International Consultant_ for the development of National Strategic Plan in mainstreaming the rights of persons with disabilities (Open to Non-Myanmar Nationals Only)
Job Number: 527520
Locations: Asia and the Pacific: Myanmar
Work Type : Consultancy
International Consultant for the development of National Strategic Plan in mainstreaming the rights of persons with disabilities
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The social inclusion of children/persons with disabilities and promoting the rights of persons with disabilities is a longstanding priority in Myanmar’s development agenda. According to Article 7 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, ratified by Myanmar in 2011, children with disabilities shall fully enjoy their human rights and fundamental freedoms on an equal basis with other children.
According to the Census 2014, the prevalence of mild or severe level of disabilities for children aged 5 or above is 4.88 percent. As per the ‘Myanmar’s Situation Analysis of Children with Disabilities’, children with disabilities have very limited access to social services. Among the children with disabilities interviewed/covered by the ‘Myanmar’s Situation Analysis of children with disabilities’, many do not have access to any form of education; as many as 3 out of 5 children aged 6-15 with disabilities have never attended school, and less than one percent are enrolled in mainstream schools. Children with sensory impairments tend to be enrolled in special schools, some of these residential, rather than in mainstream schools. Schools and vocational training centres for children with disabilities are mostly located in urban areas; few services are available in rural areas. There are limited health and rehabilitation services specially adapted to children with disabilities; community-based rehabilitation services are not commonly available, at the same time, many health professionals, particularly at the township and rural levels, do not have specific procedures for the identification of children with disabilities, including early detection and prevention services.
Based on the evidence and data, and with the objective to improve opportunities for persons with disabilities to contribute to the country’s development, Myanmar enacted its first Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2015 and related By Law in 2017. Among the relevant international commitments ratified by Myanmar are:
the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD, 2011),
the Bali Declaration on the Enhancement of the Role and Participation of the persons with disabilities in ASEAN Community and the Mobilization Framework of the ASEAN Decade of persons with disabilities 2011-2020, and
the 2012 Incheon Strategy to ‘Make the Right Real’.
In addition, during the 33rd ASEAN Summit, Myanmar has endorsed in the ASEAN Enabling Masterplan 2025: Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which has called for the need of developing a National Strategic Plan in mainstreaming the rights of persons with disabilities (costed medium-term) based on the ASEAN Enabling Master Plan. The National Strategic Plan will also be aligned with the existing national priorities and polices such as Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan (MSDP), National Social Protection Strategic Plan (NSPSP) and other relevant sector plans (for example health and nutrition, education, TVET, etc) for strengthened holistic approach in mainstreaming the rights of PWDs.
As per the recommendation of the Law (2015) and By Law (2017) on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the National Committee on the Rights of persons with disabilities was formed in 2018 under the leadership of the Vice President of Myanmar. Subsequently after the formation of National Committee, the Working Committee jointly led by the Union Minister of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement and Chair of the Myanmar Federation of Persons with Disabilities were formed. In the State/Region level, the Committees on the rights of persons with disabilities were formed under the leadership of the respective Chief Minister with participation of key social departments and Organizations of People with Disabilities. The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement remained the leading Ministry in ensuring the social inclusion and promotion of rights of persons with disabilities as well as the coordination and implementation of Law and By Law on the Rights of persons with disabilities.
At the technical level, the 8 Sub-Committees were formed under the leadership of Director Generals/Deputy Director Generals of the key social Departments and with the participation of representatives from government, Organizations of People with Disabilities and other NGOs. The development of the National Strategic Plan in mainstreaming the rights of persons with disabilities will be completed under the leadership of the Working Committee with the support of 8-Sub committees.
To do so, dedicated technical support is required in the development of the National Strategic Plan with the coordination and facilitation of 8-sub committees in the process in developing the National Strategic Plan. UNICEF is committed to supporting MSWRR and the Department of Rehabilitation to drive this process, also drawing upon experience of facilitating the Social Protection Sub-Sector Coordination Group (SP SCG), including the completion of the social protection medium term costed sector plan in 2018. To this end, UNICEF is recruiting a senior consultant (international) to support in this process.
Objectives of the Consultancy
The key purpose of this assignment is to provide technical support in the development of National Strategic Plan in mainstreaming the rights of persons with disabilities (based on the ASEAN Enabling Master Plan) with the coordination, facilitation support of 8 sub-committees in the process of developing the National Strategic Plan in Mainstreaming the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Assignment Tasks and Expected Deliverables
Assess the background information of this process in Myanmar, related to the ASEAN Enabling Master Plan, Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan, National Social Protection Strategic Plan, Myanmar National Strategy for Development of Persons with Disabilities (2016-2025) etc. as well as to the mandate of MSWRR and Law (2015)/By Law (2017) on the rights of persons with disabilities in Myanmar. The major objective is to ensure that the National Strategic Plan is to mainstream and align with the existing international and national guidelines (ASEAN Enabling Master Plan, MSDP, NSPSP/ other sector strategy)—not re-conceptualized.
Proposed Action Plan
Liaise between Department of Rehabilitation, the Department of Social Welfare and leading departments of the 8-sub committees (especially health and education) to present the ‘proposed action plan’ specifying the responsible lead and participation of stakeholders.
Present the outline of the National Strategic Plan in mainstreaming the rights of PWDs
Agreed action points of the 8 sub-committees on the ‘proposed action plan for the development of the National Strategic Plan’ with recommendations on the follow up (sharing of relevant government documents, data, etc.)
Agreed outline of the National Strategic Plan
Conduct a series of in-depth discussions with members of 8 sub-committee to discuss in details of the National Strategic Plan.
PPT, Facilitation Notes, etc.
Agreed action points of the 8 sub-committees on the ‘proposed action plan for the development of the National Strategic Plan
Develop (first draft) National Strategic Plan based on the recommendations/discussions with 8-sub committees.
Draft National Strategic Plan
Conduct a validation workshop (one-day) with members of the 8 sub-committee, to present and validate the draft National Strategic Plan.
Updated version of the National Strategic Plan with recommendations/inputs provided/collected during the validation workshop
Brief Report on the Validation workshops
Qualification and specialized knowledge/experience required for the assignment:
University degree in Social Sciences or in another relevant discipline.
10 years of relevant experience in senior management coordination
Proven expertise in developing logical frameworks and / or strategic plans
Knowledge of the inter and intra Ministerial high-level coordination, strategic plan development in Myanmar, with focus on health and social welfare services is an asset
Solid experience working with key stakeholders in facilitation and advocacy
Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills
Familiar with the convention on the rights of persons with disabilities and the human rights-based approach on disability
Fluency in English is required
Interested candidates are requested to submit the application with updated CV and completed EOI form.
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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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Opening Date Fri Nov 01 2019 02:30:00 GMT+0000 (UTC) Myanmar Standard Time
Closing Date Thu Nov 14 2019 17:25:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)