Call for Disability Inclusion in Emergencies Consultants Roster, UNICEF EAPRO, Bangkok, Thailand
Job no: 538343
Contract type: Consultancy
Categories: Child Protection, Consultancy
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UNICEF works to ensure the rights of all children in the East Asia and Pacific Region. This means the rights of every child living in this country, irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or ethnicity, to:
- survival – to basic healthcare, peace and security;
- development – to a good education, a loving home and adequate nutrition;
- protection – from abuse, neglect, trafficking, child labour and other forms of exploitation; and
- participation – to express opinions, be listened to and take part in making any decisions that affect them
How can you make a difference?
The Child Protection Section, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) is seeking applications to a roster for individual consultants to provide technical support to the Regional Office and Country Offices in the East Asia and the Pacific Region on Disability Inclusion in Emergencies.
Background and Purpose of Assignment:
The East Asia and the Pacific Region is the most disaster-prone region in the world – 43% of natural disasters occur in the region and fatalities from these disasters account for 74% of the total worldwide. The region is also home to a number of protracted conflicts. Within the crisis-affected community, children and adults with disabilities are among the most marginalised, yet they are often excluded from humanitarian assistance.
UNICEF is committed to the 2030 SDGs Agenda leaving no one behind. As articulated in the Strategic Plan for 2018-2021 and UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCCs), UNICEF endeavors to deliver disability inclusive humanitarian programmes and services by ensuring identification of needs of children with disabilities, safe access to humanitarian programmes, and participation of children with disabilities in the design of programmes.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all countries supported by UNICEF in the region. Children have been adversely affected by the measures brought in to control the spread of the virus and, while containment measures have lifted across most of the region, face heightened protection risks as the socio-economic crisis worsens. UNICEF EAPRO and Country Offices have been at the forefront of the emergency response reaching the most vulnerable groups including persons and children with disabilities and continue to bring inclusive humanitarian action across the region.
Strengthening existing efforts towards “leaving no one behind” in emergency preparation and response, UNICEF EAPRO is establishing a roster of experienced consultants to provide short and medium term technical support on disability inclusion both remote and in country to the Regional Office and Country Offices (COs) to plan and implement programmes and services that are inclusive and accessible for children and persons with disabilities.
Work assignments will be set by each recruiting office. The scope of the TORs may include:
- Surge-support, including in country, for emergency response;
- Provide technical support to the programmatic and policy implementation of disability inclusion in emergency planning and response;
- Support the roll-out and operationalisation of the IASC guidelines and UNICEF guidance on inclusion of children with disabilities in humanitarian action and monitor their use;
- Support identification of needs of children with disabilities and their caregivers and context-based analysis of the needs and priorities of children with disabilities and their caregivers, including factors placing them at heightened risk as well as coping mechanisms;
- Support translation of disability inclusive needs assessment into programming, including identifying priority interventions to strengthen inclusion of persons with disabilities in emergency preparedness and response;
- Support and coordinate an effective documentation and monitoring of UNICEF’s work on disability inclusion in the region and improve reporting in existing systems, as appropriate;
- Develop sector specific and country specific programming guidance, briefs and tools on disability inclusion;
- Support capacity of UNICEF and partners in inter-cluster coordination groups to strengthen evidence generation on disability including data collection and disaggregation;
- Promote partnership and collaborations with UN entities, NatComs, donors and other relevant stakeholders including Organisations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs);
- Capacity building of UNICEF personnel and partners, including contextualisation of guidance, tools and capacity building resources on disability inclusion in humanitarian action;
- Information management, including documentation of good and promising practices and lessons learned.
*The assignment may be homebased, in country or a mix of both depending on the needs of the contracting office.
Work Schedule and End Product:
This is a call for consultants to be placed on the Roster valid for 2 years. Work schedules and deliverables will be agreed with hiring manager.
Estimated Duration of Contract: This is a call for consultants to be placed on the Roster. The duration of contract and necessary official travel will be upon agreement with hiring manager.
Where necessary to respond to an emergency or meet the needs of the Country Office in East Asia and the Pacific Region or the UNICEF Regional Office in Bangkok, consultants should be available to work onsite. The work may include travel to hardship and/or insecure emergency locations. However, certain work assignments will not require on site/in country support and can be undertaken remotely.
The hiring office will specify the location when issuing the TOR for that assignment.
Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience:
- Advanced university degree in disability studies, social policy, international development, international human rights law, and other related fields is required.
- A minimum of five to eight years of experience, depending on the complexity of the assignment, of protection of rights and inclusion of persons with disabilities in a range of humanitarian and development settings.
- Sound understanding and application of UNICEF’s Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCCs, the IASC Guidelines on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy (UNDIS), the World Humanitarian Summit charter on persons with disabilities, accessibility standards, and other tools and guidelines on children with disabilities.
- Previous experience on strengthening inclusion of persons with disabilities in programmes, including planning, implementation and M&E.
- Previous experience of data collection and analysis on disability and conducting social research including participatory approach with children with disabilities, particularly in countries where existing data is limited.
- Demonstrable experience of training/capacity building and knowledge of participatory methods of learning.
- Ability to work in demanding and stressful situations and be flexible and adaptable to rapidly changing circumstances.
- Demonstrated cultural sensitivity and ability to establish harmonious working relations in a multicultural environment.
- Excellent communication, facilitation and interpersonal skills.
- Fluency in English (written and spoken).
- Knowledge of UNICEF’s programming in the area of children with disabilities.
- Experience of working in East Asia or the Pacific.
- Experience of working with UNICEF or other UN agencies in emergency settings.
- Experience of cluster/coordination mechanisms.
- Experience of providing remote and in country technical support.
- Personal or professional experience with the disability community.
- Knowledge of the intersection between disability and gender.
- Experience of developing funding proposals.
- Information Management skills in emergency settings.
Interested candidates are requested to submit CV or P-11, full contact information of minimum 3 references, availability, and proposed daily professional fee in USD by 15 March 2021.
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
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