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Support to the Disability and Rehabilitation Department of the Ministry of Public Health in Afghanistan

Persian Gulf - Middle East
Origin of funding
European Commission
Duration in month
Start date
End date
Project description
2.1 Global objective

To support the MoPH in its stewardship role of fostering policies and strategies for equal opportunities and full participation of children, women and men with disabilities in the process of the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

2.2 Specific objective(s)

The scope of the assignment includes:
i. To increase the institutional capacity of the MoPH to define policies and formulate strategies in the field of disability and physical rehabilitation ;
ii. To ensure the operational integration of disability issues into the BPHS and EPHS.
iii. To contribute to the fund raising opportunities targeted to disability (BPHS, EPHS and tertiary care)

Senior Expert

Public Health
Short term
End recruitment
Job description
The consultant will be in support of the DRD with the general task of capacity development of this department. The attitude and methodology that is expected has to be as close as possible to the definition of capacity development given by UNDP: "the process by which individuals, organization, institutions and societies develop abilities (individually and collectively) to perform functions, solve problems and set and achieve objectives". It is not expected that the consultant acts "instead of" but that acts "in support of". The results listed below may appear overambitious for the short duration of the contract. A prioritization of the deliverabilities is however possible once the contract will have started. Based on the above, among the results expected at the end of the duration of the contract are:

1. The DRD is enabled to play its guiding role in:
 Planning for the institutionalisation and mainstreaming of disability at all levels of the health system;
 Planning for the autonomy of the unit itself in order to become less dependant from external support;
 Planning for resources where geographically or thematically it is more needed and/or more relevant;
 Planning for human resources for disability at short, medium and long term and facilitating formal registration of physiotherapists and orthopaedic technicians and certification as separate health professions of rehabilitation professionals.

2. The DRD is proactive in the formulation, approval and implementation of policies and strategies in line with other initiatives and national programmes. Specifically:

 Planning for specific provisions for the EPHS
 Following up the implementation of policies already approved
 Planning for specific provisions for the mainstreaming of CBR

3. The DRD is enabled to plan for capacity building (for central and provincial level) in line with existing training plans through:
 Coordination of the existing training opportunities
 Planning for MoPH capacity development (especially at the Provincial level

4. The DRD is proactive in the feedback and lessons learned are effectively institutionalised at both central and provincial levels

5. Partnership (twinning) mechanisms are explored and developed with a western institution specialized in Disability and Rehabilitation in view of setting long term academic partnership

6. The DRD is effectively planning over a 5 year expenditure and operational framework
Job qualification
MC=Minimum Criterion marks the characteristic that need to be satisfied. Where MC is not indicated, the item is desirable (D) and its absence will not exclude the candidate from the evaluation process. When items "desirable" are linked to specific activities described in the ToRs but are not a strong point of the CV of the expert, the Consultant can propose either subcontracting or local expertise as mentioned above.

Qualifications and skills

1 MC Degree in disability studies or alternatively university degree in public health or community health or alternatively author of publications on disability. The focus on disability and health will be used for scoring
2 MC Fluency in English
3 D Knowledge of Local Languages
4 D Strong analytical and drafting skills
5 D Proven ability to develop and maintain good professional relations with stakeholders, particularly counterparts and staff members
6 MC Working experience in a post-conflict country.
7 D Initiative and proven ability to work with little supervision

General professional experience  

8 MC Minimum of seven years of progressive professional experience in the Field of Disability and/or Public Health. Please note that years in disability and years in general public health will be scored separately
9 D Knowledge and experience of institutional development, especially in the context of post-conflict, weak or failing states
10 D Working experience with donors, non-governmental organizations, Ministry and civil society
11 D Demonstrable experience in team management

Specific professional experience  

12 MC Minimum of 5 years experience in the field of policy and planning in low income countries;
13 D Preferably familiar with post-conflict rehabilitation and developing countries
14 D Prior working experience in grassroots health and disability projects
15 D Ability and flexibility to work under stress and understanding to address sensitive social and/or political issues

16 D Preferably experience in disability-sensitive programming, disability-related poverty reduction
17 D Preferably experience of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Concept

3.3 Working language(s)

Working langue will be English.
Mission duration and start date
Estimated input days: at least 120 days.
Starting date July 2010
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