Parent Sector : Social and Human Sciences Sector (SHS)
Duty Station: Harare
Job Family: Social and Human Sciences
Type of contract : Non Staff
Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months
Recruitment open to : External candidates
Application Deadline : 07-JUN-2020
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In the framework of Disability Rights and Inclusion and the “Our Rights, Our Life, Our Future” (O3) programmes, the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa is conducting an Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on Persons with Disabilities in Zimbabwe.Under the overall authority of the Regional Director and Representative, and direct supervision of the Regional Advisor for Education for Health and Wellbeing and Programme Specialist for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO ROSA, the successful consultant/consulting firm will conduct an Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on Persons with Disabilities in Zimbabwe.
The Contractor will be expected to undertake the assessment in close collaboration with an organisation of persons with disabilities (DPO) so as to ensure meaningful engagement with persons with disabilities.
- Conduct a disability review of the national response and recovery plan, and highlight gaps and key areas of improvement to avoid potential negative impact on the rights, or neglect for the needs of persons with disabilities; with a particular focus towards impact on young people with disability;
- Conduct a desk review on existing initiatives, policies, or projects that have been designed or reoriented to address the needs and rights of persons with disabilities as provided for in the UNCRPD with regard to COVID-19 pandemic;
- Conduct a phone/online – or when possible a physical – survey/Focus Group Discussions with the members of the umbrella organisations, persons with disabilities, stakeholders in health, education, food and nutrition sectors to understand the main challenges and needs of persons with disabilities with regard to (i) preventing/responding to COVID-19 pandemic in their communities; and (ii) coping with the national lockdown and subsequent economic recession, and social vulnerability. A particular attention must be paid and questions must be designed to capture any gender-based issues and the diverse types of disability.
- Highlight the needs of persons with disabilities and their households in humanitarian contexts; and indicate how the humanitarian programmes could target persons with disabilities more effectively, notably for food distribution and healthcare services in relation to COVID-19 and its impacts;
- Assess the impact of school and specialised institutions closure on young people and particularly young girls and women with disabilities’ livelihood, learning and access to sexual and reproductive health information and services;
- Design a methodology that can capture both quantitative and qualitative data, needed in the SEF and CCA processes. To this end close consultations will be maintained with the UN Programme Management Team (PMT) and Team of Policy Advisors;
- Draft and submit a comprehensive report (in English) that provides a situational analysis, clusters and analyses the different categories of challenges and needs of persons with disabilities, identifies and presents the existing initiatives to respond to the needs, and formulate tangible and actionable recommendations to the families, national authorities, the UN agencies (Development and humanitarian agencies), DPOs, Schools and specialised institutions, and the media, on the immediate (response) and medium terms (recovery). In so doing, it will be very important to translate the recommendations into concrete inputs to the UN CCA documents, the UN SEF and other programmes
- Organise and facilitate a validation workshop with UNESCO, UN partners, and the key stakeholders that include Government institutions, DPOs, and other development partners
- Co-design a harmonised research methodology with the consultant who will be conducting the similar assessment in Malawi, and harmonise the research outcomes of both Malawi and Zimbabwe.
- Accountability (C)
- Communication (C)
- Innovation (C)
- Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
- Planning and organizing (C)
- Results focus (C)
- Teamwork (C)
- Strategic thinking (M)
The following qualifications and skills are mandatory:
- Advanced academic degree in a related field – preferably Social Sciences, Development Studies, Sociology & Disability studies
- Excellent writing and communication skills.
Traceable research work on Disability Rights.
Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.
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