UNHCR Representation in Armenia

TITLE:  National Consultant

OPEN TO/ ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:  Individuals only

START DATE/ TIME:  12 October 2017

DURATION:  30 working days

LOCATION:  Yerevan, Armenia

JOB DESCRIPTION:  UNHCR Armenia Representation seeks a National Consultant to conduct a market assessment to help the operation in determining:
- The appropriateness of the cash delivery mechanism (CDM) for provision of UNHCR assistance in Armenia as opposed to other mechanisms such as vouchers or in-kind assistance;
- The most appropriate response and delivery modality for its Cash-based Interventions;
- The baseline market value for the core goods covered by CBIs.
The results of the market assessment will become a basis for UNHCR Armenia Operation's cash-based interventions in 2018-19. When necessary, the consultant is expected to work in close cooperation with the international livelihoods consultant hired by the UNHCR regional office.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:  Based on consultative and field-based approach, and in accordance with UNHCR's appropriate guidelines, toolkits, and SOPs, the National Consultant will conduct a market assessment to achieve the following specific objectives:
- Collect all relevant pre-assessment information to design the methodology of the market assessment, including specificities of the target populations, CBI interventions, geographic marketplaces, and other relevant context information;
- Based on initial input from UNHCR, its partners and key stakeholders, conduct identification/ mapping of the core goods and their specifications as per target UNHCR Armenia CBI interventions. The indicative list of core goods can be found as Annex 1 in the below attached file ToR;
- Conduct comparative analysis of cash vs. non-cash assistance delivery mechanisms and assess the appropriateness of the cash delivery mechanism for each intervention/ core goods;
- Conduct data collection on the market availability of the core goods, their seasonal variations in supply, demand and price, and the access of the target population (physically and socially) to markets to purchase those core goods;
- Using the data collected from previous steps, determine supply chain capacity to meet core good needs as per CBI interventions and marketplaces;
- Consolidate and analyse risk information collected through the market assessment, including risks associated with the supply chain ability to meet demand, protection risks, and risks connected to the wider market environment and infrastructure;
- Based on the information collected, define the CBI transfer value for core goods and targeted populations;
- Determine the cost of delivering cash assistance to the beneficiaries as per UNHCR CBI interventions;
- Develop a final market assessment report with summary statements for all core good supply chains.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
- Completed advanced university degree in Economics, Sociology, Socio-Economic Development, Marketing, Development Planning, Financial Management or other related field. A relevant university degree in combination with a qualifying experience in the sector may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
- At least 10 years of professional experience in market assessments and research;
- Proven experience in conducting assessments, research and preparing analytical reports;
- Experience in working with internal and national NGOs, UN agencies and government authorities at national level;
- Excellent writing, communication and negotiation skills; ability to prepare clear and concise reports;
- Excellent analytical skills;
- Excellent knowledge of English and Armenian languages; knowledge of Russian language is an asset.

REMUNERATION/ SALARY:  In accordance with UN rules and scale for Armenia.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:  Interested candidates should send their CV and motivation letter with clear indication of their financial offer and implementation timetable to: sargsynv@unhcr.org .
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OPENING DATE:  13 September 2017

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  28 September 2017

ABOUT COMPANY:  The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a humanitarian and non-political organization mandated by the United Nations to protect refugees and help them find lasting solutions to their problems. UNHCR's activities are based on a framework of international refugee law and standards that include the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol, as well as an array of international and regional treaties on human rights and humanitarian law.
The core mandate of UNHCR is the international protection of refugees. The provision of international protection by UNHCR implies ensuring the basic human rights of refugees in their countries of asylum and that refugees will not be returned involuntarily to a country where they could face persecution. Longer term, the organisation helps refugees find appropriate durable solutions to their plight, by repatriating voluntarily to their homeland, integrating in countries of asylum or resettling in third countries.
UNHCR has presence in the Republic of Armenia since 1992, under a co-operation agreement signed with the Government. UNHCR's work in Armenia presently concentrates on capacity-building activities geared towards strengthening national authorities, laws and policies to ensure the proper handling of refugee and asylum issues, the reception and care of refugees, the promotion of self-reliance of refugees and the realization of durable solutions. These are carried out in combination with other activities such as advocacy, information dissemination and monitoring.

ABOUT:  Although according to the Law on Refugees and Asylum Seekers, refugees and asylum-seekers in Armenia are entitled to the same rights as nationals in terms of access to social and health care services, neither the Government of Armenia, nor local non-governmental organizations have sufficient capacity to properly address those outstanding issues of PoCs. Refugees, as many others among local population, are influenced by the shortcomings of the social protection system, however their vulnerable situation is aggravated due to the absence of a broader family based fall-back support systems on which most of the local population can rely.
UNHCR Armenia aims to fill the gap between entitled and actual state benefits of its persons of concern by offering a broad range of services and assistance and paying special attention to the most vulnerable. UNHCR's interventions include social services, care services, housing, medical assistance, legal assistance and representation in courts, support of income generation activities, vocational education, soft skills and career coaching, and other assistance provided to persons of concerns to meet their basic needs and to facilitate their socio-economic integration in the Armenia society.
UNHCR's interventions include both cash and non-cash assistance. Cash-based Interventions (CBIs) are aimed to cover specific basic needs of most vulnerable persons of concern, and, in cases of extreme vulnerability and inability to access income, regular monthly cash assistance to cover shelter needs or, in exceptional cases, other acute or vital needs. In 2017, the CBI interventions (may) include:
- Assistance to access adequate housing;
- Payments to address winter-specific needs;
- One-time assistance serving durable solutions (e.g. voluntary repatriation, resettlement, relocation to a private housing or to a social housing provided by operational partners);
- Other one-time or multiple-time assistance addressing specific needs and;
- Integration conditional cash grant.
All CBIs are managed in-line with UNHCR Armenia CBI Standard Operating Procedures.

ATTACHMENTS:

  1. ToR - Terms of Reference.zip (191K)

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