Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant to Undertake an Assessment of ESCWA Communications from a Disability Inclusion Perspective
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 08 October 2021 - 14 October 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia-165854-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

A comprehensive report highlighting the process of the assessment, its results and proposed recommendations.
The consultant is expected to:

• Select a representative sample of mainstream communications from ESCWA's website covering several themes.
• Review the sample and assess whether it follows ESCWA's communications guidelines on disability inclusion.
• Provide concrete recommendations on how to improve the implementation of ESCWA's communication guidelines.

The consultant is requested to prepare a comprehensive report highlighting the process of the assessment, its results and proposed recommendations.

Work Location


Expected duration

The duration of the contract is for 1 month, starting from 1 November (or upon the signature date of the contract) until 30 November 2021.

Duties and Responsibilities

ESCWA is seeking to recruit a consultant to undertake an assessment of the newly launched ESCWA website in terms of mainstreaming disability issues. While using ESCWA's communication guidelines as a baseline, the consultant is expected to review the content of the website and assess if communication is in line with the guidelines. The consultant is also expected to provide concrete recommendations on how to improve the implementation of those guidelines.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: A master's degree in communication, social sciences or any related field is required.
Experience: Demonstrated experience of a minimum of 5 years in mainstreaming disability issues in communications is required.
Language: Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic is required. Fluency in French is desirable.

Additional Information


Persons with disabilities are one of the largest minority groups in the world, estimated to represent over 15 per cent of the world's population. They are still at a disadvantage in all areas of development due to shortcomings in the structural, social, political and cultural environments in which they reside, including lack of accessibility of physical and virtual environments; institutional and attitudinal barriers; exclusion; and unequal opportunities.

In 2019, the United Nations launched its Disability Inclusion Strategy (UNDIS), a comprehensive tool for ensuring that the UN system is fit for purpose in relation to disability inclusion. It provides a foundation for sustainable and transformative change on disability inclusion through all pillars of the UN's work. The Strategy includes a system-wide policy and an accountability framework with 15 indicators. Indicator 15 is dedicated to communications, requiring the development of guidelines to ensure that internal and external communication are respectful of persons with disabilities; that persons with disabilities are reflected in mainstream communications and that communication campaigns on disability inclusion are undertaken at least every two years.

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) is committed to advance efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, among other international and national human rights legislations and treaties. Moreover, ESCWA is committed to implement UNDIS and advance disability inclusion in its internal work and across the Arab region. The Communication and Information Unit (ECIU) at ESCWA is responsible for enhancing the visibility of ESCWA via targeted and strategic advocacy and communication activities. ECIU promotes the role, achievements and impact of the Commission through a wide range of activities including the production of all types of communications products and content and their distribution.

Following UNDIS requirements, ESCWA developed in 2020 guidelines focusing on accessible audio-visual communication, to ensure that internal and external communications are respectful of persons with disabilities. These guidelines complement guidelines on the use of appropriate disability terminology (in English and in Arabic) that were already in place. Moreover, ESCWA worked on revamping its website, while taking into consideration the standards of disability inclusion and accessibility policy. This year, and in line with its 2021 UNDIS implementation plan, ESCWA plans to assess its communications from a disability inclusion perspective.

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