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Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) Interventions’ Evaluation 2013-2020
Procurement Process :IC - Individual contractor
Office :UNDP Country Office - JORDAN
Deadline :31-Aug-20
Posted on :18-Aug-20
Reference Number :69099
Link to Atlas Project :
00115191 - Prevention Platform For PVE
Documents :
Terms of reference
Letter of interest - financial template
Terms and conditions of IC
Personal History Form
procurement notice
Overview :

To apply, kindly read the procurement notice, attach the following documents and submit through the following email:

  1.  CV with at least three references;
  2. Technical proposal (to showcase requested experience and competencies); and
  3.  Financial proposal as in  the attached template.

no later than 31 August 2020  with subject " Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) Interventions’ Evaluation 2013-2020 ".

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 spread of violent extremism (VE) constitutes a major concern and challenge for citizens, governments, and the international community. Violent extremist groups directly undermine the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as efforts to maintain peace, foster sustainable development, achieve human security, promote the respect of human rights and the safe delivery of humanitarian aid.

Jordan is among the top five countries of origin for Daesh foreign fighters and is believed to be second globally for foreign fighters per capita. As of March 2016, an estimated 4,000 Jordanian nationals travelled to conflict zones in Syria and Iraq. Furthermore, many Jordanian combatants who fought for terrorist groups have returned, and many more are destined to return. Levels of sectarianism and intolerance are reportedly growing across Jordan, creating an enabling environment for violent extremist groups focusing their recruitment efforts on at-risk individuals.

In this challenging context, interventions must consider approaches that reintegrate and disengage fighters returning from abroad and prevent further domestic radicalization by leveraging all imaginable positive change agents in the Jordanian society. Risks and pressures on Jordanian institutions are mounting. First, Jordanian institutions seem to be challenged by a governance deficit that constrains the effectiveness with which it can address VE threats. The absence of effective political structures and processes to strengthen state-society relations is likely to contribute to a sense of isolation and prevents state institutions from engaging constructively early on to address local grievances. Poor social cohesion within and between communities, and between state institutions and youth could risk becoming a driver for increased frustration and eventually fuel alienation and radicalization. Weak ‘societal fabric’ and the lack of a shared identity are critical enabling factors for violent extremist groups who excel at promulgating and taking advantage of such grievances. The government’s policy on supporting Stabilization, the prevention of violent extremism and Counter-Radicalization in Jordan

Second, as in many other contexts, youth are disproportionally negatively impacted by unemployment, marginalization and a sense of hopelessness. These are grievances that violent extremist groups in many contexts have exploited for recruitment purposes. The Jordanian youth bulge will remain a key challenge for at least the coming two decades and a specific focus on engaging young men and women through constructive and meaningful avenues will therefore continue to be a key priority of the Jordanian government and its partners.

At the individual level, powerful messaging, narratives and imagery via social media networks completes peer relations (family, friends, etc.) in portraying an image of camaraderie, adventure and fulfilment enjoyed by those joining violent extremist groups. Friends and family are nonetheless the key stakeholders in recruitment processes in Jordan as many recruitments to violent extremist groups are based on social ties in Jordan rather than on social media. Further, the promised prospective of reward, retribution, and revenge wrapped in the guise of religious salvation, comprises a “package” that resonates well with vulnerable individuals’ sense of marginalization, hopelessness and subjugation.

Unemployed young men and women in Jordan, who increasingly gravitate towards cities in the search for jobs, have become more vulnerable, in part, as a result of often weakening family cohesion and critical family support due to underemployment, economic insecurity and a social gap that is considered increasingly unjust.

Without a labor market able to accommodate them, many young Jordanians are unable to secure a safe and steady income, leading to frustration, loss of identity and financial vulnerabilities. Drug abuse is also often perceived to be a significant driver of VE. At the community level, a range of formal and informal institutions play critical roles in enhancing or reducing the risk of VE. Religious institutions are particularly important in this context.

Effective Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) interventions are particularly critical. The prevention of VE is not an issue related solely to security measures but necessitates a focus on development-related causes of, and solutions to, the broader phenomenon of VE.

UNDP implemented three interrelated phases of PVE projects that targeted the drivers of VE as understood in the local context.  These interventions directly delivered on SDG 16 which promotes peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development; provides access to justice for all and builds effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

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.

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)

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