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Disability Inclusiveness Workshop
June 2012 Nairobi, Kenya
The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) was contracted in January 2012 by AusAID, the Australian Agency for International Development, as Resource Facility Manager for the Australia Africa Community Engagement Scheme (AACES). The role of the Resource Facility is to provide timely, efficient, and effective logistical, administrative and technical support to AACES. In this respect, the Resource Facility will support the communication, coordination and management of the AACES.
AACES is an AusAID program of funding for Australian Non-Government Organisations (ANGOs) and their Africa-based partners. The program focuses on the AusAID priority sectors in Africa as identified in the AusAID Strategy for Africa: food security, water and sanitation, and maternal and child health. It will focus on communities in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe, with particular attention to women, children, people with disability and people vulnerable to disaster.
The three objectives of AACES are:
Marginalised people have sustainable access to the services they require;
AusAID policies and programs in Africa are strengthened particularly in their ability to target and serve the needs of marginalised people;
Australian public are more informed about development issues in Africa.
Ten accredited Australian NGOs (World Vision; CARE; Action Aid; Marie Stopes; Caritas; Oxfam; Water Aid; AngliCORD, in association with the Nossal Institute and Australian Volunteers International; Plan and the Australian Foundation for the Peoples of Asia and the Pacific) and their Africa partner organisations will implement the program, working with AusAID through a partnership agreement.
People living with disability are among the poorest and most marginalised groups in Africa. Greater inclusion of people with disabilities is a priority for Australia’s aid program. Australia’s aid strategy seeks to improve the quality of life of people with disability by ensuring that development programs it funds meet their needs and priorities and strengthen the capacity of organisations that represent them.
A number of AACES partners reported challenges with disability inclusiveness as this is a fairly new area for them. AusAID and NGOs realise that partner capacity is at varied levels. During the first AACES Program Steering Committee meeting held in December 2011, partners acknowledged that more remains to be done in the disability area across the entire AACES program and agreed that a Disability Inclusiveness workshop be prioritised in 2012.
ACBF is seeking a competent and experienced consultant to prepare and deliver a one-day workshop on disability inclusiveness for staff and managers of the AACES NGOs. The workshop will be held on 25th June 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya.
II. Workshop objectives
The overall objective of the workshop is to strengthen the capacity of the AACES NGOs to apply disability and inclusion concepts and practices to the AACES program.
The specific objectives are to:
Build knowledge and practice skills for disability inclusion in the delivery of AACES;
Share relevant experiences and lessons;
Identify areas where additional support is needed for effective mainstreaming of disability inclusiveness in the AACES program.
III. Purpose of assignment
The purpose of the assignment is to prepare and deliver a 1-day workshop for about 35 staff of AACES NGOs responsible for implementing and monitoring the program.
IV. Scope of work
The assignment is divided into two stages involving the following tasks/activities:
Prepare a Concept Note clearly outlining the process to achieve the expected results, including workshop design and training content. The Concept Note should be submitted by 18th May, 2012;
Select relevant information materials, handouts, and readings for the workshop. A small amount of pre-reading material could be sent out to participants;
Coordinate input from AusAID and AACES NGOs;
Deliver the workshop in Nairobi, Kenya;
Prepare a workshop report focusing on capturing workshop consensus on key issues and to guide future action. The workshop report should be submitted by 16th July, 2012.
It is anticipated that a total 10 days will be required. The breakdown is as follows:
Workshop preparation: Concept Note, selection of relevant materials, etc. - 6 days
Delivery of workshop - 2 days
Preparation of workshop report - 2 days
Proven expertise and experience on disability inclusiveness and the rights of people living with disability, preferably in AACES focus countries;
Extended knowledge of tools and strategies to apply disability and inclusion concepts in development programs;
Ability to understand the link between disability inclusion, rights and service provision, in-line with principles of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;
Extended experience in designing and facilitating workshops.
VII. Resource Facility responsibilities
The Resource Facility will provide the consultant with all relevant AACES program documents and organize logistics for the workshop.
VIII. Procedures and deadline for submitting application
Those wishing to be considered for this consultancy should submit by email before 20th April 2012 their Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter detailing how they are suitable for this role to:
The AACES Resource Facility Coordinator
The African Capacity Building Foundation
ZB Life Tower, 7th Floor, CNr Jason Moyo Ave./ Sam Nujoma St.
P.O. Box 1562