Consultant: Disability Inclusion

Contract Type: Consultancy
Closing date: 23 September 2020 - 5:00pm(Amman time)
Duty station: Home based

Are you passionate about ensuring the human rights of persons with disabilities, with a focus on women and young people? UNFPA Jordan is committed to ending unmet need for family planning, ending preventable maternal death, and ending gender-based violence and harmful practices. Are you great at thinking analytically and strategically, while applying professional expertise and achieving results?

How You Can Make a Difference:

Founded in 1969, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is a UN lead organization that works for delivering a world where “every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled”. UNFPA Jordan is currently supporting the Ninth Country Programme of Cooperation-CPD (2018-2022). Under the current CPD, UNFPA support Jordan for achieving its national program through supporting the resilience capacities of national institutions, communities and individuals as follows: 1) Sexual and reproductive health (SRHR); 2) Gender equality and women’s empowerment; and 3) Population and development by increasing national data systems’ capacity for integration of population dynamics for the realization of the demographic dividend, including in humanitarian contexts. UNFPA Jordan is committed to supporting the most vulnerable groups in society, with a focus on SRHR and gender-based violence (GBV), and this includes persons with disabilities, with the overarching purpose of “Leaving No One Behind”.

Job Purpose:

There are over 1 billion persons with disabilities living in the world today. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Bank’s World Report on Disability (2011), the female disability prevalence rate worldwide is 19.2 per cent.  There are between 180 million and 220 million young persons with disabilities worldwide, predominantly in developing countries. There are roughly 10 million persons with disabilities who experience forced displacement worldwide because of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations.  When factoring in underreporting and displacement due to natural disasters, this number is likely much higher. Emergencies often create a new group of women and young persons with disabilities who require services, which places an even greater demand on the limited services available.

Based on the above, the purpose of this consultancy is to lead the planning and implementation of a comprehensive training for UNFPA Jordan staff and partners on working with and for persons with disabilities, with a specific focus on SRHR and GBV, including for young people.  Furthermore, the consultant will review the work plans of implementing partners and give strategic guidance to UNFPA on how to work towards the inclusion and accommodation of persons with disabilities.  Lastly, the consultant will give short and long term recommendations and guidance for UNFPA to ensure persons with disabilities are fully included across all departments and programmes, with a focus on accessibility and reasonable accommodation, under the umbrella of UNFPA’s mandate and in line with UNFPA “Guidelines for Providing Rights-Based and Gender-Responsive Services to Address Gender-Based Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights”. The consultant will review the UNFPA Jordan internal Disability inclusion strategic plan and provide strategic recommendations to ensure it is in line with best international and national standards and practices. vulnerable a voice through advocacy of the International Conference on Population and Development and ensuring knowledge regarding HIV/AIDS best practices are shared across the organization.

The consultant's assignment will entail 2 main components:

  • To technically lead the development and implementation of a  capacity building strategy for UNFPA staff and implementing partners on disability inclusion and service deliver on SRHR and GBV for women and young people;
  • To guide and advise UNFPA on how to be “fit for purpose” and how to create an enabling environment where persons with disabilities are included across programmes and departments. This will require conducting an environment scanning and review of different UNFPA Jordan work plans and strategic documents on HRBA and inclusion.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Masters’ degree in Social Science or equivalent with 7 years of relevant work experience or Bachelor with 10 years of experience or more;
  • Work experience with persons with disabilities is essential;
  • Work experience and knowledge of SRHR, women’s studies, human rights, disability law, health and working with young people is desirable;
  • Excellent research and analytical skills, both oral and written;
  • Proven familiarity with the mandate of UNFPA and the UNFPA SRHR and GBV Guidelines for disability inclusion is a requirement;
  • Ability to work in a systematic, methodical and orderly way and the ability to meet schedules/deadlines;
  • Proven ability to be creative; to adapt traditional methods, concepts, models etc. to new applications; or the ability to devise new approaches to make improvements or solve problems;
  • Experience in developing training materials preferably on people with disabilities;
  • Ability to conduct and lead capacity-building trainings online;
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity and adaptability to cultural diversity;
  • Languages: Proficiency in oral and written English is required. Arabic is an asset;

Duration and Location: 

The consultancy is home based with no required travel. Presentations and meetings will be conducted remotely. The international advisor will be working in a team with a national consultant who will carry out the in-country travel and field visits if the situation allows. The national consultant will be hired by UNFPA Jordan and is expected to be onboard during the same period as of the international Advisor.

How to apply

Interested candidates are kindly requested to provide their United Nations P11s/CV, copy of academic credentials, motivation letter along with a draft work plan, and financial proposal with a total compensation lump sum (in a separate file attachment), through the email address:, indicating "Consultant: Disability Inclusion" in the subject by 23 September 2020, 23:59 (Jordan Local time).  Failure of candidates to submit a duly completed P11 form, as well as false representations on this form, shall constitute sufficient grounds for withdrawal from further consideration of the application.  All information provided in the P11/CV will be treated as strictly confidential.  Candidates who are seriously being considered will be contacted for an interview.  To view the complete Terms of Reference, TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANT

Note to applicants:

The selected consultants will be asked to submit a series of documents (health insurance; passport, vendor form, security certificates etc.) before starting their assignment.

UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process.  Fraudulent notices, letters or offers may be submitted to the UNFPA.via various means or Reporting:

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, embracing diversity in all its forms and integrity.  UNFPA is committed to maintaining a balanced gender distribution and therefore encourages women to apply.  UNFPA promotes equal opportunities for all including persons with disabilities.








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Population : 10.2 mil
Fertility rate
Maternal Mortality Ratio
Contraceptives prevalence rate
Population aged 10-24
Youth secondary school enrollment
Boys 62%
Girls 64%