Liberia ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2012, but its progress towards its implementation has been very limited. Persons with disabilities are among the most vulnerable groups within the Liberian society. While the official statistics severely under-estimate the prevalence of disability, the approximation given in the World Report on Disability (WHO & World Bank, 2011) of 15% to 20% of adult population living with disabilities is likely to be the best estimate, although in post-conflict countries the prevalence may be even higher. Available data from a UNICEF study from 1997 shows that 16% of the population have a disability.
The most important national development plan, Agenda for Transformation 2013-2017, notes that: “Disability is a special concern to Liberia as a post-conflict country. The civil war caused not only deaths, but also led to impairments such as loss of limbs, loss of sight and trauma”. Persons with disabilities are being stigmatized by the wider population, and their rights are being violated in various ways. Discrimination is a structural problem, caused by stereotypes, negative and hostile attitudes. Persons with disabilities are denied their civil, cultural, economic, political, and social rights, which include the right to access the general school system, be employed, live independently in the community, move freely, vote, participate in sports and cultural activities, enjoy social protection, access justice, choose medical treatment, and enter freely into legal commitments such as buying and selling property.
The National Human Rights Action Plan for five (5) years (2013-2018) acknowledges that persons with disabilities are facing “discrimination, segregation from society, economic marginalization and lack of participation in social, political and economic decision-making processes. This substantial group has often been left out of development.” Similarly, the Agenda for Transformation 2013 – 2017 acknowledges that “their views are not reflected in national policies and there is a lack of adequate data on them.”
In the Universal Periodic Review Process of 2015, Liberia accepted recommendation 100.72 “Implement provisions in the National Human Rights Action Plan for the protection of vulnerable individuals, including children, persons with disabilities, persons with albinism, LGBT persons, and persons diagnosed with HIV/AIDS”, and recommendation 100.186 “Strengthen the national bodies responsible for ensuring the protection of persons with disability against all forms of violations that they may be subjected to and promote their full integration into society”. In addition to these, the Government has also accepted to strengthen support and protection measures to vulnerable persons, and to submit overdue reports to the relevant United Nations treaty bodies. One of these is the report to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was due in 2014.
The disability community in Liberia is vibrant. National DPOs have been established, and the National Union of the Disabled (NUOD) even has recently opened chapters in all of the 15 counties. NUOD has also recently become a full member of the African Disability Forum. Nevertheless, the DPOs remain weak in terms of technical capacity, membership base, and they are largely excluded from decision-making and consultations. Persons with intellectual or psycho-social disabilities are not adequately represented within the DPO movement. There is a great need to build the DPOs’ capacity, amplify the voices of persons with disabilities, and to ensure that the key duty-bearers have the sufficient data, expertise and political will to respond to their demands in meaningful and appropriate ways.
UNDP in recent time has supported initiatives of NUOD on a very low scale as a means of raising the banner for persons living with disabilities. A recent mission to Liberia to assist UNDP in the development of a programme framework for persons living with disabilities strongly recommended targeted support to the development of a National Plan of Action that will elaborate the Convention on the Rights of Persons living with Disability (CRPD). To fulfill this commitment, UNDP through its programme on gender, HIV and AIDS and Persons Living with Disability is inviting interested international consultant to apply for carrying out this assignment.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of the UNDP Deputy Country Director for Programme), and the direct supervision of the Governance and Public Institutions (GPI) Team Leader, a.i., the international consultant, supported by a national consultant, will perform, to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost, the following tasks:
The work is expected to be completed within 30 working days over a period of 2 months from the contract signature date. The inception report shall be submitted within two weeks from the contract signature.
Required Skills and Experience
Shortlisting: Education = 4 points : Experience = 6 points; 7 points required for pass to the desk review process
Only shortlisted candidates will be forwarded the UNDP Procurement Notice
Technical proposal (desk review)
To be qualified candidate should obtain minimum 70% of the total 70 points.
Contract will be awarded to highest scored candidate (technical score + financial scores)/100
Rating the Technical Proposal (TP):
Rating the Financial Proposal (FP):
Total Combined Score:
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.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
|Closing date:||September 25, 2017|