Expert for the United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD)

Location : Home Based
Application Deadline :24-Jan-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :60 working days until 30 May 2020
Expected Duration of Assignment :60 working days


The United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) is a unique collaborative effort that brings together UN entities, governments, disabled people’s organizations and the broader civil society to advance the human rights of persons with disabilities around the world.

The UN entities participating in the UNPRPD are the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the World Health Organization (WHO). The UNDP Inclusive Political Processes Team serves as the Technical Secretariat for the Partnership.  The UNPRPD also works closely with multiple civil society organizations including the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC).

The UNPRPD is supported by the UNPRPD Fund, a Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) established to mobilize resources for the Partnership. The UNPRPD MPTF is administered by the UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office) and builds on the experience developed by the MPTF Office in managing multiple Multi-Partner Trust Funds and joint programmes around the world.

Since 2012, the UNPRPD has funded over 39 country level joint UN programmes worldwide to support CRPD implementation as well as 3 regional initiatives to strengthen the voices of persons with disabilities, and 6 global initiatives to develop strategic resources on the rights of persons with disabilities. 

In November 2019 the Policy Board approved the extension of the Fund until May 2026. The current Strategic Operational Framework (2016-2021) will need to be revised and adapted to the new international context and related expectations for the Partnership including the key role of the UNPRPD in the implementation of the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy.

Duties and Responsibilities


Based on documentation available, external scoping and consultation with key partners, Technical Secretariat’s inputs and recommendations derived from lessons learned, the consultant will develop a series of background papers on the UNPRPD added value in certain thematic areas and based on these will draft core sections of the Strategic Operational.

  1. Specific deliverables to be produced by the consultant will be:
  • 7 background documents (3-5 pages each) on the following thematic areas: 1. capacity building 2. gender and diversity, 3. social protection 4. stigma and discrimination 5. monitoring and accountability 6. knowledge generation 7. innovative practices for disability inclusion through joint programming.
  • Core sections of the SOF: 1. theory of change 2. results framework


Core Values and Guiding Principles:


  • Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UNDP in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;

Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity

  • Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;
  • Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN's values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP and the UN;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Technical/Functional Competencies:

  • Strong theoretical understanding of policy and programmatic issues related to the promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities rights in the context of developing countries;
  • Strong understanding of results-based management in the context of development interventions, particularly in human rights and social inclusion;
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the UNPRPD will be considered as an asset.
  • Good understanding of joint programming at country level.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic qualifications:

Master’s degree (or higher level qualification) in Disability Studies, Social Science, Development Studies or Management is required;


  • At least 10 years of professional experience in the promotion of human rights and social inclusion including experience in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities using the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as legal framework, ideally in the context of developing countries is required;
  • Familiarity with results-based management particularly in the context of joint programming is required;
  • Experience in the evaluation of projects, programmes and funding proposals is required;
  • Familiarity with UN interagency processes especially at country level, would be an asset


  • Fluency in written and spoken is required;

Application Procedure

The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):

  • A cover letter with a brief description of why the Offer considers her/himself the most suitable for the assignment;
  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects and specifying the relevant assignment period (from/to), as well as the email and telephone contacts of at least three (3) professional references;
  • A two-page methodology on how the Offeror will conduct the work including a Work Plan and approach in delivering the required outputs within the assignment period;

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 shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around the specific and measurable deliverables of the TOR. Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR, and deliverables accepted and certified by the technical manager.
  • 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); living allowances at the duty station; communications, utilities and consumables; life, health and any other insurance; risks and inconveniences related to work under hardship and hazardous conditions (e.g., personal security needs, etc.), when applicable; and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services under the contract.
  • This consultancy is a home-based assignment, therefore, there is no envisaged travel cost to join duty station/repatriation travel.
  • In the case of unforeseeable travel requested by UNDP, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between UNDP and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
  • If the Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under a Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.

    The Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to shortlisted candidates.

Evaluation process

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:

  • Being responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation where technical criteria weighs 70% and Financial criteria/ Proposal weighs 30%.

Technical evaluation - Total 70% (70 points):

  • Criteria 1. At least 10 years of professional experience in the promotion the rights of persons with disabilities using the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as legal framework, ideally in the context of developing countries Weight = 40 %; Maximum Points: 40;
  • Criteria 2. Strong analytical skills and prior experience in the evaluation of projects, programmes and funding proposals Weight = 20 %; Maximum Points: 20;
  • Criteria 3. Experience of working with the UN System and with the UNPRPD  Weight = 10 %; Maximum Points: 10; and

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

Contract Award

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.

Institutional arrangement

  • The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of Manager of Technical Secretariat and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.
  • The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own laptop.

Payment modality

  • Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified above and deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager.
  • 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):

Any request for clarification must be sent by email to 

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.

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