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Consultancy: Disability Assessment Consultant (43 working days between October 2021 and February 2022) - Europe and Central Asia Regional Office, Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Human Rights
    • Disability Rights
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-15

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The Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (ECARO) is seeking a qualified consultant to undertake a mapping in six countries, and propose a technical guidance and considerations for future disability assessment reform in the region, and beyond.

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, Protection 


The assignment will examine the extent to which disability assessment is aligned to the human rights-based approach and contributing to more effective support for children with disabilities who are transitioning from institutions to families and communities, but also more broadly contributing to improved policy and service planning and provision for children with disabilities throughout their life cycle. The focus of it is both on the conceptual framework and the systemic perspective. More specifically, the analysis will examine the role of ICF or other framework in providing a common language about disability among the different professionals while focusing on functioning and participation, as well as facilitating cross-sectoral collaboration for improved policy and service planning and provision. The analysis will bring together the person’s perspective ( the child’s talents, interests and needs, and situation) and the system perspective (the community, the different professionals and institutions involved in the process, alignment between the different assessments, the capacity of professionals, funding, accessibility, management, monitoring and evaluation). Most importantly, the extent to which these processes have enabled the involvement of children with disabilities, their parents and families, disability groups in the design and implementation of disability assessment.

Purpose of the assignment & Main tasks

Under the supervision of the Disability Focal Point, the consultant will undertake a mapping in six countries, and propose a technical guidance and considerations for future disability assessment reform in the region, and beyond. Under this background the paper aims to:

  1. examine the extent to which disability assessment reform in six countries has led to understanding of disability in line with human rights-based approach to disability, improved assessment of individual child needs and the extent it has contributed to effective policy and service planning and provision for children with disabilities and families
  2. examine the extent to which use of ICF in disability assessment, certification and eligibility determination has facilitated transition from medical towards to human-rights based approach to disability inclusion
  3. examine the extent to which disability assessment reform has contributed to common understanding of disability and strengthened cross-sectoral collaboration, particularly in the context of de-institutionalization and transition to family community-based care, early identification and response to risks of family separation, family support (and reintegration) services, gate-keeping system (decision-making in the best interest of the child), promoting case management
  4. examine the extent to which it has led to systemic transformation (human and financial resources, capacity building, legislation)
  5. develop a final report with findings and recommendations for future reforms

Work Assignment Overview

Tasks / Milestone Deliverables / Outputs Timeline
1. Conduct initial literature review and conceptual framework Literature review and conceptual framework 4 working days; 
by end of October 2021
2. Undertake review of country documentation Desk review of country documentation related to disability assessment/use of ICF 12 working days (2 days for each country); 
by end of November 2021
3. Develop instruments for primary data collection Instruments for primary data collection

1 working day; 

by end of November 2021

4. Undertake primary data collection Data collection at country level completed

12 working days (2 days for each country); 

by mid-December 2021

5. Analysis of primary data Country data analysis

4 working days; 

by end of December 2021

6. Developed zero-draft report on the basis of the report (primary and secondary data) Zero draft of the report (literature review, country data)

6 working days; 

by mid-January 2022

7. Undertake consultation with international and national child protection, social protection and education sector experts- 1 day Completed consultations with UNICEF experts

1 working day; 

by end of January 2022

8. Develop the full draft of the report Full draft of the report with findings, conclusions and recommendations completed

7 working days; 

by mid-February 2022

Estimated Duration of the Contract

43 working days (between October 2021 and February 2022)

Consultant’s Work Place and Official Travel

The Consultant will be home-based.

Estimated Cost of the Consultancy & Payment Schedule

Payment will be made on submission of an invoice and satisfactory completion of the above-mentioned deliverables.

To qualify as an advocate for every child, you will have...

  • Advanced degree in education, sociology, social work, with focus in disability inclusion
  • Minimum 10 years of progressively responsible professional work experience in disability inclusion, preferably in social and child protection sectors, inclusive education, and both at the national and international levels
  • Extensive research experience in the area of disability inclusion (childcare, social protection, education, health)
  • Knowledge and experience in disability assessment reforms
  • Knowledge and experience in applying ICF for research, planning, service provision purposes
  • Knowledge of childcare and education reforms processes
  • Knowledge of the ECA region
  • Excellent analytical and written skills
  • Fluency in English (oral and written). Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

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.


Please include a full CV and Financial Proposal in your application. Additionally, indicate your availability and daily rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above. Applications submitted without a daily rate will not be considered. 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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