National Consultant, Disability Inclusivity

Location : Putrajaya, MALAYSIA
Application Deadline :21-Dec-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :max 100 man days (5.5 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.


There are over 1 billion persons with disabilities living in the world today. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Bank’s World Report on Disability (2011), the female disability prevalence rate worldwide is 19.2 percent.  In Malaysia, there were 453,258  registered Persons with Disabilities (PWD) at the Department of Social Welfare in 2017 with 35.2 percent being physically challenged persons, 34.8 percent with learning disabilities and the remaining were visually and speech impaired persons.


PWDs are often underreported and the most vulnerable during a crisis, disaster and/or emergencies. Crisis situations often create a new group of persons with disabilities who require services, which places an even greater demand on the limited services available.


In June 2019, the United Nations Secretary-General launched the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy (UNDIS) to make the United Nations (UN) an inclusive organization for all. The Strategy establishes the foundation for systemic and sustainable change on disability inclusion across all three pillars of the UN. The Strategy plays a key role in enabling the UN system to support Member States in their achievement of the 2030 Agenda, as well as a range of other development and humanitarian commitments.


Duties and Responsibilities

Key Consultancy Functions 


The Consultant will report to the Head of the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator (RCO) and the Disability Inclusion Strategy focal point in the RCO. Specifically, the consultant will be responsible for:


  1. The planning and implementation of a comprehensive training for United Nations Country Team (UNCT) Malaysia staff and partners on working with and for PWDs, including for young people and the aging population.
  2. Development of the UNCT’s internal disability inclusion strategic plan and  strategic recommendations to ensure it is in line with best international and national standards and practices, and the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy.
  3. To strengthen UNCT performance and monitoring of results on disability inclusion through the UNCT Accountability Scorecard.
  4. Assess the current disability inclusion perspective within the UNCT and to provide strategic guidance to the UNCT on how to work towards the inclusion and accommodation of PWDs. The consultant will also suggest joint programming that would qualify for the United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) fund.
  5. Facilitate the engagement between UNCT with Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) through consultation, and explore potential support and advocacy. OPDs can potentially work with the UNCT to develop country profiles and case studies to support inclusive recovery and strengthened preparedness for future health emergencies. This participatory program model will build the capacities of UNCT members (i.e. UN agencies, funds and programmes) and encourage them to engage systematically with persons with disabilities in UN processes and initiatives.


The consultant will also ensure a gender inclusive approach through both targeted and mainstreamed actions to ensure the inclusive of women and girls with disabilities across all activities.




Key Deliverables and Timeline

The consultant is expected carry out the activities over a period of 6 months, taking into consideration the time required for review of deliverables by the Head of the RCO and the Disability Inclusion Strategy focal point, and other stakeholders within the system.


Key deliverables

Payment breakdown (%)

Estimated Timeline


Review of current UN documents, identifying key opportunities challenges and bottlenecks to strengthen the implementation of the disability inclusion strategy.


31 Dec 2020


Conduct UN office premise visits located in the Klang Valley and provide a written assessment and analysis on the disability inclusion of these premises.


31 Jan 2021


Development and implementation of a capacity building strategy and training on disability inclusion for UNCT staff.


31 March 2021


Facilitating a consultative session with organisations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) with the UNCT.


31 March 2021


Development of the UNCT’s internal Disability Inclusion Strategic Plan in line with the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy and relevant reports as may be required


30 April 2021


Development of a system for the sharing of information, experiences and tools on implementing disability inclusion in the UNCT.


31 May 2021


Substantive support in the monitoring of results on disability inclusion through the UNCT Accountability Scorecard.


31 May 2021



Corporate Competencies:


  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the UNCT
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability


Functional Competencies:


Development and Operational Effectiveness

  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting
  • Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects
    • Ability to implement new systems and affect staff behavioral/attitudinal change
    • Strong IT skills


Management and Leadership

  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s degree or equivalent in international development, political sciences, public administration, public policy, gender studies, sociology, human rights or other relevant social science fields is required.

A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.



At least, 5 years of direct experience in programme and project management, monitoring and evaluation of project(s).

Exposures to inter-agency coordination, specifically coordination of joint programmes.

Proven experience in developing joint workplan, formulating corresponding budgets, and implementing them on time, budget and scope.

Substantive experience of building partnerships with UN agencies, civil society and academia is relevant.


Language Requirements: 

Fluency in English and Bahasa Malaysia.



Interested individual applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  1. Document 1 : Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability at;
  2. Document 2: Technical Proposal: cover page (maximum 2 pages) how candidate’s qualification and experience in rapid evaluation makes them suitable for the work and can lead towards the successful deliverable of this consultancy within the required timeframe; and 
  3. Document 3: Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided.  If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution and expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under 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 consultant should also indicate any travel and related costs for meetings etc. at Proposal- Disability.docx .
  4. Document 4: Personal CV or P11 including areas of expertise and past experiences in similar projects and at least three (3) references at
  5. Please submit this information in one file as Document 1, 2, 3, and 4.The system will only accept one attachment, please merge all documents and submit as one file.
  6. Applicants must reply to the mandatory questions asked by the system when submitting the application.
  7. Candidates who fail to submit all the information requested above will be disqualified.

How to Apply:

  • Kindly download the Letter of Confirmation of interest and availability, Financial Proposal Template?and General Terms & Conditions mentioned below;
  • Read and agree to the General Terms & Conditions (refer to below link);
  • Click the ‘apply’ icon and complete what is required;
  • Scan all documents into 1 pdf file and then upload;
  • For clarification question, please email to The clarification question deadline is three (3) days before the closing. When emailing for clarification questions, please put "MyIC/2020/071"as the subject matter.


General terms & conditions to be downloaded:

Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA): A legal instrument between UNDP and a Company/institution, according to which, the latter makes available the services of an individual delivering time-bound and quantifiable outputs that are directly linked to payments

  • The General Terms & Conditions for Reimbursement Loan Agreement is available at: 

Incomplete proposals may not be considered. Only short-listed candidates may be contacted, and successful candidates will be notified.


Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer


Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:


Cumulative analysis

When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and

b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

* Technical Criteria weight; 70%

* Financial Criteria weight; 30%

Only candidates meeting the pre-determined minimum points would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.


Evaluation Criteria


Relevance of experience with disability inclusion



Relevance of administrative and management skills



Relevance of experience in training


Fluency in English



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