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The United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Multi-Partner Trust Fund (UNPRPD MPTF) is a unique collaboration that brings together UN entities, governments, organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs), and broader civil society to advance the rights of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and disability inclusive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNPRPD MPTF was created to foster collaboration between its members and complement their work on disability inclusion through UN joint programming. Since 2012, UNPRPD MPTF has supported over 49 joint UN programs in 39 countries across regions, mobilizing over $40 million USD.
The UN entities participating in UNPRPD MPTF include the International Labor Organization (ILO), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), and the World Health Organization (WHO). Civil society members include the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC). UNPRPD MPTF is administered by the UNDP Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, and the UNPRPD Technical Secretariat is hosted by UNDP.
UNPRPD MPTF’s new Strategic Operational Framework 2020-2025 (SOF) recognizes the ongoing challenges in bridging the gap between CRPD standards and the experiences of persons with disabilities, especially in low income countries. Consequently, the SOF reflects a shift in focus to the preconditions to disability inclusion for its country-level joint programming. These preconditions are the foundational aspects that are indispensable in addressing the requirements of persons with disabilities and which are needed in inclusive policy making and programming:
- Equality and non-discrimination
- Service delivery
- Participation of persons with disabilities
- CRPD-compliant budgeting and financial management
- Accountability and governance
In addition, the SOF prioritizes capacity building (Strategic Approach 3 of the SOF), including building the capacities of all stakeholders at country level to strengthen joint programming. Finally, the SOF continues to promote UNPRPD’s Cross-Cutting Approaches, which are required throughout all UNPRPD joint programs:
- Enabling full and effective participation of persons with disabilities through their representative organizations
- Ensuring the inclusion of marginalized and underrepresented groups of persons with disabilities
- Addressing gender inequality and advancing the rights of women and girls with disabilities.
In August 2020, UNPRPD MPTF launched its Fourth Call for Proposals, inviting UN Country Teams (UNCTs) to submit proposals for joint country-level programs with the following objectives:
- To advance CRPD implementation at the country level by focusing on the essential preconditions for disability inclusion across sectors, translating these into concrete policies, programs, and / or services which lead to systemic changes through a cohesive, inter-sectoral approach
- To improve and increase the implementation of disability inclusive SDGs at the country level by providing fundamental support to the UN’s collective response to the SDGs to address national priorities and gaps concerning persons with disabilities in national planning.
UNCTs will be shortlisted following reviews of the Expressions of Interest, and shortlisted UNCTs will be allocated a budget to delivery an Induction Workshop, conduct a Situational Analysis, and complete a Full Proposal between 25 October 2020 – 20 February 2021.
To ensure consistency among country level stakeholders and between UNCTs, a standardized training module is required for the Inception Workshop to develop understanding of and familiarity with the CRPD and disability inclusive SDGs and to deepen knowledge on the preconditions for disability inclusion. The Inception Workshop module will be delivered by locally sourced consultants or UNCT staff/ OPD representatives and should prepare UNCTs, governments, OPDs, and other partners to complete the Situational Analysis and to develop strong joint programming proposals in line with UNPRPD’s SOF and the CRPD.
The consultancy firm will carry out the following tasks:
- Based on UNPRPD’s SOF and related supporting documents, develop a 5-day Inception Workshop training module for multiple country-level stakeholders (UNCTs, governments, OPDs, etc.):
- To develop understanding and familiarity of the CRPD and disability inclusive SDGs
- To gain an understanding of UNPRPD’s Cross-Cutting Approaches and how to apply them in country programs
- To deepen knowledge on the preconditions for disability inclusion in order to prepare UNCTs to complete the Situational Analysis and develop strong joint programs.
This will include all training materials, e.g., PowerPoint presentations, handouts, learning exercises. The module will be delivered by either locally sourced consultants or a combination of UNCT staff and OPD representatives
- Include methods for adapting the Inception Workshop training module so that it can be delivered remotely or in person, due to the COVID-19 crisis, which may affect some countries
- Produce pre- and post-training tools, e.g., training facilitator’s guidance notes; advice on accessible planning of the course, accessible facilitation, and methods for ensuring reasonable accommodations; additional reading material and resources; and course evaluations.