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Call for proposals on development of the Alternative Report on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Deadline for application: 22 February 2011

1. Background
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and its Optional Protocol was adopted on 13 December 2006 by the United Nations, and was opened for signature on 30 March 2007. The Convention marks a "paradigm shift" in attitudes and approaches to persons with disabilities. It takes to a new height the movement from viewing persons with disabilities as "objects" of charity, medical treatment and social protection towards viewing persons with disabilities as "subjects" with rights, who are capable of claiming those rights and making decisions for their lives based on their free and informed consent as well as being active members of a society.
This international treaty was ratified on 2 October 2008 and approved by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in January 2009. The State Initial Report on the implementation of UN CRPD was submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in January 2011.

As in case of other core human rights treaties within UN system, the UN CRPD is monitored through a system of reporting by States parties to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. As the treaty bodies' consideration of state reports culminates in the adoption of recommendations which the state party has to implement, it is important that the treaty bodies are in possession of a range of information which accurately reflects the situation in a country. Therefore, in addition to the official report presented by any country there are other sources of information that the Committee is to rely on. When a treaty body is preparing to consider the report of states parties, its members depend on alternative information that NGOs provide in the form of written and oral briefings. National and international NGOs are often a main source of alternative information to a state party's report. Thus, one of the main sources for ensuring a comprehensive and full illustration of the situation of persons with disabilities in member states are alternative reports on the implementation of the Convention to be developed and presented by local civil society organisations.

Taking into consideration that civil society organizations in the country do not have sustainable resources to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the situation of persons with disabilities in the country, UNICEF and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have decided to support a local NGO or coalition of NGOs in the development of an alternative report on the implementation of the Convention with the objective to provide UN Committee with the point of view of civil society allowing Committee members to better understand the situation and contrast submitted information.

2. Objectives

The objectives and the expected results of the Call include:

• Provide independent assessment of progress made and difficulties encountered in implementing CRPD at the national level;
• Develop an alternative report based on the UN Committee reporting Guidelines, which would complement, not repeat, information in the State report;
• Identify gaps, highlight priority areas and present specific, reliable and objective information;
• Identify key issues through consultations with key organizations and individuals;
• Highlight key issues of concern;
• Provide detailed information about practical implementation of legislation, programmes and policies;
• Highlight obstacles and suggest solutions;
• Provide concrete recommendations on how to achieve better results in realization of rights of persons with disabilities in the country.

3. Timeframe

It is planned to sign the Project Cooperation Agreement with the selected NGO in March 2011. The expected period of project implementation is 4 months.
4. Budget available

15.000 USD

5. Eligibility criteria

The following call is opened to a registered non-profit civil society organization with experience/qualifications provided below:

Relevant experience in working with disability issues
Relevant experience in data/information gathering
Solid experience in report writing

Following the requirement of the Article 33.3 of the CRPD, UNICEF and OHCHR will give a preference to proposals submitted by specialized civil society organisations where persons with disabilities or their interests are represented.

6. How to apply

The project proposals with specified objectives and activities as well as a detailed budget should be submitted in English (in exceptional cases when NGO has limited English language capacities also in Azerbaijani) by 22 February 2011, 18:00 to:

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
24 Neftchilar ave, AZ1095, Baku, Azerbaijan

For further information please contact: Mr. Munir Mammadzade -, or
Mr. Teymur Malik-Aslanov -



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