UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

UNDP in Cambodia

International Consultant to Develop the Guidelines on the Disability Inclusive Social Protection

Location : Homebased and Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA

Application Deadline : 27-Sep-22 (Midnight New York, USA)

Type of Contract : Individual Contract

Post Level : International Consultant

Languages Required : English

Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start)

10-Oct-2022

Duration of Initial Contract : 40 working days with 10 days in Cambodia from 10 October 2022 to 23 February 2023

Expected Duration of Assignment : 40 working days with 10 days in Cambodia from 10 October 2022 to 23 February 2023

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. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Background

The Royal Government of Cambodia has taken effective steps to promote the living conditions of persons with disabilities, evidenced by the ratification of the CRPD, adoption of the National Disability Strategic Plan 2019-2023 (NDSP2), and efforts to amend the 2009 Law on the Protection and the Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Disability Law). Cambodia’s long-term vision is to build an efficient and financially sustainable social protection system. In 2017, the RGC established the National Social Protection Policy Framework 2016-2025 (SPPF), which aims to expand coverage and increase coherence between social assistance, social insurance and labour market schemes.

Persons with disabilities face greater exposure to risks and vulnerabilities throughout the life cycle which should be addressed by social protection systems. The recent dialogues between organisations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) and social protection policymakers were seen as a positive sign of growing interest to make the social protection framework more disability-inclusive. However, it also highlighted some challenges for persons with disabilities to access existing benefits. This may be caused by an insufficient level of awareness of Social Projection stakeholders/providers on disability inclusion, lack of information for persons with disabilities on social protection benefits, issues of physical access to social protection facilities etc. In addition, the recent review of SPPF highlighted issues of limited coverage and inadequacy of current disability relevant schemes.

Access to social protection is fundamental to enable persons with disabilities to achieve effective inclusion and active participation in society on an equal basis with others. The guidelines on the disability-inclusive social protection are needed to enhance the perspective towards disability in social protection systems that should move away from a model based on the inability to work, and towards a human rights-based model as outlined in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In addition, it may be necessary to enhance the knowledge of authorities at all levels on disability-inclusive social protection to ensure persons with disabilities have equitable access to the social protection system as a capacity assessment on knowledge of five Provincial DACs found that there was limited knowledge on DISP that 95.7 percent of respondents agreed or totally agreed that more opportunities are needed to increase knowledge and skills on disability-inclusive social protection.

Duties and Responsibilities

The assignment aims to assist the DAC-SG and GS-NSPC to develop the Guidelines on the Disability Inclusive Social Protection, practical checklists and toolkits of the guidelines to ensure the disability-specific requirements are included in the social protection system and to provide training of trainers (ToT) to the leaders and staff of DAC-SG, GS-NSPC, CDPO and relevant stakeholders on disability and social protection sectors.

The guidelines should at least include the contents below.

  • Analysis of the current social protection in Cambodia
  • Future direction of the Social Protection in Cambodia using global and regional frameworks for disability-inclusive social protection (recommendation)
  • Purpose of the guidelines
  • Definition of Disability Inclusion, Social Protection, Disability-Inclusive Social Protection, Physical Accessibility, Reasonable Accommodation, Accessible Communication
  • Who owns the guidelines?
  • Who uses the guidelines?
  • Who benefits from the guidelines?
  • Responsibility of decision makers and operators
  • Rational for a disability inclusive social protection system
  • Engagement of OPDs
  • How to apply the guidelines
  • Available resources and tools

The checklists and toolkits should include a few practical examples of how the social protection services can be accessible for persons with disabilities (operators) and how persons with disabilities can directly access the existing disability-specific or mainstream social protection services.

The assignment will be expected to:

  • Conduct a desk review on the existing policies and legal frameworks related to the disability and social protection in Cambodia including the National Disability Strategic Plan 2019-2023 (NDSP2), Law on the Protection and the Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, National Social Protection Policy Framework 2016-2025 (SPPF), Poor Households Program (IDPoor), Cash Transfer Programme, Health Equity Fund, National Social Security Fund, Disability Identification System, the Cash Transfer Program for Poor and Vulnerable Households during COVID-19 and look into the global and regional frameworks for disability-inclusive social protection to substantiate the guideline development;
  • Design methodology and tools to perform data collection including consultation with relevant stakeholders through a number of workshops, meetings and focus group discussions/ face to face/ virtually (taking into account of COVID-19 situation) or in-depth interviews with relevant government institutions, CDPO, OPDs and relevant stakeholders related to the disability and social protection;
  • Collect the data from relevant government institutions, CDPO, OPDs and relevant stakeholders related to the disability and social protection;
  • Analyse the data and present the first draft of guidelines on DISP in the final consultation workshop to the relevant government institutions, CDPO, OPDs and relevant stakeholders for their feedbacks and recommendations;
  • Submit the revised guidelines on the DISP to the relevant government institutions, CDPO, OPDs and relevant stakeholders for their final feedbacks;

  • Submit the final guidelines, practical checklists and toolkits of the guidelines for the endorsement; and
  • Provide 2 full-day face-to-face training of trainers to the relevant government institutions, CDPO, OPDs and relevant stakeholders on the final guidelines, practical checklists and toolkits.

Competencies

Functional competence

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with government and development partners.
  • Good facilitation and presentation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work with people from different backgrounds to deliver quality products within a short timeframe.
  • Be flexible and responsive to changes and demands.
  • Be client-oriented and open to feedback.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
  • Excellent computer literacy

Corporate competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • At least advanced university degree (master’s degree) in arts, public policy, social science, development or other related field research.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of relevant working experience in the disability inclusion and few years in social protection or scheme projects/ programs (disability/social inclusion expert is preferable).
  • Experience in developing guidelines or policies related to social protection, disability pension, social insurance schemes, etc.
  • Strong knowledge in national and international strategics, frameworks and policies in relation to disability inclusion, social protection, disability pension, social insurance schemes, public services support schemes, disability inclusion, and human rights.

Language Requirement:

  • Fluent in both written and spoken English

Interested offeror must read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at (link)-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=95585 more detail information about term of references, instructions to offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.

UNDP reserves right to reject any applications that is incomplete.

Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via email.

Interested Offerors are required to submit application via UNDP jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP jobsite system. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your online applications submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an email acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

Interested individual offeror must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications: 1. Proposal:Letter of explaining why they are most suitable for the work

2. Financial proposal (Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP)

3. Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references

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