Consultancy Opportunity – World Federation of the Deaf

The WFD is offering a project-funded consultancy opportunity with focus on deaf education data collection in Nepal. Please see the Terms of Reference below for further information.

The deadline for application is on Friday, 4 January 2019 at 4:00pm (Finnish time)


Terms of Reference: Baseline Data Collection on Deaf Education in Nepal


Summary:

The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) is looking for an experienced researcher to collect data on deaf education in Nepal. The main objective of this consultancy, funded by the International Disability Alliance (IDA), is to prepare a report to provide evidence on deaf people’s access to inclusive and equitable quality education in Nepal on an equal basis with others, to orient the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 4 and Article 24 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The data collection also supports the Inclusive Education Task Team of the IDA.

About WFD:

The WFD is an international non-governmental organisation representing and promoting approximately 70 million deaf people’s human rights worldwide. The WFD is a federation of deaf organisations from 135 nations; its mission is to promote the human rights of deaf people and full, quality and equal access to all spheres of life, including self-determination, sign language, education, employment and community life. WFD has a consultative status in the United Nations and is a founding member of IDA.

Background:

From WFD’s perspective, the implementation of Article 24 of the CRPD to provide education through the medium of sign language has not been sufficiently understood and documented. The trend of implementing inclusive education has not necessarily taken measures to provide education in sign language environment nor through the medium of sign language. The WFD has published the Position Paper on Inclusive Education to address the current situation.

The objective of the baseline data collection in Nepal is to produce evidence on deaf people’s access to inclusive and equitable quality education through the medium of sign language on equal basis with others, to orient the implementation of SDG 4 in compliance with the CRPD. The report is intended to be used as a model on data collection on education through the medium of sign language and become an advocacy tool for national associations of the deaf in Global South countries using Nepal as a model.

A local research assistant will be contracted to support the Consultant in contacting Nepalese stakeholders and translation of the report into Nepalese Sign Language. The Consultant is expected to travel to Nepal twice.

Consultant tasks:

  • Desk research on information regarding quality inclusive education through the medium of sign language in Nepal
  • Travel to Nepal twice to collect data with a local research assistant through meeting with relevant stakeholders and interviews, and to organise a workshop to discuss results
  • Review and analyse available evidence and identify missing data
  • Compile a report in written English, Nepalese Sign Language and International Sign on the situation of inclusive and equitable quality education through the medium of sign language in Nepal with recommendations

Education and Experience:

  • Relevant university degree in education or closely related field
  • Significant understanding of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) particularly on what inclusive education means from the deaf perspective
  • Research experience on deaf education issues and writing research reports
  • Experience in conducting interviews and analysing data in Global South context

Languages and Abilities: Fluency at least in one sign language and International Sign, and high level skills in written English. Knowledge of Nepalese Sign Language is an asset.

Budget:

  • Applicants are invited to submit a budget/quotation within their proposal covering consultancy and associated fees and travel expenses (two trips to Nepal).
  • Project budget includes allocation for International Sign interpreter service, organising local workshops in Nepal and local research assistant expenses, which do not need to be addressed in the quotation.

Contracting and Remuneration:

  • A consultancy contract (as per Finnish law) will be signed between the selected consultant and WFD.
  • Applicants are invited to submit a copy of their passport and commercial/consultant registration/tax numbers. Only applicants with valid commercial and/or consultant registration and/or tax numbers will be considered.
  • Payments will be made in several instalments and upon successful completion of the deliverables and submission of invoices.

Duration: Six months (expected starting day would be 1 February 2019)

Application deadline: Friday, 4 January 2019 at 4:00pm (Finnish time).

Contact person: Send the required documents to Ms Eeva Tupi, WFD Executive Director, at eeva.tupi@wfd.fi She can also be contacted should you have any questions.