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Support the establishment of startups and micro entrepreneurial initiatives within the framework of the project “Enhancing Self-Reliance and Inclusion Prospect for Displaced-Affected Communities (Vulnerable Iraqi and Host Communities
Procurement Process :IC - Individual contractor
Office :UNDP Country Office - JORDAN
Deadline :07-Aug-21
Posted on :19-Jul-21
Development Area :CONSULTANTS  CONSULTANTS
Reference Number :80967
Link to Atlas Project :
00064437 - Development Effectivness
Documents :
Terms of reference
Letter of interest - financial template
Personal History Form
Terms and conditions of IC
procurement notice
Overview :

To apply, kindly read the procurement notice, attach the following documents and submit through the following email:  ic.jo@undp.org

  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 7 Aaugust 2021 with subject: “ Individual National Consultant to support the establishment of startups and micro entrepreneurial initiatives within the framework of the project “Enhancing Self-Reliance and Inclusion Prospect for Displaced-Affected Communities (Vulnerable Iraqi and Host Communities)".

Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to the address or e-mail indicated above. The procuring UNDP entity 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.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aim at improving and building resilience of the lives and livelihoods of people around the world. They represent ambitious, yet realistic, targets to end poverty in all forms and dimensions, create enough decent jobs, promote inclusive income generating opportunities and gender equality in labor market participation, among other priority objectives. SDGs also emphasize the concept of “no lost generation” ensuring the inclusion of the most vulnerable, increasing access to basic resources and services, and supporting communities affected by conflict and forced migration. UNDP Jordan applies the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a baseline for this project with a special focus on: SDG 1: No Poverty, SDG 5: Gender Equality, SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities and SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

Inclusive economic growth and resilience continue to be an important thematic area for Jordan’s Country Programme that aims at addressing vulnerabilities at individual, community, local authority and national institutional levels by supporting initiatives that foster a socio-economic inclusive enabling environment for livelihoods and job creation for all, especially among vulnerable Jordanian, Syrian and non-Syrian refugees and migrant, with a particular focus on youth and women in crisis-affected areas.

The project “Enhancing Self-Reliance and Inclusion Prospect for Displaced-Affected Communities (Vulnerable Iraqi and Host Communities)”, is part of a mid to long term strategy to support refugees and host-communities to become self-reliant. The project supports the Greater Amman Municipality in implementing Amman Resilience Strategy that consists on the economic inclusion of refugees and inclusive socio-economic resilience building, by strengthening operationalization of the Humanitarian-Development-Peace (HDP) Nexus and linking human security with social cohesion. Iraqi refugees and migrants are largely excluded from the economic and income generating opportunities and hence they feel deprived and isolated from the community as whole.

The overall goal of this project is to support the stabilization and resilience-building of Jordanian and displacement affected Iraqi communities through a comprehensive approach that tackles identified root causes of poverty, employment and socio-economic exclusion. 

In particular, this project supports the most vulnerable and marginalized women and young people in downtown Amman and surrounding neighborhoods through facilitating access to sustainable livelihoods and inclusive participation opportunities; promotes collaboration between community members, local government and civil society organizations through empowering and building economically resilient communities; and promotes self-employment opportunities and community led solutions through providing women and men with the knowledge and tools to become active members in the development of their communities.

The project is embraces two inter-linked components as follows:

1) Community organizing, advocacy and psychosocial support coupled with urban renovation activities to advocate for the needs of the community, trigger social cohesion and enhance the local economy;

2) Support to viable and sustainable livelihood pathways for Iraqi refugees and migrants as well as vulnerable local communities through two approaches: a) vocational education training and apprenticeship/on the job training b) entrepreneurship and start-up support.

The project is implemented in three specific areas identified during the project inception phase:

1.Al Madina district (focusing on Down-Town and Al Hashimi Al Shamali areas);

2. Al Yarmouk District (focusing on Asharafieh and Al Misdar areas);

3. Jabal Amman and Jabal al Webdeh.

The object of this call is to implement the entrepreneurship and start-up support component in order to enable viable and sustainable livelihood pathways (approach b).

UNDP has conducted a rapid “Labour and Self Employment Market Assessment” to identify the most viable market sectors and entry points for employment and freelancing opportunities for Iraqi and vulnerable Jordanian communities. The results and recommendations of the assessment will inform the implementation of the second component of the project.

The assessment has highlighted the following relevant points:

  • Due to the challenging legal status of Iraqis in Jordan, it is recommended to support home-based businesses or self-employment livelihoods pathways.
  • Due to the temporary nature of their stay for many (ongoing administrative process for resettlement or immigration to another country), it is recommended to support them in acquiring transferrable skills (especially English and digital literacy) and, for people with secondary education and below, strengthening the employability and skill sets in support employment opportunities in the receiving countries (e.g. handmade craft, construction, food preparation, hospitality). The segment of population who achieved secondary education and above could benefit from ICT related professions such as coding, e-marketing, etc.
  • Both Iraqi and Jordanians in the targeted areas, with secondary education and below aspire for employment rather than business creation in areas such as: food production, construction related professions, instalment and maintenance of energy, electrical and mobile devices, hospitality among other (men); wood work, mosaic, sewing, hospitality and food production (women).
  • Beneficiaries from both Iraqi and Jordanian communities, who completed secondary education and above, are found to be well  suited for digital economy and  computer related professions such as programming and coding, e-marketing, social media development, information management, website development, photo shooting, graphic design, 3D modeling, gaming animation, etc.  
  • For both groups it is recommended to build upon their existing assets, skills and professional experience to promote entrepreneurship and the creation of startup projects.

The results of this assessment will be made available to the selected individual consultant, for additional information and reference. Another assessment is underway for assessment of digital skills in demand and will be shared with the selected individual consultant in due course.

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)

UNDP is an employer committed to gender equity and to providing equal opportunities to both males and females.