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Job Summary

Research Consultancy – Innovative use of technology to strengthen the capacity of Disabled Persons Organisations (DPOs) and legal drafters to meaningfully participate in legislative formulation processes: JF Kapnek
Deadline: 8 March 2021
Location: National
Duration: 30 days

Reporting to: Programme Manager
JF Kapnek is a registered PVO 1/86 which has been operating in Zimbabwe since 1986 whose mission is to improve family health, reduce child mortality and create educational opportunities for the children of Zimbabwe through the implementation of scalable, sustainable programs.

This assignment seeks to research and recommend different technological innovations that can be instituted to improve meaningful participation of people with different disabilities in legislative formulation processes.

Background and Rationale

The Spotlight Initiative (SI)
In September 2017, the EU and the UN launched an ambitious joint partnership to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls worldwide. The Spotlight Initiative (SI) aims at mobilising commitment of political leaders and contributing to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3, 5 and 16. This initiative also aims at ending all forms of violence against women and girls, targeting those that are most prevalent and contribute to gender inequality across the world. The Spotlight Initiative will deploy targeted, large-scale investments in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Pacific and the Caribbean, aimed at achieving significant improvements in the lives of women and girls. Zimbabwe is one of the eight countries in Africa to benefit from this transformative initiative.

Duties And Responsibilities

SI vision in Zimbabwe
The overall vision of the Spotlight Initiative in Zimbabwe is that women and girls realize their full potential in a violence-free, gender-responsive and inclusive Zimbabwe. The Spotlight Initiative will directly contribute to Zimbabwe’s achievement of three of the country’s prioritized Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Goal 5 on Gender Equality, Goal 3 on good health and well-being and Goal 16 on inclusive and peaceful societies. The programme will contribute to the elimination of Sexual
Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and Harmful Practices (HPs) through the creation of a broad partnership with Civil Society, Government, Private Sector, Media, among others; and, build a social movement of women, men, girls and boys as champions and agents of change at the national, subnational and community levels. A specific focus will be on reaching and including in the programme women and girls who are often isolated and most vulnerable to SGBV and HPs due to intersecting forms of discrimination. The programme will also seek to address the SRHR needs of all women and girls using a life-cycle approach.
The SI Zimbabwe Country Programme will use a multi-sectoral, multi-layered, interlinked community-centered approach to the implementation of the interventions on the following six Outcome Areas based on the socio-ecological model for addressing SGBV and HPs;Legislative and Policy Frameworks, Strengthening Institutions, Prevention and Social Norms, Delivery of Quality, Essential Services, Data Availability and Capacities, Supporting the Women’s Movement.
JF Kapnek Trust is implementing a project aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls and with disabilities in Zimbabwe, with support from UNICEF under the Spotlight Initiative. The project is being implemented in selected districts in Zimbabwe, namely, Shamva, Muzarabani, Hopley, Zvimba, Hurungwe, Karoi Town, Makonde, Chipinge, Chimanimani, Mutasa, Nyanga, Matobos and Umzingwane.
Support under the Spotlight Initiative provides for strengthening the capacity of DPOs and legal drafters on meaningful engagement in the legislative formulation process. Several PWDs do not know how to meaningfully influence the legislative and policy making processes. Participation of people with disabilities in different legislative formulation processes is limited from national to community level, this is attributed to reasons including policy and legal drafters not being able to communicate with people with disabilities especially those with disabilities involving communication challenges; lack of appropriate assistive technologies for PWD to physically and intellectually contribute to legislative processes; unavailability of technology which allow input and feedback of people with disabilities, in most instances consultation’s are done physically and people with physical disabilities may fail to go to the consultation points for reasons ranging from mobility challenges and bus fares, lack of meaningful engagement which discourages continued participation among other reasons.
On 22 August 2013, Zimbabwe adopted a new Constitution and on 23 September 2013 Zimbabwe ratified the United Nations Conventions on the rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). The Constitution is the supreme law of the country and the UNCRPD is the international treaty adopted by consensus that puts forward the standards on the rights of persons with disabilities. Article 29 of the UNCRPD requires State parties to guarantee that persons with disabilities have political rights, as well as the opportunity to enjoy them on an equal basis with others. These political rights include meaningfully participating in all legislative processes. However, due to several reasons, some highlighted above, participation of people with disabilities in legislative processes is still very low. Failure by DPOs and legal drafters to engage result in disability issues being considered from perspectives of people without disabilities which are mostly incorrect and insensitive, in some cases issues affecting PWD are afterthoughts, in other instances they are completely left out.
The research purpose is to probe on different technological innovations that can increase meaningful participation of DPOs in the legislative formulation processes. It is expected that once available the technologies will contribute to improving capacities of DPOs and legal drafters in meaningful engagement in policy and legislative formulation processes.
Provide an overview of the present capacities of DPOs and legal drafters engaging in legislative formulation processes. Focus can be given to gaps in current engagement processes and opportunities offered by technological innovations. Identify enablers and bottlenecks for participation of people with different disabilities. Explore Use of technology for feedbacking purposes between DPOs and their constituencies. This can include what people with different disabilities consider to be important for their meaningful participation including technological innovations (both ICT and assistive technologies). Based on the gaps identified within DPOs and legal drafters, challenges highlighted by people with disabilities themselves suggest/recommend technologies that can increase meaningful participation of people with different disabilities.
Key Activities
Desk review of key available technological innovations that are being/can be used by people with disabilities and their DPOs in sharing information for advocacy purposes. Capacity assessment for DPOs and legal drafters to meaningfully engage PWDs in Legislative processes. Consultative meetings (Virtual/physical) with people with disabilities on barriers and bottlenecks for them to participate in policy and legislative processes including opportunities for improvement.
Recommend technological innovations to improve participation. This should take into consideration the available technological innovations, identified gaps and opportunities within DPOs and legal drafters as well as barriers and bottlenecks and identified by people with disabilities themselves. The idea being to strengthen capacities of both DPOs and legal drafters in engaging people with different disabilities for meaningful participation in legislative making processes. Report writing.

Qualifications And Experience

Whilst the consultant will suggest their methodology to conduct the assignment, the chosen methodology and approaches should ensure engagement with DPOs. Rapid assessment of leading DPOs and legal drafters on engagement in legislative formulation processes, current technological innovations for disability inclusion as well as gaps in technology should be conducted to inform technological innovations that can be adopted.
Expected Deliverables
The consultant or team will be expected to submit an inception report within the first three days of starting outlining methodology, approach, initial observations of interest and workplan for the 30 days of the assignment. Comprehensive report on consultations of DPOs and legal drafters. A comprehensive report on the gaps and opportunities identified within DPOs and legal drafters and also barriers and bottlenecks as identified by people with disabilities themselves. A presentation of the findings for validation. A final report detailing practical recommendations for technological innovations which can improve meaningful participation of PWD through improved capacities of DPOs and legal drafters. (Recommendations should include detailed notes on the technologies, their use, rollout plans and anticipated successes and challenges.
Inception report within the first 3 days – Week 1
Consultations of DPOs, legal drafters and a report back on findings – Week 1 and 2
Draft report – Week 3
Final Report with practical recommendations – Week 4
Expected background and Experience
The candidate or lead consultant to have: A legal background and knowledge of the legislative making processes a must; Experience in legislative drafting an added advantage; Advanced degree in disability studies, public policy, health policy, social science, or related subject. At least five years of continuous experience in research and or disability related work, Demonstrable experience in disability inclusion; Demonstrable understanding of both Assistive technologies and ICT; Excellent communication skills (written and verbal); Demonstrated knowledge of high technological literacy.

How To Apply

To apply
Qualified and interested parties are asked to submit the following: Letter of expression of interest; A detailed technical proposal clearly demonstrating a thorough understanding of this ToR and description of the methodology to be used in this assignment; A profile of the Consultant firm/individual including full name(s), physical addresses, telephone numbers highlighting previous experience in similar assignments and qualifications outlined in this ToR; A financial proposal with a detailed breakdown of costs quoted in United States dollars to include consultant fees, field data collection expenses and administration expenses. Submit your CV and application letter via email to: clearly indicating the position you are applying for on the subject line.
JF Kapnek Trust has zero tolerance towards Sexual Harassment and is committed to the upholding of children’s rights. The successful candidate will be required to commit to child protection / safeguarding and to be bound by the JF Kapnek Child Protection Policy. JF Kapnek does not charge any fees during its entire recruitment process.
Applications will be considered as they are received.