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Expert for elaborating the guidelines on National Action Plan on Accessibility
|Location :||Home based with one mission to Tbilisi (epidemiological situation permitting), GEORGIA|
|Application Deadline :||20-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||up to 20 consultancy days during 1 August – 30 November 2020, with one seven-day mission|
The Joint Programme “Transforming Social Protection for Persons with Disabilities in Georgia” is a joint initiative of six UN agencies - United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Office of High Commissionaire on Human Rights (OHCHR), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and World Health Organization (WHO).
This project is funded by the Joint SDG Fund.
This Joint Programme (JP) aims to address one of the largest gaps in Georgia’s social protection system in order to transform the situation of persons with disabilities (PwDs) in the country. The overall strategy of the project is to address one of the key factors leading to social exclusion of people with disabilities in the society, i.e. the societal and institutional medical approach to people with disabilities, which considers disability as individual deficiency. Introduction of the social model of disability will be supported by addressing the data, legal and institutional framework and definition of disability and related social protection, while simultaneously increasing societal awareness and stimulating change of social norms, providing support for empowering organizations of people with disabilities as important change agents and expanding employment opportunities for PwD.
The JP will deliver the following results:
To accomplish the above activities, the project will partner with the following institutions: Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories of Georgia, Labor, Health and Social Affairs, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Public Defender’s Office, National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, National Statistics Office of Georgia (GEOSTAT), Inter-Agency Commission on Gender Equality, Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, Human Rights Secretariat, Government’s Administration and local self-government.
Duties and Responsibilities
One of the objectives of the project is to support the Government of Georgia in upgrading national policy documents and legislation on disability to comply with the CRPD standards, with special emphasis on accessibility, including access to information.
In February 2020 the Parliament of Georgia adopted amendments in the Georgian Code of Space Planning, Architect and Construction Activities, aimed at improving national regulations on accessibility, as well as imposition of sanctions for negligence to consider the needs of the persons with disabilities until full elimination of the problem. The transitional provisions of the Law set the obligation for the Government to develop and adopt: 1. The new national accessibility standards for the persons with disabilities considering all diverse needs of those group; 2. the National Action Plan on Accessibility determining unified vision on the adaptation process for responsible state agencies, setting particular terms and resources. The deadline for the adoption of National Action Plan on Accessibility is 14 June 2021.
The UNDP has been supporting the Georgian Government to develop the new national accessibility standards through translating the modern American standards “Accessible and usable buildings and facilities ICC A117.1” into Georgian and adapting it to the local context. Along with the adoption of the new standard, it is very important to support the development of the Action Plan that aims at the implementation of the regulations in practice and ensures access to infrastructure, services and information for persons with disabilities in Georgia.
For this purpose, it was decided to hire an international expert to support the Georgian Government to elaborate the action plan on accessibility. At this stage international expert will develop general guidelines on how to carry out action plan developing process based on international standards and best practices. An expert will also offer recommendations on how to ensure inclusive and participatory process of elaboration. It will help the government later to lead the process of elaboration of the Action Plan based on the major principles of the UN CRPD. International expert will be supported by the national consultant, who at the later stage will be involved in the elaboration process; while together they will develop guidelines on the development of national action plan on accessibility.
The overall goal of the assignment is to improve the access to physical infrastructure, services and information for persons with disabilities in Georgia.
The Consultant will be expected to:
All documents shall be developed in English.
The international Expert will work under the overall supervision of the Project Manager. The expert will have close working relations with the Parliament of Georgia and other relevant governmental institutions during the implementation of the assignment under this ToR. The expert will be directly responsible for, reporting to, seeking approval from, and obtaining a certificate of acceptance of outputs from the Project Manager. In addition, the respective project team will be responsible to share relevant documents, contact details and other necessary information with the expert.
Payment modality and deliverables:
Payments shall be made in up to two instalments in line with the contract. Instalment shall be paid upon submission of all deliveries, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR approved by the Project Manager:
Required Skills and Experience
Individual Expert will be evaluated based on cumulative analysis method: Offerors will be evaluated against combination of technical and financial criteria. Maximum obtainable score is 100, out of which the total score for technical criteria equals to 70 (desk review: 50 points and interview: 20 points) and for financial criteria – to 30.Offerors not meeting any of minimum qualification requirements will be automatically disqualified. Only offerors obtaining minimum 35 points as a result of the desk review will be considered as qualified offerors and invited for the interview. Those offerors passing 70% threshold of maximum obtainable scores as a result of interview, i.e. obtain minimum 14 points, will be shortlisted and requested to provide financial proposal.
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in instalments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are made based on delivery. The delivery has to be accepted and approved by the Project team prior to any payment. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount based on deliverables. Maximum 30 points will be assigned to the lowest price offer. All other price offers will be scored using the formula (inverse proportion): Financial score X = 30* the lowest price offer/suggested price offer x.
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.