Consultant - Alternatives to Displacement Sites in NE Syria - Remote and NE Syria
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The displaced population in northeast (NES) Syria faces major challenges that, in no small part, is due to a lack of credible shelter options. Without meaningful alternatives available, IDP camps, in which an array of humanitarian services is provided, have become a major pull factor for vulnerable populations in NES.
Of particular concern are the 18,000 IDPs currently residing in Collective Centers (CCs) spread across Hasakah, Raqqa, Tabqa, Tal Tamr, Darbasiye, Deir ez-Zor, and other locations. There are also 116,000 individuals living in informal settlements in Raqqa, Menbij, Hasakah, Deir ez-Zor, and elsewhere. Conditions in these locations are poor given significant overcrowding, poor infrastructure conditions, and lack of basic services. Moreover, the majority of the buildings hosting CCs are inadequate shelters for IDPs as they are poorly equipped and are closed down schools and other public buildings, which further hinders access to education and other services for the local population.
Purpose / Project Description:
Credible options and alternatives to CCs and informal settlements remain elusive. Shelter partners have explored identifying and rehabilitating alternative shelters, but there remains an array of challenges to this approach, including limited availability of public or private housing options, donor restrictions on the level of construction support permitted, limited duration of potential rent-free periods for tenants, reinforcement of MOUs with private owners, other housing, land and property (HLP) rights considerations, and limited livelihood opportunities for IDPs amid deteriorating broader economic conditions.
If credible alternatives can be established, there will also be practical challenges to ensuring movement of IDPs from CCs and informal settlements to alternatives will occur in a safe, voluntary, and dignified manner.
Without feasible alternatives, local authorities have undertaken efforts to empty CCs and informal settlements. In some cases, this has entailed relocating households to camps that are either at or beyond capacity. Humanitarian partners are already by-and-large unable to support infrastructure gaps for new camp expansions. Likewise, camp services will likely face gaps and reductions in services as well if new arrivals continue. In other cases, local authorities have evicted IDPs from CCs when they are not considered to be sufficiently vulnerable.Considering these challenges and risks, and the consequences for failure to find alternatives, the NES Forum is launching a consultancy to explore sustainable and practical alternatives for the CC and informal settlement populations in northeast Syria.
Detail the challenges faced by the populations living in Collective Centers and Informal Settlement in Northeast Syria and highlight the consequences for inaction. This will require:
TRAVEL TO NES
The consultant would be expected to finalize the terms of this consultancy remotely 70%, with 30% (minimum) spent inside of northeast Syria.
The Consultant will:
The Consultant will deliver:
- An Interim report to outline progress made and direction taken mid-way through the Consultancy period
- A final report including:
- Summary of the same report in 2-4 pages
- Presentation of findings to the NES Inter-Sector Working Group, the NES Forum and its Steering Committee, Operational NGO Leadership, UN Representatives, Donor Community and Local Authorities
- Presentation that can be used by the NES Forum for future presentations
Timeframe / Schedule:
3-4 months (hard deadline beginning of May 2023)
The Consultant will report to:
A committee composed of the NES Forum Director, NES Forum Inter-Sector Working Group Coordinator, the Shelter/NFI Coordinator, and the Sites and Settlements Coordinator will work closely with the consultant, review outputs, and support provision of inputs needed by Consultant.
The Consultant will work closely with:
NES Forum Secretariat, NES CCCM and other relevant Sectoral Coordinators
Required Experience & Skills:
- 5-10 years of experience in relevant technical field (required)
- In-depth familiarity with the humanitarian operating context of Northeast Syria
- Strong experience and expertise in humanitarian or development assistance generally, and in particular with humanitarian shelter programming
- Strong understanding of Durable Solutions to displacement and legal protection frameworks for displaced individuals
- Strong grasp of foreign policy and international geo-political dynamics
- Knowledge of Arabic is preferred
Applications should include:
- Expression of interest addressing experience and qualifications against the ToR
- Detailed resume / CV
- References (include in the same attachment with your expression of interest)
- Detailed breakdown of budget including all relevant costs including but not limited to travel and transportation, staffing including hourly rates, per diem, etc. (include in same attachment with your expression of interest)
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