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- CV with at least three references;
- Technical proposal (to showcase requested experience and competencies); and
- Financial proposal as in the attached template.
no later than 8 August 2020 at 18:00 HRS. (Jordan time) with subject " Senior consultant to support in the 3RP Inter-Agency Resilience Coordination".
Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to the address or e-mail indicated above. UNDP Jordan] will respond in writing or by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants.
The impact of the Syria crisis on Jordan is unprecedented in the history of complex, refugee-driven emergencies. Nine years into Syria crisis, Jordan still serves as a leading model in responding to Syria crisis, through Jordan’s unwavering support and generosity by hosting 1.3 million Syrian refugees and meeting their humanitarian and resilience needs.
The crisis is not only challenging the country’s existing social and economic infrastructure, it also brings to Jordan a new set of disparities, cleavages and tensions that threaten to undermine the Kingdom’s delicate social and political fabric.
With the protracted nature of the crisis, refugees as well as vulnerable host communities are living in poverty, accumulating debt and making tough choices to reduce costs, with negative consequences for quality of shelter, access to health, clean water and education opportunities. Even before the crisis, social services, infrastructure and livelihood opportunities were inadequate. Now, increased refugee populations are putting enormous pressure on water, sanitation, education and health care systems, with critical consequences for Jordan’s natural and environmental resources.
Jordan is host to 1.3 million Syrians, of which 650,000 are registered with UNHCR, making it the second largest per capita refugee hosting country in the world. While Jordan is not a signatory to the 1951 Convention, it still warrants a favourable protection environment for Syrian refugees conducive to safeguarding key fundamental human rights through national frameworks. Jordan actively supports and implements global mechanisms in place for responding to the Syria crisis, while also adhering to the principles and priorities outlined in the 2030 Agenda, the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and the World Humanitarian Summit.
The Government of Jordan continues to lead the response to the Syria crisis through the Jordan Response Plan (JRP), a robust framework that brings together key stakeholders from the Government, Donors, UN Agencies, I/NGOs and Civil Society. The Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), provides the framework for the JRP to build upon the Refugee and Resilience pillars using a sectoral approach. The Government of Jordan, in collaboration with UN Agencies, Donors and other members of the humanitarian and development communities, redesigned the JRP by harmonizing sectors and introducing cross-cutting themes, such as Protection, Resilience, Gender-Age and Environment. Furthermore, the new JRP 2020-2022 is aligned with the SDGs as well as the areas in need of support outlined in the GCR, which calls for more predictable and equitable responsibility-sharing, recognizing that a sustainable solution to refugee situations cannot be achieved without international cooperation.
The new JRP foresees a more integrated approach in building resilience across all sectors, focusing on bolstering national capacities and the resilience of national systems to reach vulnerable groups - addressing both acute and chronic needs of vulnerable refugee and host communities alike. The approach is intended to strengthen the Humanitarian-Development 'nexus', including through further localization and ‘leaving no-one behind’.
Another major new development, endorsed by the Government, is the gradual implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Vulnerability Assessment (JCVA), which further reinforces the needs-based approach, in order to identify and address the needs of the most vulnerable populations residing in Jordan regardless of legal status.
The response in Jordan continues to be supported by the Inter-Agency Appeal and makes perennial progress towards the realization of the eight strategic directions of the regional response. The outcomes realized by the sectorial response show success in various ways: 1) strengthening the national protection systems through targeted capacity development interventions to ensure that services are in line with global protection standards and foster social cohesion; 2) the implementation of the Education Strategic Plan whereby refugees have access to the formal initial steps towards refugee self-reliance under the Livelihoods sector which, through the issuance of work permits and the right to establish home based businesses, allows access to formal economic opportunities in Jordan; 4) the MoH announced the rollback to the subsidized non-insured Jordanian rate for Syrian refugees as a result of the joint advocacy by the Health Sector, UN Agencies and Donors and 5) digital financial inclusion through the provision of a customized platform for cash transfers to refugee owned mobile wallets. Syrian refugees are likely to remain in Jordan for the foreseeable future; thus it is vital that the International Community continues to support host countries like Jordan, who in turn continues to extend its generosity to refugees while fostering its own development momentum.
UNDP’s role has evolved in parallel, with UNHCR leading on the refugee dimension of the response, UNDP leads on Resilience, under the overall umbrella of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Response Plan (3RP) for the Syria crisis. In addition to this overall leadership role, UNDP is also (co-)leading three of the eight sectors of the response, the Public Services (comprising of 4 sub-sectors: Local Governance and Municipal Services, Transportation, Energy, and Environment), Economic Empowerment, Protection and Justice Sector, while UNDP programmes are providing crucial contribution to Jordan’s Resilience by supporting host communities in the areas of inclusive livelihoods, basic infrastructure and environmental, public services provision and social cohesion.
The Covid-19 pandemic and its socio-economic impact are evolving rapidly, with the impact of the crisis not only driven and shaped by the repercussions of the spread of the virus on the broader economy in Jordan and elsewhere but also the nature of the government response in terms of movement restrictions and other emergency measures being imposed on communities, businesses and other national systems. As such, all measures decreed by the authorities to prevent the spread of infections also apply to all including refugees and, are expected to affect livelihoods and well-being, especially for most vulnerable people, women and people with disabilities.
The overall economy will be hard hit, not least due to changes in supply and demand in the markets. Jordan, which has been facing increasing pressures on an already weakened economy, strained infrastructure, limited natural resources, and public services, is expected to witness extraordinary social and economic implications for people and businesses across key sectors, because of the COVID-19 crisis.
While refugees in Jordan are included in the national response, the socio-economic impact precipitated by movement restriction was found to put refugees and host communities under increased stress deteriorating their already precarious conditions and vulnerabilities. The add-on COVID-19 appeal/plan targets the Syrian refugees and vulnerable host communities, while also covering refugees, asylum-seekers and other vulnerable groups of many nationalities in Jordan. Most refugees live in urban areas, largely below the poverty line, across all Governorates of Jordan. Multi- sectoral support is not provided at that same level as those in camps, leaving non camp-based refugees additionally vulnerable.
In correspondence with the UNCT’s 3-tier approach, the UNDP Jordan will be expected to lead-facilitate the critical Resilience support in alignment with JRP/ 3RP prioritized activities identified per sector (Tier 2 = JRP/ 3RP Response in relation to COVID-19) and, with the overarching objective to support the Health Response, mitigate the socio-economic impact of COVID-19, and safeguard the progress made on the SDGs and resilience building in support of refugees and host communities under the 3RP mechanism.
Moving forward, UNDP will take a key role in shaping the future of the JRP/ 3RP response and leading dialogue with development actors to ensure coherence and complementarity of approaches in aid coordination and programming towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. All individuals including persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with strictest confidence and equally.
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