Children with Disabilities and Play in Malaysia
Malaysia ratified the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1995 and Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2010, albeit with reservations, and implemented a Persons with Disabilities Act in 2008. Yet there are numerous gaps in legislation, policies, participation and service delivery keeping children with disabilities and their families from realizing their rights. Exacerbating the situation is a lack of effective synergy, particularly in the provision of basic social services such as healthcare, education, rehabilitation, protection and welfare services, along with the absence of an integrated national policy or statement of direction that cuts across service sectors.
The UNICEF' Childhood Disability in Malaysia: A Study of Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice' (2016) highlights the need to create an inclusive society for all by removing environmental, institutional and attitudinal barriers which daily challenge children with disabilities and their families.
The right to play is enshrined in the article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In addition, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) guarantees this right and equal access to play for children with disabilities. Although children with disabilities benefit from play in the same way as children without disabilities, for many their fundamental right to play is often thwarted because of environmental barriers and social exclusion. The spaces and structures set up for children's play are often not accessible to and their needs are not considered in the design of the playgrounds and parks. The resulting lack of interaction between children with and without disabilities reinforces the attitudinal barriers, prejudices and discrimination that relegates children with disabilities to the margins of society.
Children Rights and Business Principles
UNICEF globally recognizes the importance of engaging the private sector in its work, and in advancing corporate social responsibility (CSR) and their commitments to children. With the development of the Children Rights and Business Principles (CRBP) in collaboration with Save the Children and Global Compact in 2012, this solidified the organization's commitment to influence and harness the private sector to maximize potential of achieving sustainable results for all children.
The CRBP contains Ten Principles that serve as an inspiration and guide for all business in their interactions with children to:Meet their responsibility to respect children's rights and commit to supporting the human rights of children Contribute to the elimination of child labour including in all business activities and business relationships Provide decent work for young workers, parents and caregivers Ensure the protection and safety of children in all business activities and facilities Ensure that products and services are safe and seek to support children's rights through them Use marketing and advertising that respect and support children's rights Respect and support children's rights in relation to the environment and land acquisition and use Respect and support children's rights in security arrangements Help protect children affected by emergencies Reinforce community and government efforts to protect and fulfil children's rights.
In response to this, in 2018 UNICEF Malaysia supported a high-profile private sector property development company to design Malaysia's first truly inclusive playground. This partnership and the soon to be constructed inclusive playground seek to address the following:Improving in the infrastructure of public spaces making them more inclusive Creating opportunities for children with disabilities to be visible and interact with other children Ensuring participation of children with disabilities in the planning, design and implementation of programmes Promoting more child-centric activities designed to change social norms
The rationale for UNICEF Malaysia to work with the private sector is as follows:For UNICEF Malaysia to showcase a Malaysian private sector partners partner supporting and implementing the CRBP; For UNICEF Malaysia to leverage on the connections and influence that large property development companies in Malaysia have with the Government, including their links with municipal councils who will be tasked with the maintenance of playgrounds once they are built and handed over from the property developers; For UNICEF Malaysia to showcase the private sector partnership and establishment of Inclusive Playgrounds as a Best Business Practice, as encouragement to other companies and government bodies to follow suit. It is also an opportunity to showcase the business case for the private sector - in the form of a Best Business Practice Circular & Guidance Toolkit - to support UNICEF's programmatic goals and contribute to the advancement of children's rights. For UNICEF Malaysia to leverage on the connections and influence within the Government, to strengthen their commitments and enforcement of the Malaysian Standard 1184: Universal Design and Accessibility in the Build Environment Code of Practice on all Public Access Property Development Projects in the future.
2.SCOPE OF WORK
The objective of this consultancy is to support UNICEF Malaysia to:Edit the first draft of the Best Business Practice Circular & Guidance Toolkit; Incorporate comments from various stakeholders into a second draft; Redesign the section and flow of the second draft to enable insertion of 3-4 new sections of text; Produce a final edited draft of the Best Business Practice Circular & Guidance Toolkit which is suitable for submission to a graphic designer; Develop an image guide to accompany the final draft which is suitable for submission to a graphic designer; Support the development of a ToR for graphic designer/creative agency to develop graphic design and print the; Proof ready and provide final edits on the designed Best Business Practice Circular & Guidance Toolkit prior to approval for printing.
3.MODE OF CONSULTANCYBe home based Use own computer Attend in-person meetings (when necessary) in UNICEF's office at Putrajaya and/or the Satellite office in Damansara Heights
Details, Approx No. Days & Deadline DateIncorporate all comments from draft Best Business Practice Circular & Guidance Toolkit PDF into a clean Word document (3 days) - (Week 1 of contract) Reformat the Best Business Practice Circular & Guidance Toolkit sections to improve the flow of the document and create space for 3 new sections:- Foreword by Municipal Council of Shah Alam - UNICEF CSR principles- Malaysian Standard 1184: Universal Design in the built environment Section titles are likely to change but content will remain the same (3 days) - (Week 2 of contract) Liaise with key stakeholders and support them to draft or provide content for the above 3 new sections. It is likely this content or the draft sections will need heavy editing to ensure the narrative fits with the body text in the BBPC & Toolkit(3 days) - (Week 3 of contract) Final Best Business Practice Circular & Guidance Toolkit package. This should be in a word format that is suitable for a creative agency to use in their designs. This package to include:- Full Best Business Practice Circular & Guidance Toolkit copy- Image guide* (so creative designers know what image belong to specific sections of the copy)* Images are already available and in the format of photos, PPT slides, posters, etc.(3 Days) - (Week 4 of contract) Support the development of a creative agency Terms of Reference (ToR) to graphically design and print the BBPC & Toolkit. This will include developing the briefing materials provided to the agency:- Final copy of Best Business Practice Circular & Guidance Toolkit in Word- Package of images with clear indication of where they should be used in the Best Business Practice Circular & Guidance Toolkit narrative- Samples of other BBPC & Toolkits as guides(1 Day) - (Week 2 of contract) Support the creative design process by way of:- Supplying any edits to the final text if required during the creative design phase- Proof reading final layout(2 Days) - (End of contract)
5. QUALIFICATION & REQUIREMENTSUniversity degree in a relevant field of study (Degree in Journalism, Communication, Marketing); 3-5 years relevant experience and demonstrated examples of report writing for various audiences. Portfolio should include examples of advocacy briefs, donor reports, fundraising proposals and technical manuals; Solid editorial skills with demonstrated ability for logical and analytical writing; Prior experience with UNICEF and/or UN agencies a distinct advantage; Familiarity with international development issues and/or issues concerning children desirable Strong planning, organizational and coordination skills; Computer proficiency including Internet and Microsoft office and utilization of web-based collaboration tools; Ability to work independently, under pressure and within deadlines; Fluency in English (oral and written); English mother tongue is a requirement.
6. CONTRACTUAL PERIOD: 15 March - 31 May 2020
7.ANTICIPATED NO. OF DAYS Work:15 days
SupervisorThe consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Disability Specialist The supervisor will ensure proper briefing on the consultancy assignment, provide guidance, advice, supervision and feedback on content and quality of deliverables to conform to UNICEF publication standards compliance with the ToR, agreed work-planning and timely delivery of the expected outputs/results.
Type of Consultancy
National or international consultant - must be based in Malaysia and preferably in the Klang Valley area.
9. CPD OUTCOME/OUTPUT CONTRIBUTION
Outcome 3: By 2020, enhanced capacities, partnerships and engagement for child rights fulfilment and monitoring, and for mobilization of national resources for all children
Outcome 3.1 : The Malaysian private sector has increased knowledge and commitment to its responsibility to respect children's rights and can access quality technical support and capacity for implementing the Child Rights in Business Practice (CRBP)
10. HOW TO APPLY:
Please indicate your relevant experience, availability and daily rate to undertake the terms of reference above. Applications submitted without a daily rate willnotbe considered
Remarks:Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. UNICEF is committed to workforce diversity and encourages all qualified male and female applicants to apply within its workforce and from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.