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Consultant for supporting the development of web accessibility guidelines & strategy
|Location :||Kuwait, KUWAIT|
|Application Deadline :||20-Feb-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 :||12 weeks (60 working days)|
A. Title of the Project: “Achieving Kuwait 2035 Vision Towards Persons with Disability Project”
This assignment is implemented within the framework of the Project: “Achieving Kuwait 2035 Vision Towards Persons with Disability Project”. The project is supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Kuwait office and implemented by the Public Authority for Disabled Affairs of Kuwait.
B. Background of the project
The project “Achieving Kuwait 2035 Vision Towards Persons with Disability” supports PADA to enhance its human capacities and organizational effectiveness towards achieving its mandate. It supports its efforts at integration of PWDs in schools, employment, and social life in partnership with CSOs working for disabilities and supports it to ensure an inclusive physical environment for PWDs. The project will continue until December 2018. It seeks to achieve three outputs:
The Public Authority for Disabled Affairs (PADA)
The Public Authority for Disabled Affairs (PADA) of Kuwait is responsible for all matters related to care and rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities. Its mandate includes, inter alia, setting the disability policy; setting regulations and procedures for care and rehabilitation of PWDs and developing and overseeing an integrated action plan responsible for all aspects of Persons with Disabilities’ welfare in coordination with relevant government entities. Furthermore, care and rehabilitation centers were recent, in 2016, transferred to the responsibility of PADA. PADA was established as per law no.8 for 2010 as a governmental entity. The law is concerned with protecting the rights of Persons with Disabilities in Kuwait and covers their inclusion in society, rehabilitation and employment in addition to care and other government services and entitlements. PADA developed a five-year strategy 2014 – 2019, which includes 15 themes and goals and provides a guiding framework for implementation and has an annual development plan.
The Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT) is a central body under the auspices of the Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs. CAIT's main tasks are set policies, plans and implementation of IT among government agencies at the national level. In addition, CAIT develops and manages the methodologies and standards for the IT services. CAIT also responsible for the capacity building and awareness raising in the field and the technology industry in government agencies, in coordination with other stakeholders.
The Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA)? was established in 2014 and is responsible for overseeing the telecommunications sector, monitor and protect the interests of users and service providers and regulate the services of telecommunication networks in the country while ensuring transparency, equality of opportunity and fair competition. CITRA regulate and advise on the country’s IT sector and educate the public about the positive impact of IT on the economic and social development of the country.
Technology enablers and adaptive strategies:
Within the different universal design topics, accessibility to Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) has a major importance. Considering the current impact of ICTs within all sectors of the community, the digital services and ICTs should be fully usable by persons with disabilities.
Therefore, Section 5 of the 2010 law is concerned with societal inclusion. It stipulates in articles 18-23 the need for inclusion in 1) sports, cultural and entertainment activities by providing accessible environments for PWDs, encouraging them to participate in sports 2) Public buildings and facilities that are designed in line with Universal Design standards 3) in public transport 4) by access to news, cultural programmes and parliamentary sessions through sign language as a measure by the Ministry of Information 5) and by launching societal awareness programmes for PWDs, ensuring all curricula (educational, religious, life, sports) meets their needs and creating a positive image of PWDs in media. “Universal Design” is defined in the Kuwait law as “design of public buildings, or private buildings that have a public use, as well as products, programmes (ICT) and services in a way suitable for the use by PWDs”.
Finally, the Kuwait National Development Plan and Actionable vision include Universal Design as one of the main objectives. For this assignment, PADA is focusing on accessibility in the virtual environment and thus requires the services of an Information and Communications Technology consultant to support accessibility and adaptive strategies in Kuwait.
 The law no.10 for 2010 on Disability available at http://www.pada.gov.kw:8000/MainLaw.aspx
Duties and Responsibilities
The assignment will contribute to Output 1.3 of the project above to ensure implementation of technology enablers and adaptive web strategies through inclusive ICTs enabling strategy that focus on the role of web services (including social media and mobile website) to enable and accelerate the social and economic inclusion of persons with disabilities.
Specific tasks include:
All final deliverables must be submitted in hard copy and electronic format.
2. Institutional Arrangement
3. Duration of the Work
The duration of this consultancy is expected to be 12 weeks (60 working days). Expected start date of the assignment is 1st March 2018. One round trip will be covered under this assignment.
4. Duty Station
The consultant is expected to be in Kuwait for the duration of the assignment and will be based at PADA office.
5. Scope of Price Proposal
The financial proposal submitted shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. The financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, living allowance, and the number of anticipated working days).
Travel: All envisaged travel and other related costs must be included in the financial proposal.
In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging, and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed
Total score=Technical Score + Financial Score.
Technical Criteria weight - 70%, 700 scores maximum
Financial Criteria weight - 30%. 300 scores maximum
The selection of candidates will be done in 3 stages:
1st stage: Prior to detailed evaluation, all applications will be thoroughly screened against eligibility criteria (minimum qualification requirements) as set in the TOR to determine whether they are compliant/non-compliant.
2nd stage: Evaluation of technical proposals
Short-listed candidates will be evaluated based on the following criteria. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 490 points (70%) at the Technical Evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
3rd stage: Financial evaluation
The cumulative analysis will be used based on the following methodology: All the offers of individual consultants who scored 490 (70% from 700) and more points during the desk review are acceptable for financial evaluation. The lowest financial qualified proposal receives 300 points and all the other technically qualified proposals receive points in inverse proportion per the formula:
The candidate achieving the highest cumulative score for both Technical and Financial evaluations will be recommended by the Evaluation Committee for contracting.
7. DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS.
Applicants are requested to compile and submit as one PDF file the below-requested documents:
Required Skills and Experience
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.