Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Livelihoods & Food Security Consultant

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Job Description

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. NRC works in crises in more than 30 countries, to help save lives and rebuild futures. NRC re-established its presence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 2009 working to ensure that Palestinians affected by the Occupation have access to assistance and protection. As part of this objective, NRC contributes to the prevention of violations of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law, in particular violations related to the displacement of Palestinians. Across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, NRC runs programmes on Youth and Education, and ICLA (Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance). In Gaza it is also operating Shelter, WASH and UDOC (Urban Displacements Out of Camps) programmes. The NRC Palestine strategy for 2020 committed to exploring Livelihoods-focused programming as either a stand-alone Core Competency or a more integrated activity with, for example, ICLA on access to land, or Education on youth skilling and employability. This effort is in recognition of the need to develop solutions that are more sustainable for communities at risk in Gaza and the West Bank - increasingly important and relevant in a post-Covid-19 context where the economic impact is already being felt. The Scope of Work (SoW) of the assignment can be found below. The consultancy would ideally require travel to Palestine, but possibility of remote work can be discussed (considering Covid-19 pandemic restrictions and travel possibilities), for 60 working days, over a period 12 weeks maximum, starting in August 2020. Major tasks and responsibilities The Consultancy has the freedom to determine the precise tasks required to complete the deliverables and achieve the Objectives. However, the Consultancy will be at minimum expected to: · Carry out a comprehensive literature review (including assessments) of products carried out by LFS actors in Gaza and the West Bank, UN agencies and NRC’s own efforts linked to LFS. · Develop a clear Mapping of actors (non-governmental and governmental) to better understand key stakeholders in the sector. · Carry out key informant interviews within the sector including but not limited to the FSS Cluster and its members, and other relevant agencies. · If needed or if information gaps are identified, Design and conduct a field assessment, within a scope based on results and feedback from the desk review and KIIs above, to complement existing evidence and fill gaps in knowledge, while staying true to NRC’s global areas of LFS interest and expertise. · Adapt NRC tools, or create new ones, to carry out the required assessment. · Ensure the final output on the strategy and TOC are aligned to findings from the desk reviews and/or field assessments as well as within NRC Global programmatic TOC and relevant regional and global strategies. · Collaboratively discuss the outline for the Concept Note and Proposal with key NRC staff within the Country Programme (Grants, Programme Managers and Coordinators and LFS focal points in the Regional Office) to ensure alignment with NRC priorities in country as well as with potential donor expectations. · Draft the Concept Note and Proposal including detailed budget on NRC templates and programmatic design outlines finalized under activity 2a) which can then be used by the country office for future Fundraising. 3. Institutional and organisational arrangements Duties of the consultant · Complete the deliverables in a timely manner. · Ensure the main interlocutors are consulted during the implementation of each of the activities and during drafting of deliverables. · Inform the Head of Programmes in a timely manner, in case of difficulties and potential delays, proactively providing solutions and mitigation measures as necessary. · Make clear any expectations on resource requirements, especially for activity 1a) which may require NRC staff time for filed visits and beneficiary contact. · Written work should be submitted in NRC templates in Microsoft Word format, in UK English. Graphs or other graphical devices should be editable (i.e. not pictures). All references must be cited according to convention, and detailed in a bibliography, using the Harvard system as set out in the UNESCO Style Manual. All verbatim quotations must appear in quotation marks, and must not be of excessive length. · Budget under deliverable 3a)ii and data collected under the assessment must be submitted in Microsoft Excel. · NRC will own the intellectual property rights to all materials submitted by the Consultancy under the contract. The Consultancy must therefore ensure that they have possession of any materials provided to NRC as a part of the deliverable. The rights to reproduce the reports will fall to NRC and its contracted agents. NRC will be free to reproduce the materials at will and to grant reproduction rights. · Everything submitted to NRC must be the original work of the Consultancy. Any plagiarism in any form, or any other breach of intellectual property rights, will automatically disqualify the Consultancy from receiving any further payments under the contract by NRC, and NRC will seek to recover any payments already made. · The consultant will follow Ethical Research Involving Children guidance on the ethical participation of children. In addition, all participants in any study or other interaction will be fully informed about the nature and purpose of the interaction and their requested involvement. Informed consent must be obtained for any photographs, audio or video recordings, etc., in accordance with NRC’s policy on consent. Duties of NRC · NRC will support the Consultancy with any required applications and acquisitions of visas or permits for entering and staying in Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories (West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza), if possible given restrictions in place. · NRC will be responsible for any transportation within Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories (West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza). · NRC will provide accommodation in NRC Guest Houses in East Jerusalem and Gaza, as required. · NRC will ensure that the Consultancy is provided with all the necessary templates, examples and tools. However, personal equipment such as laptop and mobile phone will not be provided. · NRC will facilitate access to relevant documents needed for the completion of deliverables, such as for the desk review. · NRC will facilitate contact with existing networks, key informants, forums and relevant agencies. 1. KEY COMPETENCIES DESIRED · At least 5 years of experience in similar positions/experience (livelihoods programme management, field-experience, technical supervisory role) including a variety of livelihoods programming and modalities. · Plus 2-3 years of technical experience in developing technical sector strategies, evaluations, assessments and support to programming. · University degree (or comparable work experience) in a relevant field (ex. Humanitarian assistance, Food Security, economics, development, or related subject). · Strong preference for an in-depth and nuanced knowledge of the context in Palestine, including serious violations of international law that drive humanitarian needs. · 2-3 years of experience in developing strategies for programmes in transition from humanitarian to longer-term development would be a plus. · Excellent critical thinking, thrives on strategizing solutions in the face of complex challenges. · Languages: fluent in English, with superb English writing skills. · Preferably, familiar with NRC’s Theory of Change and Strategy, as well as international trends regarding livelihoods. · A demonstrated interest in innovative solutions, integrating Environmental Protection /Climate Change is an added-value. · Proactive initiative-taker and need for minimal supervision. Outstanding personal attitude: especially sense of responsibility, concern for quality, result orientation; integrity, commitment, respect for diversity.
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