RFP - Study on Appropriate Age-Assistive Devices for Vulnerability Reduction in Humanitarian respons

Last Date - 10 May, 2019


“Building preparedness of vulnerable communities through inclusive[1] disaster risk reduction initiatives” is a regional project being implemented by HelpAge International, in Nepal and Bangladesh since July 2017. The goal of the project is to contribute to preparing communities to better withstand reoccurring natural disasters.

The focus is on organizing older people into community groups and building their capacities in managing these institutions, basic disaster preparedness, risk assessment and DRR mainstreaming into development planning, with a focus on older people and their families.

In doing so communities will be able to better anticipate, respond to and recover from the negative impacts of recurrent natural hazards.

The world population has quadrupled to 7 billion people in just over 100 years. Today, people aged over 60 constitute 11 per cent of the global population

. By 2050, this proportion will have doubled, to 22 per cent – that is, 2 billion older people. Populations are ageing most rapidly in developing countries, which are currently home to 60 per cent of the world’s older people, projected to rise to 80 per cent by 2050.

While the ageing population is to be celebrated, an ageing population has the potential to increase older people’s vulnerability to risks and disasters, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

Prevalence of disability in lower income countries among people aged 60 years and above is 43%, compared with 30% in higher income countries (WHO 2011).

All too often, disasters (whether slow or rapid onset) result in avoidable and disproportionate loss of life and impoverishment among older people, including older people with disability whose vulnerabilities and capacities are overlooked, even though they have the same rights as other age groups to protection from physical and psychological harm.

One of the ways in which vulnerabilities of older people can be reduced is by improving access to services through provision of age-assistive devices. However, there are only anecdotal examples were distribution of assistive devices is considered for older people as a vulnerability reduction or disaster recovery measure.

In HelpAge experience, provision of appropriate mobility aids and assistive devices was found to have a phenomenal impact of removing the physical barriers faced by older people with disabilities, better inclusion in their communities and access to humanitarian and other protection services.

To better understand the need and ways in which distribution of age appropriate assistive devices should be considered for DRR and humanitarian response, HelpAge through this TOR wants to conduct a study on distribution of age-assistive devices as a vulnerability reduction and resilience building measure.

The study will guide HelpAge on considering this as a humanitarian intervention and will also support our advocacy efforts on inclusive DRM and humanitarian response.

The purpose of the proposed study is to:

  • Recognize the importance of assistive devices[2] across the life course (including the impact on loss of assistive device on them during an emergency) and identify way to better understand the 4’A’s (availability, affordability, accessibility and availability)

  • Review tools for assessing need for assistive aids both for disaster preparedness and response

  • Identify best practices in assessing, training and distribution of age-assistive devices for disaster preparedness and response

  • Identify key advocacy messages and examples for inclusion of age appropriate assistive devices for disaster preparedness and response.

Scope of work

The study will be conducted on approaches and practices related to gender sensitive disability and age-inclusive data collection analysis and its uses in informing humanitarian and DRR programmes; documentation of lessons learnt and best practices about provision of appropriate devices for older people and people with disability during humanitarian preparedness and response based on the existing information available from humanitarian actors including HelpAge and its network, consortium partners, donors, UN Agencies, Government departments (responsible for Disaster preparedness and responses).

Some initial ideas on what this research could focus on include:

  • Review the evidence of gender sensitive age and disability inclusive data collection in disaster risk management and humanitarian response.

  • Review the challenges and barriers faced by older people and people with disability that affect their participation in DRR and humanitarian action

  • Carry out a rapid review of DRR and humanitarian standards and tools for identification and assessment of disability across the life course which address inclusion

  • How gender sensitive disability-inclusiveness can be addressed and measured for humanitarian preparedness and response activities

  • Carry out surveys to identify the 4 A’s to better understand the impact of assistive devices in a DRR and humanitarian response - availability, affordability, accessibility and availability

  • Survey how communities understand and provide direction of the use of assistive aids as a vulnerability reduction and resilience building measure.

  • Identify staff in DRR and Humanitarian action who are experienced in the assessment , training and supporting people to use assistive devices .. look at gaps in skills – eg PT, OT technicians

The study will primarily be a desktop work including remote interviews/ online surveys / use of existing HelpAge offices staff / partners /networks knowledge and experiences with innovative tools.

Countries for Assessment

  • Nepal

  • Bangladesh

  • Pakistan

  • India

  • Myanmar

Key deliverable

The output for the study will be:

  • Inception report detailing study methodology and process

  • Evidence of research conducted with detailed findings

  • A draft report providing a) review of opportunities and barriers for understanding disabilities amongst older people, b) tools and standards for identification of disability, c) evidence of vulnerability reduction through provision of age appropriate assistive devices, d) how to ensure that age-assistive devices are appropriate, and e) advocacy messages and examples for inclusion of age-assistive devices for disaster preparedness and response

  • Final agreed report with tables, graphics, photographs, annexes, and references


The study is proposed to start in June, 2019 and should be finished within 3 months time.

Request for Proposal.

The proposal should contain:

  • A letter suggesting how the consultant/s are suitable for the study,

  • CV/CVs of the consultants (not more than 3- A4 size page CV),

  • Proposed methodology and output (max 2 pages)

  • Detailed budget in USD

Shortlisting criteria are:

  • The consultant should have successful track record of working on DRM, ageing, disability with a strong focus on working with assistive devices.

  • Preferably, the consultant/s should have experience in research work, preferably on, preparedness and/or emergency response projects in the region.

  • The consultant should have proven expertise of documentation and organizational capacity assessment and/or advocacy

  • The consultant should have good moderation and communication skills

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