Research Study on Disability inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction At CBM

ToR Summary

  • Project title: Putting Persons with Disabilities at the Centre of Humanitarian Preparedness and Response: Building and strengthening capacities in the field of inclusive humanitarian action and inclusive disaster preparedness through active involvement of persons with disabilities.
  • Organisations: The study is commissioned as part of a consortium project between Christoffel-Blindenmision Christian Blind Mission e.V. (CBM), Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland e.V. (ASB), Malteser Hilfsdienst e.V. – Malteser International Europa (MI), Centre for Disability in Development (CDD) and the International Disability Alliance (IDA)
  • Study Purpose: Analysis of the policy and implementation status of disability inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in eight countries across Asia, Africa, and South/ Central America
  • Proposed Study Start and End Dates: 15.09.2021 to 15.02.2022
  • Primary Methodology: Desk-based document study
  • Anticipated Study Report Release Date: 01.03.2021
  • Key contact: Valerie Gebhard (

Objective, Scope and Intended Use of thr study

A desk study shall be conducted to assess the state of implementation of the Sendai Framework specifically through the lens of disability inclusion in eight countries Bangladesh, Myanmar, Indonesia, Niger, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Nicaragua and Colombia) with the following objectives:

  • The study shall draw conclusion on the current state of disability inclusive implementation of the Sendai framework with the objective of enabling evidence-based advocacy work on a global level and provide an overview of the progress made within the last 3 years.
  • The study shall comparatively analyze regional differences between Asia, Africa and South/ Central America in the progress at policy level and implementation of disability inclusive DRR, and identify good practices and lessons learnt to be used by similar countries/regions

Scope of the study:

  • The study shall focus on eight (8) countries in Africa, Asia and Central/ South America (namely Bangladesh, Myanmar, Indonesia, Niger, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Nicaragua and Colombia)
  • It shall cover relevant legislations, policies, status of implementation, and best practices aiming to enhance inclusion and accessibility of disaster preparedness, response, risk reduction and risk management not older than max. 3 years.

Audience and Intended use of the study:

  • The target audience of the study report are the involved partners as well as external stakeholders at national, regional and global level (OPDs, governments, UN agencies, NGOs) working on Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • Findings from this study will enable the project partners to underline their advocacy messages with a solid evidence-base.
  • Persons with disabilities and their representative organizations in the study countries must be actively involved and consulted in the study process.

Guiding Research Questions

  • If and to what extent disability is mainstreamed in national laws, policies, plans and programs on disaster risk reduction and management?
  • What understanding of disability and which capacity of disability inclusion do the relevant national governmental and non-governmental stakeholders have?
  • To which extent are OPDs systematically involved and closely consulted in relevant policy processes? What is the perspective of OPDs on the progress at policy and implementation level?
  • To which extent are policies transformed into concrete guidelines, tools etc.?
  • To which extent is there evidence that relevant policies and guidelines are put into concrete practice?
  • Where do relevant actors see the most relevant progress in terms of Disability inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in the past 3 years?
  • Where do relevant actors see the largest gaps in terms of DiDRR?
  • What good practices/ innovative practices in the country could be used for scaling up or duplication?


The study shall be implemented desk-based through (a) an analysis of relevant policies, reports and documentations from the respective countries; (b) remote Key Informant Interviews with staff from national/regional OPDs, UN organisations, governmental staff and local and international NGOs.


The study team is not expected to conduct in-country visits.

Since the study will be conducted for 8 countries only, it is noted that findings of regional comparison between Africa, Asia and South/ Central America is not fully extendable to the whole regions and will be of directive nature.

Management of the study and logistics

CBM (as representative of the consortia steering committee) has the responsibility for:

  • Overall oversight/management of the evaluation process
  • Focal person for the study team
  • Establishing contacts between evaluators and Country Focal Points/ Country Teams etc.
  • Contractual management and payment

Country Focal points from ASB, CBM, CDD and MI have the responsibility for:

  • Providing selected project documentation
  • Availability for interviews as agreed within the methodology
  • Establishing contacts between the study team and contact persons at OPDs, UN organisations, governmental staff and other NGOs for interviews

Study Team is responsible for:

  • Development of the detailed methodology of the study, incl. interview guides and other data collection and analysis tools
  • Conduct of all document reviews and interviews/surveys with the goal of delivery of expected results
  • Ensuring adherence to CBM Code of Conduct, and Child and Adults at risk Policy
  • Ensuring adherence to highest standard of data security during the study and after
  • Ensuring research ethics, in particular confidentiality of person data and receiving consent before interviewing

Expected Results

  1. An inception report outlining the detailed plan for the conduct of the study, incl. the methodology, related tools, stakeholder and interviewee list, and responsibilities of team members.
  2. A final report (around 25 to 30 pages) containing analytical elements related to the issues specified in this ToR. The report shall contain an executive summary that can be used as stand-alone document for further distribution, and a main text, both inclusive of clear and concise findings and recommendations. Annexes should include a description of methods and the survey tools used, the list of interviewees, the actual execution schedule, a summary of survey results (if applicable), a bibliography, and any other relevant materials.
  3. A one to two-pager as well as a PowerPoint presentation that summarize the key findings (for potential external communication)
  4. An online presentation of the findings to a broader audience of the consortium

All documents to be provided in an accessible format in English, Spanish and French.

Duration and Phasing

  • Orientation for Evaluation team by CBM/Consortium focal persons: 1day
  • Review of documents and development of study methodology, tools, and plan: 6 days
  • Presentation of Inception Report:1 day
  • Document review, interviews, surveys, and analysis phase: 32 days, 4 days per country
  • Debriefing: 1 day
  • Draft study report preparation: 5 days
  • Feedback on draft report: 1 day
  • Finalizing study report and one-pager/two-pager: 3 days
  • Translations: 3 days
  • Online presentation of findings: 1 day**Total amount of days: 54 days**

Consultant (Team) Profile

  • Academic degree preferably in Development Studies/ Disability inclusion/ any other related subjects.
  • At least 5 years of work experience in Disaster Risk Reduction and/or Disability Inclusion (programme design, implementation and/or assessment)
  • At least 5 years of work experience with similar research projects
  • Knowledge of the context and political situation plus experience working in several of the 8 countries would be an asset
  • Strong analytical, communication and report writing skills
  • Working independently and pro-actively seeking information, while remaining culturally sensitive


How to apply


Expressions of Interest shall be submitted by 25.08.2021 to and shall include:

  • Brief description of consultancy firm/consultant/team
  • Detailed CVs of each suggested team member
  • Understanding of this TOR and suggested methodology
  • Availability of team and suggested schedule
  • Financial proposal

Only complete applications will be considered. The contractor may ask for references and/or examples of previous work and reports during the recruitment process. The contractor reserves the right to terminate the contract in case the suggested and agreed upon team members are unavailable at the start of the evaluation and no adequate replacement can be provided.

Each team member, incl. interpreters, enumerators etc need to fully comply with and sign CBM’s or the partner organisation’s Code of Conduct and Safeguarding Policy as well as commitment to data security and privacy.

Documents provided after contract signature

  • Contact list of relevant project staff member (in the 8 countries)
  • Background information on the project
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