Disability Sensitive Baseline Survey Consultant

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Disability Sensitive Baseline Survey Consultant

  • Post Date:June 28, 2021
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  • Career Level Consultant
    Qualification Degree
    Experience 5-10 Years
  • Industry Non Governmental
Job Description

Location : Harare, ZIMBABWE
Application Deadline : 02-Jul-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : National Consultant
Languages Required : English
Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 12-Jul-2021
Duration of Initial Contract : 40 days
Expected Duration of Assignment : 40 days

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.


UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


The Public Service Commission (hereinafter called the “PSC” or the “Commission”) is a constitutional body created in terms of section 203 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe with an overarching mandate to oversee Zimbabwe’s public service. As part of its mandate, the Public Service Commission is enjoined to “implement measures to ensure effective and efficient performance within, and the general well-being of, the Public Service.”Pursuant to its mandate, the Public Service Commission is undertaking a raft of public sector reforms with a view to modernising the public service and support service delivery and is guided in this process by the principles of inclusion, equality, and non-discrimination as espoused in sections 22 and 56 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe respectively. Section 22 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe enjoins “the State and all institutions and agencies of government at every level” to “recognise the rights of persons with physical or mental disabilities, in particular their right to be treated with respect and dignity”, including in the world of work while section 56 outlaws discrimination on any grounds, including disability.

Inclusion is the guiding principle of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and it includes the pledge to leave no one behind and to create a “just, equitable, tolerant, open and socially inclusive world in which the needs of the most vulnerable are met”. The commitment to inclusion specifically addresses persons with disabilities and is consistent with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). In terms of Article 31 of the CRPD, States are required to collect statistics and data to enable them to formulate and implement policies to give effect to the rights of people with disabilities. Furthermore, data disaggregation by disability, sex, and age is indispensable for understanding the situation of persons with disabilities and informing policies to ensure their inclusion and human rights protection. However, such data remains scarce, which is a major obstacle hampering greater progress in policies and programmes for persons with disabilities.

UNDP is supporting the PSC’s PSR initiatives and specific attention is being paid to the growing recognition of the principle of “Leaving No One Behind”. The Public Service Commission, with the support of UNDP, has thus embarked on the process of developing a sectoral Public Service Disability Policy as part of mainstreaming disability issues in its modernisation and development imperatives. Motivated by the desire to develop evidence-based policies and programmes, the PSC intends to commission a disability sensitive baseline survey in the public service to inform status of disability inclusion in government policies and programmes. PSC has requested assistance from UNDP to procure consultancy services to assist with this baseline survey.


The baseline survey is intended to obtain reliable and relevant data on disability inclusion within the public service. The information obtained from the study will be used to inform programmatic interventions focused on Persons with Disabilities especially their inclusion in public policy issues and national development processes. and protection of their human rights. This will enhance capacities of Government institutions including the PSC to develop policies and programmes that are sensitive to the rights of persons with disabilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Specific Terms of Reference

On behalf of the Public Service Commission, UNDP seeks the services of a consultant to undertake this baseline study. The baseline survey thus seeks to:

  • map out the current landscape or status of disability inclusion in government programmes and policies across the public service,
  • investigate gaps and shortcomings of the current legal, policy and institutional architecture regarding the mainstreaming of disability inclusion,
  • identify areas of interventions required to strengthen disability inclusion and responsiveness within the public service,
  • Identify attitudes and practices of the public service employees towards issues of disability inclusion,
  • Proffer recommendations for a disability inclusive and accessible public service.


  • The consultant’s methodology should include a combination of qualitative and quantitative data collection with a focus on using participatory approaches,
  • Primary data and data analysis process will be disaggregated by gender, age, disability and disability type to provide an Inclusive overview,
  • Washington Group Questions will guide the structuring and administration of the survey,
    For Qualitative Data Collection, key methods may include focus group discussions and key informant interviews with persons with disabilities, partners and local stakeholders,
  • In line with the principle of ‘Nothing about us without us”, the study will deliberately endevour to consult and get information from persons with disabilities across the public service,
  • The Consultant will be expected to develop detailed, systematic gender-based and inclusive methodology for data collection and analysis, specifying sampling strategy and data collection tools and approaches for data analysis and report writing.

Expected Deliverables

The consultant/company will submit the following:

  • Inception report containing a detailed work plan for the entire duration of the consultancy, including the data collection methodology and tools utilized for collecting information,
  • Draft report with inputs from all stakeholders,
  • All working files and final dataset including the raw data gathered during the research from different sources,
  • Final Baseline Survey report,
  • End of Activity report.

General Conditions: Procedures and Logistics

  • The consultant(s) is expected to work from their own premises and liaise with UNDP and the PSC as necessary,
  • The Public Service Commission shall designate an officer or team officers who shall oversee the assignment,
  • For the entire period of this project/contract all travel (within Zimbabwe) related to any contract emerging from this TORs, including all travel for consultations and discussions, meetings for planning and execution of potential works etc. will have to be borne by the Consultant(s) and must be included in the Financial Proposal submitted. The Consultant is responsible for making all relevant travel arrangements, including hotel, transportation, and other relevant costs.

Policy both parties should be aware of:

  • UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and abuse,
  • All remuneration must be within the contract agreement,
  • No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both UNDP and the Consultant,
  • The data and information collected during this assignment is sole and full ownership of the Public Service Commission,
  • The consultant may not travel prior to contract signature,
  • The consultant will not have supervisory responsibilities or authority on UNDP budget.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards,
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability,
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional Competencies:

  • Judgement/Decision-making
    • Strong technical skills and analytical capacities, sound judgment;
    • Strong technical problem-solving skills;
    • Ability to understand and establish priorities and work by objectives.
  • Teamwork
    • Ability to work in a team and establish effective working relationships with people from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds;
  • Ability to work under stress and work overtime when required.
    • Excellent knowledge of the UN system and UN joint country programming processes (CCA/UNDAF),
    • Good knowledge and experience with the national development frameworks, especially Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) PRSP, SWAP, key legislation, etc.
    • Specialised technical knowledge, including in conducting external programme evaluations, data collection and analytical skills, mainstreaming the HRBA to programming and gender equality and women’s empowerment considerations, and transition contexts.
    • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork and adept at working with people of diverse cultural and social backgrounds.
    • An understanding of and ability to abide by the core values of the United Nations.

Required Skills and Experience


  • The consultant to be considered for the assignment is expected to have the following experience and qualifications:Postgraduate degree in Human Rights, Development Studies, or any other related technical fields.


  • Minimum eight (8) years of experience in quantitative and qualitative methods and/or
  • monitoring and evaluation,
    Proven track record of working on similar projects in the past three (3) years,
  • Demonstrated experience in organizing and undertaking both quantitative and qualitative data collection or performing data analysis and management,
  • Knowledge of areas: Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities, developmental disabilities, violence against persons with disabilities is a strong asset,
  • Project planning and development,
  • A sound appreciation of the government departments and their methods of work and bureaucracy.

Language Requirements:

  • Excellent command of spoken and written English.

Application procedure:

Applicants are requested to upload copies of:

Please group all your documents (CV, P11, Technical Proposal and certificates) into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document. Incomplete applications will not be given consideration.

Applicants must reply to the mandatory questions asked by the system when submitting the application

Please note that only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted.

Evaluation criteria:

The Consultant will be evaluated based on qualifications and the years of experience, as outlined in the qualifications/requirements section of the ToR. In addition, the Consultant will also be evaluated on the following methodology:

  • Technical Criteria weight: 70%;
  • Financial Criteria weight: 30%;

The award of the contract shall be made to the Consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the Terms of Reference.

“UNDP is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff, and equal opportunities for people with disabilities. Well qualified candidates, particularly women and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply”.