ADA: Child friendly Africa Disability Protocol

Africa Disabilty Alliance (ADA)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 15 November, 2019
Opportunity type: 
Call for proposals

The Africa Disability Alliance (ADA), formerly called Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities (SADPD), is a disability-led technical agency whose mandate derives from the African continent's human rights movement and Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs). ADA works and uses a broad range of policy tools in the programming and implementation processes relating to disability issues. ADA’s strong presence on the African scene is enabling the organisation to consolidate the gains made in the implementation of policies and programmes related to the rights of persons with disabilities with the support of OPDs on the continent which have been at the forefront of the fight against discrimination and exclusion.

The project “Alliances for Rights - Africa towards Disability Inclusion” (ARADI) is a continuation of the partnership with ODPs in Africa. It covers a period of 3 years (2017-2020) and is supported by the European Union (EU) and the Christoffel Blindenmission (CBM) Germany. The project aims to support the participation of persons with disabilities in the formulation of policies and strategies in Africa.

The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (ADP) the first legally binding disability-specific continental treaty in Africa - was adopted at the 19th extraordinary session of the African commission on human and peoples' Rights, held from 16 to 25 February 2016 in Banjul, Islamic Republic of Gambia. On 29th January 2018, the Protocol was adopted by the General Assembly of African Union Heads of State and Government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. One of the essential roles of ADA in this project, among others, includes support in making information accessible in appropriate format for all including children with or with out disabilities and raise awareness on the rights of persons with disabilities as specified in the ADP. The organization also works in partnership with various stakeholders in promoting the ADP and fostering its ratification and implementation process.
The United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) applies to all children within the jurisdiction of member states without discrimination of any kind. According to the UN CRC, every child has the right to be heard and receive adequate information about their rights and the procedures affecting them.
With this backdrops, the ADA seeks to engage the services of an experienced technical person/consulting firm (hereinafter “Service Provider”) to re-produce the main contents ADP into a child-friendly booklet in order to equip African children with appropriate information and messages of the ADP.

The objective of the service is to prepare a child-friendly version (English) extracting information from the already developed ADP manual. The task includes adjusting of main information/messages/themes in the ADP pursuant to the context and understanding of children.
Among others, the Service Provider should:

  • Translate the ADP booklet (English version) into a child-friendly version according to international standards.
  • Use child-appropriate language, characters, stories, pictures, etc. to illustrate the concepts;
  • Identify and clearly describe the purpose, definitions, viewpoints and overall effects of the ADP;
  • Relate contents of the ADP to social, cultural and historical contexts to remember;
  • Use a range of strategies, including accurate translation of texts of the ADP;
  • Describe and retrieve information or ideas from texts of the ADP and use quotation/s and reference/s;
  • Deduce, infer or interpret information or ideas from texts of the ADP;
  • Explain the key terminologies used in the ADP in a manner than can easily be grasped by children. 

Time of Implementation

  • The overall duration of the preparation of the child-friendly version of the ADP should not exceed 45 days from the date of signature of the contract.

Scope of Work 
To achieve the above objective, ADA requires a qualified, experienced Service Provider (individual consultant and/or Firm) for production of the ADP into a child-friendly version. The production will be in the English language and pictorial translations. The organization requires the Service to take into account and accommodate the diversity of children who have different levels of cognition.


The Service Provider will submit to ADA:

  • Soft and hard copies of the new child-friendly ADP.
  • Where necessary, bibliography, copyright and other legal requirements that need to be fulfilled or complied with. The selected Service Provider will solely be responsible for all claims that may arise from violation of all and any Copyright laws or requirements caused while executing services under this bid.

Minimum Requirements

The Service Provider:

  • Must have at least a Masters of Arts and 5 years of expertise and demonstrated relevant skills related to the specifications of this bid.
  • Should submit credentials/curriculum vitae (CV) with references.
  • Should be proficient in English language.
  • The following will have added value to the successful candidate:
  • Experience of working in the field of disability and inclusive development 
  • Knowledge of basic terminologies in disability, CRC, CRPD, ADP and other relevant legal and policy documents.
  • Understanding the contents/context of ADP to be produced into a child-friendly version.
  • Demonstrated ability to formulate contents using internationally recognised standards and particularly in relation to children with different age groups and cognitive levels including pictorial illustrations.
  • Qualified and interested applicants with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Should be available to complete the assignment within agreed upon timeframe. 
  • Should provide Service specified in this bid on an as-and-when-required-by-ADA basis over a period of 45 days from the date of signing the contract or addendums/ variations thereof, subject to terms and conditions that will be set by ADA and stated in the contract of this service.

Other Conditions

Interested Service Provider(s) should submit detailed Technical Proposal and Financial Plan detailing all costs related to the task. This includes, but may not be limited to:

  • A Technical Proposal (maximum 8 pages, 1.5-line spacing in Arial font max 12-size) with an Executive Summary (maximum 1 page) appendices and CVs of personnel, if more than one).
  • A Financial Proposal (maximum 1 page) outlining all anticipated unit costs, activities and costs in South African Rand and U.S. Dollars. The financial proposal should recommend a payment schedule based on deliverables.
  • A detailed work plan outlining activities, deliverables, milestones and targeted completion dates.
  • A list of references for similar work done. Full contact details (including email, telephones, addresses, contact persons, cell phone numbers, websites, if any).
  • Samples of at least two similar works done are a requirement for this bid.

The Service Providers(s) should agree to sign ADA’s consultancy agreement, agreed addendums and variations of terms of the Contract.

General Provisions

  • ADA reserves the right not to appoint any Service Provider.
  • ADA reserves the right to undertake reference, credit and other checks and by responding to this bid, the Service Provider hereby gives ADA consent/authority to conduct such checks.
  • ADA reserves the right to withdraw this bid and/or amend these Terms of Reference by notice in writing (email or posting on the organization’s website) to only shortlisted bidders who will have responded to this call prior to the closing date.
  • The award of the contract will be based on best value for money, that being the best outcome for the ADA as a whole considering price, economic, environmental and social benefits (if applicable), in addition to other requirements for the ADA as specified from time to time.
  • ADA reserves the right not to make an award nor to accept the lowest bid
  • The selected bidder will be required to sign a work and performance contract with ADA that will include a full commitment to honour the following ADA policies:
    • Child Protection/ child safeguarding
    • Procurement
    • Anti-corruption
    • Environment
    • Financial Management
    • Whistle blowing
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.
  • Other terms and conditions will apply.

Application Process

All submission should be made by email to 

Enquiries can be submitted in writing to by 5pm on or before 15 November 2019.

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The deadline for submission of expression of interests is 15 November 2019 not later than 1700hrs Central African time. Only applications submitted by the deadline will be considered.

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