Call for Consultancy Service
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Consultancy: Training of Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) on Budget Advocacy for the implementation of National Policy on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Persons with Disabilities with Emphasis on Women and Girls.
Submission Deadline: December 27, 2019
Commencement Date: January 13, 2019
Prioritizing Inclusive Budgeting for sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Persons with disabilities in Nigeria Campaign is implemented by a coalition of Disabled Person Organizations, (Inclusive Friends Association, Haly Hope Foundation, Advocacy for Women with Disabilities Initiative (AWWDI) and Freaky Andrew Essien Care Foundation) with funding from the Disability Rights Fund (DRF) would like to advocate for more funding and budget commitment on Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy with focus on Women and Girls with Disabilities in Nigeria.
Qualified Individual Consultants are required to train coalition members on Budget Monitoring and advocacy strategies. Interested consultants must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services giving a description of similar assignments undertaken. Specifically, interested consultants are required to submit an Application / Technical Proposal indicating an understanding of the terms of reference, the methodology, an organized work plan and time frame for deliverables. Proposals may be emailed, hand-delivered, couriered or posted to the address above not later than December 27th, 2019.
Prioritizing Inclusive Budgeting for sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Persons with disabilities in Nigeria Campaign is made up of a coalition of four DPOs with a common goal of improving the life and access to services of all persons with disabilities (PWDs). We aim to facilitate Social Inclusion in accessing basic health services and rights and increase awareness about the health situation of women and girls with disabilities in Nigeria. This is being done with funding from Disability Rights Fund (DRF)
- Project Title:
Prioritizing inclusive budgeting for sexual and reproductive health rights of persons with disabilities in Nigeria.
According to the World Bank Group, one billion people or 15% of the world’s population experience some form of disability, and disability prevalence is higher for developing countries this making People with Disabilities (PWD) the largest minority globally. It is also estimated that, of the 26.5 million Nigerians living with disabilities, approximately thirteen million are women and girls with disabilities.
The Nigerian women with disability (WWDs) have the same health issues and needs as other women, but have less access to health-care due to “environmental, attitudinal and information barriers.” They have limited access to education and in most cases with little or no assistance are forced to cope with inadequate health services. i.e., these women can’t access standard diagnostic equipment, stand before scanners, get their weights taken, or wrench their legs into stirrups. Consequently, these exclude them largely from accessing basic health services.
In addition, their sexual and reproductive health issues do not receive the desired attention as their sexuality is ignored and their reproductive rights denied. Often, Women and Girls with Disabilities (WWDs) are invisible both among advocates for the rights of persons with disabilities, and those promoting gender equality and the advancement of women. Important facts to note include:
• Women with disabilities are as likely as persons without disabilities to be sexually active.
• Women with disabilities are at increased risk of HIV/AIDS and other STIs
• Women with disabilities are up to three times more likely to be victims of physical and sexual abuse and rape and have less access to physical, psychological and judicial interventions.
• Women with disabilities often experience forced abortion and forced marriage.
The health needs and concerns that women with disabilities highlight as critical are the same as women’s health issues, the difference is in the way they are approached.
Awareness of exclusion of women with disabilities from SRHR policies and programs has not yet reached the level that is needed to influence policymakers. Just last year, the Nigerian Government launched the National Policy on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of Persons with Disabilities with emphasis on Women and Girls but implementing this is another story.
A study by the coalition indicated that the Nigerian budget both for states and the federal government has no provision for the sexual and reproductive health of PWDs especially women and girls with disabilities. The National Health Act provides a compulsory provision of healthcare services for all citizens of Nigeria including those who are not citizens but are living in Nigeria in the fairest, affordable and equitable manner. Though this provision exists in the Health Act, it must be operationalized through a disability lens.
The Coalition intends to use these findings to tailor program intervention and series of advocacy as well as raise awareness amongst PWDs about these rights that will increase knowledge around the rights of PWDs in general and women with disabilities in particular.
3. The objective of the Consultancy:
The purpose of this consultancy is to provide adequate training and know-how to coalition members on budget advocacy and budget monitoring on the Sexual and Reproductive health rights of PWDs especially women and girls with disabilities.
4. Person Specification
The appointed consultant will need to demonstrate competencies and qualifications according to the following criteria:
Education: Advanced University Degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Public Health, Development Studies, Social Sciences or related fields.
• At least 5 years of work experience providing strategic policy, budget consulting and programming services particularly for sexual and reproductive health rights work.
• Management level experience in writing, analyzing and synthesizing information with the ability to draw critical assumptions and conclusions and present this in an easily readable and accessible manner particularly around health issues
• Excellent working knowledge of health policy formulation and facilitating technical discussion with a broad range of experts especially FMoH and other key health stakeholders;
• Experience of working with government officials in service delivery and accountability work at the states and national levels.
• Recent experience working with or within the advocacy environment, particularly with policy stakeholder forums detailed through contributions to, editing or commenting on policy activity.
• Knowledge/skills in disability programming is an added advantage
Languages: He/she must be fluent in English and have a good working knowledge of English. He/she must possess excellent written and oral communication skills.
Other Skills: Sensitivity to disability issues and persons with disabilities. He/She must be flexible, pro-active, reliable, and have a collaborative work style with client-oriented and problem-solving approach; Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work productively and keep deadlines; Excellent organizational and communication skills, conversant with most common IT applications; Advanced skills in report writing.
5. Deadlines and Receipt of proposals
• The deadline for proposal submission for this consultancy service is December 27, 2019.
• During the interval until the specified date, consultants may request clarification on the project information already provided. IFA led coalition will provide these clarifications in writing.
• No amendments to the proposal shall be accepted after the deadline, although amended proposals may be submitted before the deadline.
• All proposals received after the deadline shall be declared late and rejected.
Only shortlisted persons will be contacted by the IFA led coalition for follow-up.
6. Selection of Consultant
A Consultant will be selected in accordance with the above-listed criteria.
The Project Coordinator; Inclusive Friends Association
Expression of Interest clearly marked “Expression of Interest for Training of DPOs on Budget Advocacy for an increase on Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy with Participations of Women and Girls with Disabilities in Nigeria should be submitted in soft copies at the address below on or before 17h00 hours local time or via the email address below. Ifaledcoalition@gmail.com
IFA Led Coalition
Block D1 Hampton Apartments, No 2 Mungo Park Close, Asokoro Abuja.
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