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consultancy: Development of Action Plan for Multi-sectoral Coordination Committee for Promotion of the rights of Children with Disability (Iranian Nationals Only)

Tehrān (Iran)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Tehrān (Iran)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Managerial positions
    • Human Rights
    • Disability Rights
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-19

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Promotion of coordination and cross-sectoral cooperation among government sectors at national and subnational levels, as well as with NGOs and academia for provision of inclusive social services to CWD as well as promotion of CWD social participation, specifically during COVID-19 situation.

Individual technical consultancy:  Development of Action Plan for Multi-sectoral Coordination Committee for Promotion of the rights of Children with Disability (Iranian Nationals Only)

Location: Iran Tehran

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, A champion

Section:  Communication for Development

Duration: 6 months

1-Background and purpose

Iran is dealing with COVID-19 outbreak since February 2019. In the current situation where physical distancing has limited the commute of CWD to rehabilitation and training centers of SWO, access of these children to education and rehabilitation services has been disrupted. In addition, SWO’s evidence confirms several parents of CWD who get service from SWO, faced with economic challenges, such as loss of job, decrease in income, and accordingly faced with difficulties in providing basic life necessities, such as shelter, food, and health and sanitation. Failure to control the longer-term effects of this pandemic will result in CWD to have unpleasant experiences of disability exacerbation, drop out from school, fail to develop skills and capacities to integrate into the society at older ages.

In response to the needs of children with disabilities (CWD) in COVID-19 situation, State Welfare Organization (SWO) has developed a ‘Remote Rehabilitation Programme for CWD. Considering the fact that CWD’s development to their full potential, requires a multi-dimensional and multisectoral approach, SWO is going to further establish and lead a cross sectoral coordination system at national and subnational levels which also works as an accelerator for the remote rehabilitation programme by facilitating cross sectoral cooperation, resources and social mobilization specifically at subnational level. As a first step,  SWO has established a ’multi-sectoral committee for promotion of CWDs rights’ (CWD committee) with membership of different stakeholders, namely: MCLSW, Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME), Ministry of Education (MOE), Ministry of Sports and Youth (MOSY), Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), Ministry of Interior (MOI), Ministry of Justice (MOJ), active NGOs in the field of disability, and academicians for promotion of the rights of CWD. 

Therefore, under the Programme of Cooperation (2019-2020) between SWO Rehabilitation Department (SWO) and UNICEF, UNICEF and SWO,  want to hire a technical consultant to support SWO to develop CWD committee’s standard operating procedure as well as an action plan, as explained in this TOR.

2- Objectives

Promotion of coordination and cross-sectoral cooperation among government sectors at national and subnational levels, as well as with NGOs and academia for provision of inclusive social services to CWD as well as promotion of CWD social  participation, specifically during COVID-19 situation.

3- Methodology and Technical Approach

The consultancy has five phases:

  1. -     Study of global experiences: The consultant should conduct desk review of global experiences in multi-sectoral cooperation mechanisms for provision of inclusive social services to CWD and existing methodologies with a reflection to limitations of COVID-19 situation.
  2. -     Develop schematic overview of situation of CWD in Iran: The consultant should develop a schematic / info-graphic demonstrating situation of CWD and type of services which she/he receives from birth to adulthood as well as interruptions/changes due to COVID-19.
  3. -     Develop an SOP for establishment of cross-sectoral consultative national and subnational mechanism, to be led by SWO: The consultant should develop an SOP for SWO for establishing, leading, coordinating and monitoring of a national and subnational cross-sectoral coordination system, specifically reflecting on COVID-19 situation. The consultant should develop the SOP in close cooperation and consultation with SWO experts through (online) meetings, group discussions, and individual interviews as required.
  4. -     Conduct (remote) consultative workshops for development of a multi-sectoral action plan for national CWD committee: The consultant shall facilitate and conduct four one-day consultative workshops for CWD committee members focusing on one sector’s inclusive action plan on each day of workshop.  Relevant sectors include health, education, protection, participation and social inclusion.
  5. -     Develop monitoring plan, tools and indicators for the action plan: The consultant should finalize the action plan for CWD committee based on the outcome of the workshop and develop monitoring plan and indicators for the action plan

4- Deliverables and Timelines

Activity 1

Develop a timetable for implementation of this TOR

Corresponding Deliverable:

1.1. Timetable for implementation of the consultancy’s activities

Indicator: Timetable is available and approved

Working day: 5

Activity 2

Conduct a study on global experiences in multi-sectoral cooperation mechanisms for provision of inclusive social services to CWD and existing methodologies with a reflection to limitations of COVID-19 situation.

Corresponding Deliverable:

2.1. A study on global experiences in multi-sectoral cooperation mechanisms for provision of inclusive social services to CWD Timetable is available and approved

Indicator: Study report is available and approved

Working day: 15

Activity 3

Develop a schematic / info-graphic demonstrating situation of CWD and type of services which she/he receives from birth to adulthood as well as instructions/changes due to COVID-19.

Corresponding Deliverable:

3.1. An info-graphic demonstrating situation of CWD and type of services which she/he receives from birth to adulthood as well as instructions/changes due to COVID-19.

Indicator: An info-graphic available and approved

Working day: 5

Payment: 30% upon completion and approval of deliverables 1,2 &3

Activity 4

Develop an SOP for SWO for establishing, leading, coordinating and monitoring of a national and subnational cross-sectoral coordination system, specifically reflecting on COVID-19 situation. 

Corresponding Deliverable:

4.1. SOP for SWO for establishing, leading, coordinating and monitoring of a national and subnational cross-sectoral coordination system, specifically reflecting on COVID-19 situation. 

Indicator: SOP is available and approved

Working day: 15

Activity 5

Develop materials for 4-day consultative workshops for development of multi-sectoral action plan for national CWD committee, focusing on one sector’s inclusive action plan on each day of workshop.

Corresponding Deliverable:

5.1. Workshop materials for 4-day consultative workshops for development of multi-sectoral action plan for national CWD committee

Indicator: Workshop materials are available and approved

Working day: 10

Activity 6

Conduct (remote) consultative workshops for development of a multi sectoral action plan for national CWD committee

Corresponding Deliverable:

6.1. A draft multi sectoral action plan for national CWD committee

Indicator: Draft multi sectoral action plan for national CWD committee is available and finalized

Working day: 4

Payment: 50% upon completion and approval of deliverables 4,5 &6

Activity 7

Develop monitoring plan, tools and indicators for the multi-sectoral action plan

Corresponding Deliverable:

7.1. Monitoring plan and tools

Indicator: Monitoring plan and tools are available and approved

Working day: 16

Activity 8

Share final draft of multi sectoral action plan for national CWD committee and monitoring tools with members of CWD committee for approval

Corresponding Deliverable

8.1.Final multi-sectoral action plan and monitoring tools, including further comments of CWD committee members

Indicator: Final multi-sectoral action plan and monitoring tools are available and approved

Working day: 15

Payment: 20% upon completion and approval of deliverables 7 &8

The deliverables should be in Farsi and final report should be provided in Farsi and English.

The duration of the assignment is 85 working days within a 6 months’ timeframe from 1st of November 2020 to 30th of April 2021)

5- Payment schedule

The contract fee shall be paid through three installments, in local currency (IRR) upon the approval of relevant deliverables by UNICEF and SWO, based on the above schedule.

6- Evaluation Criteria

The technical proposal (described in How to apply section for the ) is weighted at 70% and 30% will be allotted to the Financial proposal.

    
7- General conditions

Management:

The contractor will work under the direct supervision of UNICEF Communication for Development Officer in close collaboration with, UNICEF programme units, and  SWO.

Travel:  

No travel is required for this contract.

Organization and coordination:

  • UNICEF and SWO will be responsible for organizing and coordinating all meetings with SWO experts, UNICEF programme experts, and CWD committee members as required
  • UNICEF and SWO will support and facilitate access of the consultant to key stakeholders, key informants, organizing and fund meetings or workshops as required
  • UNICEF will be responsible for funding the costs for organization of workshop and meetings if any. 
  • All activities and deliverables should be approved by UNICEF and SWO.
  • Payments will be made upon approval of the deliverables by SWO and UNICEF
  • The contractor should make sure about the safety and security of its team during the production period, prevent any potential risks to his/her staff and apply any required COVID-19 prevention measure.

8- Conditions of Work

UNICEF will not provide work facilities including office, computers and other accessories for this consultancy.

9- To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

The consultant should possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum master’s degree in social science, social health, or other relevant disciplines 
  • Minimum 8 years of working experience in multi sectoral, inclusive, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation specifically for promotion of child rights, child health, child protection, and CWD rights
  • Proven experience in studies on situation of children with disability
  • Proven experience in multi sectoral studies and cooperation
  • Minimum 8 years of conducting and facilitating
  • Proven knowledge in and programme experience of inclusive social services for children
  • Previous working experience with SWO rehabilitation department, MOHME, and MOE .
  • Fluency in Farsi is required.

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

10- How to apply

UNICEF is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff. Well qualified candidates, particularly females are strongly encouraged to apply.

Interested candidates should send their complete Personal History (P11) form, which can be downloaded from http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/P11.doc or the latest CV/resume, as well as the their financial proposal.

11- Remarks

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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.

Remarks:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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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