National Consultant (Development of National Disability Frameworks), Eswatini At UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization


Parent Sector : Social and Human Sciences Sector (SHS)

Duty Station: Eswatini

Job Family: Social and Human Sciences

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 31-AUG-2023

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism


The Kingdom of Eswatini is one of the Member States progressing steadily in advancing the rights of persons with disabilities in Africa. The Kingdom of Eswatini ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) in 2012 and contributes to advocate for the implementation of inclusive Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030. Within the framework of the United Nations Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) Muti Partner Trust Fund Round 4 project, the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA), in partnership with the Government of Eswatini, is seeking the services of a national consultant to develop the next 5-year National Disability Action Plan (NDPA) with relevant reporting indictors, as well as strengthening disability inclusion in the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (2021-2025) processes. The previous (NDPA 2018-2022) ended its implementation cycle and a new national mechanism to systematically advance disability inclusion is now required. As was the main purpose of the previous NDPA, the new Action Plan will provide a framework to facilitate the effective implementation of the National Disability Act of 2018, in alignment with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The methodology for this assignment will use diverse participatory approaches which will include the review of progress made in the implementation of the previous NDPA (2018-2022), as well as the subsequent development of a new framework.


Under the supervision of the UNESCO Programme Specialist, the Consultant will undertake the following 4 tasks: A. Task 1- Submit an inception report (validated by the UNPRPD Project Team) Submit inception report with the proposed methodology and work plan.

B. Task 2 – Review/Assess Progress in implementation of National Disability Action Plan 2018-2022 Review/assess progress made in the seven thematic areas on: i. National Coordination and Mainstreaming Mechanism for Disability ii. Advocacy and Awareness Raising iii. Social Protection iv. Education and Training v. Health vi. Skills Development and Labour Market vii. Infrastructure and the Environment

C. Task 3 – Develop the next 5-year National Disability Action Plan with a supporting monitoring and reporting framework

Informed by findings from the implementation status/assessment report of the first Kingdom of Eswatini NDPA (2018-2022), the UNPRPD Situation Analysis Report on Persons with Disabilities Report, UNSDCF (2021-2025) and other key national mechanisms, develop the next 5-year NDPA. The development of the new NDPA should adopt a participatory approach that engages the Government and Organizations of Persons with Disabilities, broader civil society amongst others. The consultant should also ensure that marginalized and underrepresented groups such as women and girls with disabilities, persons with intellectual, psychosocial/mental and multiple disabilities, are meaningfully engaged throughout the processes.

In order to strengthen the national monitoring and accountability mechanism, the Consultant is expected to develop the reporting indicators and framework for the NDPA. This monitoring framework should effectively track the changes/results brought about by the next NDPA. This will contribute to providing evidence-based data for the preconditions necessary for the implementation of the CRPD.

D. Task 4 – Conduct consultative workshop with OPDs and UNSDCF Thematic Results Groups in order to integrate the new NDPA priorities into the current UNSDCF (2021-2025) In order to ensure coordinated disability inclusion, the Consultant will be required to use the information gathered in Tasks 2 and 3 to strengthen disability inclusion in the current UNSDCF) (2021-2025). The Consultant will be required to review the current UNSDCF and conduct a consultative workshop with OPDs (including the ones that represent women and girls with disabilities & underrepresented groups) and the UNSDCF Results Groups. The objective of this workshop will be for key stakeholders to systematically integrate the new 5-year NDPA priorities into the current UNSDCF (2021-2025). The consultant will be expected to submit a final workshop report which includes information on the priority elements from the new 5-year NPDA that have been successfully integrated into the current UNSDCF framework.


The four main deliverables for this assignment include the followings: a. Inception report including finalized methodology and work plan for the assignment that has been validated by the UNPRPD Project Team. b. Final Review/Assessment Report on the implementation of the National Disability Plan of Action (2018-2022) c. Final draft for the next 5-year National Disability Action Plan with complementing monitoring and reporting framework d. Final workshop report of how disability inclusion has been strengthened in the Eswatini UNSDCF (2021-2025)

Working Modalities and Time Frame

The consultant will report directly to the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa and will be expected to also work closely with the Eswatini UNPRPD Round 4 Project Technical Working Group. The assignment should be undertaken within 45 working days. Summary of main activities and tasks: 1 Develop inception report with finalized methodology and work plan for the assignment (in consultation with the UNPRPD Project Team) Inception Report -3 days 2 Conduct rapid assessment and participatory multistakeholder meetings to review implementation of the 2018-2022 NDPA Assessment/Progress report -7 days 3 Using participatory approaches and other key methods for the development of the next 5-year NDPA and monitoring and reporting framework Submission of the final Draft NDPA to UNESCO ROSA- 30 days 4 Conduct consultative workshop with OPDs and UNSDCF Thematic Results Groups in order to systematically integrate the new NDPA priorities into the current UNSDCF (2021-2025) and submit final workshop report. Final workshop report on how disability inclusion has been strengthened in the current UNSDCF (2021-2025) -5 days


Long Description

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)

Communication (C)

Innovation (C)

Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)

Planning and organizing (C)

Results focus (C)

Teamwork (C)

Professionalism (C)

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



  •  Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of Social Sciences or relevant disciplines such as Disability Rights, Human Rights & Inclusive Policies etc.

Work Experience

  •  At least five (5) years work experience in developing National Disability Policies/implementation frameworks (a key requirement).
  •  At least five (5) years of experience working with persons with disabilities/promotion disability inclusion in global, regional, and national frameworks.


  •  Ability to write clear and comprehensive reports in English.



Work Experience

  •  Strong knowledge of contemporary disability-inclusion and development issues nationally, regionally, and globally
  •  Experience working on similar UN and UNPRPD assignments an added advantage.
  •  2 years working experience with UN frameworks, such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF)/United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAF).
  •  One year of experience in developing operational disability inclusive Monitoring & Results Frameworks to track progress.


Interested entities are to submit applications by 31 August 2023 in two phases through the UNESCO Success Factor application portal, attaching documents i.e., Cover letter, CV, Expression of Interest, Technical and Financial proposal and through email at


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview.

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.


UNESCO recalls that paramount consideration in the appointment of staff members shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence and integrity. UNESCO applies a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment. UNESCO is committed to achieving and sustaining equitable and diverse geographical distribution, as well as gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States ( last update here) are particularly welcome and strongly encouraged to apply. Individuals from minority groups and indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

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