the Special Social Services System’. The project intends to facilitate disability mainstreaming by empowering policy-makers and civil society with knowledge of disability situation in the country and preparedness of Kazakhstan for ratification and implementation of the Convention and its Optional Protocol. The project assists the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Kazakhstan in performing works and research aiming to set the stage for the ratification and subsequent implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol by Kazakhstan. The ratification and subsequent implementation of the Convention give rise to additional challenges that will call for state budget costs and expenditures. Implementation of the Convention can be expensive in the short term, but there are a number of simple and low-cost solutions that can have an immediate effect.
In this relation UNDP in cooperation with the Institute of Regional Development (local organization) conducted the research and preliminary assessed economic costs and possible expenditures related with: i) accessibility of buildings and services; ii) inclusive education; iii) work and employment. It is new for Republic of Kazakhstan to carry out such a comprehensive study. UNDP Kazakhstan continues this work and in this relation there is task to assess costs of measures which were not addressed in the research conducted by Institute of Regional Development in 2011, which include awareness rising costs, cost of participation in political and public life, costs of access to justice and so on.
Along with this outmoded definition and screening criteria for persons with disability which based on former soviet methodology result on limited data on their actual number and absence of qualitative information about their well being. The scale and depth of this type of information, in spite of their evident importance, requires special and deep research. UNDP Kazakhstan has received a request from the Agency for Statistics to provide international experience and expertise on further development of disability statistics in line the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Information needs range from the number of disabled persons as a percentage of population to information relating to such complicated issues as quality of life of disabled.
The Czech Republic ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2009 and it entered into force on 12th February 2010. The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs became the national focal point for the issues relating to the implementation of the Convention. In 2010 the Government of the Czech Republic approved the National Plan for Promoting Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities 2010-2014. The format, content as well as structure of National Plan is based on the general principles of the Convention. In 2008 the Czech Statistical Office has published first comprehensive report on the situation of persons with disabilities with statistical data task to propose systematical statistical information related to persons with disabilities and their needs. The Czech – UNDP Trust Fund would like to support exchange of these recent Czech experiences with ratification, implementation of the Convention and related statistical monitoring with Kazakhs counterparts.
Due to absence of practical experience and a systematic approach in cost modeling and estimation as well as disability statistics development with focus on quality of life of persons with disability in Kazakhstan a consultant is required, who can give advice, based on the Czech experience, with implementation of Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and in accordance with international practices and standards within following issues:
Duties and Responsibilities
The overall objectives are to assess economic costs and expenditures of ratification and subsequent implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and provide recommendations on disability statistics development. The expert with Czech experience in economic modelling and disability statistics will help to conduct the study that will lay the grounds for the ratification and implementation of the Convention. The results of study will be thoroughly discussed with the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection and the Agency for Statistics in Astana. Given the high interest and motivation of country partners to improve protection of the rights of persons with disabilities to make it effective instrument, UNDP believes in strong ownership in project results and further implementation in social protection system. The work of expert is expected to be catalytic in promoting further wider-scale actions between the UNDP, Kazakhstan and other partners on strengthening social protection system of persons with disabilities.
Scope of Work:
UNDP, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection and Agency for Statistics will receive an international experience and expertise on assessment of measures which were not addressed in the last research (the list of measures indicated above) including:
Duration and Timeframe:
The duration of the contract will be one month. The expert is expected to work from home with one mission to Kazakhstan. The mission including consultation with stakeholders in Astana and field visit will last 10 working days. The UNDP CO Kazakhstan will provide local assistance in translation and transport.
During the fulfillment of his works, the consultant will ensure regular communication with the UNDP Project Unit prior to the delivery of expected results. The contractor shall ensure quality and timely delivery of the expected results and will regularly inform the Project Manager of the progress as well as any obstacles that might occur.
The following reports/documents will be required for submission in English language as per timeframe indicated above:
Required Skills and Experience
Terms of payments to the contracted Evaluator by UNDP BRC:
Evaluation of Applicants:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal.
Financial Criteria: 30% of total evaluation – max. 30 points
Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain:
*Please note that the financial proposal is lump-sum and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. professional fee, visa costs, health insurance, vaccinations, all international and local travel, daily hotel and living costs, translation of materials and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services...).
Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.
Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org
Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.
Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.