Conducting an assessment of the status of local complaint me...
RFP Name: Conducting an assessment of the status of local complaint mechanisms / systems in relation to disability and gender based violence
RFP No.: 02 – R2P – 2020
Project: Right to Protection (R2P)
Funded by: Caritas Germany
Terms of Reference
(Conducting an assessment of the status of local complaint mechanisms / systems in relation to disability and gender based violence)
QADER for Community Development is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting better well-being of persons with disabilities (PwD) in Palestine. QADER endeavors to positively influence public policies, develop capacities of relevant stakeholders, and promote public awareness and disseminate information pertinent to PwD rights and issues; all according to the priorities of PwD and on the basis of national and international human rights, and the principles of equality and social justice.
QADER is implementing the “Right to Protection” project with the support of Caritas Germany. The project aims of enhancing national policies and mechanisms for the protection and fulfillment of the rights of persons with disabilities; strengthening the national protection services and programs and making them more disability inclusive; adapting local complaint mechanisms and systems to be inclusive and accessible to PwD, especially females with disabilities; and adapting and aligning national laws with international human rights treaties and conventions related to PwD. Specifically, the Project will do so through: Strengthening child protection program at Ministry of Health; Strengthening monitoring processes of government commitment towards the implementation of human rights conventions related to persons with disabilities, and assessing the responsiveness and inclusive measures of local complaint mechanisms / systems with regards to disability and gender.
About the Assignment
The right to protection for persons with disabilities is ensured in national legislation and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Females with disabilities and children with disabilities are considered the most at risk of violence and abuse in all of their forms.
National systems for the protection of violence and abuse for women and children were developed and enforced although the local laws still need amendment and adaptation. However, persons with disabilities are often deprived from their rights to protection, and their access to protection services remains limited.
Local organizations and institutions that are mandated to receive complaints on incidents of violence and abuse against women and children, such as civil police (Family Protection Unit), MoSD protection counselors, child and women civil society organizations, operate within the national systems for the protection of women and children from violence.
Access of females with disabilities to such complaint mechanisms and systems remain week, and undermine their access to comprehensive protection services and thus might exacerbate the magnitude and frequency of violence.
Purpose of the assignment
The aim of the assignment is to conduct an assessment on the status of local complaint mechanisms / systems / organizations or institutions mandated to receiving complaints on incidents of violence and abuse against women and children.
The assignment is planned to identify and analyze the gaps, weaknesses, obstacles and challenges that limit the access of females with disabilities (both children and adults) to such complaint systems and mechanisms, and how referrals and protection services are managed by key stakeholders to ensure integrated and comprehensive approach to protection from violence. It should analyze the accessibility and inclusive measures of such complaint systems and mechanisms for females with disabilities (both children and adults) from the perspective of these organizations and institutions, and the beneficiaries as well.
This assessment is a necessary step to map all existing complaint mechanisms and systems in the West Bank, identify their purpose, targeting, complaints follow-up procedures, and assess it accessibility by PwD, especially females with disabilities.
This assessment will help QADER anther other stakeholder to identify the necessary procedures and steps in order to ensure that appropriate and accessible complaint mechanisms and systems exist for females with disabilities.
Scope of work
The consultant shall carry out the following tasks:
- Conduct review of literature and documents related to protection systems (for women, children, PwD); local laws and legislations; international human rights standards related to protection from violence; in addition to relevant studies and assessments on disability and gender based violence.
- Conduct mapping of organizations and institutions mandated for receiving complaints of incidents of violence and abuse (women, children, PwD) which might include civil police (Family Protection Unit), MoSD protection counselors, child and women civil society organizations …etc.
- Prepare assessment framework and tools.
- Conduct primary data collection, based on the proposed methodology, which might include key informant interviews (KIIs) and focus group discussions (FGDs) with organizations / institutions mandated for receiving complaints, experts in disability and gender based violence, women with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities, and other stakeholders. Quantitative methods, if proposed by the consultant, should have strong justification.
- Conduct workshop(s) for the purpose of validating of information, presenting the assessment draft, and obtaining feedback.
- Other tasks that are deemed necessary to accomplish the assignment.
An assessment report (in Arabic) on the status of local complaint mechanisms / systems in relation to disability and gender based violence.
The assignment should be completed within 3 months from the date of signing the contract.
Qualifications & Competencies
- Solid knowledge of national legislation and polices, and international human rights standards related to the protection from violence of females with disabilities.
- Knowledge of the human rights situation in Palestine, especially for persons and females with disabilities.
- Solid knowledge of the national systems for the protection from violence (women, children)
- Strong profile in designing and carrying out assessments, research studies, or evaluations related to human rights, social policy, development issues in general and relevant to Disability in specific.
Interested Consultant/Team, shall download the RFP Solicitation Document from QADER’s website on the following Link https://www.qader.org/category-53/1328.html, and submit their offer accordingly in a sealed envelope to QADER's Office located in Beit Jala, Al Salam Park Street (Beit Jala Public Library Building), no later than 15:00 PM on Monday 10, August 2020.
** Persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply for this consultancy; QADER for Community Development is committed to the principle of equal opportunities for all **