• Terms of reference for conducting case studies in 5 districts.

    Employer: Rwanda Union of the Blind (RUB)
    Rwanda Union of the Blind is a local non-governmental organization legally operating in Rwanda since 1995. It is registered with Rwanda Governance board under the legal personality no 60/05 of 16/03/1995 to work towards the improvement of the living conditions of persons with visual impairment in... See more
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    Terms of reference for conducting case studies in 5 districts.

    1. BACKGROUND

    1.1. About RUB

    Rwanda Union of the Blind (RUB) is a local non-governmental organization legally operating in Rwanda since 1995. It is registered with Rwanda Governance Board under the legal personality no 60/05 of 16/03/1995 to work towards the improvement of the living conditions of persons with visual impairment in Rwanda.

    RUB is a member of the National Union of Disability Organizations in Rwanda (NUDOR). It is also affiliated to the African Union of the Blind (AFUB) and the World Blind Union (WBU). Overtime, the RUB strengthens and extends the scope of its activities by establishing branches in almost all districts of the country. Currently, RUB has 60 well-established branches in 29 out of 30 districts with its headquarters in Kigali City, Nyarugenge District, Muhima Sector on Poids -Lourds Road.

    RUB envisages a situation where all necessary services for people with visual impairment are provided as a right of the individual and wants to see education and employment opportunities as well as all other welfare services being as available to those who are visually impaired as they are to all other citizens.

    1.2 About the project

    In the end 2018, Rwanda Union of the Blind (RUB) has been awarded a grant by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to implement a second year project entitled, “Engendering the visually impaired women in Rwanda into social services (EVIW)”.
    The project was inspired by the conviction that implementation of United Nationals Convention on the Right of People with Disabilities (UNCRPD) is key to addressing the disparity between visually impaired women and other members of society.

    People with visual impairment in Rwanda are among the most disadvantaged groups in the country with limited access to basic needs and social services such as health, rehabilitation, education, employment and microcredit just to name a few. The situation is worse for women and girls who face double discrimination and many end up with no education, healthcare and as single mothers living in impoverished conditions in the periphery of the general life in society. This problem is most acute in the rural areas, where access to facilities and services is more limited.

    The project has been purposefully designed to address four key areas of need for women with visual impairment in line with gender equality at a national level in Rwanda: access to services; participation and inclusion; social and economic empowerment and improving the legal and institutional framework.

    2. THE POSITION

    RUB is seeking a consultant, with a proven background and experience in developing case studies will be used by the organization to rise up the right of persons with visual impairment to targeted audiences.

    2.1 Aim of the activity

    To achieve its objective of bringing together persons with visual impairment to advocate for their right; under a financial support of UNDP, RUB would like to conduct case studies on the progress and challenges faced by women with visual impairment on access to basic social economic services and gender based violence.
     The activity aim to assess some progress made by women with visual impairment in their families/community as well as the challenges faced by them in terms of social economic services and gender based violence.
     To advocate for better protection of rights for women and girls with visual impairment build on the evidences on case studies.

    2.2 Implementation of the activity

    This activity will be implemented in 5 project districts which are Gisagara, Karongi, Nyamagabe, Rubavu and Ruhango. An appointed consultant will meet with one woman/girl with visual impairment at home in each district and discuss independently with her on different issues related to her rights and social economic conditions.

    3. Scope of the Assignment

    The appointed consultant will be required to carry out her/his task in the following way:

     Develop case studies based on physical situation and information from a person with visual impairment he/she meets.
     Develop case studies based to the physical evidences such as photos and short videos records where possible.
     Present the report to RUB board and secretariat for reviewing and comments within proposed time in this TOR.
     Finalize the report and submit the final 2 bound document and electronic copy to RUB on agreed time.
    Note: The selected Consultant is expected to start immediately.

    3.2 Tasks, outputs and suggested timeframe

    Task/output Timeframe
    a. Inception meeting with RUB Executive director and the project staff to understand the project design and contextual Framework and sign the contract.1 day
    b. Field visits and reviewing necessary documents 5 days
    d. Development of case studies/report from the field.2 Days
    e. Submit the first draft of the work to RUB secretariat for observation1 Day
    f. Submit 2 hard copies of well bound final manual and electronic copy.1 Day
    Total days of the consultancy10 Days

    3.3 COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:

     Having at least a bachelor degree level in social sciences or communication and journalism
     Knowledge and proven experience in development of case studies
     Be able to provide evidence of developing high quality of case studies and reports in
    English, and working within tight schedule.
     Ability to provide an example of similar conducted work
     Experience of working with persons with different type of disabilities especially those with visual impairment.
     Strong English, Kinyarwanda and verbal communication skills.

    4. HOW TO APPLY

    Interested applicants should submit their curriculum vitae (CVs), Education certificates/degrees, technical and financial proposals, an example of their work and a letter of application. The letter of application should briefly describe how the consultant intends to undertake this assignment for the “Engendering the visually impaired women in Rwanda into social services” project.

    Note: Due to the expected high volume of applications, we regret that only short-listed applicants will be contacted. If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks after the application closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.

    Application documents should be in hard copies and sent to RUB office. The deadline of application for this consultancy work is Wednesday, 30th January 2019 at 4 Pm.

    Donatilla KANIMBA
    RUB Executive Director

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