Consultant to assist technically in strengthen disability mainstreaming in national and local level planning and budgeting at UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund, Kigali, Rwanda – CLOSE: 07/12/2022

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  • 25/11/2022 10:08
  • Gasabo, Kigali City, Rwanda
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Consultant to assist technically in strengthen disability mainstreaming in national and local level planning and budgeting at UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund, Kigali, Rwanda – CLOSE: 07/12/2022

Background

The Fourth Rwanda Population and Housing Census (RPHC, 2012) reported that there were 446,453 (221,150 male and 225,303 female) Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) in Rwanda. Approximately 87,900 or 20% of PwDs were children between the ages of five and eighteen who live with cognitive, physical and/or sensory disabilities. With Rwanda moving from a predominantly medical to a functionality model of defining disability, the numbers could significantly increase in the new RPHC (2022) whose results are yet to be released. The majority of persons with disability is disproportionately poor and unemployed, where approximately 41% have not completed formal education (NISR,2012). Furthermore, there is a challenge in relation with programme coordination in disability-related service delivery, as well as accountability and enforcement to comply with existing laws and regulations towards promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities.

In Rwanda, children with disabilities face greater challenges in accessing basic services compared to children without disabilities. At least 60 per cent of children with disabilities are not in school and they are less likely to have access to nutrition, sanitation. Higher poverty rates among people with disability including children is further exacerbated by negative cultural perceptions and social stigma, and lack of specific interventions to meet their needs.

The study on Children with Disabilities and their Right to Education in Rwanda (2015) identified several critical bottlenecks for children with disabilities in accessing quality education. The major bottlenecks include: (1) limited capacity of teachers in inclusive education; (2) lack of disability adapted material to support children with disabilities having quality learning; and (3) stigma and discrimination that are hindering access of children with disabilities to education, school environment and facilities that are not accessible by children with disabilities.

In 2018 UNICEF and the Government of Rwanda conducted a qualitative study that showed that children with disabilities living in communities and families experience different forms of violence. This may be due to negative beliefs around disabilities, lack of guidance or time on how to care for children with disabilities, and lack of services. Boys and girls with disabilities are often surrounded by people who have minimal expectations for what they can contribute and accomplish in their lives which has a damaging impact on these children. This can result in children with disabilities being isolated, discriminated against, or deprived of services and being placed into institutional care. An assessment of children with disabilities in institutional care in 2020 established that there were over 2,000 children and youth with disabilities in various institutional care settings.

The Government of Rwanda (GoR) has made a strong commitment to promote the rights of persons (including children) with disability by ratifying the international conventions and protocols. In October 2019 Rwanda signed the protocol to the African charter on human and peoples’ rights on the rights of persons with disabilities in Africa which reiterate country’s determination to promote and protect rights and dignity of persons with disabilities.

Moreover, the GoR continues to make significant progress in developing and strengthening disability-inclusive policies, programmes and wider participation of persons with disabilities. Since early 2012, the National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) has established the Disability Coordination Forum (comprising of Government Institutions, Civil Society Organizations, Faith Based Organizations, Media, Private Sector working in disability area) to support the development, approval and implementation of policies and programs that aim to promote the inclusion of PwDs in national development across all development sectors. In 2021, the government approved the National Policy of Persons with Disabilities, showing a significant milestone to enhance inclusion of persons with disabilities in all spheres of life.

The UNCRPD Concluding observations on the initial report of Rwanda of 5 April 2019 stated under Statistics and data collection (art 31) 58. The Committee recommends that the State party pay close attention to the links between article 31 of the Convention and target 17.18 of the Sustainable Development Goals, and systematize the collection, analysis and dissemination of high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, gender, age, race, ethnicity, migratory status, type of impairment, geographic location, as well as data on the barriers that persons with disabilities face in society and other characteristics relevant in its national context.

Therefore, the National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) developed a Disability Management Information system (DMIS). The DMIS is a digital support tool for the Identification & Registry of all Persons with Disability in Rwanda including a Case-Management support tool for the most in need. With a well-functioning DMIS, NCPD will be able to express the diversity of needs, challenges, barriers and priorities in lives of persons with disabilities. The system will support government and stakeholders in the disability sector to make coordinated and well planned, targeted and evidence-based support plans and advocate for change towards equal participation of persons with disabilities in their communities and an inclusive Rwandan society. The DMIS has been piloted in GASABO District where 3,914 persons with disabilities were interviewed. In 2023 the DMIS will be implemented country wide in close collaboration with key stakeholders from the Government, Development Partners and Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPD.

The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) issues Planning and Budgeting Call Circulars (PBCC) every year, and disability is considered as one of the areas to mainstream under the National Strategy for Transformation (NST1). Ministries, Districts and Agencies (MDAs) are therefore, requested to mainstream disability inclusion into their plans through identifying priorities and planning for interventions (per each institution) addressing issues faced by persons with disabilities, with focus on those in extreme poverty.

However, the National Policy for PwDs recognizes that national budget allocated to the disability inclusion programme is low compared to the special needs of persons with disabilities across all sectors and there are capacity gaps in mainstreaming disability across different sectors mainly in priority sectors such as health, education, social protection, agriculture, infrastructure, employment, justice, child protection, sports, and leisure. Although, the PBCC requires MDAs to submit their plans with an annex on disability mainstreaming, there is a limited capacity to analyze and perform quality assurance of submitted plans by sector ministries as well as follow up around implementations.

It is against the above background that MINALOC through the National Council of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) and with the financial support from UNICEF intends to hire a technical expert who will offer consulting services for strengthening disability mainstreaming functions with particular focus of national planning and budgeting both at central and decentralized levels. The consultancy will further contribute to increase the capacity of government officials from line Ministries, Agencies, and Districts to effectively plan and budget for disability.

Justification

This assignment aims to provide technical expertise to the MINALOC and NCPD to ensure disability inclusion is effectively mainstreamed across sector ministries, agencies and district plans and that budgets are allocated accordingly. The consultant will also strengthen the capacity of those entities to manage finances dedicated to disability mainstreaming across sectors and to ensure children with disabilities are at the forefront in gaining services related to social sectors including (health, education, social protection, child protection, WASH, nutrition, etc).

Summary of key functions/accountabilities

Develop tools for disability inclusion and mainstreaming into the planning and budgeting of institutions, regular monitoring of disability inclusion in sectoral and Districts plans and budgets

  •  Develop and disseminate checklist of disability inclusion KPIs for relevant sectors
  •  Advise on innovative ways to promote the integration of PwDs into institutional policies, programmes and projects design
  •  Support the review of Disability mainstreaming guidelines
  •  Advise on effective monitoring and evaluation of disability KPIs across sectors and Districts

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Location

KG 7 Ave, Kigali,Gasabo,Kigali City,Rwanda

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