Call for consultant to conduct scoping exercise into waged employment in Uganda

There are currently thousands of capable, skilled, and employable young persons with disabilities in Uganda with no real opportunities of a more sustainable, decent and meaningful career.

Leonard Cheshire Disability is in the process of designing a project to address this issue. The current project design aims to increase waged employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Uganda by breaking down barriers and reducing stigma through:

  • capacity building of disabled persons’ organisations (DPOs)
  • training Employers on disability awareness and inclusion
  • mentoring and training candidates with disabilities on employability and supporting them into employment
  • setting up a database for disability employability

Objectives of the consultancy

Leonard Cheshire Disability is seeking a consultant to undertake a scoping exercise to further understand the key barriers to waged employment for people with disabilities in Uganda and to inform approaches to remove them. 

The specific objectives of the consultancy are:

  • To gather evidence from the appropriate stakeholders regarding:

    • What are the specific capacity building needs of the three project DPOs and prioritise areas of for development?
    • Recognise overlaps and possible collaboration.
    • Discuss possible training methods.
    • Prioritise capacity issues in line with the project objectives.
  • What are the key barriers that employer’s face in employing people with disabilities?

    • Approach companies to discuss inclusion and the employability of people with disabilities in the workplace.
    • Identify any barriers they feel are in place that prevent the employment of people with disabilities.
    • Consider potential approaches to address these barriers.
  • Explore the experience of people with disabilities in accessing training and waged employment.

    • What experiences and aspirations do people with disabilities have in relation to waged employment?
    • What do candidates feel are the main barriers to accessing waged employment?
    • How would they suggest these are overcome?
    • What are the perceived benefits of waged employment in particular?
    • What types of training have the candidates received before if any?
    • What different methods of training and mentoring for people with disability are there that take into account flexibility and accessibility requirements, but also looking at alternative non-traditional options?
  • Database for disability employability.

    • Is there a gap in linking inclusive employers with skilled people with disabilities? 
    • How might this be overcome?

For more information and details on how to submit expressions of interest please review the terms of reference.