Individual Consultant: Coordinator, Disability Inclusive Response to COVID-19

UN Women
  • Location
    Remote, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jul 20

Position description

UN Women, ILO, OHCHR, UNDP, WHO, UNDESA, UNICEF, UNFPA and UNESCO, along with implementing partners IDA and IDDC, are working on joint project supported by the United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD), a Mulit-Partner Trust Fund. The inter-agency joint programme aims to improve the outcomes for persons with disabilities in the COVID19 response and recovery by supporting country level activities as well as informing, shaping and complementing broader COVID19 initiatives, through providing guidance to support implementation of the recommendations within the UNSG Policy Brief: A disability inclusive response to COVID19 , and other relevant policy and programming guidance.
UN-Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinated United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

UN-Women’s Disability Inclusion and Intersectionality Portfolio (hereinafter DIIP), currently located at the United Nations System Coordination Division, in the Strategic Partnerships and Intergovernmental Bureau, leads, coordinates, and promotes the implementation of UN Women’s global strategy for disability inclusion - The empowerment of women and girls with disabilities: Towards full and effective participation and gender equality , and, responds to the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy (UNDIS). This syncs with the Entity’s dedicated work on gender equality and the empowerment of women at the global, regional and country levels. The DIIP promotes gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls with disabilities. It advocates for inclusive management and mainstreaming disability inclusion at all levels.
UN-Women will coordinate the overall implementation of this global initiative for disability inclusive COVID-19 response , along with UNPRPD and other participating UN entities.

Background and Objectives
As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNPRPD Fund is immediately reacting to and supporting existing programs to adapt and respond to the current crisis. Through harnessing the combined expertise of UNPRPD members, the focus of this global initiative is to support country level responses and broader UN response to COVID-19 and recovery through technical support, evidence, knowledge based learning and guidance.
Each UN entity 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.
Countries will also benefit from the development of global guidance by each UN entity as well as a coordinated learning series for UNCTs, governments, and other stakeholders to which each UN entity will contribute. Persons with disabilities and their representative organizations will be involved in the co-delivery of this learning series as well as being participants. Guidance, learning, and tools will also inform and support countries beyond the crisis, including future UNPRPD Fund joint programs, and be used within UNPRPD country and regional capacity building initiatives.
UN entities will engage with Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) through consultation, joint data collection and analysis, the provision of technical support, and support with advocacy and accountability efforts. OPDs will also work with UNCTs in selected countries to develop country profiles and case studies to support inclusive recovery and strengthened preparedness for future health emergencies. This participatory program model will build enduring relationships between UNCTs and OPDs, building the capacities of UNCTs and encouraging them to engage systematically with persons with disabilities in UN processes.
The program will also ensure a gender inclusive approach through both targeted and mainstreamed actions to ensure the inclusive of women and girls with disabilities across all activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Key Consultancy Functions 
The Consultant will report to ‘UN Coordination Adviser and UN-Women Global Coordinator for Disability Inclusion’. More specifically, the consultant will be responsible for:
• Oversight and direct management of the project tin a flexible and participatory manner, with a facilitative approach, while retaining strong result-driven programme planning and implementation;
• Coordination and supervision of administrative, monitoring and evaluation, financial management, procurement, and programmatic management aspects of the Programme in accordance with UN-Women rules, policies and procedures and the grant agreement with the UNPRPD Fund;
• Oversee the establishment of the monitoring and evaluation plan of the Programme and ensure its implementation;
• Under guidance of UN-Women Lead Adviser for Disability Inclusion and Intersectionality (DIIP), support implementation of UN-Women component/workplan of the Joint Programmes;
• Regularly identify challenges and provide recommendations to mitigate project risks and ensure smooth project implementation, with the implementing partners and other stakeholders,
• Manage the UN-Women programme budget and facilitate budget approvals and revision processes as per UN Women policies and procedures;
• Prepare work plans, produce timely reports (financial and progress) on achievements and challenges faced within the projects - as required by UNPRPD reporting systems;
• Ensure the timeliness and quality of the outputs;
• Develop the necessary strategic documents concerning programme planning and implementation, such as detailed workplans, policy papers, briefs, etc.
• Ensure an efficient and effective information management system is established, which facilitates collection, storage, and analysis of data throughout the programme
• Ensure gender and diversity is integrated and mainstreamed throughout the programme outputs;
• Facilitate Coordination and Effective Participation among key stakeholders;
• In collaboration with the UNPRPD Fund technical secretariat, facilitate coordination, organize technical committee meetings, and maintain consistent and clear communication between implementing partners
• Ensure the participation and involvement of implementing partners and relevant stakeholders in programme -implementation so that the process is inclusive, participatory, and transparent;
• Guide the development of the programme’s communication strategy in close collaboration with relevant partners;

Key deliverables
• Develop a database for all produced resources including knowledge products;
• Develop and coordinate planned joint webinars and other means of dissemination;
• Draft communication and programme briefs;
• Develop programme M&E strategy with clear indicators in agreement with all partners;
• Compile information from partners and develop the final programme report;
• Manage the relationship with the civil society partners including agreement on roles and deliverables;
• Coordinate the partners monthly meeting and follow-up on agreed actions; 
• Coordinate and draft development of guidance note based on inputs and information collected by partners


Core Values: 
• Respect for Diversity
• Integrity
• Professionalism
Core competencies: 
• Awareness and sensitivity regarding gender issues
• Accountability
• Creative problem solving
• Effective communication
• Inclusive collaboration
• Stakeholder engagement
• Leading by example
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Values and Competencies Framework: 
Functional competencies: 
• Strong knowledge and familiarity disability inclusion related issues as well as key concepts related to intersectional approaches, public health, and social inclusion. 
• Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks by establishing priorities
• Ability to handle a large volume of work under time constraints
• Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships with clients, demonstrating understanding of client’s perspective

Required Skills and Experience

• Master’s degree or equivalent in international development, political sciences, public administration, public policy, gender studies, sociology, human rights or other relevant social science fields is required;
• A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
• At least, 5 years of direct experience in programme and project management, monitoring and evaluation of project(s);
• Exposures to inter-agency coordination, specifically coordination of joint programmes;
• Proven experience in developing joint workplan, formulating corresponding budgets, and implementing them on time, budget and scope;
• Substantive experience of building partnerships with UN agencies, civil society and academia is relevant;
• Fluency in English is required;
• Knowledge of an additional UN official working language, particularly French or Spanish, is an asset.

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