Jul 14, 2017

United States of America: Consultancy: To develop IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action - Dis, PD, Requisition # 505972

NGO/UN Job Vacancy



Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 29 Jul 2017

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Background & Rationale

In 2016, the United Nations Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Working Group agreed to the establishment of a Task Team (“Task Team”) on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action. The Task Team is mandated to create IASC Guidelines on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action between January 2017 and December 2018. The Guidelines will assist humanitarian actors, governments and affected communities to coordinate, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate essential actions that foster the effectiveness, appropriateness and efficiency of humanitarian action. The aim is to achieve the full and effective participation and inclusion of persons with disabilities and change practice across all sectors and in all phases of humanitarian action, based on international legal frameworks—International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law and Refugee Law. The Task Team membership spans UN agencies, humanitarian actors, Member States, organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The Task Team is led by three co-chairs: Handicap International, the International Disability Alliance and UNICEF.

Further details on the Task Team, including Terms of Reference and Work Plan, can be found on the IASC website.

The consultancy contract will be administered by UNICEF on behalf of the Task Team.

Purpose

The consultant will be responsible for drafting the initial content of the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action[1]. In addition to drafting the content, the consultant will be required to coordinate specific actions detailed in the Task Team work plan, and engage with a broad range of stakeholders, including Member States, UN agencies, persons with disabilities and their representative organizations, humanitarian actors and wider civil society organisations.

Scope of work:

In consultation with Task Team members, supported by the co-chairs, and in consideration of the desk review consultancy currently underway, the consultant will be expected to:

  • Design and implement a global online survey to inform the framework and structure of the guidelines, and produce a report with key findings and recommendations resulting from the survey.
  • Organize and implement a multi-stakeholder workshop to define the framework and structure of the guidelines, and produce a report with key findings and recommendations resulting from the workshop.
  • Draft initial content of the guidelines, based on existing materials and key findings and recommendations from the global online survey and multi-stakeholder workshop. Particular attention will be paid to the standards set by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Organize and implement one regional consultation to ensure the relevance and applicability of the first draft of the guidelines in the field, and produce a report with key findings and recommendations resulting from the consultation.
  • Support the Task Team to organize and deliver briefings with global clusters and other humanitarian forums, including the development of appropriate awareness-raising materials, which will also raise awareness about the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action.

Expected results:

The consultant will be required to report to the Task Team co-chairs, and provide updates on a regular basis to the Task Team. Tasks under this consultancy include:

  • Developing a list of detailed actions and timeline, based on the Task Team Work Plan and consultancy ToR, for review and agreement by the Task Team
  • Implementing an online consultation, which will include developing questions and producing a report of key findings and recommendations
  • Organizing a multi-stakeholder workshop, which will include producing a report of key findings and recommendations
  • Supporting Task Team members to organize briefings with global clusters, which will include developing materials
  • Organizing a regional consultation, which will include developing an agenda and methodology, and producing a report of key findings and recommendations
  • Developing an initial draft of the guidelines, followed by a validated draft of the guidelines, which will incorporate comments and feedback on the first draft from Task Team members, online and MENA regional consultations and a multi-stakeholder workshop.

Duty Station

Remote base

Timeframe

Start date: 15 August 2017 End date: 30 May 2018

Deliverables/ Tasks:

Deliverable/ Task

Duration

(Estimated # of Days)

Preparing a List of detailed actions, methodology and timeline, based on the Task Team Work Plan and consultancy ToR, for review and agreement by the Task Team

2

Organisation of online consultation

15

Organizing a multi-stakeholder workshop

10

Support Task Team members to organize briefings with global clusters

15

Organizing a regional consultation

29

Developing an initial draft of the guidelines, and then a validated draft of the guidelines, including collection and incorporation of comments and feedback from Task Team members, online and MENA region consultations and multi-stakeholder workshop

69

Total:

140

[1] For the purpose of this consultancy, humanitarian action includes preparedness, response and recovery in relation to all types of humanitarian crises.

Key competencies, qualifications and experience:

  • Post-graduate degree in a social science field (e.g. political science, international relations, social work, disability studies, humanitarian affairs, or other related disciplines);
  • At least 7 years of experience of working in humanitarian contexts or issues related to humanitarian action, preferably with a particular focus on persons with disabilities;
  • Good knowledge and experience in developing training modules, drafting reports and guidance for field operations;
  • Knowledge of the United Nations system, particularly in relation to humanitarian affairs and human rights;
  • Experience of working on issues related to the rights of persons with disabilities, and the development of programmes, policies and operations in line with the CRPD;
  • Ability to take initiative and work with minimum supervision;
  • Excellent command of oral and written English;
  • Sound understanding of accessibility and reasonable accommodation in content development, dissemination, and the organization of events;
  • Strong skills in building consensus among a diverse group of stakeholders.

To view our competency framework, please click here.

Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.


How to apply:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://ift.tt/2ujvacO