Conduct an assessment on the sex, age and persons with disabilities representation in the labour force

at UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
Location Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date Posted March 31, 2020
Category Consultancy
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


In Ethiopia, there is very scant data on disability statistics and becomes even more negligible when the linkage between disability and gender issues are considered. The main source of data concerning disability has been Ethiopian Population and Housing Census which is conducted every 10 years. The available data has been mainly on the type and causes of disability disaggregated by age groups which does not provide evidence in other important socio-economic variables such as participation in the work force, earnings, poverty, education and health conditions. Thus, CSA in collaboration with UN Women has initiated an assessment exercise on disability statistics in Ethiopia and will review available survey and administrative data to provide recommendations for future course of action in this area.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ( UN,2006) provides, for the first time within a human rights framework, specific articles that call for the international collection (Article 31) and reporting (Article 36) of statistical data on disability. In the absence of valid and reliable population-based data on disability disaggregated by age and sex, it is not possible to monitor the effects of policies instigated that would promote the lives of persons with disabilities and ensure their participation in all aspects of life equally to those without disability.

It is also vital that gender equality should be recognized as a discrete issue and the gender dimensions of the disability inclusive development should be addressed. This would be supported by disability statistics with gender and other relevant dimensions. These data would provide the evidences that can be used to address whether countries have been successful, or the degree of their success, in meeting the general principles outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Article 3) including the achievement of equalization of opportunity and accessibility, among others. Monitoring the UN Convention and other international initiatives such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) depend on the production of quality and internationally comparable data - and these have been sorely lacking.

The Sustainable Development Goals can only be achieved with the full participation of everyone, including Persons with disabilities. Upholding the rights and ensuring the full inclusion of the world's one billion Persons with disabilities is a moral imperative. It is also a practical necessity if we are to build healthy, inclusive and sustainable societies. Despite the strong commitment expressed by the international community to an inclusive, accessible and sustainable development agenda, persons with disabilities continue to face significant challenges to their full inclusion and participation in society and development. These include negative attitudes, stigma and discrimination and lack of accessibility in physical and virtual environments. We must all find new approaches and tools to work for and with persons with disabilities. Together, we can remove barriers and make concrete difference for and with persons with disabilities to be empowered and lead positive changes in their lives and the communities they live in around the world (UN Flagship Report on Disability and Development, 2018).

Among others the empowerment perspectives are that of persons with disabilities representation in the labour force and other socioeconomic activities which can be accessed from different data sources. The result would also bear different impression when disaggregated by sex and age. Hence, the assessment would provide at first an insight to understand the current situation on the representation of persons with disabilities in the labour force and other socioeconomic activities through data mining from the available surveys, censuses and other data sources. The main sources of data for the assessment that needs to be communicated include Population and Housing Censuses, CSA Labour Forces Surveys (UEUS, TUS, CLS, NLFS), Household Consumption and Expenditure Survey (HCES), Welfare Monitoring Survey (WMS) and Ethiopian Demographic and Health Survey (EDHS), as well as other relevant survey data. In addition, administrative data from Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health on PWDs and other international and national sources will also provide important information for the assessment. Secondly, the assessment would also provide an intuitive highlight of the gaps in statistical data related to persons with disability in the National Statistical System. In this regard, the result of the assessment is expected to give evidence for informed decision making on the subject matter that benefit both women and men, boys and girls with disabilities

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of UN Women and technical support from CSA, Household Surveys and Prices Statistics and Gender Mainstreaming Directorates, the national consultant will perform the following tasks:

  • An action plan to complete the tasks assigned.
  • Come up with a methodology through review of background documents on age, sex and disability representation in the labour force and other data sources supporting documents and policy frameworks that guide the production of data base and rationale for the assessment.
  • Identify exhaustively important surveys from CSA and administrative data from sector ministries to explicitly show the representation of persons with disabilities in the labour force with appropriate level of disaggregation by sex and age groups.
  • Prepare a draft assessment report.
  • Present the draft assessment report at a validation workshop for key stakeholders.
  • Incorporate the inputs and submit the final assessment report.


  • Inception Report on Objectives (understanding the current situation of disability representation and identifying data gaps), Methodology and expected outcomes for the assessment on age, sex and disability representation in the labour force and other data sources with a follow up Action Plan/Matrix with the date of completion.
  • Final assessment report of age, sex and disability representation in the labour force and other data sources.
  • A compilation of the sources of data and complete list of variables extracted from each source


Compliance to the UN Core Values:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN's values and ethical standards
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN Women;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favouritism;
  • Fulfils all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Required Skills and Experience


  • The consultant must have an Advanced University Degree in economics, labour economic, statistics, gender analysis, welfare economics, development studies or related field.


  • At least 8 years of professional experience in labour force analysis, gender statistics, quantitative research or development related research activities.
  • Strong knowledge of UN programming and policy development;
  • Knowledge of persons with disabilities analytical frameworks;
  • Knowledge of gender issues and analytical work in international development;
  • Experience in data mining from surveys and quantitative research;
  • Experience in research and compilation of information to show results desired;
  • Sensitivity, understanding of diversity, work as a team; and
  • Similar experience in quantitative research with respect to persons with disabilities


  • Excellent knowledge of written and oral communication in English.
  • Excellent communication, writing skills, and analytical skills.
  • Computer skills: full command of Microsoft applications (word, excel, PowerPoint), statistical data analysis software's STATA, SPSS and other relevant software based on the assignment.


Applying Instructions

Interested applicants must submit the following documents demonstrating their interest and qualification to conduct the assignment through email to: Esete Berile at CC: Habitamu Alemayehu at

  • Technical Proposal: A two-page methodology for the assessment which will be considered as part of the inception report if selected.
  • Financial Proposal: The prospective consultant will indicate all-inclusive (The term 'All inclusive' implies that all costs (professional fees, travel costs, living allowances, communications, consumables, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor are already factored into the final amounts submitted in the proposal) lump sum contract amount per delivery in USD.

Online application, personal CV and P11: In addition to the above indicated documents, interested applicants must submit their applications online through UN Women Online Recruitment System and fill and sign a P11 form and submit on the online application along with their updated CVs.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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