NRC, as lead facilitating agency for the West Bank Protection Consortium, seeks a qualified individual or company to conduct a case study of the West Bank Protection Consortium, established in January 2015 .
The West Bank Protection Consortium (hereafter, the ‘Consortium’) was established at the initiative of DG-ECHO and five EU Member States (Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden) in January 2015 to protect Palestinians in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, from individual and mass forcible transfer. The Consortium has brought together five INGO Partners (NRC, as lead agency, ACF, ACTED, GVC and PUI) with complementary field presence and sectorial expertise to develop an integrated programme response capable of addressing the wide range of humanitarian vulnerabilities and protection threats that trigger forcible transfer in the West Bank context. The Consortium’s programming framework (the ‘Integrated Protection Approach’) articulates a suite of responsive, remedial and environment-building interventions. The main results and activities are as follows:
Result 1. Support Community empowerment and mobilization for communities living in an environment in which IHL violations are prevalent e
Result 2. Households and communities at risk of forcible transfer have access to essential services, material assistance, legal aid and emergency support
Result 3. Seeking to promote changes in policies and practices.
B. Purpose of the Case Study and Intended Use
The main purpose of the case study is to describe a successful humanitarian protection programme which articulates a suite of non-structural activities aimed at reducing the risk for and mitigating the impact on individuals or groups of human-generated violence, coercion, deprivation and abuse in the context of a humanitarian crisis, in line with DG-ECHO’s humanitarian protection mandate, and to draw an array of lessons learned and recommendations from this experience in order to inform DG-ECHO strategy and programming, particularly as regards transitioning to integrated protection approaches.
The case study and conclusions shall be shared, as appropriate, with the Consortium Partners, Donors, and DG-ECHO Headquarters and Field Staff engaged in setting-up Consortia and humanitarian protection programmes, and other interested partners and stakeholders.
C. Scope of Work and Methodology
The case study should be carried in two phases. Consultancy services are currently only being sought for the conduct of Phase One. Information provided on Phase Two is indicative at this stage, as Phase One is also intended to inform the design of the scope of work for Phase Two. Selection for the conduct of Phase One does not automatically entail selection for Phase Two.
Phase One: Formation of a Strategic Partnership with INGOs for a protection-centered humanitarian response to IHL/IHRL violations
Phase One will review the rationale for establishing a strategic partnership with INGOs with humanitarian and protection expertise – in the form of a Consortium – to provide humanitarian assistance established on needs-based evidence aimed at ensuring protection against violations of IHL/IHRL.
Specifically, the case study will examine:
· the context of formation of the Consortium in 2014, characterized by: a shrinking humanitarian space, manifested by the destruction and seizure of relief assistance, and increasing organizational risks for INGOs operating in Area C; gaps in humanitarian coordination, particularly as regards synergies between humanitarian sectorial interventions and preventive and reactive protection responses, and the possibility to strengthen the accountability of the broader humanitarian system in Area C including donor agencies, UN and NGOs; need to further develop methodologies for evidence-based programming and advocacy, with a view to increasing the support of the EU and its Member States for principled humanitarian assistance in Area C and East Jerusalem.
· the process of formation of the Consortium, including humanitarian dialogues, harmonization of donor support and selection of implementing partners with complementary reach and technical expertise.
· the gestation, evolution and relevance of the Consortium’s programming framework, the so-called ‘Integrated Protection Approach’, which articulates preventive actions, emergency responses and humanitarian advocacy. In particular, the consultant should focus on the value-add of transitioning from needs-based humanitarian responses to a broader framework that incorporates rights-based analyses.
· the evolving role of the Consortium in the humanitarian coordination structure, including internal coordination processes; alignment with and support to the Humanitarian Country Team Cluster System; and, in the context of ongoing transition efforts, engagement of Palestinian national and local authorities to support their role in coordination and service provision and foster alignment with national/local plans and sectorial strategies.
· the Consortium’s methodology and tools for conducting mixed-methods needs assessments and needs-based targeting to focus assistance on communities who are most vulnerable to forcible transfer.
The Report is not expected to review the above aspects in detail, but rather to analyse the Consortium’s strategic positioning within the broader landscape of humanitarian operations in Area C and the relevance/value-add of its programming framework.
The methodology will involve a desk review of Consortium documents and relevant literature as well as stakeholder consultations
Phase Two: Review of the Consortium’s Integrated Protection Approach
Phase One will inform the design of Phase Two, which will be will be conducted at a later stage and is envisioned as a more comprehensive review of the Consortium’s programming strategy, methodologies, and tools, particularly as regards: community-based protection; mainstreaming of protection in humanitarian planning; harmonization of legal and humanitarian interventions/risk mitigation and do no harm; M&E processes for protection outcome analyses and evidence-based programming and advocacy; engagement of duty-bearers and linking relief, rehabilitation and development.
D. Required Qualifications:
NRC is seeking a consultant with experience in humanitarian protection and evaluations. The following qualifications:
Advanced university degree in Social Sciences or other related field
At least 5 years of demonstrated experience in protection/humanitarian programming in an international context
Excellent research and evaluation skills. Must have completed at least two high quality programme evaluations in the last five years, at least one of them being related to protection response in emergencies/humanitarian crises.
Excellent writing and communication skills in English (Reference and production of sample work required)
Innovation and lessons learned
Willingness to travel to project sites (NRC will provide full security briefing)
Ability to meet deadlines
Sound understanding of IHL/IHRL
Knowledge of the oPt context
Prior experience evaluating DG-ECHO funded humanitarian protection projects **