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 Background to accessibility audit:

The Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK) in partnership with Christoffel Blinden Mission (CBM) is carrying out gender and accessibility assessments to find out the level of inclusiveness with regards to gender and disability of private sector and different learning institutions that will be engaged in the implementation of the i2i project.

These partners are relevant to the innovation to inclusion project and are expected to play a pivotal role in enhancing access to soft and technical skills for men and women with disability which in turn will enhance their opportunities to access work and employment. The gender and accessibility assessments will be undertaken in 14 VTIs / TVETS and 30 private businesses within the 2nd and 3rd quarter of 2020

The assessments will find out the standards for accessibility and inclusiveness of these institutions to women and men with disability.   As such, APDK/CBM has constituted a team that will conduct the assessments. The team constitutes of CBM technical staff, APDK rehabilitation team, Plan International, National Council for Persons with Disability (NCPWD) and the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD). 


 The purpose of the gender and accessibility assessment is to identify the gaps within the targeted private sector companies and training institutions, ranging from build environment, perceptions and attitudes towards women and persons with disabilities, and service delivery approaches. Further, the assessment will provide recommendations and together with training institutions, private sector companies, and the assessment team, deliberate on action orientated plan in addressing identified issues to promote access and full participation to training institutions and work environment. The gender and accessibility assessment will be built on ‘’Leave no one behind principle and SDG5 gender equality principle. It will also be in line with CBM’s seven commitments towards enhancing accessibility of persons with disability.

 The project considers gender and accessibility assessments as the a first step in ensuring reasonable adjustments are made to policies, practices, procedures or premises which may create a barrier to women and people with disabilities.

 Objectives of the accessibility assessment:

  1. To assess whether the working or learning environment is safe and accessible for women and people with different types of disabilities;
  2. To assess whether the curriculums, human resource policies, procedures and practices address the specific needs of persons with disabilities and prevents all forms of discrimination
  3. To set out concrete steps and actions to be taken to improve the working conditions or environment for people with disabilities, particularly women with disabilities.

 2) Background to disability

The United Nation Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities [UNCRPD] defines disability as the interaction between persons with long term impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder their full and effective participation in society on equal basis with others. It further states that persons with disabilities include those that have long term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.

Further it is important to observe that persons with disabilities face physical, social, economic and attitudinal [stigmatization and discrimination] barriers that exclude them from participating fully and effectively as equal members of society, They are disproportionately represented among the world’s poorest, and lack equal access to basic resources such as education, employment, healthcare and social and legal support systems, as well as have a higher rate of mortality. In spite of this situation, disability has remained largely invisible in the mainstream development agenda and its processes. Persons with disabilities in Kenya also live in a vicious cycle of poverty due to stigmatization, limited education opportunities, inadequate access to economic opportunities and access to the labour market.

  Gender is one of the most important categories of social organisation, yet people with disabilities are often treated as asexual, genderless human beings. However, women with disabilities and men with disabilities have different life experiences due to biological, psychological, political, economic, social and cultural attributes associated with being female or male. Patterns of disadvantage are often associated with the differences in the social and cultural position of women and men.

 These gender differences are reflected in the life experiences and practices of women with disabilities and men with disabilities. Women with disabilities face multiple discriminations and are often more disadvantaged than men with disabilities in similar circumstances. This makes it susceptible to vulnerability and barriers to meaningfully engage and participate in social-economic activities.

 In addition Women and girls with disabilities are marginalized and discriminated for their gender as well as for their disability. Women with disabilities are therefore particularly vulnerable and face increased barriers to become socio-economically empowered. This is rooted in inequitable and harmful gender norms, practices and behaviors.

The government of Kenya has adopted a number of laws and policies pertaining to persons with disabilities. The Constitution as the supreme law of the land categorically provides under Article 54 for persons with disabilities. It states that a person with any disability is entitled;

  1. To be treated with dignity and respect and to be addressed and referred to in a manner that is not demeaning
  2. To access educational institutions and facilities for persons with disabilities that are integrated into society to the extent compatible with the interests of the persons;
  3. To reasonable access to all places, public transport and information;

The constitution also provides that the state should ensure the progressive implementation of the principle that at least five percent of the members of the public in elective and appointive bodies are persons with disabilities. The Persons with Disabilities Act is a comprehensive law covering rights rehabilitation and equal opportunities for people with disabilities.

 The accessibility tool

The gender and accessibility assessment tool was developed based on CBM’s many years of disability inclusive programming and Plan international vast experience in gender sensitive and responsive programming. The tool was developed with support and input from many disability organizations and stakeholders around the globe and particularly International Center on Evidence on Disability (UK).  The assessment will focus on the following seven areas as far as accessibility and ease of movement and communication of persons with disability. These areas include:

  1. Offices and premises
  2. Information and Communication Technologies(ICT)
  3. Inclusive Procurement process
  4. Training and capacity development
  5. Non-discrimination and equality
  6. Meetings and events
  7. Inclusive employment

Accessibility assessment schedule:

The gender and accessibility assessments are expected to last 6 months starting June 2020 to November, 2020 and will be supported by the National Council of Persons with Disability (NCPWD) and others include: APDK, CBM, NCA, Plan International, Andy, Kenya Union for the Blind (KUB), Deaf Empowerment Kenya (DEK),

 The schedule


Call for expression of EOI

APDK website

4th May, 2020

Applications sent to/and by COB on

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15th May, 2020

Shortlisting & feedback


22nd May, 2020

Face to face meeting with consultant

Online, face to face

29th May, 2020

Online accessibility schedule

Online, face to face

1st June, 2020

Public Institutions (May-September 2020


NITA Kisumu

June, 2020


NITA Mombasa

June, 2020



July 2020



July, 2020



July, 2020

Private Institutions


Private sectors companies

June - July, 2020


Private sectors companies

Aug . Sept. 2020


Private sector companies

Oct. – Nov. 2020



  • Institution reports that present a reflection of findings based on the seven CBM commitments to accessibility.
  • The findings and recommendation from the assessments will demonstrate to learning institutions and companies the relevance of being gender sensitive and accessible and inclusive to persons with disabilities.
  • The report will also recommend to CBM/Plan/APDK, on immediate, medium- and long-term interventions to be provided to companies and learning institutions to become accessible, gender sensitive and disability inclusive..


Bachelors of Social Science or Human Development, Bachelors of arts Anthropology Bachelor of Education or curriculum development, Degree on Public Health, a Masters degree will be an added advantage.  The candidate must have a background on gender and disability inclusion programming. 

 Women and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

 Submissions to be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by close of business of May 15, 2020




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