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Consultancy – Design of Tools and Interventions for Ending Stigma and Discrimination against Women and Girls with Disabilities, for the Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights team, UNDP/CB

Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Human Rights
    • Security and Safety
    • Legal - International Law
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Legal - Broad
    • Disability Rights
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-11

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Background

With an in-country presence before, during and after a conflict, UNDP is increasingly expected to assume a substantive role in providing rule of law, justice, security and human rights assistance to countries threatened or affected by crisis and fragility. In order to meet these demands, UNDP’s Crisis Bureau has bolstered its capacity to provide support to the field and articulated a Global Programme for Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights for Sustaining Peace and Fostering Development. The RoLSHR programme and team directly provide support to over 40 countries and leads and supports policy development and guidance in rule of law, security and human rights related areas, including in the context of the SDG and Sustaining Peace agendas.

Persons with disabilities (PWDs) experience stigma and discrimination universally, driven by multiple attitudinal barriers, prejudice and stereotypes, which limit both the full exercise of rights of PWDs and sustainable development.  Women and girls with disabilities are particularly impacted from intersectional stigma and discrimination based on gender and disability.  COVID-19 has further exacerbated stigma and discrimination and their impacts.

Tackling stigma was one of four pillars of the Global Disability Summit of 2018, co-hosted by the Governments of the United Kingdom and Kenya and the International Disability Alliance, which resulted in 170 commitments across the globe to take action on stigma and discrimination against persons with disabilities. In addition, the Summit highlighted the importance of tackling stigma and discrimination alongside measures to increase political will to develop CRPD compliant policies, legislation, and administrative practices; collect disaggregated data and evidence to drive scaled up action; and ensure that persons with disabilities fully and effectively participate as equal members of society to lead, shape, and influence decisions that affect them. 

Tools to identify and quantify stigma and discrimination, its causes, manifestations and impacts, are critical to ensure targeted and evidence-based approaches to addressing stigma and discrimination.   Such tools have been well developed and standardized by the UN in other sectors such as HIV/AIDS.  In relation to persons with disabilities, some initiatives have been undertaken at country level but there is scope for consolidating the lessons learned from these and for developing global tools which can be used by Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) and others to advocate for more effective policies and interventions to address stigma and discrimination.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), jointly with UN Women is launching a global initiative to respond to the growing intersectional inequalities faced by women and girls with disabilities. Taking a whole-of-society approach, engaging OPDs and other civil society actors, relevant government institutions, national human rights institutions and women influencers, the joint UNDP - UNWomen initiative aims to address key concerns of employment, economic empowerment, social protection and protection from SGBV. The project will be implemented in the following pilot countries: Palestine, Moldova, Pakistan and Samoa. The project will also include the design and piloting of behavioural insights-informed interventions aimed at changing mindsets and behaviour rooted in stigma and discrimination against women and girls with disabilities.

UNDP seeks an international consultant to:

  • develop a framework diagnostic tool aimed at addressing stigma and discrimination faced by women with disabilities
  • guide the participating pilot countries to customize and pilot the tool in collaboration with OPDs and other stakeholder in country
  • to design interventions aimed at changing mindsets and behaviour rooted in stigma and discrimination against women and girls with disabilities, to be piloted in the project countries.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the UNDP RBAP Governance and Peacebuilding Team Leader with support and in close collaboration with the Regional Advisors for Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights in the UNDP Amman and Istanbul Regional Hubs and with relevant Global Lead and focal points from UN Women:, the Consultant will:

  • Desk review of existing diagnostic tools addressing stigma and discrimination (particularly – but not limited to – disability-related stigma/discrimination and/or in the context of SGBV) with recommendations for design of a tool to be piloted through the project.

  • Design draft tool to be piloted through the project in consultation and partnership with UNDP and UN Women and other relevant stakeholders in-country and finalise reflecting feedback received.

  • Support participating country offices and stakeholders (especially OPDs) to customize the tool for country-level pilots and design workplan for these pilots.

  • Oversee and support the initial testing and roll-out of the diagnostic tool

  • Conduct virtual webinars to share experiences on the initial pilots of diagnostic tool.

  • Desk review of existing behavioural/attitudinal change interventions addressing stigma and discrimination (particularly – but not limited to – disability-related stigma/discrimination and/or in the context of SGBV) with recommendations for interventions to be piloted through the project.

  • Design interventions for participating countries drawing on the desk review and the findings from the diagnostic exercise in consultation with UNDP, UN Women and relevant stakeholders in-country and finalise overarching methodology.

  • Oversee and support country-level customisation and implementation of behavioural interventions

  • Conduct virtual webinars to share experiences on initial pilots of behavioural interventions

  • Write up and launch summary findings from project

  • End of mission report summarising consolidated and finalised knowledge gained including a revised tool and intervention

The Consultant’s expected outputs and deliverables will be as follows:

SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED ANALYTICAL WORK

Under the overall supervision of the UNDP RBAP Governance and Peacebuilding Team Leader with support and in close collaboration with the Regional Advisors for Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights in the UNDP Amman and Istanbul Regional Hubs and with relevant Global Lead and focal points from UN Women:, the Consultant will:

  • Desk review of existing diagnostic tools addressing stigma and discrimination (particularly – but not limited to – disability-related stigma/discrimination and/or in the context of SGBV) with recommendations for design of a tool to be piloted through the project.
  • Design draft tool to be piloted through the project in consultation and partnership with UNDP and UN Women and other relevant stakeholders in-country and finalise reflecting feedback received.
  • Support participating country offices and stakeholders (especially OPDs) to customize the tool for country-level pilots and design workplan for these pilots.
  • Oversee and support the initial testing and roll-out of the diagnostic tool
  • Conduct virtual webinars to share experiences on the initial pilots of diagnostic tool.
  • Desk review of existing behavioural/attitudinal change interventions addressing stigma and discrimination (particularly – but not limited to – disability-related stigma/discrimination and/or in the context of SGBV) with recommendations for interventions to be piloted through the project.
  • Design interventions for participating countries drawing on the desk review and the findings from the diagnostic exercise in consultation with UNDP, UN Women and relevant stakeholders in-country and finalise overarching methodology.
  • Oversee and support country-level customisation and implementation of behavioural interventions
  • Conduct virtual webinars to share experiences on initial pilots of behavioural interventions
  • Write up and launch summary findings from project
  • End of mission report summarising consolidated and finalised knowledge gained including a revised tool and intervention

The Consultant’s expected outputs and deliverables will be as follows:

S/N

Deliverables (see details above)

Estimated Duration to Complete

Tentative Due Date

% of Payment

1

Desk review of existing diagnostic tools addressing stigma and discrimination (particularly – but not limited to – disability-related stigma/discrimination and/or in the context of SGBV) with recommendations for design of a tool to be piloted through the project.

12 days

31 August 2021

10%

2

Design draft tool to be piloted through the project in consultation with UNDP and UN Women and other relevant stakeholders in-country and finalise reflecting feedback received.

12 days

30 September 2021

10%

3

Support participating country offices and stakeholders (especially OPDs) to customize the tool for country-level pilots and design workplan for these pilots.

6 days

31 October 2021

5%

4

Oversee and support the initial testing and roll-out of the diagnostic tool.

30 days

31 March 2022

 

25%

5

Conduct virtual webinar to share experiences on the initial pilots.

6

Desk review of existing behavioural/attitudinal change interventions addressing stigma and discrimination (particularly – but not limited to – disability-related stigma/discrimination and/or in the context of SGBV) with recommendations for interventions to be piloted through the project.

7

Design interventions for participating countries drawing on the desk review and the findings from the diagnostic exercise in consultation with UNDP, UN Women and relevant stakeholders in-country and finalise overarching methodology.

12 days

30 April 2022

10%

8

Oversee and support country-level customisation and implementation of behavioural interventions

18 days

 

31 October 2022

 

15%

 

9

Conduct virtual webinars to share experiences on initial pilots of behavioural interventions

10

Write up and launch summary findings from project

6 days

3 December 2022

5%

11

End of mission report summarizing experiences from the pilots and including a revised tool reflecting lessons learned from pilots.

24 days

1 March 2023

20%

 

Total

120 days

 

100%

 

Competencies

Functional

  • Excellent writing and editing skills;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Ability to work under minimum supervision and tight deadlines.

Professional Skills:

  • Demonstrates strong ability to manage, facilitate, and engage in discussions with multiple stakeholders in a formal setting, seeking to encourage participation in an open and collegial environment;
  • Proactive in problem-solving and recommendation for conflict prevention and resolution;
  • Strong ability in managing confidential and politically sensitive issues, in a responsible way, and in accordance with protocols.
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively in a team structure in a multicultural environment
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results in high-pressure environment.

Interpersonal and communication skills:

  • Strong communication skills and proven ability to collaborate between different actors and high level of internal and external relationship management;
  • Uses tact and sensitivity when delivering sensitive information or resolving delicate issues;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure.

Corporate

  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modeling the UN / UNDP's values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of the UN / UNDP; and
  • Displays sensitivity and adaptability when working with a diverse array of cultures, genders, religions, races, nationalities and ages.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic qualifications

A minimum of Master’s degree in psychology, behavioural science, or related social sciences field is required. A doctorate/PhD and/or post-doctoral research relevant to stigma and discrimination will be an asset.

Experience

  • At least 15 years of relevant experience in conducting research and/or implementing development interventions addressing stigma and discrimination, preferably in the fields of disability and/or gender equality, is required;
  • Demonstrated experience of developing and field-testing diagnostic tools related to stigma and discrimination and assessing results to inform programming, preferably in the fields of disability and/or gender equality is required;
  • Demonstrated experience of developing, field-testing and evaluating the impact of interventions for behavioural and/or attitudinal change in the context of stigma and discrimination is required;
  • Previous experience working on projects aimed at empowering persons with disabilities (PwDs) and/or on gender equality, particularly in the field of prevention of/ response to SGBV is highly desirable and an asset;
  • UN experience with sound understanding of the UN systems and of UNDP mandates is an asset;

Language

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required; and
  • Working knowledge of another UN language would be an asset

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.

Application Procedure

The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):

  • A personal statement with a brief description of availability and why the Offeror considers her/himself the most suitable for the assignment.
  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects and specifying the relevant assignment period (from/to), as well as the email and telephone contacts of at least three (3) professional references.
  • A brief statement of proposed methodology and approach to the assignment. Applications without this will not be reviewed.

Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.

Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.

  • The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around the specific and measurable deliverables of the TOR. Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR, and deliverables accepted and certified by the technical manager.

  • The financial proposal must be all-inclusive and take into account various expenses that will be incurred during the contract, including: the daily professional fee; (excluding mission travel); living allowances at the duty station; communications, utilities and consumables; life, health and any other insurance; risks and inconveniences related to work under hardship and hazardous conditions (e.g., personal security needs, etc.), when applicable; and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services under the contract.
  • This consultancy is a home-based assignment, therefore, there is no envisaged travel cost to join duty station/repatriation travel. 
  • In the case of unforeseeable travel requested by UNDP, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between UNDP and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
  • If the Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under a 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 Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to shortlisted candidates.

Evaluation process

Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below.  Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring.  When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Being responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation where technical criteria weighs 70% and Financial criteria/ Proposal weighs 30%.

Technical evaluation - Total 70% (70 points):

  • Criteria 1. At least 15 years of relevant experience in conducting research and/or implementing development interventions addressing stigma and discrimination, preferably in the fields of disability and/or gender equality Weight = 25 %; Maximum Points: 25;

  • Criteria 2: Demonstrated experience of developing and field-testing diagnostic tools related to stigma and discrimination and assessing results to inform programming, preferably in the fields of disability and/or gender equality. Weight = 15%; Maximum Points: 15;

  • Criteria 3: Demonstrated experience of developing, field-testing and evaluating the impact of interventions for behavioural and/or attitudinal change in the context of stigma and discrimination. Weight = 10%; Maximum Points: 10;

  • Criteria 4: Previous experience working on projects aimed at empowering persons with disabilities (PwDs) and/or on gender equality, particularly in the field of prevention of/ response to SGBV is highly desirable. Weight = 10%; Maximum Points: 10;

  • Criteria 5: Quality of brief statement of proposed methodology and approach to the assignment. Weight = 10%; Maximum Points: 10.

Interview

Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.

Financial evaluation - Total 30% (30 points)

The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:

  • p = y (µ/z), where
  • p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
  • y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal
  • µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
  • z = price of the proposal being evaluated

Contract Award

Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.

Institutional arrangement

The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the UNDP RBAP Governance and Peacebuilding Team Leader and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.

The Consultant will be given access to relevant information necessary for execution of the tasks under this assignment.

Contract duration:

The period of the assignment will cover maximum 120 working days between 15 June 2021 – 15 March 2023.

Payment modality

Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified above and deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager. 

Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):

Any request for clarification must be sent by email to cpu.bids@undp.org 

The UNDP Central Procurement Unit will respond by email and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all applicants.

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