Individual Consultancy: COVID-19- Disability Section

  • Location
    Remote, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jul 30

Position description

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child,

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.  


  • 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

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