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A. Background and Purpose
The Norwegian Association of Disabled (NAD), founded in 1931, is a Disabled Persons’ Organisation (DPO) that has been actively engaging in international development since 1981. NADs principal task is to fight all types of barriers that prevent women, men, girls, and boys with disabilities from being active participants as well as contributors in their communities. In Zanzibar, NAD is already supporting the development of a Community-Based Inclusive Development (CBID) programme, which includes an Inclusive Education Programme, but is currently expanding into a new thematic area.
NAD is planning to initiate an Economic Empowerment Programme called iSAVE, focused on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in income-generating activities. We seek a local consultant in Zanzibar to take a lead in the process of conducting further situational analysis (building on existing feasibility study and other relevant information), and developing a full project design.
The iSAVE programme was designed to contribute to a society where male and female persons with disabilities are economically independent, socially recognized and participate in efforts to bring about sustainable change in their community. It aims to address some of the challenges facing persons with disabilities such as limited access to education, high unemployment due to limited skills and competencies, low self-esteem and confidence, lack of access to financial services, negative attitudes/cultures all of which contribute to exclusion, and limited participation in socio-economic activities at family and community arena. The goal is to facilitate multi stakeholder involvement in disability inclusion in economic development; enhance entrepreneurship, business and vocational skills of the beneficiaries; promote access and use of financial services.
The iSAVE programme consists of three (3) main components:
i) Inclusive Village based Savings and Credit groups
ii) Capacity building initiatives on disability inclusion towards both microfinance institutions and DPOs, and
iii) Skills development and entrepreneurship training for persons with disabilities.
The iSAVE programme has been developed and tested in Uganda and has previously been adapted to the Malawi context. NAD is currently initiating the preparatory stages of a similar programme in Zanzibar. A feasibility study has already been conducted.
B. Consultancy objectives
The consultant will, in close consultation with the NAD Technical Adviser – Economic Empowerment, work towards three main objectives:
C. Expected Deliverables, Timeline, and location of assignment
The assignment has the following deliverables:
b. Situational analysis
c. Project plan:
d. Project Management Structure
e. Project Approach and Activities
f. Risks and Mitigation Analysis
g. Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MERL)
h. Steps needed to start the project implementation
The aim is for all deliverables to be completed by the end of February 2022, in preparation for the programme to be initiated in the second quarter of 2022. The following timeframes are proposed:
Deliverables:**Objective 1**: Options for Project management structure
Deliver: End October
NAD feedback/decision on project management options: mid-November
Finalised: 2-3 days later
Objective 2: Capacity assessment and recommendations
NAD feedback: Early January
Finalise: End-January 2022 (together with objective 3)
Objective 3: fully developed project design
Deliver: End-January 2022
NAD feedback: Mid-February
The location of the assignment is Zanzibar, and there is a need to consider Zanzibar as a whole. However, the starting point for NADs iSAVE programme is three districts already selected for the CBID programme, which are Chake Chake in Pemba, as well as South Unguja and Urban in Unguja. The consultant should be living in or near Zanzibar, and know the local context well, in order to complete this assignment.
D. Reporting lines and Methodological approach
The consultant will work under the supervision of the NAD Technical Adviser – Economic Empowerment (NAD TA – EE) based in Kampala, Uganda. The consultant will report to and will also need develop the methodology and approach in close consultation with the NAD TA – EE.
The consultant will be required to use a variety of methods to complete this assignment. The process of meeting the objectives should be a consultative process, engaging key stakeholders in such a way that expectations are managed and harmonized from the onset. Therefore, the process of engagement should ensure that organizations expected to play a central role in the implementation of the project are kept close in a bid to influence their buy-in and ownership and support towards the iSAVE Programme.
E. Qualifications, experience and skills
The consultant or team of consultants should have the following qualifications, experiences and skills:
How to apply
Interested applicants are asked to share a CV (including a minimum of two references) and a brief concept note to NAD. The concept note should be maximum 3 pages and should:
Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview with NAD.
NAD is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, disability status, religion, ethnic origin, colour, race, marital status or other protected characteristics. We value diversity and are committed to achieving gender parity in staffing at all levels. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply for this consultancy. All staff and consultants are expected to follow and adhere to NAD policies and guidelines.