Following the recent escalation of the decades-long conflict in the region, the Government of the Republic of Armenia reported that between 24 September and 4 October 2023, 100,632 refugees, including 30,000 children, arrived in the country. An average of 15,000 people arrived per day, with a peak of 40,000 refugees entering the country on 27 September 2023. So far, the Government has registered over 101,000 refugees in government-run registration centres. Overall, the number of refugees constitutes almost 3 per cent of the entire Armenian population, i.e., 1 in 30 people, which adds to the 36,000 refugees, asylum-seekers and stateless people of all nationalities who were already present in the country. According to the latest available data from the Government of the Republic of Armenia, many of the new arrivals are vulnerable, including older people, women and children, pregnant women, people living with disabilities and people chronic health conditions, as well as new-borns. 52 per cent are women and girls, 31 percent are children and 18 percent are older persons. About half of the refugee population are from the countryside.
Background HEKS-EPER South Caucasus responded to the crisis immediately upon the influx of the forcibly displaced people to Armenia. Financial support has been allocated to the Syunik NGO to organize a shelter for the forcibly displaced people in Yeghegnadzor and to the Armenian Round Table to provide one-time cash assistance to the most vulnerable groups of people in Gegharkunik Marz. The shelter has a capacity of providing roof, food, hygiene, medical and phyco-social support to about 230 people. Families with children are provided with access to schools nearby. The cash distribution is foreseen for 3+ children, women led, adults only households. Duration of the project is 3 months (Otcober 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023)
Objective The objective of the assignment is to conduct a needs assessment defining and analyzing the needs of the target groups, the stakeholders involved, the activities planned, the prerequisites necessary for a successful project implementation, ways forward and the potential risks to the action. The purpose of the assignment is to build a comprehensive picture of social needs of the forcibly displaced people and host communities, as well as to identify opportunities for their future development. The result of this identification will be compiled into a needs assessment report. The data collection will be carried out Vayots Dzor and Gegharkunik marzes through secondary data review, Key Informant Interviews (KII), survey with community members, and other engaged individuals and institutions.
Methodology - Desk review: to conduct a desk review of the available materials on the related subject including but not limited to project proposal, budget, project reports. - Key Informant Interviews: to assess problems, barriers and opportunities associated with the provision of shelter and cash assistance - Survey with community members: to conduct a semi-structured survey with the community member on the social cohesion issues - Assessment of economic and social infrastructure: to assess the capacities, strengths, weaknesses of economic and social systems to provide quality social services in the short run and suggest economic and social opportunities and the long run.
Timeframe The Assignment should be finalized by December 15, 2023.
Deliverables - Inception report by end November 2023; - Methodology and tools for data collection; - Final report of the assessment with recommendations.
Qualifications Postgraduate degree in development studies, social and/or political sciences and at least 5 years of professional experience in the relevant field is required. Proven experience in performing needs assessment in humanitarian and development context is required.
Technical competencies and experience - A good knowledge of the local context; - Proficiency/ experience in qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis, including participatory data collection; - Fluency in Armenian and English languages.
Interested candidates should submit the following documents in English: a) Technical proposal (max. 3 pages) outlining their motivation for the application, the methodological approach on how to conduct the assignment, and the resources required; b) Financial proposal outlining all costs incl. e.g. transport, additional data collection staff (if required) and a work plan; c) CV. Applications should be sent in electronic format only to: email@example.com no later than November 24, 2023.
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