A CALL FOR CONSULTANT TO DRAFT CRPD ALTERNATIVE REPORT FOR TANZANIA
TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR A CONSULTANT TO DRAFT THE CRPD ALTERNATIVE REPORT FOR TANZANIA: 2015
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities aimed at promoting and protecting the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities in the world. It is the first legally binding treaty to clearly set out the obligations on states to avoid discrimination against persons with disability in all its forms, and to create a society in which the rights and dignity of persons with disability are respected.
The treaty asserts the rights of persons with disabilities such as education, health, work, and adequate living conditions, freedom of movement, freedom from exploitation, self-representation, participation in the political and governance processes as well as equal recognition before the law to mention just a few.
The Government of United Republic of Tanzania ratified the CRPD on 10th November 2009 and enacted the persons with disability Act 2010 and its regulation of 2012. The UNCRPD and the national disability legislations have the duty to ensure that human rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons with disabilities are protected and promoted without discrimination. Persons with disabilities need to enjoy equal rights as other citizen and become aware of their rights as stated in the CRPD and national legislations. Moreover, the convention provides PWDs an opportunity to increase awareness of their rights.
Article 33 of the CRPD obliges state parties that are signatory to the CRPD to ensure the participation of persons with disabilities in the national implementation and monitoring of CRPD. The treaty requires the states that have ratified the convention to prepare National reports to the UN Committee of expert on the implementation and in accordance with the provisions of article 33, civil society in particular persons with disabilities through their organizations also have the monitoring role. Despite ratifying the CRPD six years ago, Tanzania has never presented its report yet to the CRPD committee on the implementation status of CRPD.
Therefore, Tanzania as signatory to the convention is obliged to develop a report on CRPD implementation for review by the CRPD Committee. On the other hand, DPOs and civil society organizations entitled to develop recommendations to the CRPD committee in the form of shadow/alternative report, in order to enhance the realization of rights of PWDs as set out in the Convention.
Based on this ground, Handicap International provides a financial support to SHIVYAWATA as an umbrella organization of Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) to coordinate the processes of developing alternative report on the status of CRPD implementation in Tanzania.
The report will comprise both primary and secondary information. The primary information will be obtained through interviews and questionnaires. The secondary information is from publications and human rights reports.
SHIVYAWATA needs the consultant services to consolidate the research process and to support the drafting of the Alternative report. It also identifies and selects eight persons to form a technical committee to assist consultant in all stages of alternative report writing.
The Roles of the consultant are:
- To develop Action Plan on the Alternative report
- To conduct capacity building to the Shivyawata staff and leaders on the process of alternative report writing.
- Develop a framework of alternative report
- Attending and leading the technical committee meetings.
- To ensure collection of information from different stakeholders with regard to the realization of the rights of PWDs as spelt out in the CRPD for facilitating the report writing processes
- To develop research tools and conduct research to government authorities and other key informants on the implementation status of CRPD in Tanzania.
- To ensure collection and compilation of case studies from DPOs that can be used as evidence in the alternative report.
- To draft the alternative report using the guidelines set by the CRPD committee and present to the technical committee for review.
- To moderate and facilitate stakeholders meetings
- To incorporate the views from stakeholders and submit a final report to Shivyawata.
- And any other duties related
3. CONSULTANT’S PROFILE
Bachelor’s degree in law, Social Sciences, master’s degree preferred with a bias on disability rights studies
- Experience in working with persons with disability and legal frameworks on Disability
- A good understanding on UN Convention on the rights of persons with Disability
- Working languages required are English and Kiswahili
4. WORK SCHEDULE
It is anticipated that this work will take about 20 working days.
On the basis of the proposed number of days in these Terms of Reference, the Consultant must set up a work schedule for the performance of the service.
The work schedule must clearly specify the manner in which the Consultant will approach the activities required to perform the service.
The schedule must indicate the progress and/or the standard of service performance, including the criteria and/or indicators to check that the service provision is proceeding smoothly
HI and SHIVYAWATA will require CRPD Alternative report for TANZANIA to be submitted.
Submission date: 31/3/2015
6. RESOURCE PERSON
Within the framework of the service provision, the Consultant will be asked to collaborate with Handicap International’s teams and in particular with Ms. Risala Msemo who will be the point of contact.
The professional fee for the consultancy; Attractive but negotiable.
A contract will be drawn up after a call for expression of interest where skills and costs of potential consultants will be assessed and evaluated by SHIVYAWATA and Handicap International. The contract will be a formal consultancy contract between SHIVYAWATA and the consultant.
Tanzanian nationals or candidates already residing and eligible to work in Tanzania are encouraged to apply.
All interested parties must submit a brief proposal (Not more than 3 pages) explaining their understanding of the TOR, methodology/approach, and how they intend to conduct the assignment; and updated curriculum vitae by e-mail before 26nd February, 2015 to: firstname.lastname@example.org and cc email@example.com
The email subject line should be marked: “Application for Consultancy on drafting Alternative Report for CRPD implementation in Tanzania”.
Please note that due to the urgency of the position, applications will be processed as they are received and interviews shall be conducted on short notice.