Individual Consultancy: COVID-19- Disability Section

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 30 July 2020

Job Description

Consultancy Title: Disability inclusive response and recovery planning for COVID-19

Section/Division/Duty Station: Remote

Duration: 6 months


If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries.


This assignment is being implemented within the framework of the UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) UN joint programme to support countries design and implement disability inclusive response and recovery planning for COVID-19. This multi-agency programme (in partnership with ILO, UNDP, UNESCO, WHO, UN Women, UNFPA, UNDESA, OHCHR) will support a number of countries with country-specific guidance through a range of mechanisms including, joint analysis and planning; flexible, on-demand technical support; collection of evidence; and development of case studies to support learning. This will be coordinated between UNPRPD members through a technical working group to maximize synergies and reduce duplication.

Within this broader programme, UNICEF will focus on a disability-inclusive response to COVID-19 in humanitarian contexts. In particular, UNICEF will work to strengthen knowledge and capacity on a disability- inclusive COVID-19 response across the humanitarian-development nexus.

While focused primarily on the current COVID-19 pandemic, this assignment will also draw on learning from previous public health emergencies and contribute to a body of knowledge to inform response to future public health emergencies.

This assignment will be home based and involve a range of technical outputs and coordination with UNPRPD partners, as well as key disability actors.

Terms of Reference / Deliverables

The overall purpose of this assignment is to support a disability inclusive COVID19 response and recovery at the country level. Specifically, this assignment will:

  1. Strengthen understanding and capacity to develop and support a disability-inclusive response to COVID-19
  2. Support engagement of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations to engage in planning, implementation and monitoring of a disability-inclusive response to COVID-19
  3. Generate evidence, analysis and operational tools to support countries to design and implement an inclusive COVID-19 response and recovery

The incumbent is responsible for the following tasks:

  1. Documentation of good practice and learning on engagement of OPDs in response to public health emergencies, including COVID-19, in humanitarian contexts.
  1. Deliverable: At least 5 case studies of OPD engagement documented, with analysis of lessons learned. Timeline: August 2020-January 2021
  1. Adaptation of UNICEF guidance on Including Children with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action to the COVID-19 response
  1. Deliverable: Revised guidance and accompanying operational tools integrating stronger component on public health emergencies and reflection of the humanitarian-development nexus. Timeline: October 2020 - January 2020
  1. Demand- driven support on inclusion of persons with disabilities in COVID-19 response in humanitarian contexts, including delivery of webinars and other forms of remote support.
  1. Deliverable: At least 3 webinars delivered for country and regional offices; and at least 5 country and regional offices provided with targeted technical support. Timeline: October 2020 - July 2021.
  1. Delivery of a range of forums for promoting exchange of experience and learning between humanitarian and development actors on inclusion of persons with disabilities in public health emergencies, including COVID-19. Documentation and dissemination of relevant learning.
  1. Deliverable: At least 3 webinars or other online platforms for exchange facilitated. Timeline: January - July 2021
  1. Desk research on health, social and economic impact of public health emergencies on persons with disabilities, and effective approaches to planning, delivering and monitoring an inclusive response across the humanitarian- development nexus.
  1. Deliverable: Issues paper finalized on inclusion of persons with disabilities in public health emergencies. Timeline: January - July 2021


  • Master’s Degree in disability studies, public health, social science, humanitarian assistance, international development or related fields
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively professional experience in inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action is required
  • Understanding of issues relating to children’s rights, especially the rights of children with disabilities, from the perspective of the social model of disability is required
  • Knowledge and professional experience in inclusion of persons with disabilities in public health emergencies is highly desirable
  • A strong track record of providing technical advice to international organizations particularly to regional and country offices in relation to inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action is highly desirable
  • Strong technical writing skills are highly desirable
  • Experience in engaging and partnering with disability actors, including organizations of persons with disabilities, is an asset
  • Relevant experience in program/project implementation in a UN system agency or international organization is an asset
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.


  • Completed profile in UNICEF’s e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) Upload copy of academic credentials
  • Financial proposal that will include:
  • your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference (can be downloaded here:
  • travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR.
  • Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.
  • Indicate your availability
  • Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF.
  • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

U.S. Visa information:

With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at:Here

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.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, appearance, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, to apply to become a part of the organization

About the Organization

UNICEF is out to change the world for children vaccination by vaccination, blanket by blanket, biscuit by biscuit, book by book. In most of America, these things are considered completely ordinary. But in many parts of the developing world, they can save a child's life. UNICEF is unique among world organizations and unique among those working with young people. As a global movement, we use our authority to influence decision makers and diverse partners to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. In 155 countries and territories, UNICEF's field staff uses hard-won expertise to meet the challenges facing children and those who care for them. Our history has given us a profound understanding of development and the importance of child health, education, equality and protection in advancing humanity. All that we do helps children realize their full potential. In support of UNICEF's work, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF focuses on five major priorities: education, emergencies, HIV/AIDS, immunization and malnutrition.

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