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International Consultant to conduct a Mid-term Evaluation for the Programme - Mitigating the Impact of Syrian Refugee Crisis through Support to Host Communities

UNDP Country Office - JORDAN | Published September 22, 2016  -  Deadline October 30, 2016
To apply, kindly read the procurement notice, attach the following documents and submit through the following email: CV and at least 3 references;2. Technical proposal (proposed methodology describing the actions to be taken for successfully completing the assignment);3. Financial proposal.No later than 30 October 2016.Considered as the world’s most harmful humanitarian disaster with its continuous spillover effect to neighbouring countries, the war in Syria is a protracted and serious crisis, while peace dos not appear close to achieve. This violent war is also considered as a serious challenge in the face of development in the region, including Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey. Today, large territories in the region are controlled by radical militias, where population fabrics and demographics have changed with little hope to recover, which all resulted into large movements of displaced people and refugees searching for safe havens around a war-torn Syria. Refugees fled Syria are mostly living in urban settings in neighbouring countries, and often in already-over-populated areas with high level of society tension, poverty and unemployment.Jordan has been particularly affected by the influx of refugees from Syria, exacerbating existing vulnerabilities within the country. UNHCR-Jordan has registered more than 630,000 Syrians, of which approximately 15 per cent of Syrian refugees reside in refugee camps, while the remaining live in host communities. The latest national census in 2016 indicates that out of Jordan’s total population of 9.5 million, the number of Jordanians is around 6.6 million, while the number of non-Jordanians who reside in the country is around 2.9 million, representing 30.6 per cent of overall population. Of the total non-Jordanian population, 1.265 million are Syrians, followed by Egyptians, totalling 636,270 representing 6.68 per cent of the population and Palestinians who do not have national ID numbers with 634,182 representing 6.65 per cent of the population. On the distribution of Syrians living in Jordan, 435,578 Syrians live in Amman, 343,479 in Irbid, 207,903 in Mafraq, 175,280 in Zarqa and the rest are distributed across the country’s other governorates.The present situation places a clearly heavy burden on local host communities, exacerbating existing vulnerabilities, national resources and the governmental and sub-national budgets. As Syrian refugees are granted access to basic public services, the pressure on water and electricity supply, education, health, sanitation and solid waste management as well as the scarce employment opportunities, has drastically increased where refugees have settled. As the war in Syria has become a protracted crisis, and due to decreasing aid resources to support refugees, the international community and the Government of Jordan are now looking at innovative ways to help refugees sustain their livelihoods without jeopardizing the labor market for Jordanians.The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the lead development agency in the UN system and the lead on the resilience axis within the JRP and 3RP, and all engagements proposed in the context of this programme complement UNDP ongoing work in countries across many Arab States. UNDP enjoys International recognition for successful initiatives on stabilization and livelihoods creation programmes. UNDP also leads the UN development agencies in the preparation of the Resilience Chapters of the Jordan Response Plan. Through its work in Jordan over the past three years on host communities’ concerns, UNDP fostered a substantive network of partnerships with all stakeholders at the national, sub-national and local levels, with government and non-governmental authorities.In Jordan, since 2013, UNDP has been leading a significant programme to support Jordanian host communities mitigate the impact of the Syria refugee crisis on the country (Programme Title: “Mitigating the Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis through Support to Host Communities”), through leveraging the absorption capacity of public services and improving the standards of living for local communities and enhancing social cohesion. The programme has grown over the last few years to become a multi-donor multi-UN platform for support to host communities through several pillars, namely:Employment opportunities created and economic recovery initiatives developed geared towards improvement of livelihoods and basic social services delivery.Improved delivery of municipal and social services.Strengthened trust-ship between stakeholders through conflict transformation, social cohesion, and rapid response mechanismsCommunity Security and Access to Justice strengthened.Technical support for the government in effective aid coordination in response to Syrian Crisis.Support to Counter-terrorism, Counter violent extremism and enhance stabilization.Thus far, the programme has arrived at the significant achievements including the following:Emergency Employment project has resulted in creating emergency employment opportunities for around 1500 men and women in 12 municipalities in the Governorates of Mafraq and Zarqa, where the beneficiaries rehabilitated key socio-economic infrastructures. It increased the income of beneficiaries’ households by almost 54 percent. Around 50 percent of the participants in the cash for work phase (Phase I) further moved to the establishment of microbusinesses (Phase II), for whom UNDP continues to provide support to ensure the sustainability of the supported businesses.Skills exchange project has been launched in 2016, currently targeting a total of 750 beneficiaries (500 Jordanians and 250 Syrians, 50 % women) in the Governorate of Mafraq and Irbid.Entrepreneurship development project in partnership with a micro-venture fund provided 329 Jordanians (women: 40 percent) in the Governorates of Mafraq, Irbid and Ramtha with entrepreneurship training, and 80 of them were supported with microbusiness start-up in partnership.A total of 525 Jordanians (women: 61 percent) were provided with demand-driven vocational training in the sectors of HVAC, retail, sewing, mechanics, and hospitality, 80 percent of them moved to the on-the-job training opportunities, and 65 percent were employed.Local Development Units of all the 36 municipalities of the Governorates of Mafraq and Irbid capacitated to conduct community outreach, identify and prioritize the community needs, and plan and implement local development projects.The Conflict Development Analysis to identify the root causes of conflicts and instabilities in host communities conducted in the five Governorates of Mafraq, Irbid, Zarqa, Ma’an and Tafileh, and a Community Cohesion Grant Mechanism has been established to fund 130 CBOs to implement quick interventions and projects at high tension areas.Mapping of Resources and Risks of municipalities conducted in 16 municipalities in the Governorates of Mafraq , Irbid, Zarqa,Ajloun Jerash,and Amman.The largest landfill in the northern of Jordan (Al-Akeider Landfill) is being rehabilitated together with transfer stations, and coupled with waste livelihoods such as composting and waste bank development and promotion of welfare of waste pickers.Partnering with the government on developing the national strategy for preventing violent extremismAgreements are conducted with several relevant institutions to work on counter narrative to prevent violent extremism and implementing different programmes targeting youth in the area of countering and preventing violent extremismThe program objectives are:The overall goal of the programme is to contribute to sustaining social and economic stability, and to safeguard the hard won human development gains of Jordanians.The immediate objective of the programme is to respond to urgent needs of crisis-affected Jordanian host communities, and thus supporting Jordanian host communities to increase their absorption capacity, while contributing to preserving the humanitarian protection space for the Syrian refugees, and mitigating any possible tensions between Syrian refugees and hosting communities.Technical and financial proposals along with CV & 3 references should be submitted, and without such will not be considered). (Only Short Listed Candidates will be contacted)UNDP is an employer committed to gender equity and to providing equal opportunities to both males and females
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